Today when you think of the San Francisco Giants one can quickly refer to Barry Bonds. I mean who can blame you, he won the MVP four times in a row and is the current reining home run king. But before Barry there was Willie and I’m not speaking of Willie Mays, another Giants great, I’m speaking of Willie McCovey who died recently and caused baseball fans everywhere to remember his legacy. Read More
Settling in on a Sunday afternoon getting ready to watch Game 5 of the World Series. Boston Red Sox lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 games to 1 and more than likely will go on to win their 9th World Series Championship. So it got me to thinking about Boston legends like: Jimmy Collins, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr and Carl Yastrzemski. More modern-day legends like Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, and Pedro Martinez. But of the 11 Boston Red Sox Hall of Famers none is more intriguing to me than Teddy Ballgame. Read More
Sandy Koufax had a slow start in the major leagues. Drafted in 1955 he struggled the first two years in the league, in fact he couldn’t find the strike zone to save his life but he watched, observed and learned. The result. He evolved into the most dominating pitcher, without a doubt and with no equal. Read More
Earlier this month, on June 6th, 2018 St. Louis Cardinal great Red Schoendienst passed away at age 95. My condolences to friends and family. In this post I’d like to pay homage to this 1989 Hall of Fame inductee and I’d like to start with his name. Read More
My last post was on newly inducted Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. As a blogger I often seek for something to inspire my next post. Hit with the flu and feeling a bit under the weather this past week or so, all I wanted was rest. I finally mustered up enough strength to defend myself from my family who accused me of being a baby when I’m sick, of course I disagreed and opted to watch some television. I came across an MLB Network Premier. It was a documentary on Hall of Famer and also former San Diego Padre, Tony Gwynn. Read More
It was something right out of a movie. The San Diego Padres find themselves in a bit of a pinch trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy comes out to relieve his pitcher and immediately there is a buzz that starts to come from the stands, the fans knew it was “Trevor Time.” Bochy signals the bullpen and simultaneously cues the entry music for his closer Trevor Hoffman. It was the opening notes of AC/DC’s song, Hell’s Bells. The crowd loved the bantering of their opponents as the eery toll of the bells blasted through the speakers as Trevor Hoffman made his way to the mound. Read More
Two things have always stood out to me about newly inducted Hall of Famer Jim Thome. For starters his socks. They were worn about as high as they can go and the cuff of his pants were about an inch or so below the knee cap exposing most of his socks. The other memorable characteristic is in his bat stance. He would get set by pointing his bat to center field prior to each pitch. Thome’s sock fashion made him a trend setter but it’s his performance at the plate that made him one of the all-time greats. Read More
Today when I think of baseball’s big men I think of 6′ 7″ Aaron Judge or 6′ 6″ Giancarlo Stanton. Likewise when I think of big men at the turn of the century I think of 6′ 3″ 235 lb Vladimir Guerrero. He was a strong man with long legs and what appeared to be even longer arms that gave him the unusual ability to hit anything you threw at him. Read More
Larry Wayne Jones, Jr was given the nickname “Chipper” by his family who viewed him as a “chip off the old block,” referring to his father who was a teacher and baseball coach at a local high school. The influence of his father paid off as the Atlanta Braves chose Chipper as the No.1 Draft Pick in the first round of the 1990 Draft. Read More
On Sunday December 10, 2017 Baseball’s Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee announced their picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Committee voted and it was a proud day for the city of Detroit as two of their own were chosen: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. There were 10 players on the ballot. Read More
Jack Morris’ 18 year career began in 1977 and ended in 1994. He played on four different organizations: Detroit Tigers 1977-1990; Minnesota Twins in 1991; Toronto Blue Jays in 1992-1993 and Cleveland Indians in 1994. His weapon of choice was a fastball, a slider and his go to pitch the split-finger fastball. Over the years there has been much debate about Jack’s entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Read More
Recently, we lost the oldest living Hall of Fame baseball player. Bobby Doerr died on November 13, 2017 in Junction City, Oregon, at the age of 99. He played his entire 14 year career for the Boston Red Sox between 1937-1951. Read More
Congratulations are due to Houston Astros for being the 2017 World Series Champions! The Astros were established in 1962 and have never won the championship title – that’s 56 years! Looking into things a bit further I was equally impressed with the career of the first Astro ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Craig Alan Biggio. Read More
As a collector Roberto Clemente is one that I personally collect. As we would say in the collecting community, “I PC Roberto.” For that reason this post may seem a bit biased, but with good reason. When you consider all that he accomplished on and off the field one can clearly see why he’s considered one of the all-time greats of the game. Read More
Honus Wagner started his career as a professional baseball player at the turn of the century. For every bit of a decade he dominated in just about every batting statistic in the game. He was no defensive slouch either, in fact to this day he is regarded as the greatest shortstop to ever play the game.
Baseball at the turn of the century was a sport with a tarnished image. It was a sport known for the lazy and uneducated, men who spent their time gambling, boozing, or womanizing. Little did anyone know that a young man was being raised in Factoryville Pennsylvania that would enhance the image of the professional baseball player.
It has been said and well documented that Walter Johnson was a humble man. A gentle natured giant that was not only a legendary pitcher, but a role model of good sportsmanship. He was such a gentleman he preferred not to throw a pitch inside due to concerns that he might hit someone.
Jeff’s grass-roots are from Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up a Red Sox fan which suited him well when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989. However, it was short-lived when the Red Sox traded him to Houston in 1990.
Tim Raines Sr is regarded as one of the greatest leadoff hitters and baserunners in baseball history. He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 but it did not come that easily here in U.S. He received 86% of the vote in his tenth and final year of eligibility in 2017.
A good indicator of a players impact upon the game they represent is whether or not they’re inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. This was the case with Ivan Rodriguez, earning 76% of the vote in his first year eligible (75% of the vote is needed). When receiving the call of his induction Ivan was over-joyed and came to tears of the news. One could see that being inducted meant a lot to him.
What makes Piazza’s statistics and achievements remarkable is that he was drafted in the 62nd Round of the 1988 draft and was the 1,390th overall pick! Expectations were not very high for him but he got his foot in the door and made the most of it. The other remarkable fact we have to realize about Piazza is that there aren’t too many catchers in the Hall of Fame, he is only the 17th catcher inducted all time.
Babe Ruth is best known as a home run hitter, a true slugger of his day. What many folks don’t know about Ruth is that he started his major league career as a pitcher and a really good one! In 1916 he finished the season with a 23-12 record, with a 1.75 ERA and nine shutouts, both of which led the league. Those would be Cy Young worthy numbers today!
On the field Cobb was known for his over the top aggressive base running and his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field. A true craftsman of the sport he loved. After his retirement he’s been quoted as saying, “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had a fire in my belly.”
Along with his jaw dropping career achievements The Kid was a cultural icon, known for his silky smooth swing, big smile and backwards ball cap Ken Griffey Jr has left his mark in the game of baseball as one of the All-Time Greats! Read More