Archive for November, 2010

I’m pleased to present this guest post from Joe Guzzardi, who regularly contributes Wednesday and Saturday articles here. Due to technical issues, today’s post is a little later than usual but worth the wait. It highlights Sam Jethroe, a forgotten Negro League great, and Eddie Klepp, who also played in that league– as a white […]

The Name Game

Posted: 19th November 2010 by Gerry Garte in by Gerry Garte

I’m pleased to present this guest post from Gerry Garte, who recently began contributing here. Today, Gerry writes about the many names for the Florida Marlins’ home park. As a bonus, in honor of Thanksgiving, Gerrys closes with a Baseball: Past and Present first: a poem. Long ago, sportswriters like Grantland Rice published books of […]

Any player/Any era: Willie Mays

Posted: 18th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Willie Mays

What he did: After last week’s column where I took a non-Hall of Famer, Jack Clark and saw how he would compare to Joe DiMaggio by playing his career, I went another direction. Willie Mays is one of the greatest players ever, possibly the greatest– I rate him second to Babe Ruth. What may not […]

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi, a regular contributor here. Today, Joe writes about attending the premier showing for recently uncovered footage of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. _________________ The stage: Forbes Field, October 13, 1960 The scene: Seventh World Series game, bottom of the first inning, Pittsburgh […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Rafael Palmeiro

Posted: 16th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Rafael Palmeiro

Claim to fame: 500 home runs. 3,000 hits. Steroids. Current Hall of Fame eligibility: Palmeiro becomes eligible for enshrinement in 2011 through the Baseball Writers Association of America, meaning its members will vote on him for the first time in coming months. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? I was tempted to simply […]

Searching for the next Aubrey Huff

Posted: 15th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Free agency, trades, and other moves

The November 15 issue of Sports Illustrated carried a short but interesting piece, Attention Shoppers, about how teams capitalized in 2010 signing cheap veterans like Aubrey Huff and Darren Oliver. The article speculated who the next of these players could be, offering possible candidates like free agent pitchers Frank Francisco and Aaron Harang and Cubs […]

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from Doug Bird, who recently volunteered to start contributing Sunday articles here. _______________ The hunt for a new manager has begun for several major league teams with some having signed their new field boss and others still going through the interview process. Those teams with a settled […]

I’m pleased to present the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi, a regular contributor here. Today, Joe looks at how Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski got to the majors. _____________ On Saturday the MLB Network, led by Bob Costas, will be in Pittsburgh to tape a Pirates special that will accompany the December […]

Buying a box of baseball cards

Posted: 12th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Baseball cards

When I was about seven and used to get a dollar a week for allowance, I remember once saving a few months to buy a box of baseball cards. I had started buying packs of Topps, Donruss, and Fleer maybe a year before, a pack or two at a time from the grocery store or […]

Any player/Any era: Jack Clark

Posted: 11th November 2010 by Graham Womack in Jack Clark

What he did: Clark was the best thing going on some abysmal San Francisco Giants teams of the late 1970s and early ’80s, a two-time All Star outfielder who hit 20 home runs five times in San Francisco. I wrote a column last week transporting Joe DiMaggio to this ball club, and a reader commented, […]