Archive for June, 2011

Any player/Any era: Satchel Paige

Posted: 30th June 2011 by Graham Womack in Satchel Paige

What he did: Paige pitched off and on for 40 years between the Negro Leagues, the majors, and beyond, estimating he won 2,000 games. Only 28 wins of these wins came in big league play, since segregation kept Paige from the majors until 1948 when he was 42 (at the youngest, since some dispute exists […]

The 50 greatest baseball nicknames

Posted: 28th June 2011 by Graham Womack in MLB

1. George Herman Ruth- The Sultan of Swat, The Bambino, The Colossus of Clout, Babe: No surprise here- the greatest baseball player of all-time also inspired the greatest nicknames. Sportswriters of the 1920s outdid themselves to come up with new names for the Yankee slugger. 2. Joe Jackson- Shoeless Joe: Would the most famous of […]

A Quick Fix for What Ails Ya

Posted: 27th June 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

Editor’s note: Doug Bird’s weekly column is moving to Mondays. ______________ It’s almost July and having been lucky enough to watch more than my share of baseball games thus far, today I am offering some quick fixes for those teams which plainly need to do something to either become contenders or to right the proverbial […]

Double the Fun: Believe it or Not: A 51 Minute Complete Game!

Posted: 24th June 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

In the mid-1920s, Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers Carmen Hill and Lee Meadows made baseball history when they became the first two twirlers to wear glasses while on the mound. Their glasses must have helped since both notched 20 game winning seasons with the Bucs. In 1926 Meadows’ 20 victories led the National League and in 1927 […]

Any player/Any era: Billy Martin

Posted: 23rd June 2011 by Graham Womack in Billy Martin

What he did: I’ll preface this by saying today’s piece isn’t about Billy Martin the player. Had he not played the majority of his career on the New York Yankees of the 1950s or been Mickey Mantle’s running partner those glory years, I doubt Martin would be much remembered for anything he did prior to […]

Take Me Out to The (College World Series) Ball Game

Posted: 22nd June 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

If I were to given my choice of any sporting event I could watch in person, without hesitation I would opt for the College World Series. The young amateur players are more fundamentally sound than major leaguers and Omaha’s ambiance offers up a slice of Americana that has all but faded away. Absent are the […]

How I Would Realign Major League Baseball

Posted: 21st June 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

In last week’s column I discussed the problems with the rumoured Major League baseball alignment plans and how I thought realignment for money or to increase competitiveness and give struggling teams a better (I believe the words being used by baseball are fairness and increased attendance) shouldn’t be THE motivating factor. But equal opportunity usually […]

Gene Mauch and his fondness for the sacrifice bunt

Posted: 20th June 2011 by Brendan Bingham in MLB

As a major league ballplayer, Gene Mauch was a reserve middle infielder in the 1940s and ’50s with a career .239 batting average. Following his forgettable playing career, he found his niche in baseball as a manager. Beginning with the Phillies in 1960, Mauch was employed as a major league field general almost continuously until […]

Double the fun: Joe Adcock and His Dazzling Day at Ebbets Field

Posted: 17th June 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

When Fred Haney took over the Milwaukee Braves’ reins from Charlie Grimm on June 17, 1956, the former Pittsburgh Pirates skipper must have thought he had died and gone to heaven. What a starting rotation Haney had to chose from: Warren Spahn (20-11), Lew Burdette (19-10) and Bob Buhl (18-8). The fourth and fifth starters, […]

Any player/Any era: Rick Ankiel

Posted: 16th June 2011 by Graham Womack in Rick Ankiel

What he did: Ankiel’s is a story in three parts. He started as a phenom pitching prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals (“here was Sandy Koufax,” Buzz Bissinger wrote of an 18-year-old Ankiel in 3 Nights in August.) Then came an inexplicable collapse in the 2000 playoffs, as Ankiel suddenly and permanently lost his ability […]