Archive for August, 2011

For “Big Poison,” Only Clean Hits Allowed

Posted: 31st August 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Of all the stone cold hitters to ever wear a Pittsburgh Pirates’ uniform, none was more deadly than Paul “Big Poison” Waner. Part of my duties as a PNC Park tour guide is to take visitors out onto the warning track where we show them the retired names and numbers of all the great Pirates’ […]

What’s The Count Again?

Posted: 29th August 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

As Earl Weaver (or was it Casey Stengel?) once sort of said, “Managing is simple. You’re going to lose 50 games no matter what you do. You’re going to win 50 games no matter what you do. It’s the other 62 you try not to screw up.” With those words from an acknowledged master this week […]

Double The Fun: Joey Jay Notches His First Major League Win

Posted: 26th August 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

With the Little League World Series drawing to a close, this is an opportune time to look at Joey Jay’s career (99-91, 3.77 ERA). Jay was the first Little League graduate to make the majors. And, as is often the case when I do my blog research, I’m surprised about what a grand career, both […]

Mario Cuomo: Before politics, he played baseball

Posted: 24th August 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Once, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a promising young outfielder toiling in the low minor leagues. Management forecast a solid career for him. And indeed the Pirates’ prospect, a former St. John’s University student and an Italian immigrant grocer’s son, did eventually accomplish great things—but not on the ball diamond. Mario Cuomo, who served as the […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Curt Flood

Posted: 23rd August 2011 by Graham Womack in Curt Flood

Editor’s note: Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? was a past regular feature here. It will resume on a weekly basis the first Tuesday after the postseason ends. Claim to fame: Flood hit .293 over 15 seasons and was one of the best outfielders of his generation, winning seven straight Gold Gloves from […]

Some of the Good Stuff This 2011 Baseball Season

Posted: 22nd August 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

The summer is going way too fast and the 2011 major league baseball season is following suit. Some of the playoff pictures have been all but decided and there have, as in any season, been surprises and disappointments. Some teams are already looking ahead to 2012 and some are thinking about the big prize at […]

Double The Fun: The Day Elroy Face Finally Lost

Posted: 19th August 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

In 1959, Elroy Face and his signature forkball dominated the National League. Face’s 18-1 record still stands as the best winning percentage (.947) in baseball history posted by anyone who had a minimum of 15 decisions. Face’s streak ended in Los Angeles on September 11 during the first game of a double dip. Beginning in […]

Another delay on “Any player/Any era”

Posted: 19th August 2011 by Graham Womack in MLB

I apologize, but for the second straight week, “Any player/Any era” will be late. The reason for delay is the same. I’ve started doing a bit of corporate freelance again for a client in San Francisco, and I now have assignments due each Friday. Me being me, I tend to procrastinate. The goal for next […]

Wind (Temporarily?) Out of Pirates Sails

Posted: 17th August 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Since I wrote my euphoric blog “Shiver Me Timbers, the Bucs Are in First Place”the Pittsburgh Pirates have come unwound, both as a team and individually. Ironically, six weeks ago when the Pirates were baseball’s darling, MLB on Fox and ESPN eagerly signed them up for their national games of the week. So, on August […]

Cold calling old ballplayers

Posted: 16th August 2011 by Graham Womack in MLB

I learned a valuable lesson growing up. I found an old San Francisco Giants oral history book at a garage sale, and in the preface, the author spoke of fruitless attempts to interview Willie Mays, noting he had better experiences interviewing many less-famous players. A lot of these former Giants, the author noted, had listed […]