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The Seattle Pilots in baseball history

Featured image This year marks the 50th anniversary of the only season in which the Seattle Pilots graced major league baseball. “Graced” is probably a stretch. They finished last in the American League West with a record of 64-98. The Pilots punched above their weight in the notoriety department though, thanks to Jim Bouton’s tell-all book Ball Four. The book chronicled the 1969 season in which Bouton pitched for Seattle until being »

Media heads explode over Trump’s tongue-in-cheek tweet about the Red Sox

Featured image I filed this post under “media bias.” “Media stupidity” might be a better tag. Today, President Trump tweeted: Has anyone noticed that all the Boston @RedSox have done is WIN since coming to the White House! Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! By the way, the Boston players were GREAT guys! At Politico, Caitlin »

This day in baseball history: Gibson does it all

Featured image On May 12, 1969, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 at Busch Stadium. Bob Gibson pitched a complete game for the Cards, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one. There was nothing exceptional about Gibson’s pitching performance that day. It was a typical one for him that year, except for the relatively low number of strikeouts. But Gibson’s contributions weren’t »

Goose for Heine (and the General) [UPDATED]

Featured image A few days ago, I discussed the Joe Torre for Orlando Cepeda trade. I said this was the only straight swap of Hall of Famers I could think of. Initially, I thought the 1930 mid-season trade that sent Heine Manush from the St. Louis Browns to the Washington Senators in exchange for Goose Goslin was another such deal. When I researched it, however, I learned that Alvin “General” Crowder also »

This day in baseball history: Cepeda for Torre

Featured image The deal that brought Orlando Cepeda from San Francisco to St. Louis in 1966 was probably the second most consequential baseball trade of the 1960s, behind only the one that brought the late Frank Robinson to Baltimore. The Cardinals won the World Series in 1967 and Cepeda was NL MVP. In 1968, St. Louis repeated as NL champs. But on March 17, 1969, St. Louis dealt Cepeda to the Atlanta »

Bye-bye Bryce

Featured image 1956 was my first season as a baseball fan. That year Mickey Mantle had one of the best seasons ever by a hitter. He won the Triple Crown with a batting average of .353, 52 home runs, and 130 RBIs. His on-base average plus slugging percentage was 1.169. I resisted the temptation to become a New York Yankees fan, opting instead for the hometown Washington Senators. Their star, Roy Sievers, »

“Hot stove league” gives way to spring training

Featured image We aren’t quite half way through February yet, but pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training today. The big story of the off-season is what didn’t happen. Prize free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado didn’t sign with any club. Most of the rest of the free agent crop didn’t either. This surprising development has players complaining about collusion (the non-Russia kind). However, I think what has really happened »

Frank Robinson, RIP

Featured image 1956 was my first year as a baseball fan. It was also Frank Robinson’s rookie year. He was Rookie of the Year. Not only that, he belted 38 home runs, tying the record at the time for rookies. Even now, the only National League rookie to have hit more is Cody Belllinger, who hit 39 in 2017. Robinson also led the league in being hit by pitches (20). He would »

Four for the Hall of Fame

Featured image Baseball’s Hall of Fame voted in four new members yesterday. They are Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, and Roy Halladay. Rivera became the first ever to be voted into the Hall unanimously. He is almost certainly the best ever at what he did — relief pitching. Thus, he deserved to receive 100 percent of the ballots. That he’s the first to do so is the result of “old fart” »

Willie McCovey, RIP

Featured image Willie McCovey, legendary first baseman for the San Francisco Giants, died on Wednesday. He was 80 years old. McCovey burst on the baseball scene in 1959 in the midst of a three-way pennant race among the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Braves. In his very first game, he went 4-4 with two triples. In just 52 games, the 21 year-old belted 13 home runs and drove in 52 runs. His »

Trump the Baseball Fan

Featured image On Saturday night, President Trump diverged from his usual Twitter themes to comment on Dodger manager Dave Roberts’ handling of his pitching staff in Game 4 of the World Series. Trump criticized the manager for removing a starter who was pitching well from the game: Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, »

This day in baseball history: A Game Seven for the ages

Featured image On October 10, 1968, Mickey Lolich took the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Game Seven of the World Series. He was hoping to succeed where Jim Lonborg had failed the year before by beating the incomparable Bob Gibson on just two days rest in a winner-take-all matchup. Lolich had an advantage over Lonborg. The Red Sox ace was a power pitcher. Lolich relied more on sink. Lack of rest »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On October 9, 1968, the Detroit Tigers crushed the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 in Game Six of the World Series. With that win, the Tigers evened the Series after falling behind three games to one. This was a Series of two outstanding and evenly matched teams. The Tigers won 103 games in the regular season and captured the pennant by 12 games. The Cardinals, defending world champions, were on a »

This day in baseball history: Back-to-back no-hitters

Featured image 1968 was the year of the pitcher. However, when Gaylord Perry hurled a no-hitter for San Francisco against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 17, 1968, it was just the fourth no-hitter of the season, not an usually high number. On September 18, when the Giants again played the Cardinals, the pitching matchup wasn’t nearly as mouth watering as the day before when Perry beat Bob Gibson 1-0. However, the »

This day in baseball history: Perry tops Gibson with no-hitter

Featured image 1968 was the year of the pitcher. The collective ERA of the National League was 2.99. The American League’s ERA was 2.98. Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers won 31 games. This was the first time a major league pitcher had won 30 or more since Dizzy Dean won 30 in 1934. Carl Yazstrzemski won the AL batting title with a .301 batting average. Bob Gibson pitched to an ERA »

Kavanaugh confesses: He’s a huge baseball fan

Featured image Yesterday, Brett Kavanaugh responded to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s ridiculous questions about his purchase of baseball tickets. As anticipated, Kavanaugh said he is a “huge sports fan” and that he bought four season tickets annually from the Nationals’ arrival in Washington in 2005 until 2017. He also bought playoff packages in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Kavanaugh split the tickets with a “group of old friends” through a “ticket draft” at »

Brett Kavanaugh and his baseball buddies

Featured image Ed Whelan has posted an excellent series refuting various smears of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He deals with a long-forgotten controversy involving Manny Miranda, smears regarding wiretapping and interrogation, and claims that Kavanaugh lied about his role in the selection by the Bush administration of judges Charles Pickering and William Pryor. Ed does not deal with another of the left’s ginned up Kavanugh-related controversies — the one involving the purchase of »