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It’s rare, but sometimes replacing the manager in the middle of the season can turn a team’s fortunes around or even lead them to the promised land of the World Series. Here are the top 9 . . .   9. 1975 Kansas City Royals Out: Jack McKeon In: Whitey Herzog This is the only managerial change...
Baseball’s record book is the thickest in sports. Some records, like Lou Gehrig‘s consecutive games played streak and Lou Brock‘s career stolen base mark, were thought to be unbreakable. Cal Ripken Jr. and Rickey Henderson proved those assumptions to be false. Which of the records still on the...
What really happened in 1987? Was the ball juiced? Was the strike zone smaller? Did Red Sox fans want to forget the previous season? (Nothing different or weird there!) What caused the offensive explosion that was called “The Year of the Slugger?“ “Let’s go to the way back machine Sherman and find...
The atmosphere was, as they say, electric. 49,478 fans packed the ballpark – many arriving three hours before the first pitch – wondering if their new favorite son would give another performance to be remembered.   The atmosphere was, as they say, electric. 49,478 fans packed the ballpark,...
  After the American Civil War ended, free blacks pursued their dream of playing professional baseball. In 1867, the National Association of Base Ball Players rejected a request for membership by the all-black Philadelphia Pythians baseball club. The Pythians were not allowed to play in...
Armed with superstar talent and a quotable manager, and dressed in blindingly white uniforms and drab black shoes, the conservative Cincinnati ballclub of the 1970s became known as “The Big Red Machine.“ Their brand of baseball: taking the extra base, stealing bags, crack defense, dominating relief...
  The 1979 baseball post-season turned out to be e playground for Willie Stargell, who hoisted the Bucs on his broad shoulders and carried them to a World Series title over a favored Orioles team built on pitching, of course. When you look at images of baseball from the Sixties, you can see...
I haven't spoken to Pat Gillick since last Christmas, and it had been a while, maybe 2 years since I had spoken with him before that. In speaking with him last year, it was as though I had spoken with the former Blue Jays general manger the day before. He hadn’t changed at all. The Phillies...
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There are a contingency of writers that have decided to judge players on the “guilty by association” when it comes to performance in the steroid era. Players who best years happened post 1990 usually fall into this category. Recently, Jeff Pearlman discussed how he holds all the players of this era...
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Former big league umpire Al Clark waged a one-man crusade. It was a losing battle but Clark fought it anyway. Clarks secret war? He was not about to call George Anderson by his universally-known nickname. I refuse, Clark once said, to call a grown man Sparky.Maybe Clark should have hung around the...
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