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Babe Ruth as a boxer/prizefighter 1919 Boston Red Sox

It was December 18th, 1919 – just a week before Christmas.  Harry Frazee, owner of the Boston Red Sox, picked up his morning newspaper to find a holiday gift he really didn’t want. He was stunned when he turned to … Continue reading

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Umpires Ed Runge, Bill McKinley, and unknown stripper blackmail plot

It was August 26th of 1960, and umpires Ed Runge and Bill McKinley were in Baltimore, where they had just worked a doubleheader between the Orioles and the visiting Kansas City Athletics.  After the second game ended, the two married … Continue reading

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Johnny Bench 1968 Cincinnati Reds Rookie Stars series

Johnny Bench was one of the last great role models for American boys.  In spite of being a talented athlete and super-intelligent, he was (and still is) a down-to-Earth guy (click image to enlarge) When Johnny was in the eighth … Continue reading

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George Blanda 1961 Houston Oilers, AFL Most Valuable Player

George was unlikely to succeed. Bear Bryant, his college coach at the University of Kentucky in the late 1940s, told his first pro coach, George Halas of the Chicago Bears, that Blanda would never make it in the National Football … Continue reading

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Pete Rose 1961 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League

It was a balmy afternoon at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Florida on June 10th of 1961. The Tampa Tarpons were playing a doubleheader against the Leesburg Orioles.  The Tarpons had a famous and popular manager, Johnny Vander Meer. They … Continue reading

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Marvelous Marv Throneberry 1962 New York Mets first season

It was July 30th, 1962.  Mets manager Casey Stengel was celebrating his 72nd birthday in the team clubhouse with a cake bought by the players and coaches.  He carved off a slice for Richie Ashburn, Felix Mantilla, Gil Hodges, Frank … Continue reading

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Tony Perez, 1963 Macon Peaches, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer

Tony Perez was coming of age in Cuba right in the middle of a revolution.  Fidel Castro was coming to power, and the island nation had very strained relations with the United States. But baseball is a different world, and … Continue reading

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1919 Chicago Black Sox set of 9, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Cicotte, Weaver

This is the best-written set I know of covering the White Sox players who were banned from baseball and events surrounding the ill-fated 1919 World Series. The White Sox were called “Black Sox” because the cheapskate team owner Charlie Comiskey … Continue reading

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Joe Cronin, 1933 Washington Senators, later Red Sox Manager & Hall Of Famer

Cronin was promoted to manager of the Senators before the ’33 season got underway, and became the youngest manager in baseball.  There was some resentment, because the manager who was fired to make room for Joe was Walter Johnson, the … Continue reading

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Joe Bauman 1955 Roswell Rockets minor league slugger 72 HRs .400 Avg

After serving in the Navy during WW2, Joe was signed by the Braves organization, but he wasn’t very happy with the treatment he got.  At Amarillo in ’46 he had an outstanding 48-159-.301 season. He expected to get a raise … Continue reading

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