Baseball Quotes.

•October 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ted Williams

Ted Williams bats

“I’m always nice enough in the spring, until I read what those shitheads write about me.” – Ted Williams on the Boston media

Dick Allen

Dick Allen Oakland

“Compared to National League, the American League is the pussy league of baseball.”Dick Allen

Bob Costas

Bob Costas Baseball

“Baseball is a human enterprise. Therefore, by definition, it’s imperfect, it’s flawed, it doesn’t embody perfectly everything that’s worthwhile about our country or about our culture. But it comes closer than most things in American life.”Bob Costas

Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson Homestead Grays pose

“Man, when I come to the plate, I’m in scoring position.”Josh Gibson

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gween Brown Uniform

“You can’t live on what you did yesterday, you have to go out and prove yourself every day.”Tony Gwynn

Maris. Clemente. Rudi. Rickey. The Senators.

•October 15, 2014 • 1 Comment

Roger Maris

Roger Maris Indiapolis Indians

In 1956, Roger Maris played for the Cleveland Indians AAA affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians. He hit .293/.356/.494 in 131 games, while slugging 17 home runs. I was excited to come across this photo of the future single season home run king. Also, is it me or does the young Maris physically resemble Mike Trout, if Trout he a left-handed batter?

Something that often crosses my mind in regards to Maris is that he retired at 33 years old after only 12 years in the big leagues. This leaves me wondering what else he could have accomplished during his career? I’m aware that he was often injured during his career and it’s well documented that the stress of playing in New York often took a toll on him, so I assume these factors come into play when looking at his shortened career?

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente vs Astros

This photo features a birds-eye view of a Roberto Clemente at-bat against the Houston Astros and I’m in love with it. I love that it’s in color, I love that it features Clemente in all his glory and for some reason, I love how the batters box is pretty much non-existent. You still see the chalked lines of the box become quite messy in a game, but nothing close to this. It’s interesting to me how little things change over the years in baseball, especially those that don’t make a big difference in the big picture of the game.

Joe Rudi

Joe Rudi 1972 WS

Joe Rudi‘s game saving catch in Game 2 of the 1972 World Series is still as amazing as it was all those years ago and remains one of my favorite catches in baseball history. I can watch the catch over and over again as I enjoy and admire it so much.

Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson Stealing against Orioles

A great action shot of Rickey Henderson taking off for second base against the Baltimore Orioles while Eddie Murray unsuccessfully attempts to hold him on. I dig this photo like crazy as it captures great uniforms from the late 70s/early 80s, two future Hall of Fame members and the Oakland Coliseum during it’s glory years.

Washington Senators

1925 Washington Nationals

May 1, 1925, The Washington Nationals, fresh off their World Series victory the season before, raise the 1924 American League Pennant at old Griffith Stadium. Such amazing uniforms; Walter Johnson basically looks like a god amongst men.

Indians. Jackie. Big Train. Yankee Clipper. Monarchs.

•October 7, 2014 • 5 Comments

Cleveland Indians

Paige, Doby and Indians

Satchel Paige, Lou Boudreau, Steve Gromek and Larry Doby sit in the dugout during an Indians road game in the late 40’s. This photo grabbed me when I came across it due to the a wide range of personalities and diverse back stories of the players captured in it. In my opinion, the Bill Veeck owned Indians teams of the 1940’s are some of the more interesting teams in MLB history.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Ebbets Field

A great action shot of Jackie Robinson attempting to get back to third base during a game at Ebbets Field. This is an amazing photo with a much different perspective than I’m used to seeing. The fact that color photos from this era in Jackie’s career exist make me incredibly happy.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson Batting

Walter Johnson was known as being one of the most dominating pitchers during his 21 year career with the Washington Senators. After finding the above photo of Johnson at-bat, I was curious as to how he handled himself with the bat. As it turns out, he wasn’t so bad and had a career batting average of .235, with 547 hits, in which 24 were home runs. For a pitcher who spent a large chunk of his career in the dead-ball era, that’s quite impressive.

While researching the Big Train, it came to my attention that he won the AL MVP not once, but twice (1913 & 1924). Looking at his batting stats from his MVP seasons, he also had great years at the plate. Johnson was the total package.

Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio 1936

1936. Joe DiMaggio connects for a hit during his rookie season as a member of the Yankees. While I knew that DiMaggio didn’t wear #5 during his rookie season, it didn’t occur to me that he wore #9 until I came across this photo.

Maybe it’s the nerdy baseball side of me speaking, but if DiMaggio stuck with #9, imagine how that would have played into the Ted Williams and DiMaggio rivalry and overall story line. What if the infamous DiMaggio for Williams trade would have actually happened? Would #9 have been retired by the Yankees in honor of both men? These are the kinds of hypothetical baseball questions that I love, regardless of how absurd they may be.

Kansas City Monarchs

Kansas City Monarchs 1950s

Members of the Kansas City Monarchs pose for a team photo in the early 1950’s.  This photo sparked my interest as it features a young Ernie Banks (5th from right) and Buck O’Neil (furthest to right) during his time as player-manager for the Monarchs. Who would have guessed back in the 1950’s that these two men would end up making such an unbelievable impact on the game of baseball during their lives, both on and off the field?

Also, I was not aware that the Monarchs of this era wore their numbers on their pants? I absolutely love this and wish it would it make a comeback.

Feller. Robinson. Paige. The Seals. Doerr. Dickey.

•September 5, 2014 • 3 Comments

Bob Feller

Bob Feller Luke Easter

July 1st, 1951. Bob Feller is carried off the field by Luke Easter and an unidentified teammate after throwing a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. It was Feller’s third and final no-hitter of his career and his catcher that day was Jim Hegan (shaking his hand).

I’ve been on a big kick Feller kick lately, partly due to finding THIS video from the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Feller was 90 years old at the time and took the mound during the first inning of the game against Paul Molitor, Bobby Grich and Steve Finley. It very well could have been the last time he played baseball as he passed away in December of 2010 and I can’t find out if he played in the Hall of Fame Classic that year. In any case, I honestly don’t think it gets much cooler than this video. It makes me love baseball even more.

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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson 1950

1950. Jackie Robinson steals home in a game against the New York Giants. I was delighted to come across this photo as I had never seen it before. Recently, while looking up some info on Jackie’s career, I came across the fact that he stole home nineteen times during his MLB career (twenty of you count the one in the 1955 World Series). Consider the fact that he didnt even make his debut until the age of 28 and it makes you wonder what the number could have been. In addition to this, I stumbled across the fact that he was caught stealing home at least twelve times during his career and it may even be higher due to the stat of being caught stealing was not consistently kept track of prior to 1950.

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Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige Monarchs

A great photo of Satchel Paige during his time with the Kansas City Monarchs. Much like the photo of Jackie Robinson above, I had never seen this photo before until recently and was very happy to come across it. I’ll never tire of seeing photos of the old Monarch uniforms.

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San Francisco Seals

1942 Sean Francisco Seals
I recently found this photo of the 1942 San Francisco Seals and it had five last names attached to it. I was able to  figure out who 4 of them were: Kermit Lewis, Ralph Hodgin, Ray Perry, Don Trower, but the fifth name listed (“Andrews”) was nowhere to be found while looking at members of the 1942 Seals team.

Fun facts: Ray Perry (furthest to the right) is baseball writer Bill James’ favorite minor league star of all time. In addition to this, Perry played four seasons for a minor league team called the Redding Browns. I lived in Redding (California) for many years growing up and I actually read about the Redding Browns and Ray Perry when I was young.

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Bobby Doerr & Bill Dickey

Bobby Doerr & Bill Dickey

Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox gets caught in a rundown with Bill Dickey of the Yankees. This photo is great as it captures two future Hall of Famers from two rival teams in action during baseball’s golden age.

10 Quotes – Tony Gwynn.

•July 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

File Photo of Tony Gwynn

“When you can laugh and you can laugh at yourself and laugh at others, that makes the game a whole lot easier to play.” – Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn Statue

“I would always leave him feeling a lot better than before I had met him.” Vin Scully on Tony Gwynn.

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Gwynn Slide

“One of the things I’m proudest about is that I played for one team.” – Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn & Ted Williams SD

“I’m so glad that you’re such a nice guy (and you are) but I’m also so glad that the people in San Diego just love you.” – Ted Williams to Tony Gwynn

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Gwynn Signing Autographs

“Tony Gwynn was a gift to anyone who loved baseball.” – Buster Olney

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Tony Gwynn Swing Follow Through

“You just cant do it, except for that fucking Tony Gwynn.” – Greg Maddux, on being convinced that no one could tell the speed of a pitch accurately

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Tony Gwynn Last Game

“Remember these two things: play hard and have fun.” – Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn 1998 World Series

“I’m not going anywhere. This is where I belong and San Diego is home.” – Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn #19 Back

“If I could have a choice, I’d be number #19.” – Adrian Gonzalez

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Duane Harris 90 Feet of Perfection Padres Fan

“Tony Gwynn may be the single most important sports figure in history to a single community.” – Barry Bloom

 
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