As the 1st half of the baseball season winds down, it's time to give out some 1st half awards for the 2007 MLB Season. Now I am not saying that these players will win these awards or that all of them will continue to play at the level they are currently at, but at almost the halfway point in the MLB season it's time to look at the players who have really stood out. As Fred the Baker used to say "It's time to make the donuts..."
Most Valuable Player
Alex Rodriguez - While the White Sox Magglio Ordonez makes a strong case for MVP as well, you can't look past A-Rods staggering... Read More
All of the great golf legends throughout history can breathe a sigh of relief. No matter how great you are at this game, it always has the potential to jump up and bite you on the ass. Tiger Woods has spanked the golf world for a very long time. He wins major tournaments as effortlessly as John Daly downs beers.
Woods has continually made a mockery of a very difficult and demanding game. Heâ€™s snubbed his nose at the golf gods as if to say, â€œWhatâ€™s all the fuss about?â€
Well, after this weekend the whole world knows â€“ Tiger Woods is human after all. Heâ€™s not invincible. Heâ€™s capable... Read More
Hobie Landrith is perhaps best known as the New York Mets' first pick in the 1961 expansion draft. Manager Casey Stengel explained the choice by saying, "You gotta have a catcher or you're gonna have a lot of passed balls." Landrith had been a backup for the Reds (1950-55) but was traded after the 1955 season, when he had missed time with a broken collarbone. He was a regular for a weak Cubs team in 1956 and hit .221 while leading all NL catchers in errors. As a regular on the 1959 Giants, Landrith had his best season, hitting .251 with 29 RBI and 30 runs in 283 ABâ€™s.
The Early Days: "I was... Read More
Question: If a team wins a major North American professional championship and then draws less than the capacity of its home arena to the post-victory celebration, is it correct to assume that few people care?
This is the very question being asked after the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup last Wednesday. Wednesday's game 5 drew 17,372 to Honda Center in Anaheim, a standing-room only crowd. Saturday's rally in the surrounding parking lot of the arens drew......15,000?
Much has been written and said about the fact that when it comes to hockey, most of the USA just doesn't care.
Grafted onto... Read More
Ernie Broglio played eight years in the big leagues, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959 at age 23. He went 7-12 that year â€“ not bad for a rookie â€“ and became a fixture in the teamâ€™s rotation for the next four years, winning 70 games and losing 55 overall for the Cardinals. His finest year was 1960, when Broglio went 21-9 with a 2.74 ERA, 2nd best in the National league, behind only Mike McCormick of San Francisco. He finished third in Cy Young voting that year (behind only Vern Law and Warren Spahn) and 4th in strikeouts behind a trio of LA Dodgers (Koufax, Drysdale and Stan Williams).... Read More
Bound for glory and success the champ of the bay area lives and fights like a fighter in love with the ring. Like a machine running on nothing but blood and sweat dripping from his body, he feeds of the sounds of echoing roars of cheering. Before you know it his opponent which in one instant stood toe tom toe with him is now down, face first onto the cold rough canvas with only minutes into the second round. Above his opponent the champ looks down with nothing more than a glare of intimidation and relief. Truly this was pound for pound one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the ring.
Jose... Read More
Mark Harris, the famous baseball novelist, died earlier this week. He was a great writer and a true student of the game. I came into contact with Mark through my membership with The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR - www.sabr.org). His most famous book was â€œBang the Drum Slowly,â€ which was later made into a wonderful film starring Robert De Niro. Here is his obit. The man will be greatly missed.
Mark Harris, author of the acclaimed baseball novel "Bang the Drum Slowly," which he adapted for the 1973 movie starring Michael Moriarty and Robert De Niro, has died. He was 84.
Harris,... Read More