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Ernie Fazio was one of major league baseball’s very first bonus babies. He played two seasons for the fledgling Houston Colt .45’s, whom he signed with in 1962. He was the very first player signed by the team, just minutes before Rusty Staub. In 1963, he played semi-regularly for Houston, appearing in 102 games at second base, but batted only .184. In 1965, Fazio was traded to Charlie Finley and the Kansas City A’s, as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Jim Gentile to the Houston Astros for Jesse Hickman. Finley took Ernie under his wing, mainly because he liked his style... Read More
TNT broadcaster and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley dissed the Bay Area recently, saying that he would rather live on Alcatraz than reside in either Oakland or San Francisco. He went on to say that he likes Sacramento more. Locals are fuming and want The Round Mound of Rebound’s large head on a platter. “I love it when they give me a hard time,” Barkley said. “I know that I’m getting a lot of love there now.” Bay Area radio and TV stations have received numerous complaints about Barkley’s remarks. People have created amusing photo shopped pictures of Barkley in a rowboat on... Read More
Part of what I get to do as a baseball historian and a member of The Society of American Research (SABR) is interview old retired MLB players. It is one of the joys of my life. I love hearing their old stories and learning about their careers. Here’s an interview I did with Gus Zernial recently at his home in Fresno, California. Gus Zernial’s greatest achievement in major league baseball was probably when he led the American League in home runs in 1951. He was a power-hitting outfielder who never played for a first division team, but he hit 237 career homers and batted .265. His nickname... Read More
BackgammonMasters.com recently announced that it had purchased the boxing shorts of heavyweight hopeful Roman Greenberg for a considerable sum, in an attempt to assist the up-and-coming fighter in his pursuit of the world heavyweight title. The online backgammon company is essentially sponsoring Greenberg, so that he can afford to train and hone his already considerable boxing skills. BackgammonMasters.com will then auction off Greenberg’s boxing shorts for $100,000 after an upcoming (yet still unscheduled as of this date) Greenberg fight against one of the WBO’s top 5 boxers this year.... Read More
So yesterday afternoon, SUBWAYblogger went to the Yankees vs Red Sox game (which by the way the Yankees finally won). Getting up there was a complete nightmare. Like a complete idiot, SUBWAYblogger forgot that the A and C lines were scheduled to be all F-ed up. First, there’s no C trains at all. Damn. Then, the A trains were running local when in fact they did stop. Many stops were simply being skipped all together. At the time, the A trains were running nonstop uptown from 59th Street to 125th Street. That’s a long, nonstop haul. So if you were looking (as SB was) to get on at any... Read More
Golfer John Daly has taped a commercial for Maxfli golf balls in which he sings in a bar while people are drinking beer and later grabs a beer while he's driving a golf cart. But, CBS won’t ever broadcast the commercial, stating that it violates network policy by showing irresponsible consumption of alcohol. I have never understood the phrase “Drink Responsibly.” What exactly does that mean? When you put drinking into the proper perspective, isn’t it basically an irresponsible act from the get-go? I know they say wine can be good for you, but hard booze and beer are full of things that... Read More
We love the evaluation of physical ability and potential We love the speculation and prediction We love that so much money is on the line We love that a few top prospects inevitably turn out to be busts We love that we are familiar with many of the potential draftees We love that some of the potential draftees ‘come out of nowhere’ We love that the player's careers will provide a tangible answer to the draft speculation We love that our favorite team might improve itself through adept drafting We love that the draft is a competition between the teams We love that last-second trades up and... Read More

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