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Ernie Broglio: On the Wrong End of a Lopsided Trade

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 10, 2007

...year (behind only Vern Law and Warren Spahn) and 4th in strikeouts behind a trio of LA Dodgers (Koufax, Drysdale and Stan Williams). In 1964, after going 3-5 for the Cards, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz for Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth. But, day baseball and the cramped quarters of Wrigley Field didn’t suit Ernie, and his career went into a tailspin. After 2.5 years and a 14-31 record, Broglio retired from the Cubs at the age of 30, while Lou Brock went on to have a Hall of Fame career. I contacted Ernie through a mutual friend and we ... (more)

Tags: baseball, san francisco, golf, restaurant, japan

He Wrote "Bang the Drum Slowly"

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 3, 2007

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 “Bang the Drum Slowly,” 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,... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, san francisco, movie, california

Fighting Fastballs and Racism: Jesse Gonder

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 1, 2007

... over the years for being outspoken at a time when most African-American athletes were reluctant to do so. After he retired from the game, Gonder became a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit in the Bay Area, remaining in that position for over 20 years before retiring in the mid-1990s. A great baseball high school: “I graduated from McClymonds in 1955. That team went undefeated the last three years I was there. We had a group of guys here in Oakland that could play ball. Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Curtis Flood….myself. I went to school with all of them. A guy named Curt Roberts ... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, california

Dear Conspiracy Theorist Community,

By Hunter Addams, published on May 31, 2007

...sovereignty will prevail - you guys will never have a New World Order." The group were then threatened by security and told to "Take your story some place else." Okay, let's fix that statement. The group stood on the corner, across the street from Rockefeller's home, wearing hoods with baseball hats under them. They were holding video cameras, wearing large backpacks, and videotaping the house and security guards outside; the guards who clearly see them videotaping the area. So, after standing outside, for an unknown amount of hours, they finally see Rockefeller leaving his house.... (more)

Tags: baseball, manhattan

Part of Baseball History: Gus Triandos

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 24, 2007

... and was known as one of the top-fielding backstops in the league throughout his years with five major league teams. He now lives in San Jose, California and runs a postal company. He was wearing a neck brace the morning I met him, the result of a recent car accident. Gus was a part of a lot of baseball history. A two-time all-star, he caught Jim Bunning’s perfect game in 1964, used the big oversized mitt to catch knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm during his no-hitter in 1958 and was the opposing catcher when Ted Williams hit a home run in his final plate appearance in 1960. A long shot to... (more)

Tags: baseball, san francisco, basketball, football, california

Attack of the Benign Tomatoes

By GreatMinds, published on May 21, 2007

...It was as if someone had launched an attack of lifesaving tomatoes. Turns out they were a bit more benign than previously thought. Not all organic chemicals have failed to deliver as hyped. Some have exceeded expectations. Barry Bonds marched toward the most coveted recognition in baseball with a little flaxseed oil on his elbows. Other chemicals have historically delivered as intended, too, even if a bit overdone. Yellow cake uranium in Nigeria made its way to Iraq and was virtually snatched from the brink of deployment by those guys that Michael Moore hates so much. TrimSpa ... (more)

Tags: baseball, iraq, michael moore, medicine

The Oldest Living Major Leaguer

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 18, 2007

...been a home run. I don’t remember how it was scored. Pitching against the good teams: Well, it just seemed to me like every time I went in to pitch, either Ruth, Gehrig or some of those players from the Athletics was up at the plate. At that time, the Athletics had the best ball team baseball. When you went in to pitch to those fellas, you had to struggle all the time. And it wasn’t just the good hitters with the Athletics, it was their infielders too – the second baseman, third baseman, like that. When those guys got on a good team they became great hitters.... (more)

Tags: baseball

On Baseball, Not That I Care

By Jane, published on May 18, 2007

I’m not what anyone would call a sports fan. I’ve never understood the thrill of seeing people you’ve never met win something that doesn’t affect anything. But I’ve been trying. And if I have to follow a sport, however vaguely, I’ll choose baseball. I would rather go to a live game than watch one on TV because I’ll take any excuse to get drunk, eat crappy overpriced food and shout obscenities en masse. (Don’t try that at an airport or inside a movie theater.) Up until a few years ago, I cheered for New York City. Mets or Yankees, it didn’t matter. Go New York! Over... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, movie

McCovey's in Walnut Creek: A Sports Bar with Errors

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 15, 2007

...renowned sports bar where the food can only be described as error-filled. The place I am referring to is called McCovey’s, a trendy spot located in the yuppified section of downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere here is remarkable, with one of the most comprehensive collection of baseball memorabilia I’ve ever seen in one location, except maybe at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. I am a huge baseball fan, and when I go in McCovey’s I feel like I’m in a baseball museum. They have autographed bats, balls, jerseys, artifacts and artwork that is... (more)

Tags: baseball, california

Talking to the Oldtimers: My Interview with Dick Williams

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 8, 2007

I met Kathy, the daughter of Dick Williams, at KFOG’s KABOOM in San Francisco several years ago. When I learned who her dad was, I started to try and talk baseball with her, and although she was really nice about it, I could tell she wasn’t a huge baseball fan. A few months later, I persuaded her to give me her father’s phone number at his house in Henderson, NV. I could tell why some reporters found him tough to talk to. I asked him several questions that he thought were stupid and he had no problem telling me so. Dick Williams was a player and manager in the major leagues for a total... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, san francisco

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