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Ernie Fazio was one of major league baseballâ€™s very first bonus babies. He played two seasons for the fledgling Houston Colt .45â€™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 Aâ€™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... (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. Hereâ€™s an interview I did with Gus Zernial recently at his home in Fresno, California. Gus Zernialâ€™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... (more)
Nine runs, over a dozen hits and five stolen bases. Once again, number 42 comes through for the Dodgers in a big way. In a game where the Dodgers commemorated the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, they honored his memory in perhaps the best way possible--with a 9-3 win over the visiting San Diego Padres before a sold-out crowd at Dodger Stadium. And the way they did it would have made Jackie proud. The occasion was marked with a pre-game ceremony in which Jackie's widow Rachel Robinson, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Dodger broadcaster... (more)
What are baseball bats, baseballs and bases doing in an art gallery and shouldnâ€™t Sandy Koufax be on the sports pages instead of hanging on a wall? Well, it must be time for the 10th Annual Art of Baseball exhibition at the George Krevsky Gallery located at 77 Geary Street in San Francisco. This yearâ€™s show, Spring Training started on March 15th and continues through Saturday, April 28th. Forty artists from across the country have been invited to create their interpretation of our National Pastime. Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, on the theme of baseball, line the walls of... (more)
...With this detail we feel we know how far Honorof would go for her cause, and the cleverness and gumption with which she would reach for it. An excess of gumption may well have been the professional downfall of another of the recently deceased: former commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bowie Kuhn, who died on March 15th. In his 15 years as commissioner, Kuhn saw the emergence of free agency (but fought against it), Hank Aaronâ€™s record-breaking 715th home-run (but wasnâ€™t in the stands), and a strike-shortened season. Mike Kupper, who wrote Kuhn's obit... (more)
As an avid baseball fan, I have always loved baseball movies. The problem is that many of them are completely unwatchable (examples: The Major League and Bad News Bears series of films). Here are five, however, that I believe are worth noting. None of them are cinematic gems, but I think each has something to offer those who love this great game. If you're jones-ing for the MLB season to start as much as I am, maybe viewing one of these movies will ease your pain. 5.) Bull Durham: (1988) A funny, well-written movie produced by Ron Shelton, the king of sports films, this movie deals with things... (more)
... thatâ€™s not such a big deal. Maybe a few floors end up a little dirtier (or even cleaner, for that matter) and he eventually gets fired from a dead end job. But, when an amazing athlete like Dwight Gooden screws up what quite possibly could have been a Hall of Fame career in professional baseball, then thereâ€™s a lot more at stake and the tragedy, I believe, is much greater. Gooden had a career record of 194-112 with a lifetime 3.51 ERA, but you know he would have at least had a shot at winning 300 if it hadnâ€™t been for coke. If I were an athlete with any promise, I... (more)
One of the must unusual sports stories to ever take place has been captured for posterity by filmmakers Danny Gold and Matthew Asner. In the summer of 2005 a ragtag group of Japanese baseball players became the first foreign team to compete in an American professional sports league. The documentary "Season of the Samurai"looks at this historic event by traveling on the bus with the Japan Samurai Bears through their grueling schedule of 90 games in 97 days in their one and only season in the Golden Baseball League. Led by their foul-mouthed manager, ex-major leaguer Warren Cromartie, the... (more)
...fans, and I still do. That's why this off season has been so entertaining. When the Dodgers hired Ned Coletti away from the Giants in 2005, I never imagined that he would be such a fantastic GM. The man is a real wheeler dealer and really seems to know his way around the free agent world of baseball. Last year he picked up players like Nomar Garciaparra, Greg Maddux, Wilson Betemit and Julio Lugo. He also traded for young talent like Andre Ethier. At the same time, the Dodgers farm system began producing with top prospects like Russell Martin, James Loney and Chad Billingsley.
...to eat a lot of.) The mistake I made with that feat of gluttony happened when I drank a lot of water with the sushi, causing the rice in my stomach to expand. They had to carry me out of the restaurant and I was sick for three days. Then, of course, thereâ€™s the classic thing we do at baseball games called a â€œBabe Ruth.â€ This is where you eat one hot dog every inning. If the game goes into extra innings, youâ€™re in big trouble. I know some guys back in New York who actually eat one dog every half inning, but thatâ€™s insane! In my younger days I could consume ... (more)