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...month later, Locker was traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Billy North. Locker concluded his career with the Cubs, sitting out the 1974 season to undergo surgery to remove chips from his pitching elbow. In 1975, Locker made 22 appearances and posted an ERA near 5.00, thereby ending his baseball career. Locker and his wife currently live in Lafayette, California and he spends much of his free time fishing and hunting. He’s a graduate of Iowa State University and a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.
The Seattle Pilots: “I was traded from the White Sox to the Pilots for... (more)
... League. He played third base and outfield. He was elected to the National League All-Star team in 1951.
Westlake is a graduate of Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, California.) He currently lives in Sacramento.
No Quitters Apply: “There were quite a few pitfalls in my baseball career before I made it to the major leagues. I was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 19 in 1940. They sent me to Dayton, Ohio, Mid-Atlantic League, Class D. They were paying me around $120 a month, and my first thought was, what on earth am I going to do with all that money?... (more)
All day today I've been asked the same question by seemingly every person I've come across, "What happened to your Phillies?" I give most a straight answer. "Well, they seemed to have forgotten how to hit, and their pitching just isn't what it was last year." To some I just lie and say, "They're just setting us up for a miraculous comeback."
The falsity of my statement doesn't lie in the fact that it would take a miracle for them... (more)
There are those who say the Yankees where pinstripes because they make the opposing batters dizzy. The fact is, however, that on Thursday night it was the pitching of A.J. Burnett that kept the Phillies batters off balance. In the biggest game of his career, Burnett put on quite a show as he held the Phillies to one run through seven innings in a game that the Yanks ultimately took 3-1.
It was his curveball--which started outside and seemingly at the last moment would drop down and over the outside corner of the plate--that gave many of the Phillies batters trouble. This nasty curve... (more)
Jim Gentile, also nicknamed "Diamond Jim", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and left-handed batter who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1957-58); Baltimore Orioles (1960-63), Kansas City Athletics (1964-65), Houston Astros (1965-66) and Cleveland Indians (1966).
A powerful slugger listed at 6' 4", 215 lb, Gentile languished for eight years in the minors for a Dodgers team that already had All-Star Gil Hodges in first base. Traded to Baltimore, Gentile enjoyed his best season in 1961, hitting a career-highs .302 batting average, 46 home runs, 141 runs batted... (more)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS2004UniversalDirected by Peter BergProduced by Brian GrazerScreenplay by Peter Berg and David Aaron CohenBased on the book: “Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Dream And A Team” by H.G. BissingerI’m not a football guy at all. My sports are baseball, boxing and tennis. I can understand the complexities of Star Trek technobabble or Pre-Crisis DC Comics continuity with no problem but trying to understand the rules of football makes me feel like the village idiot. Oh, if you invite me over to your house to watch a game with you, I’ll show up gladly with... (more)
With little surprise the Washington Nationals fired their embattled manager, Manny Acta after a couple of seasons of mediocrity and this year terrible play. His termination was preordained by the decisions - or lack thereof - of the general manager and the baseball executives who report to the owners, the Lerner Family. The Nationals entered the season without a pitching staff and proved that you can't win without competent pitching, especially a bull pen that cannot protect one run leads.
As the season worked its way to the All Star break, the rumor of Acta's impending doom became... (more)
As the presence of time has swept us along through histories halls, we have witnessed many of our proud legacies overshadowed by what we have tried to create, a better and more entertaining game of baseball.
The days of the 1930s through the 1960s seem to have vanished before our generation’s very eyes, never to be witnessed again. The players that once played the field like giants have come and gone, and all we have left is the legacies of their greatness. Players like Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Bob Gibson, and Babe Ruth, who left our fathers and mother’s enamored, have also... (more)
Now that Manny Ramirez has screwed up in one of the worst ways imaginable--getting caught taking a substance banned by baseball--maybe the Dodgers should think about hiring their old nemesis and sticking him in left field. Juan Pierre is not a bad player and I'm not going to bash him here, but the team lacks power and Barry Bonds still has enough left in the tank (and in the syringe?) to provide some.
Actually, although I am very disappointedwith Manny's Mishap, I have long said that MLB should just let players take whatever they want to enhance their performance. Ifan athlete is willing... (more)
...to put his hands on his daughter again, the Queen of Both Worlds dazzled the latest group of “country” superstars and their flock of Stepford Wife followers. She’s apparently decided that she’s a country singer much the same way that Michael Jordan decided he was a baseball player. She did this in much the same way George W. Bush decided he could be President. She did this in much the same way that Nashville finally sold out their integrity to a corporate ledger, and to a target audience that isn’t old enough to vote.
In a way I’m actually... (more)