Tom Seaver became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball pitcher on February 21, 1974 when he signed a one-year, $172,500 contract with the New York Mets. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball,” said Mets general manager Bob Scheffing, “and we’re paying him for what he is.” Seaver pitched in 32 games in 1974, posting an 11-11 record with a 3.20 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 236 innings pitched.
This is an interesting graphic depicting a timeline of stadiums in the MLB and their various names and forms, starting in 1901. Ballparks have taken on a myriad of incarnations throughout history. Even changes to specific teams (for example, the Montreal Expos into the Washington Nationals) appear to be portrayed here as well. Pennants and World Series championships also are noted on this graphic.
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The only way to make money as a manager is to win in one place, get fired and hired somewhere else.
Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub,” was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. I love the fact that he starts this speech with his signature, “Let’s play two.”
Baseball is in the air. Spring Training is underway. Regular season begins in 40 days!
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted, via mail, to select from major league players retired less than 25 years for the Hall of Fame class of 1950. On February 16 of that year, the organization ended up selecting no one for induction. The top vote-getters in the balloting were former Giants Mel Ott (69%) and Bill Terry (63%), however, this fell short of the 75% of the writers’ ballots required for induction. Ott would get elected the following season, and Terry entered the Hall of Fame in 1954.
I don’t think either team is capable of winning.
~Warren Brown, on the 1945 Tigers-Cubs series