You got to be bad before you’re good.
~Ken “Hawk” Harrelson
Poor Charlie Brown. He’ll just have to find a tree that’s been struck by lightning so he can craft himself a new bat.
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!