April 7, 2012 |
You can keep your fantasy baseball. I've seen a baseball fan's fantasy -- Peter O'Malley's office. The man whose family owned the Dodgers, of Brooklyn and of L.A., for nearly a half-century has, on one wall of his office, the bats from every championship Dodger team, bearing the names of every player on that team -- Koufax to Campanella. He has a framed 1947 letter to his father, Walter O'Malley, from Babe Ruth. The return address -- just "Babe Ruth, New York. " He has a model of Dodger Stadium, built before the real one by some studio craftsmen, a gift from director-producer Mervyn Leroy.
February 11, 2012 |
A true 'slugger' Pujols has led the National League in slugging percentage three times, and his career mark places him in heady company on Major League Baseball's all-time list: Rk.; Name; Years; Hits; 2B; 3B; HR; Slugging % 1.; Babe Ruth; 22; 2,873; 506; 136; 714; .690 2.; Ted Williams; 19; 2,654; 525; 71; 521; .634 3.; Lou Gehrig; 17; 2,721; 534; 163; 493; .632 4.; Albert Pujols; 11; 2,073; 455; 15; 445; .617...
January 26, 2012 |
The rivalry that has produced the Curse of the Bambino, Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner, David Tyree's catch and disagreeing forms of clam chowder — exposing the nastiness of arrogance and an inferiority complex along the way — has returned. In the Super Bowl, no less. New York and Boston's vitriol might not be on the level of Yankees-Red Sox as the New York Giants and New England Patriots prepare for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, but the deeply ingrained disdain between the Eastern corridor metropolises is in play.
July 10, 2011 |
Wonder Girl The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias Don Van Natta Jr. Little, Brown: 404 pp., $27.99 So do you know who made the Top 10 when ESPN chose its 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century? Here they are: (1) Michael Jordan. (2) Babe Ruth. (3) Muhammad Ali. (4) Jim Brown. (5) Wayne Gretzky. (6) Jesse Owens. (7) Jim Thorpe. (8) Willie Mays. (9) Jack Nicklaus. (10) Babe Didrikson Zaharias. So do you know what this means? It means the Babe - the female one as well as the male - was a greater athlete than Joe Louis, Carl Lewis, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Montana, Mark Spitz, O.J. Simpson and Secretariat, all of whom placed back in the Top 50. So let's see, what else might you not know?
November 10, 2010 |
The mortars would be ringing his helmet, the gunfire would be climbing down his back, yet he would always hear the voice. "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.? " In the middle of the mountains of Pakistan, Jesse Vizcarra would close his eyes and listen to Vin Scully. "When you're laying there thinking about why you are fighting, your mind drifts back to the good things of home," said the former Army sergeant from Lancaster. "No matter what was happening, I could always hear the call of Kirk Gibson's home run. " The tiny naval ship would be rocking in waters so distant, on a mission so clandestine, the sailors had no idea where they were.
July 29, 2010 |
Torii Hunter is an aspiring general manager, and he's had several lengthy conversations with Tony Reagins in the last two weeks, so the Angels centerfielder knows how stressful the run-up to Saturday's trade deadline has been for the team's GM. "Do you hurt your future or do you try to get someone now?" Hunter said in the wake of Sunday's deal that brought ace Dan Haren to Anaheim and sent four players, including left-hander Joe Saunders and two highly regarded pitching prospects, to Arizona.