July 10, 2010 |
Pujols or Gehrig? Jeter or Ripken? A-Rod or Schmidt? There are baseball's All-Stars, and then there are its superlative All-Stars, players not only the best of a generation but arguably the best who ever played their positions. That rarified group could include three players coming to Angel Stadium for this year's All-Star game on Tuesday: first baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, shortstop Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees.
February 28, 2007 |
Call it the first home run of 2007. Brian Seigel knocked one out of the park Tuesday by selling the world's most famous baseball card for a record $2.35 million -- nearly doubling the price he paid for it six years ago. The sale of the 1909 Honus Wagner card to an unnamed Orange County businessman was revealed in a ceremony at Dodger Stadium. Its buyer, however, remained a mystery. Seigel didn't even have to make a pitch to sell the mint-condition slice of baseball history.
April 4, 2004 |
A special alchemy seems to take place when actor Matthew Modine and director John Kent Harrison team for a nostalgic project. In 1997, the pair worked together on a CBS movie called "What the Deaf Man Heard," and that sweetly goofy Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation became the highest-rated movie of the 1997-98 season. Fans of "Deaf Man" are likely to cheer the latest Modine-Harrison collaboration, "The Winning Season," an uplifting baseball fantasy premiering Sunday on TNT.
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July 19, 2000 |
Brian and Lorrie Seigel were still jumping for joy over snaring the ultimate baseball card in an Internet auction when their 13-year-old tapped her mother on the shoulder. "If Dad can spend $1 million on a baseball card, why can't I have a horse?" Jessica moaned. This episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Newly Famous, starring the Seigels of Santa Ana, came after he became the proud new owner Tuesday of what he called "the Mona Lisa of baseball cards." Seigel paid nearly $1.
December 5, 1999 |
Two of baseball's giants died on this date, four years apart. First was "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, 63, who died of a heart attack at his home in Greenville, S.C., in 1951. Honus Wagner, who was in the inaugural Hall of Fame class of 1936, died in his sleep at his home in Carnegie, Pa., in 1955. He was 81. Jackson, considered by contemporaries as the greatest of all natural hitters, batted .356 in a 13-season career. He batted .408 in 1911, only to finish second to Ty Cobb, who batted .420.
July 20, 1997
What six major leaguers did after their careers: 1. Carl Furillo, installed elevators. 2. Red Grange, did vaudeville tour. 3. Dan Brouthers, Polo Grounds press gate attendant. 4. Walter Johnson, elected county commissioner. 5. Honus Wagner, sergeant-at-arms, Pennsylvania State legislature. 6. Grover Alexander, in circus sideshow. Source: World Features Syndicate