January 13, 1993 |
For a week or so, I have been taffy-pulled by people telling me how appropriate it is that Reggie Jackson have the baseball Hall of Fame spotlight all to himself and by people scolding me about all the other oughta-be Hall of Famers who got robbed.
June 20, 2003
Major league teammates who attended the same high schools: J.T Snow and Robb Nen...Los Alamitos Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin...Moeller (Cincinnati) Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson...McClymonds (Oakland) Tommie Agee and Cleon Jones...Mobile (Alabama) Jerry Royster and Rowland Office...Sacramento Tim McCarver and Mike Shannon...Lakewood (Ohio) Source: World Features Syndicate
June 24, 1990 |
In a back room of his mother's house, Alex Johnson picked up the silver bat. He gripped it as though he were hitting, checked a swing, then slowly ran his hand over the surface, which was tarnished with age. Johnson was awarded the bat for winning the 1970 American League batting championship--the only Angel to have been a batting champion. It was one of the closest races in history, Johnson edging Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox by .0003.
March 3, 2007
T.J. Simers pretending to know baseball is a bit disturbing, sort of like Shaquille O'Neal conducting free-throw seminars, or Britney Spears giving marital advice. With all due respect to Maury Wills, his 104 stolen bases in 1962 aren't going to get him into the Hall of Fame. In 1961, he stole 35 bases; in 1963, he stole 40. Although he shattered Ty Cobb's record, many voters regarded his achievement as a fluke. Do I personally think Wills belongs in the Hall? Yes. But on the basis of his .281 batting average and 1,067 runs scored -- and not until the underrated Vada Pinson and Gil Hodges get there first.