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Fun With Retrosheet: League Leaders With the Fewest Games Played

October 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Cliff Blau recently mentioned to me that Vince Barton led the NL in getting hit by pitches in 1931 despite playing only 66 games and wondered what were the fewest games for players leading their respective leagues in a hitting category. So since major league baseball returned to a 150+ game schedule in 1904 (and […]

Chuck Tanner: El manager que siempre veía oportunidades de ganar. (Chuck Tanner: The manager who always saw a chance for winning)

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Probablemente la madre de Tanner le habló de las hazañas de Honus Wagner, Bill Abstein, Fred Clarke, Vic Willis, Howie Camnitz, Lefty Leifield y todo el equipo de los Piratas de Pittsburgh que ganó la Serie Mundial de 1909, 4-3 ante los Tigres de Detroit. O compartió con Chuck el seguimiento de los Piratas que lucharon por el banderín de la Liga Nacional en 1938 y llegaron segundos a 2 juegos de los Cachorros de Chicago. Seguro pasaron momentos de silencio y tristeza consolándose porque los bucaneros se quedaron fuera de competencia. Ni que decir de que en 1960 a lo mejor su señora madre llamó a Chuck eufórica por el jonrón de Billy Mazeroski que le dio la Serie Mundial a los Piratas o que pudieron compartir la gesta de Danny Murtaugh, Roberto Clemente, Steve Blass, Manny Sanguillén, Richie Hebner, Al Oliver, Bob Moose, Dock Ellis y todo el equipo de Pittsburgh de 1971.

“We Had to Pay the Price:” How the Pirates Traded for Chuck Tanner

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Chuck Tanner’s death last Friday struck particularly close to the hearts of longtime Pirate fans.  He was the down-to-earth local kid who went away, made good, and then returned to lead his hometown club to a World Series title in 1979.  But as the Pittsburgh media reminisced about Tanner’s life and career last week, they […]

El Irlandés Silbador (The Whistling Irishman)

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hace alrededor de unos tres años recibí un correo de SABR (Sociedad Americana de Investigadores de Béisbol) solicitando aficionados que quisieran escribir alguna anécdota sobre el magnífico manager de los Piratas de Pittsburgh, Danny Murtaugh. La idea era que la historia estuviera relacionada con la cotidianidad del escritor para darle más profundidad. La nieta de […]

Babe Ruth Homered in $800 Million Baseball Game

May 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On August 26, 1943, 48-year-old Babe Ruth hit a home run off 43-year-old Walter Johnson into the right field stands at the Polo Grounds. The blast – one of the last by the Babe – was witnessed by 35,000 fans and helped raise $800 million in War Bonds. Organized by the long-since defunct New York […]