We love Sport's Illustrated when they put baseball on the cover, and this week SI has given us two regional covers, featuring the Kansas City Royals and Little League World Series sensation Mo'Ne Davis.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday to former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson.
Robert Clinton Richardson was born on August 19, 1935, in Sumter, South Carolina.
Bobby attended Edmunds High School in Sumter before signing with the New York Yankees on June 12, 1953.
Bobby made his big league debut with the Yankees on August 5, 1955, at the age of 19.
Bobby was a stellar second sacker for the Yankees from 1955-66, a five time Gold Glove Winner and three time World Series Champion, in 1958, 61, 62.
In 1960 Bobby became the only player on a losing team to win the World Series MVP Award, batting .367, with 11 base hits, 12 RBI, scoring 8 runs.
The Yankees lost in Game 7 of the '60 WS to the Pittsburgh Pirates, on a Game Winning Home Run by fellow second baseman Bill Mazeroski.
Bobby is also known for his 1962 World Series saving catch of a line drive off the bat of the San Francisco Giants slugging First Baseman Willie Mc Covey with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 7.
In 12 big league seasons, Bobby collected 1,432 hits, 196 doubles, 37 triples, 34 home runs, and 390 RBI in 5,386 at bats.
In those 1,412 games and 5,586 at bats Bobby struck out just 243 times, finishing with a .266 lifetime batting average.
Bobby led the American League in base hits in 1962 with 209, and led the Junior Circuit in at bats in '62 (692), '63 (630), and '64 (679).
After Bobby retired he became the Head Baseball Coach at South Carolina, from 1970-76, taking the Gamecocks to their first NCAA Baseball Tournament in 1974, and the College Baseball World Series in 1975.
Bobby was also the Head Baseball Coach at Liberty University and at Coastal Carolina University.
Bobby Richardson published his memoir, "Impact Player," in 2012, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Happy 79th Baseball Birthday Bobby!
Monday, August 18, 2014
80 years ago today, August 18th, 1934, the great Roberto Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Clemente left us much, much, to early, passing away at the age of 38 in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972, while sending aid to earthquake ravaged Nicaragua.
If you haven't read a book on the Pirates Hall of Fame right fielder, I suggest Clemente, by David Maraniss.
I simply loved the book, couldn't put it down, just tremendous
I also chose Clemente's 1971 Topps card, my favorite of all his baseball cards, to post for his 80th Birthday.
Today we send out a special Happy Baseball Birthday to the great Roberto Clemente!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Happy Baseball Birthday #60 to Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated was first published on August 16, 1954, with a picture of Milwaukee Braves slugger Eddie Mathews gracing the cover.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday to former big league ballplayer, manager, Chicago White Sox owner and Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Today's Happy Baseball Birthday is former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Today is Happy Baseball Birthday #81 for former big league slugger Rocky Colovito.
Rocco Domenico Colovito was born on August 10, 1933 in New York, New York.
Rocky attended Roosevelt High School in NYC, and signed as a amateur free agent with the Cleveland Indians in 1951.
Rocky made his big league debut with Cleveland on September 10, 1955, and came up to stay in 1956, hitting .276 in 101 games, scoring 55 runs, slugging 21 home runs, with 65 RBI, in 322 at bats.
Those 21 home runs started a streak of 11 consecutive 20+ home run seasons, 1956-66, including three 40+ HR years, '58, '59, '61.
With the Tribe in '58 Rocky smashed 41 home runs, with 113 RBI, batting .303, and leading the American League in slugging percentage at .620.
In '59 the Indians slugger smacked a American League leading 42 HR, driving in 111 Tribe runners, making his first American League All-Star team.
Just before the start of the 1960 season the Cleveland Indians shocked the baseball world by trading Colovito to the Detroit Tigers for 1959 American League batting champion Harvey Kuenn.
Indians fans loved the slugging Colovito, and Tigers fans loved Kuenn, and neither set of fans were very happy.
Colivito and the Tigers would prove to be the winners of the trade.
In 4 years alongside future Hall of Fame RF Al Kaline, Colivito smashed 139 home runs, 45 of them coming in 1961, along with 140 RBI, a .296 average and his first All Star Game as a Tigers player.
Following the 1963 season the Tigers traded Rocky to the Kansas City Athletics, after a 22 HR, 91 RBI season.
Rocky hit 34 HR, with 102 RBI for the '64 A's, who then traded Colovito back to his original team, the Indians.
Colovito promptly smacked 26 homers and drove in an American League leading 108 base runners in 1965.
In '66 Rocky slugged 30 homers and had 72 RBI, making his final All-Star Game.
In the middle of the '67 season, on July 29th, the Tribe sent Colovito to the Chicago White Sox, who then sold Rocky to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On July 7, 1968, the Dodgers released Rocky, who signed with the New York Yankees on July 15th.
The Yankees then released Rocky at the end of the 1968 season, Rocky's final year in the big leagues.
In his 14 years in the big leagues, Rocky Colivito played in 1,841 ball games, collecting 1,730 base hits, 282 doubles, 21 triples, 374 home runs, 1.159 RBI, and 971 runs scored.
In the field Rocky made just 70 errors in 3, 516 chances, finishing with a .980 fielding percentage.
Colovito coached in the big leagues after his playing days, with the Indians in the 1970s and the Kansas City Royals in the 1980s.
Rocky Colovito was named to the Indians All Century Team in 2001, and was Inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2006.
Today we send out our warmest Happy Baseball Birthday wishes to the Rock, Rocky Colovito!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday to former big league catcher and manager Ralph Houk.
Houk was the Detroit Tigers manager from 1974-78, and oversaw the rebuilding of the Tigers after the great teams of the late '60s and before the Tigers terrific run into the 1980s.
Happy Birthday Mr. Houk!