Sunday, August 31, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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.
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
I also chose Clemente's 1971 Topps card, my favorite of all his baseball cards, to post for his 80th Birthday.
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
One of my favorite baseball cards in my collection is the 1962 Topps card of him in his classic Tigers road uniform.
In '66 Rocky slugged 30 homers and had 72 RBI, making his final All-Star Game.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Tigers purchased Heilmann for $1,500 in 1914 from the Poftland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.
From 1923 through 1927, Ty Cobb s last year in Detroit, the Tigers entire starting outfield of Manush, Heilmann, and Cobb, were all future big league HOF players.
Heilmann is also famous for winning four A.L. batting titles in odd numbered years, 1921-23-25-27.
Did you know?
Harry Heilmann was the first former big league ballplayer to become a baseball broadcaster?
Harry Heilmann broadcast Tigers games from 1934 until his passing away from Cancer just two days before the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit in 1951.