Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Jim Perry

In the past two weeks we covered families that baseball is the family business, Two weeks ago it was the Alous, last week it was the Niekros. This week it Jim and Gaylord Perry. Jim Perry pitched from 1959–1975 for four different teams. During a 17-year baseball career, Perry compiled 215 wins, 1,576 strikeouts, andContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Jim Perry”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Jesus Alou

During a 15-year baseball career, he played for the San Francisco Giants (1963–68), Houston Astros (1969–73; 1978–79), Oakland Athletics (1973–74), and New York Mets (1975). He was the youngest of the trio of baseball-playing brothers that included Felipe and Matty.Alou was considered a better prospect than either of his brothers and received a $4,000 signingContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Jesus Alou”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Felipe Alou

He made his major league debut in 1958 and was an All-Star in 1962, when he batted .316 with 25 home runs and 98 RBI Felipe was joined by his brothers, Matty in 1960, and Jesús in 1963, who, on September 15 of that year became the first, and as of today only, all-brother outfield.Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Felipe Alou”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Sanguillen

Often overlooked when talking about great catchers from the 1970’s Sanguillén was one of the best catchers in Major League baseball in the early 1970s.While he didn’t possess Bench’s power hitting ability, Sanguillen hit for a higher batting average.He was an integral member of the Pirates teams that won three consecutive National League Eastern DivisionContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Manny Sanguillen”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Willie Mc Covey

I had two of the above baseball cards of Willie Mc Covey. Always wanted to see him hit homeruns but never wanted to see hit homeruns against the Mets, but he did …Mc Covey was scary coming to the plate very tall and strong. And could play defense at first base. Mc Covey played nineteen seasonsContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Willie Mc Covey”

Smallthoughts : Old School Tuesday …Dusty Baker

In light of Dusty Baker becoming manager of the Washington Nationals a job he has been interested in for some time ( we are going to start Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday by spotlight …Dusty Baker. Before becoming a big league manager, Dusty Baker was a successful major league player. Baker began his major league baseballContinue reading “Smallthoughts : Old School Tuesday …Dusty Baker”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Kevin Appier

Appier’s solid pitching during his first full season in the majors earned him several rookie acclades in 1990. His fastball, tight slider and nasty forkball contributed to impressive pitching statistics, distinguishing himself as one of the American League’s top right-handed starting pitchers throughout much of the 1990s Appier enjoyed the most success with the RoyalsContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Kevin Appier”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Holtzman

He was the only pitcher since the 1880s to throw two no-hitters for the Cubs, and was one of the principal pitchers on Oakland’s championship teams from 1972 to 1975. Through 2010, his 174 career victories are the most in the major leagues by a Jewish pitcher (ahead of Sandy Koufax). His 1,601 strikeouts areContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Ken Holtzman”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Sal Bando

During the A’s championship years of 1971-75, he captained the team and led the club in runs batted in three times. He was the second American League third baseman to hit 200 career home runs, joining Brooks Robinson, and retired among the all-time leaders in games (5th, 1896), assists (6th, 3720) and double plays (7th,Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Sal Bando”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Joe Rudi

It has long been reported that when Yankee owner George Steinbrenner was spending money on free agents, thwn Yankee manager had a preference for Joe Rudi over Reggie Jackson, Rudi was a solid outfielder  with a great throwing arm and was a solid clubhouse presence that would have fit in the Yankees like Thurman MunsonContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Joe Rudi”