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Players who hit most home runs in a season without a grand slam

Players who hit most home runs in a season without a grand slam – Illustration FORTY HOME RUNS HAVE BEEN HIT BY A PLAYER IN A MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON 259 times–and on 94 of those occurances, the 40-HR player failed to produce a grand slam. Below is a list of players who hit 40 or […]

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The Fans Speak Out

The Fans Speak Out – Letter to the Editor In the October issue of Baseball Digest in the article on “Rookie Scouting Reports,” it was mentioned that Alex Rodriguez “became only the third shortstop since 1900 to play in the majors at age 18.” Robin Yount was one of the other two. Who was the […]

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Stories about Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams are still relished – Warm Up Tosses

Stories about Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams are still relished – Warm Up Tosses – Column John Kuenster THERE ARE TIMES IN A COLUMNIST’S LIFE WHEN HE OR SHE ENCOUNTERS A creative period as arid and virtually lifeless as the El Centro desert in Southern California where the temperature can soar as high as 120 […]

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Broken bones have impaired many a major league career

Broken bones have impaired many a major league career – Warm Up Tosses John Kuenster IN THE THEATER, THE CUSTOMARY WAY FOR YEARS TO WISH AN ACTOR GOOD LUCK as he makes his first appearance in a show is to pat him on the back and say, “Break a leg!” How this expression came about […]

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Speed has no substitute: Braves’ Rafael Furcal: A Tough Runner To Pin Down

Speed has no substitute: Braves’ Rafael Furcal: A Tough Runner To Pin Down Thomas Stinson SPEED IN BASEBALL IS EASY TO identify, not so easy to explain. In Minnesota, Cristian Guzman might be the fastest man in the majors, but he has difficulty stealing a base. In Florida, Luis Castillo might be the game’s foremost […]

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players and fans alike enjoy the special feeling of being caught up in the chase for a championship

For the love of a pennant race: players and fans alike enjoy the special feeling of being caught up in the chase for a championship Larry Stone MARINERS PLAYERS WOULD come to the ballpark at noon and reluctantly leave past midnight. The previously morgue-like Kingdome was rocking like it never had before, the never-used Mariners […]

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Single-season pitching records for pre-existing N.L. teams – only clubs with minimum 10 years major league existence – National League – Illustration

Single-season pitching records for pre-existing N.L. teams – only clubs with minimum 10 years major league existence – National League – Illustration – Statistical Data Included SINGLE-SEASON PITCHING RECORDS FOR PRE-EXISTING N.L. TEAMS (ONLY CLUBS WITH MINIMUM 10 YEARS MAJOR LEAGUE EXISTENCE) BOSTON BRAVES (1901-1952) Wins Year Vic Willis 27 1902 Togie Pittinger 27 1902 […]

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baseball stories, facts, and figures

Strange but true: baseball stories, facts, and figures Allen Lewis ONLY TWO PENNANT-WINNING TEAMS since 1900 in the American or National League led their league in errors and one even won the World Series that season despite the shoddy defense. The 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates committed 224 errors but still beat out the New York Giants […]

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Defense is first priority: solid glove work continues to be the essential standard by which shortstops are measured, even in the current era that has produced strong hitters at the position

Defense is first priority: solid glove work continues to be the essential standard by which shortstops are measured, even in the current era that has produced strong hitters at the position Al Doyle LIFE WAS SIMPLER–AND STARTING jobs were more plentiful–for slick-fielding, weak-biffing shortstops prior to 1990. In many cases, managers asked for nothing more […]

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Marlins Ace Right-Hander Ryan Dempster Learning to Be No. 1 – Florida Marlins pitcher

Marlins Ace Right-Hander Ryan Dempster Learning to Be No. 1 – Florida Marlins pitcher – Brief Article Mike Phillips According to his catcher, Charles Johnson, 24-year-old starter has the `tunnel vision’ possessed by great pitchers IT WAS EARLY, ABOUT 8:45 A.M. ON A typical day last March during spring training, and Marlins manager John Boles […]