The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia

last time Pittsburgh hosted the Midsummer Classic . The senior circuit came into the game as prohibitive underdogs , threatening to end the perfect 3-0 record they and Puckett and an error by third baseman Matt Williams to enjoyed in ...

The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia

The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia


Hammerin Hank George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid

Midsummer. Classic. C. harlie Finley phoned Dick Williams at the hospital. Not to wish him a speedy recovery from his emergency appendectomy. No, usually when Finley called his manager, he did so with specific instructions: drop this ...

Hammerin  Hank  George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid

Hammerin Hank George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid

"The vivid story of a young Reggie Jackson on Charlie Finley's A's and the veteran Willie Mays on Yogi's Mets, both destined for the '73 series." -Library Journal This was the year that the national pastime underwent an extreme makeover. In 1973, baseball was in crisis. The first strike in pro sports had soured fans, American League attendance had fallen, and America's team-the Yankees-had lost more games and money than ever. Yet that season, five of the game's greatest figures rescued the national pastime. Hank Aaron riveted the nation with his pursuit of Babe Ruth's landmark home run record in the face of racist threats. George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees at a bargain basement price and began buying back their faded glory. The American League broke ranks with the National League and introduced the designated hitter, extending the careers of aging stars such as Orlando Cepeda. An elderly and ailing Willie Mays-the icon of an earlier generation-nearly helped the Mets pull off a miracle with the final hit of his career. Reggie Jackson, the MVP of a tense World Series, became the prototype of the modern superstar. The season itself provided plenty of drama served up by a colorful cast of characters. The Mets, managed by Yogi Berra, performed another near miracle, rising from last place in the National League East to win the division and take the A's to seven games in the World Series. Pete Rose edged Willie Stargell as the National League's MVP in a controversial vote. Hank Aaron chased Babe Ruth's landmark 714 record in the face of racial threats. Reggie Jackson, the World Series MVP, solidified his reputation as Mr. October. Willie Mays, arguably the best player of the '50s and '60s, hit the final home run of his career and retired, no longer able to keep pace with the younger players of the next generation. Future Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and George Brett played in their first major league games; Luis Aparicio and Mays played in their last. That one memorable summer changed baseball forever. "It's a season-ticket to one of the greatest years in baseball history. John Rosengren has given us one of the most enjoyable baseball books to come along in years." - Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

Home Run

Musial took sole possession of the top spot on the career leader board for All-Star homers with this, his fourth round-tripper in the Midsummer Classic, hit in his 12th game, also a record at the time. Another National League victory in ...

Home Run

Home Run

The home run is indeed baseball's ultimate weapon. It can change a game in a heartbeat, making a tight game into a blowout or a seemingly easy win into a nail-biter. Homers are majestic, powerful, and awe inspiring. And sluggers are the sport's biggest stars, from the days of Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds. David Vincent, called "The Sultan of Swat Stats" by ESPN, delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color. He starts when the rules of the game were highly unstable and sometimes the definition of a home run could change in a park from year to year; follows through the "Deadball Era," when the home run was rare; explores the explosion Babe Ruth brought to baseball in the 1920s; discusses how both world wars affected homer statistics; looks at great home run races such as Maris versus Mantle in 1961; assesses the effects of the juiced ball, juiced players, thin air, and smaller ballparks; and so much more. If there is something to know about home run history, look to David Vincent for the answer-Major League Baseball does. With Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon, now you can know it too. A 1990s Nike commercial proclaimed that "chicks dig the long ball." In this thorough and colorful look at baseball's ultimate weapon, David Vincent shows you why.

Home Run s Most Wanted

Sandy is one of three Alomars to play in the All Star Game, as his father, Sandy, and his brother, Roberto, have also appeared in the Midsummer Classic. Sandy, Jr. homered in the 1997 game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland and ...

Home Run s Most Wanted

Home Run s Most Wanted

The home run has changed the game of baseball, moving it into a sport where might makes right and fans clamor for the clout. Home Run’s Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Monumental Dingers, Prodigious Swingers, and Everything Long-Ball celebrates all there is about the home run, from the folks that hit it, the guys that serve it up, and even the voices proclaiming, “It’s outta here!” David Vincent, called “The Sultan of Swat Stats” by ESPN, brings it all to you in this fact-filled smorgasbord of home run knowledge. His detailed and varied top-ten lists include top home run totals position by position; players with the most homers against the Yankees; the youngest and oldest to “go yard”; pitchers who surrendered the most homers; the states that have birthed the most top hitters; home run hitters with the longest last names; and even the top totals for players with the common last name of Williams. There’s so much more, too. With a database of every single round-tripper ever hit, Vincent can present just about anything home run related you can imagine, and does so in this book. From the interesting and surprising to the humorous and just plain offbeat, Home Run’s Most Wanted™ fills the bases with fun trivia about the longest ball of them all.

Milwaukee Braves

The Midsummer Classic con— tinued its doubleheader format, despite two years of mixed reactions from the fans. The first game, in San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Tuly 11, saw Spahn start and pitch three scoreless innings for the ...

Milwaukee Braves

Milwaukee Braves

During their thirteen years in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Braves never endured a losing season, won two National League pennants, and in 1957 brought Milwaukee its only World Series championship. With a lineup featuring future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Niekro, the team immediately brought Milwaukee "Big League" credentials, won the hearts of fans, and shattered attendance records. The Braves' success in Milwaukee prompted baseball to redefine itself as a big business—resulting in franchises relocating west, multi-league expansion, and teams leveraging cities for civically funded stadiums. But the Braves' instant success and accolades made their rapid fall from grace after winning the 1957 world championship all the more stunning, as declining attendance led the team to Atlanta in one of the ugliest divorces between a city and baseball franchise in sports history. Featuring more than 100 captivating photos, many published here for the first time, Milwaukee Braves preserves the Braves' legacy for the team's many fans and introduces new generations to a fascinating chapter in sports history.

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip 2nd

Appropriately, Ryan, wearing a Rangers uni', earned the W in relief, making him the oldest pitcher to win the Midsummer Classic at the age of forty-two. The most recent Mid-Summer Classic to take place in Anaheim occurred in 2010, ...

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip  2nd

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip 2nd

The most entertaining and comprehensive guide to every baseball fan’s dream road trip—including every new ballpark since the 2004 edition—revised and completely updated!

Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

Appropriately, Ryan, wearing a Rangers uni', earned the W in relief, making him the oldest pitcher to win the Midsummer Classic at the age offorty-two. The most recent Mid-Summer Classic to take place in Anaheim occurred in 2010, ...

Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

The most entertaining and comprehensive guide to every baseball fan’s dream road trip—including every new ballpark since the 2004 edition—revised and completely updated!

The Best of Everything Baseball Book

classic. midsummer. claSsic. Since 1933 Major League Baseball has held an All-Star Game about halfway through the season. Also known as the Midsummer Classic, the game was created to give players a break from the long season.

The Best of Everything Baseball Book

The Best of Everything Baseball Book

When was the first World Series played? What MLB pitcher holds the league record with seven no-hitters? Which player stole home 54 times during his career? Learn the answer to these questions and more in The Best of Everything Baseball Book.

Mickey Mantle s Greatest Hits

Meanwhile , appearing for the first time in the midsummer classic is the sensational Willie Mays , who will , from this point on , play in the midseason All - Star Game each year for the remainder of his 22 - year career : 24 All - Star ...

Mickey Mantle s Greatest Hits

Mickey Mantle s Greatest Hits

Traces the remarkable career of Mickey Mantle through a daily log of the legendary switch-hitter's home runs and historic games

The Baseball Stadium Insider

JULY 10, 2001: THE STARS COLLIDE FOR THE MIDSUMMER CLASSIC With the Mariners in the midst of the most successful season in American League history, it would make sense that the All-Star Game be held in the Pacific Northwest helping to ...

The Baseball Stadium Insider

The Baseball Stadium Insider

The Baseball Stadium Insideris the essential companion to your ballpark experience. Inside, you'll discover the features, facts, and figures that make each stadium unique. From the saltwater tank filled with live cow-nosed rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay to the Ferris wheel and carousel at Comerica Park in Detroit, exciting details await you with every turn of the page. This comprehensive ballpark guide will appeal not only to fanatics of America's pastime, but novice baseball admirers as well. Have you ever been to a game and wondered about the retired numbers adorning the outfield wall? Wonder no more—The Baseball Stadium Insider explains what each of these great ballplayers did to become baseball legends. Finally, all of the incredible games that have etched themselves into baseball history over the decades are represented. Who could ever forget Game 6 of the 1975 World Series when Boston's Carlton Fisk hit his famous extra-inning home run off Fenway's left field foul pole? Or when the Cleveland Indians, down 14–2 in the seventh inning, staged one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history to defeat the Seattle Mariners? So go ahead, take yourself out to the ballgame and get to know the cathedrals of baseball.

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