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Friday, April 14, 2017

Ranking Yankees!

“Who is the greatest Yankee in history after Babe Ruth?”

It’s not a question that would hold any interest for the late George Steinbrenner, who once quipped: “Second place is really first loser.” But we baseball fans are suckers for rankings, so rankings shall commence.

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As a hitter, Derek Jeter is second only to Honus Wagner among shortstops; as a defender, Jeter is second to literally every player to ever man the position.

gehrig97 Posted: April 14, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: berra, dimaggio, gehrig, jeter, mantle, mariano rivera, ruth, yankees

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

“There Are Very Few Individuals as Fascinating as Lefty O’Doul”

Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).

After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul was appointed “Manager for Life” of the legendary San Francisco Seals (a position he held for 17 years); established a reputation as the best (and most cerebral) hitting instructor in the game; and, through sheer force of will and personality, did more than any other person to promote baseball in Japan, where it remains a national obsession (and where O’Doul is still revered).

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“Maybe I was a ham…but what’s the use in doing something when no one’s looking?”

gehrig97 Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dimaggio, japanese baseball, lefty o'doul, macarthur

 

 

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