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Mike Schmidt Newsbeat
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
How did Pete Alexander dominate the Yankees in the 1926 World Series when he was with the Cardinals despite being drunk? The answer to that question dispels a myth and reveals the different circumstances of professional baseball at the time. Quite simply, Alexander was not drunk when he entered Game Seven of the ‘26 Series in relief.
On Billy Hamilton: The athlete who’s the first to do something well usually seems remarkable. If they do it well enough, they can be startling to the senses. Babe Ruth was the first man to regularly swing for the fences and make good on his intentions. The tall farmboy Cy Young was the first to throw the baseball really hard overhand. In track and field, Jesse Owens was the first to combine blazing speed with incredible natural strength. Wilt Chamberlain was the first man so tall who was not clumsy and awkward, who was so unusually gifted that he seemed like a freak from another planet. It was Dr. J who made the dunk an art, and Micheal Jordan made soaring toward the basket a thing of ballet-like beauty. Today, Steph Curry is the first man to make shooting long-range jumpers look simple.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Mike Schmidt running?
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?
Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in his playing days. He was revered by the writers (and his teammates) for his toughness, intelligence, skill and leadership on the field, and he dominated the MVP vote during his prime. His year-by-year MVP finishes, 1950-1956: Third, first, fourth, second, first, first, second.
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