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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sports on Earth:  If the Yanks Retired Every Number .

22—Allie Reynolds, RHP, 1947-1954

Acquired from Cleveland straight-up for Hall of Famer Joe Gordon after the 1946 season, the hard-throwing Reynolds was a five-time All-Star and six-time World Champion in New York, finishing in the top three in the AL MVP Award voting in both 1950 and ‘51. Primarily a starter, he also appeared regularly in relief, both in the regular season and World Series….

43—Jeff Nelson, RHP, 1996-2000, 2003

A right-handed, side-arming set-up man with the Frisbee slider and chainsaw-starting celebration, Nelson left his mark on the great late ‘90s Yankees teams, posting a 139 ERA+ in his five full seasons in New York….

99—Aaron Judge, OF, 2016-present

Judge is actually the third Yankee to wear No. 99. Righty reliever Brian Bruney wore it in 2009, and Charlie “King Kong” Keller wore it in his final Major League season, which consisted of a pinch-hit strikeout and a single inning as a defensive replacement in left field. The question is: Will Judge be the LAST Yankee to wear the number?

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2017 at 01:09 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: uniforms, yankees

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-29-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 29, 1917:

When the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox took the field at Red Elm Park, Memphis, yesterday, for the first road game of their spring championship series, the town folk of the Southern burg witnessed an innovation in baseball. Players of both teams wore on the sleeves of their uniforms identification numbers similar to those adopted by some of the leading universities for their bootball warriors.

Cool. I’m enjoying seeing the occasional reference to uniform numbers as they slowly get adopted.

No mentions in today’s papers of yesterday’s dugout story, Heinie Groh leaving Reds camp early and going home to Cincinnati. I guess it must not have been a big deal.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, uniforms

Friday, March 17, 2017

Why do the A’s wear green? You can thank Charlie Finley | MLB.com

Though many of Finley’s ideas have now faded away into the annals of baseball history—there are no more hot pants days, mules named “Charlie O” or orange baseballs filling your broadcast—the Athletics are synonymous with the green and gold.

When you watch all the green on the field for St. Patricks Day, don’t just thank the 1978 Reds for being the first to start the tradition. Thank Charlie Finley for proving, long before the days of alternate jerseys, that fans do want colorful unis.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 05:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, charlie finley, uniforms

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