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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Joe Sports Fan: Finally, video of the infamous Mike Laga foul ball…

We’ve been over this before: Mike Laga is a legend.

In addition to having one of the most prolific baseball cards in Cardinals history, he hit a ball out of Busch Stadium.  Out of Busch Stadium.  Now, a few weeks ago, we postulated that this notorious event never happened; since footage seemed nonexistent and details of the feat are always presented as folklore.

Today, we eliminate that doubt.  While the Cardinals may have trashed their archives, the Mets (the opposition that night), documented it in their 1986 video entitled “A Year to Remember”.

DCW3 Posted: August 13, 2011 at 04:18 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Spahn Insane Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:10 AM (#3899149)
My favorite Sparky Anderson quote:

"Mike Laga will make you forget about every power hitter that ever lived."
   2. Austin Posted: August 13, 2011 at 06:01 AM (#3899157)
Oh, my goodness. I know the area where he hit it isn't actually that far from home plate, but man, if somebody asked me, "Do you think it's possible to hit a baseball onto the roof in foul territory here?", I would assume the question was asked in jest.
   3. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: August 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM (#3899177)
Some people, when they hear the name Mike Laga, think of the foul ball.

Me? I still can't get over his '87 Topps card. Which, yes, was referenced in TFA. But it needed a link from this thread.
   4. Leroy Kincaid Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:01 PM (#3899219)
While the Cardinals may have trashed their archives

Really? Is/was that a common MLB practice?

And I wasn't sure which card was being referred to but when Big Daddy mentioned '87 Topps it immediately came to mind.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:00 PM (#3899234)
Why is the foul ball infamous? Did it go on to become dictator of a third world country? Did it crash through the window of a taxi outside the stadium, causing the death of a family of tourists, including a pair of six-year-old twins and their fluffy kitten? Did the sight of it cause such consternation in the fans who saw it that several of them entered a catatonic state from which they have never recovered? Did the home plate umpire suffer whiplash from following the flight of the ball, causing his abrupt retirement from the game?

It's a famous foul ball, not an infamous one...
   6. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:38 PM (#3899251)
That foul ball caused an epically pedantic post. It is now infamous.
   7. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:44 PM (#3899255)
They are using the old definition of "infamous"
   8. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: August 13, 2011 at 04:09 PM (#3899267)
The video is a fun watch. I'd never seen a foul ball get a standing ovation before.
   9. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: August 13, 2011 at 04:27 PM (#3899274)
Why is the foul ball infamous?


It was so for the same reason the baseball card was "prolific," which was had "in addition" to hitting a ball out of Busch Stadium. Of course, its similarity to "And Mike Crudale" gives me the sneaking suspicion that the Gammons Generator wrote this post, or at least ghost-wrote most of it.
   10. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3899284)
If someone could tell, looking at minor league stats, why mike Lagan would never make it as a regular and Ryan Howard would be a superstar, that someone would become a very rich man.
   11. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM (#3899306)
I think the better comparison would be Dallas McPherson and Ryan Howard.
   12. BobT Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:30 PM (#3899332)
Daryle Ward when he was on the Astros hit a foul ball out of Dodger Stadium. I believe Darren Dreifort was pitching. It went out over the roof of the Reserved Level on the first base side. It might have even gone backwards.

There are also tales of balls that have been fouled back into Dodger Stadium's Top Deck, which is quite a poke (Five tiers up and set back from the field.) It requires a strong hitter and a guy throwing really hard.
   13. asdf1234 Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:40 PM (#3899334)
The video is a fun watch. I'd never seen a foul ball get a standing ovation before.


Live in St. Louis for a few years and you'll be applauding the air curtains at the grocery.
   14. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:41 PM (#3899336)
I was at the game when Mike Piazza hit one out of Dodger Stadium, and I saw Frank Thomas hit several home runs that haven't landed yet, but I kind of wish I'd never seen that Mike Laga video.
   15. AROM Posted: August 13, 2011 at 09:43 PM (#3899366)
"I think the better comparison would be Dallas McPherson and Ryan Howard."

Multiple injuries ruining full seasons might have something to do with it.
   16. AROM Posted: August 13, 2011 at 09:49 PM (#3899371)
"If someone could tell, looking at minor league stats, why mike Lagan would never make it as a regular and Ryan Howard would be a superstar, that someone would become a very rich man."

It's not that hard. Laga was a good, but not great AAA slugger. His minor league career was 267/340/506. So he should have been a 225/300/425 hitter instead of what he was, but even if he hit his MLE he really wasn't good enough to stick as a first baseman or DH.
   17. AROM Posted: August 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM (#3899374)
I watched Laga quite a bit in the minors. At the time I was not overly impressed, I thought he was a poor man's Mike Calise.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM (#3899376)
I thought he was a poor man's Mike Calise.

I always thought that Calise himself was the poor man's Mike Calise
   19. David Wrightwing obstructionist Posted: August 14, 2011 at 03:44 AM (#3899512)
Instantly thought of the baseball card when I saw this. Googling his BBref page, I came across this link in images. Funny stuff.

http://www.joesportsfan.com/cards.php?tag=St. Louis Cardinals

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