Archive for the ‘1930s’ Category

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Baseball Legends: Hazen Shirley “Kiki” Cuyler (Pirates 1921-1927, Cubs 1928-1935, Reds 1935-1937, Dodgers 1938)

May 15, 2008

An outstanding hitter and the fastest player in the NL in his prime, KiKi Cuyler reached the majors in 1921 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was a regular in the lineup in 1924, when he hit .354. In 1922, he hit .357 with 45 doubles, 26 triples, 18 homers, 102 RBIs, 144 runs scored, and 41 stolen bases.

In the 1925 World Series against the Washington Senators, he had a game-winning home run in the second game, and in game seven his 2-run double in the 8th defeated Walter Johnson and Washington 9 to 7, making it the only time in his career he would be part of a championship team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: Ted Williams (Red Sox 1939-1942, 1946-1960)

May 5, 2008

“It was typical of him to become a Marine Air Corps pilot and see action and almost get shot down. He was a remarkable American as well as a remarkable ballplayer. His passing so close to a national holiday seems part of a divine plan, so we can always remember him not only as a great player but also as a great patriot.” – Vin Scully

Ted Williams the Splendid SplinterTed Williams made his Major League debut on April 20, 1939. In his first season he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Just three short years later he won the American League Triple Crown. His season of 1941 was overshadowed at the time by Joe DiMaggio, but it was one of the greatest in baseball history. He was hitting .400 going into the last day of the season, but played in the doubleheader anyway raising his average to .406 for the season. He is the last player to hit .400 in a season. In 1942 Ted won the first of two Triple Crowns. He hit .356 with 36 home runs and 137 RBI’s. He came in second in the MVP voting to Joe Gordon of the Yankees. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (Cuban X-Giants 1906, Philadelphia Giants 1907-09, Leland Giants 1910, New York Lincoln Giants 1911-15, 1926-30, Chicago American Giants 1914, 1916-17, New York Lincoln Stars 1915, Brooklyn Royal Giants 1918-1920, New York Bacharach Giants 1919, Columbus Buckeyes 1921, Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 1922, 1924-25, 1931-32, Hilldale Daisies 1923, Harlem Stars 1931)

April 26, 2008

“I do not consider that I was born at the wrong time. I felt it was the right time, for I had a chance to prove the ability of our race in this sport, and because many of us did our very best to uphold the traditions of the game…we have given the Negro a greater opportunity now to be accepted into the major leagues with other Americans.” – Pop Lloyd

Pop Lloyd is yet another reason why it is such a shame that baseball was segregated. He is considered one of the best players to ever play the game, but did not get a chance to shine. Because he did not play in the Major Leagues he is not very well known right now, but during his playing days he was considered the best shortstop in the Negro Leagues, and maybe all of baseball. His fielding earned him the nickname “the shovel.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: Bobby Doerr (Red Sox 1937-1951)

April 23, 2008

“The kids can look up the statistics, but that won’t tellBobby Doerr them who Bobby was.” – Johnny Pesky

Bobby Doerr played his entire career at second base for the Boston Red Sox. He was one of the best second basemen of his era. Defensively he was very good. He once held the American League record for errorless chances by a second baseman with 414. He was a good hitter as well. He hit .288 with 223 home runs and 1,247 RBI’s in his career. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: Josh Gibson (Homestead Grays 1929-1931, 1937-1940, 1942-1946, Pittsburgh Crawfords 1932-1936)

April 19, 2008

“He had an eye like Ted Williams, and the power of Babe Ruth. I played with Willie Mays and against Josh GibsonHank Aaron, they were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.” – Monte Irvin

One of the unfortunate periods of baseball history was when it was segregated. The sheer act of racism was bad enough, but the fans were robbed of seeing some great players. One of those players was Josh Gibson. He was called “the Black Babe Ruth.” The fact that he is credited with more home runs than the Bambino makes you wonder if Babe Ruth shouldn’t be called “the White Josh Gibson.” Gibson lived a short but eventful life, and is one of the most recognized Negro League players to this day. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: Mel Ott (Giants 1926-1947 player, 1942-1948 manager)

April 15, 2008

Mel Ott was my grandfather’s favorite player. Mel OttAll other players were compared to him. My dad’s favorite player was Minnie Minoso. According to my grandfather Minnie was not good. My favorite player was Carlton Fisk. I used to sit at his house and listen to how Carlton was a horrible catcher. As far as my grandfather was concerned after 1947 there were no good ball players anymore.

Mel was one of those players that played (and managed) his entire career with one team. He played his entire 22 year career with the New York Giants. In those 22 years he hit .304 with 511 home runs and 1860 RBIs. He did play at the Polo Grounds though. Being a left handed batter he only had to hit the ball 258 feet to right field. Of his 511 home runs 323 of them came at home. He may have had a short porch to aim for in right, but center field was 505 feet away. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baseball Legends: Bob Feller (Indians 1936-1941, 1945-1956)

April 10, 2008

Bob Feller is one of those players that shows why the book The Greatest Generation was right. He pitched his entire 18 year career for the Cleveland Indians. He amassed 266 wins and 2,581 strikeouts in his career. Those numbers could have been better, but Bob joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked and missed four full seasons. During his time in battle he was decorated with five campaign ribbons, and eight battle stars.

When he returned from the war the next season he won 26 games and struck out 348 batters. Another amazing fact about Robert was that during his career he pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters. This man was dominant. Bob’s fastball was legendary. In his day we did not have the technology that we have today, but his fastball was clocked at 98 mph at the plate. This was late in his career when he had lost some velocity already. Today’s radar readings are taken as the ball leaves the pitchers hand. He must have been nasty to face. Read the rest of this entry ?

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