What’s all this?

It all started with a box of keepsakes my father kept on his closet shelf, far from the dirty hands of his only son. The box was full of magic, as far as I was concerned, and I spent many a day staring at it on that ledge, just out of my reach, hoping he […]

Steve Farr

Farr pitched for four different teams over an 11-year career that spanned from 1984-1994. In 509 big league games, he went 48-45 with a 3.25 ERA and 132 saves. He came up with the Cleveland Indians and lost 11 games as a rookie in 1984. Cleveland released him at the end of the season and […]

Swings and misses

Joe Hicks played in 212 games during five years in the big leagues. He played from 1959-1963 and hit .221 with 12 home runs. He played sparingly for the Chicago White Sox in his first two years, then joined the Washington Senators in 1961. Hicks played in 102 games for the team in 1962 and […]

Dick Simpson

Simpson played for six different teams during seven years in the majors. In 288 games he hit .207 with 15 home runs. He broke in as a 19-year old with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962 and promptly got a hit in his first at bat. Simpson never found any regular playing time with the […]

Jay Howell

A three-time all star, Howell pitched for 15 years in the majors, starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1980 and finishing with the Texas Rangers in 1994. In between those years he was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. After a stop with the Chicago Cubs in 1981 and three years with the […]

Kurt Stillwell

An all star in 1988, Stillwell spent nine years in the majors, hitting .249 with 34 home runs in 998 games. He broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and was immediately a starter for the team, playing in 104 games as a rookie and 131 the next season. The Reds dealt him to […]

Bryn Smith

Smith pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 108-94 with a 3.53 ERA while playing for the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies from 1981-1993. Smith was 18-5 with a 2.91 ERA for the Expos in 1985. This was easily his best year. He strung together a string of six straight […]