Today’s five – Bob Speake, Hector Lopez, Jackie Brandt, Jim Perry and Orlando Pena. Interesting facts from the backs of their baseball cards. Lopez has played every position except catcher and first base. Speake is a golf addict. Brandt twice led the minor leagues in assists Perry was second in the Eastern League in wins […]

Vern Law

The 1960 Cy Young award winner, Law won 162 games in a career that lasted 16 years. A two-time all star and a member of the Pirates’ 1960 World Series winning team, Law pitched exclusively for Pittsburgh during his career. His best season was 1960. It was the lone year he won 20 games. He […]

Fred Kipp

Kipp pitched in parts of three seasons for the Dodgers before finishing his career in the big leagues with a brief stint with the Yankees in 1960. He came up with Brooklyn in 1957 but pitched just one game. He saw considerably more action the following season, pitching in 40 games for the Dodgers during […]


Five sent off today. Ernie Broglio, Barry Latman, Willie Kirkland, Solly Drake and Joe Shipley. Latman is an interesting guy as he is one of the most successful Jewish American pitchers of all time. In fact, he is sixth in career strikeouts (829) and eighth in both games pitched (344) and wins (59). I’ll give […]

Dick Brodowski

A call-up to the Red Sox at the age of 19, Brodowski had his baseball career interrupted by a two-year stint in the military that seemed to do more harm than good to what had been a promising start. Brodowski pitched in 20 games, including 12 starts for Boston, in his rookie season of 1952. […]

Bob Bowman

Bowman played five seasons in the majors, from 1955-59, all with the Philadelphia Phillies. Never and every-day player, Bowman had two seasons where he came close to playing in 100 games. He hit .288 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 91 games for the Phillies in 1958. Known for having a strong arm, […]

Jim Breazeale

Breazeale spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues, playing with the Atlanta Braves from 1969-1972 and then, kind of astonishingly, returning six years later to play 25 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1978. Rarely do you see a player return to the minor leagues for six seasons and then manage to […]