Bob “Buck” Rodgers

Perhaps better known as a manager, Rodgers spent nine seasons catching in the big leagues, all of them for the Los Angeles/California Angels. He appeared in 16 games for the Angels in 1961 then was their starting catcher the following season. He hit .258 that year with six home runs and 61 RBIs, as well […]

Bill Virdon

The 1955 Rookie of the Year, Virdon spent 11 years in the major leagues, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates through the 1965 season. He also appeared in six games for the 1968 Pirates, three years after his last major league appearance. Virdon’s first season was his best. In his only full […]

Bobby Thomson

The man who hit “The Shot Heard Round the World,” Thomson had a fine major league career that stretched from 1946-1960. A three-time all star, Thomson hit 264 home runs and drove in over one thousand runs during his career. He came up with the New York Giants in 1946 and was the team’s starting […]

Frank Thomas (The Original One)

A three-time all star, Thomas blasted 286 home runs during 16 years in the majors. He arrived in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 but saw action in just 45 games over the next two seasons. He was a starter for the Pirates in 1953 and he responded by hitting 30 home […]

Swings and misses

Steve Renko won 134 games while pitching for seven different clubs from 1969-1983. He had his best years for the Montreal Expos from 1970-1974. Four times during this span, he won 12 or more games, twice reaching his career-high of 15. His best season came in 1973 when he went 15-11 with a 2.81 ERA. […]

Wayne Terwilliger

Nicknamed “Twig,” Terwilliger played for nine years in the major leagues, compiling a .240 career batting average along the way. Terwilliger broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1949 and was the team’s starting second baseman the following year. He enjoyed arguably his finest season at the plate that year, hitting .242 while setting career […]