Swings and misses

An all star in 1974, John Hiller led the American League in saves (38), games finished (60) and games (65) in 1973. He was 10-5 that season with a 1.44 ERA and finished fourth in the Cy Young and fourth in the MVP vote as well. He went 17-14 with a 2.64 ERA during his […]

Swings and misses

Jerry Koosman asked us to donate $10 to help “the indigent.” We sent him $20 in hopes that extra money would be enough to get him to fill out the questionnaire. It did not work. Koosman won 222 games over a 19-year career that stretched from 1967-1985. He was an all star in 1968 and […]

Swings and misses

The Rookie of the Year in 1969, Lou Piniella spent 18 years playing in the majors, most notably for the New York Yankees. He was with the Kansas City Royals, however, when he hit .282 with 11 home runs to claim top rookie honors. Piniella went on to play in one All-Star Game and finish […]

Swings and misses

Due to the fact we were out of town for two weeks and not getting our mail, we’ve got a lot of these to log. So, enjoy this super, super-sized swings and misses! Curt Simmons won 193 games pitching mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals from 1947-1967. He made the National League […]

Swings and misses

One of the 100-oldest-living players, Tommy Brown spent nine seasons playing in the majors. He came up as a 16-year old with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and stuck around for 1945 as well. With World War II over, Brown was out of pro ball in 1946 but came back to the Dodgers the following […]

Swings and misses

One of the 100-oldest-living players, Howie Judson went 17-37 with 14 saves over seven seasons in the majors. He lost 14 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1949 but had a better year in 1950 when he appeared in 46 games and posted a 3.94 ERA. The White Sox sent him to the Cincinnati […]

Swings and misses

One of the 100 oldest living players, Hal Naragon┬áspent 10 years playing in the majors for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins. He appeared in 424 big league games, posting a .266 batting average with six career home runs. While he did not answer our questions he did send back one extra baseball […]