Swings and misses

Perhaps better known as a manager, Bobby Valentine played for 10 seasons in the majors, hitting .260 with 12 home runs. His best year came with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974 when he hit .274 and scored a career-high 42 runs. Valentine went on to manage the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston […]

Swings and misses

Joe Simpson spent nine years playing in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. In 605 games he hit .242 with nine home runs. He is notable as Gaylord Perry’s 3000th strikeout victim. Following his playing career, Simpson became a broadcaster. He has called Atlanta Braves games since 1992 […]

Swings and misses

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hit […]

Swings and misses

A member of the 1986 World Series winners, Doug Sisk pitching for nine years in the big leagues, going 22-20 with 33 saves. He spent the first six years of his career with the New York Mets. Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Sisk saved 11 games in 1983 and 15 more in 1984. He […]

Ken Oberkfell

Oberkfell spent 16 years playing in the big leagues. In 1,602 games he hit .278 with 29 home runs. He came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977 and became the team’s starting second baseman in 1979. Oberkfell enjoyed some great seasons for the Redbirds, hitting around .300 every year. He hit .301 in […]

Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Ken Forsch, won 114 games during a 16-year career that saw him pitch for the Houston Astros and California Angels. A versatile pitcher, Forsch worked as a starter and out of the bullpen. He saved 19 games for the Astros in 1976 which earned him his first trip to the all-star […]