Swings and misses

A reserve catcher for 10 years, Tim Blackwell hit .228 with six home runs in 426 games. His career began in 1974 with the Boston Red Sox and concluded in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. Along the way he played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. He had one year as the Cubs’ starting […]

Swings and misses

Charley Rabe pitched in 11 big-league games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and 1958. He went 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings. He made two starts and finished one game while striking out 16 of the hitters he faced. Rabe’s professional career lasted from 1952-1963. A veteran of 15 seasons, Ernie Whitt […]

Swings and misses

In 12 big league seasons Bob Skinner hit .277 with 103 home runs. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1963 with his best season coming for the team in 1962. He hit .302 with 20 home runs that year. He joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1963, then played for the St. Louis Cardinals for […]

Swings and misses

An all star in 1979, Dave Lemanczyk pitched for eight years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Detroit Tigers in 1973 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He posted a 37-63 mark with a 4.62 ERA in his career. He was 13-16 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and led […]

Jim Lonborg

The ace of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” Boston Red Sox, Lonborg enjoyed a long 15-year career in the majors, winning 157 games for three teams. He came up with Boston in 1965 and was a 10-game winner in 1966. The following year would be the best of his career. Lonborg went 22-9 in 1967, helping […]

Mike Easler

Nicknamed “The Hitman”, Easler spent parts of 14 years playing in the majors. He came up with the Houston Astros in 1973 and spent three seasons there. He made a brief stop with the California Angles in 1976 before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977. It took a couple years, but Easler eventually became a […]