Swings and misses

One of the 100-oldest-living baseball players, Val Heim appeared in 13 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1942. He hit .200 in 45 at bats with seven RBIs and six runs scored. Heim spent the next three years serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to professional baseball in 1946 […]

Mike Proly

Proly pitched for parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, going 22-29 with 22 saves. He first came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976, pitching in 14 games and getting his first major-league win. He spent the next year in the minors, but was back up in 1978 with the Chicago White […]

Swings and misses

The first player selected by the Montreal Expos during the 1969 expansion draft, Balor Moore pitched for eight years in the majors, going 28-48 with a 4.52 ERA. He came up with Montreal as a 19-year old in 1970 and pitched in six games, going 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA. After a return to the […]

Swings and misses

A five-time all star, Cecil Cooper spent 17 years in the big leagues, playing for the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers the entire time. He hit .298 in his career with 241 home runs. Cooper’s career flourished after he was dealt from Boston to Milwaukee. In addition to his five trips to the All-Star […]

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 […]

Bert Thiel

One of the 100-oldest-living baseball players, Thiel appeared in four games for the Boston Braves in 1952. A pitcher, Thiel threw seven innings, compiling a 1-1 mark with a 7.71 ERA. He struck out six and finished one game. His minor-league career stretched from 1947-1961. He posted double-digit wins seven times while pitching in the […]