Jody Davis

A two-time all star, Davis spent 10 years playing for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. In 1,082 games he hit .245 with 127 home runs. He broke in with the Cubs in 1981 and became the team’s starting catcher the next season. He hit .274 with 24 home runs, 84 RBIs and 56 runsContinue reading “Jody Davis”

Swings and misses

A three-time all star, Sparky Lyle pitched for 16 years in the majors, going 99-76 with a 2.88 ERA and 238 saves. He twice led the American League in saves, first with 35 for the New York Yankees in 1972, then again with 23 for the Yankees in 1976. He was an all star inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Larry Bowa

A five-time all star, Bowa was one of the best shortstops in baseball for much of his 16-year career. He arrived in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970 and finished third in the Rookie of the Year vote. He led the NL in triples (13) in 1972 while winning his first Gold Glove.Continue reading “Larry Bowa”

Swings and misses

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1971, Chris Chambliss spent 17 years playing in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 185 home runs. He played for just three teams during his career, the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He was an all star for the Yankees in 1976, a yearContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

From 1959-1961, Dan Dobbek hit .208 with 15 home runs while playing in 198 games for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins. He spent one full year with Washington, 1960, and hit .218 with 10 of his career home runs. His professional career lasted until 1963. Mark Brouhard spent six seasons as a reserve outfielder for theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Amos Otis

A five-time all star, Otis starred for the Kansas City Royals through the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. He came up with the New York Mets in 1967 but was traded to Kansas City following the 1969 season. The Royals made him their starting center fielder and he blossomed with the team, making his firstContinue reading “Amos Otis”

Tommy Helms

The National League Rookie of the Year in 1966, Helms spent 14 years in the big leagues, playing for four teams from 1964-1977. He played in just 23 games in 1964 and 1965, but became the Cincinnati Reds starting third baseman in 1966. He hit .284 that season with nine home runs and 72 runsContinue reading “Tommy Helms”

Sixto Lezcano

A veteran of 12 big league seasons, Lezcano came up with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974 and became a regular for the team the following season. He hit 21 home runs in 1977 and 15 more in 1978. His best year came in 1979 when he hit .321 with 28 home runs and 101 RBIs.Continue reading “Sixto Lezcano”

Bobby Knoop

A veteran of nine major league seasons, Knoop played gold-glove second base for the California Angels from 1964-1969. Teaming with Jim Fregosi to form one of the best double-play combinations in the game, Knoop won the American League Gold Glove from 1966-1968. His best season at the plate was 1966 when he hit a career-highContinue reading “Bobby Knoop”