Ron Brand

Brand was the starting catcher for the expansion Montreal Expos during their inaugural season. He played in 103 games that season, hitting .258. He played eight seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1963 and finishing with the Expos in 1971. Brand was a career .239 hitter with three home runs.Continue reading “Ron Brand”

Steve Blass

Blass was one of the best pitchers in the National League during a 10-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates that abruptly ended when he completely lost his ability to control the baseball. Blass came up with the Pirates in 1964, but spent 1965 in the minor leagues. He returned to the big-league club in 1966Continue reading “Steve Blass”

Dennis Ribant

Ribant pitched for six seasons in the big leagues, coming up with the New York Mets in 1964 and concluding his big-league run with the Cincinnati Reds in 1969. In between he made appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. His career record was 24-29 with a 3.87Continue reading “Dennis Ribant”

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”