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 […]

Ron Cey

A six-time all star, Cey clubbed 316 home runs during a 17-year career that saw him play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s. Nicknamed “The Penguin,” Cey finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year vote in 1973, his first year as the Dodgers’ third baseman. He remained at […]

Jerry Reuss

A two-time all star, Reuss won 220 games during 22 seasons pitching in the big leagues. From 1969-1990, he pitched for eight different teams and the Pittsburgh Pirates twice. He came up with the Cardinals and was a 14-game winner for them in 1971. After spending two years with the Houston Astros, Reuss joined the […]

Swings and misses

A veteran of 10 big league seasons, Clint Hurdle hit .259 with 32 home runs in 515 games played between 1977-1987. His best year came for the Kansas City Royals in 1980 when he hit .294 with 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and 50 runs scored. Hurdle also played with the Cincinnati Reds, New York […]

Norm Sherry

Sherry caught for parts of five seasons in the majors, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets between 1959-1963. In 194 big league games he hit .215 with 18 home runs. His best year came in 1960 when he hit .283 with 8 home runs for the Dodgers. His average dropped in […]