Dick Tracewski

Tracewski spent eight seasons manning various infield positions for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers from 1962-1969. In 614 games he hit .213 with eight home runs. He twice (1963, 1964) played in over 100 games, with 1964 going down as his best year at the plate. He played in 106 games that seasonContinue reading “Dick Tracewski”

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A two-time world champion, Greg Gagne played for 15 years in the majors, hitting .254 with 111 home runs in 1,798 games. He played from 1983-1997 and made appearances for the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers. His best years came while playing shortstop for the Twins. He was Minnesota’s starting shortstopContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Dave Rosello spent nine years playing big-league baseball. He broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1972 and finished with the Cleveland Indians in 1981. In 422 games, Rosello hit .236 with 10 home runs. Tom Niedenfuer saved 97 games for four different teams while pitching from 1981-1990. Niedenfuer’s best years came while working forContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Larry McWilliams pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 78-90 with a 3.99 ERA. His best year came in 1983 when he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games and had a 3.25 ERA in 35 starts. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young vote at the season’sContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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 BostonContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Joe Beckwith

Beckwith pitched for seven years in the majors, going 18-19 with seven saves and a 3.54 ERA between 1979 and 1986 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals. He pitched in 42 games for the Dodgers in 1983, then had his best year the next season with the Royals. He won eight gamesContinue reading “Joe Beckwith”

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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 1992Continue reading “Swings and misses”

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 atContinue reading “Ron Cey”

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 theContinue reading “Jerry Reuss”

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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 YorkContinue reading “Swings and misses”