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Saturday’s show: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams & Willie Mays this week in baseball history

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A little baseball history…….Babe Ruth hit # 60 in 1927…..Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941……..Willie Mays and the catch 1954……….…and more stories…..…..….


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September 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

August 26, 1987: Paul Molitor’s streak ends at 39

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On this day in 1987, Paul Molitor went 0-for-4 and the streak was over:     

Molitor finished the streak with a .415 batting average and raised his batting average from .323 to as high as .370 during it. In the 39 games, he was so efficient that he had a hit in his first or second plate appearances 22 times and went to his last at-bat only three times.
He’d been going for his 40th consecutive game, which would have tied him for the sixth-longest streak of all-time, that one by Ty Cobb in 1911.
“Really, it’s mind-boggling to be named in company like that,” he said. “It’s an honor, and something I’ll always treasure.”

It is still the 7th longest streak and the best since Pete Rose in 1978 and Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

Molitor broke with the Brewers in 1978.   He went on to have a marvelous career:  .306 average, 3,319 hits, & 1,307 RBI.   

He hit .355 for the Brewers in the 1982 World Series and was the 1993 World Series MVP when Toronto beat Philadelphia.

Just a great player and currently the manager of the Minnesota Twins.


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August 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

1907: Walter Johnson won the first of 417 wins!

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On this day in 1914, Walter Johnson won the first of his 417 wins.     In 1936, Johnson was part of the first class inducted to The Hall of Fame.

Check out these awesome statistics: 417 wins, 2.17 career ER, 3509 Ks, 531 complete games and 110 shutouts.

He also lost 279 games!

Johnson had a .599 winning pct.   In other words, he lost 40% of his games.

How do you lose 40% of your games with a 2.17 career ERA? He must have had a lot of 1-0 or 2-1 complete game losses.     

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August 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

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1992: Tom Seaver inducted Hall of Fame

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On this day in 1992, Tom Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tom Seaver broke with the Mets in 1967 at 22.     Along with Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, he was part of the team’s young pitching staff that took the team to the 1969 World Series.    

Seaver started fast in first full year of 1967:   16-13, 2.76 ERA and 18 complete games pitching for the 61-101 Mets that finished in last place.    He was the NL Rookie of the year!

Two years later, or 1969, Tom was the NL Cy Young with a terrific 25-7 & 2.21 ERA.      
Tom’s career stats got him to the Hall of Fame in 1992.:  311-205 & 2.86 ERA.    He played in 3 post season series with the Mets in 1969 & 1973 plus the Reds in 1979.

This is a partial list of his accomplishments:

1) one of only two pitchers in Major League history with 300 Wins, an ERA under 3.00 & 3,000 Strikeouts.   The other is Walter Johnson; and, 

2) he pitched twenty-seven 3-hitters, ten 2-hitters, five 1-hitters and a no hitter in 1978 wearing the Reds uniform.  

Just a great pitcher!

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August 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

Ivan was a game changer with that electric arm

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As I recall, Ivan Rodriguez broke with the Rangers in 1991 on the road in Chicago.  It was the start of an amazing career that took him to the Hall of Fame today.

What was the reason that we remember him after all of those years?   

Was it 2844 hits or a .296 career batting average?  

or catching 2,427 games?  

311 HR & 1,332 RBI?

The answer is his electric arm or his ability to kill a rally by picking of a runner at second or first.    Evan Grant remembers:

The first time Ivan Rodriguez threw the baseball to second base for a member of the Texas Rangers organization, it traveled at 93 mph. The first time he threw it to the base in a major league game, it reached the base before poor, unsuspecting baserunner Joey Cora even started his slide.
A legend was quickly born.

Over time,  Ivan not just picked off runners.    He also forced runners to cut down their leads thus making a double play a little easier or keeping many from reaching third on a single.       It changed the game as any manager on the other side will tell you.

It was amazing for many of us watching on TV as well.     We would watch the game expecting Rodriguez to pick off runners.

Congratulations Ivan!



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July 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

We remember Don Drysdale (1936-1993)

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The great Don Drysdale was born on this in 1936.   He died unexpectedly in 1993 of an apparent heart attack.   He was 56.  

Along with Sandy Koufax, they were one of the best pitching duos in history.  They both threw hard and won games.  

Drysdale retired with 209 wins, a 2.95 ERA and 167 complete games.   He pitched in 5 World Series with the Dodgers:  3-3 with a 2.95 ERA.    

His greatest moment had to be in 1968 when threw 6 consecutive shutouts and 58 consecutive scoreless innings.    

Drysdale was voted into The Hall of Fame in 1984.   I saw him pitch only on TV but he was awesome.


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July 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

1960: Juan Marichal’s debut was a 2-hit 1-0 victory over Phillies

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The great Juan Marichal, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1982, made his major league debut with style in 1960.      He retired the first 19 batters, and carried a no-hitter two outs into the eighth inning.   It was a 2-0 complete game victory, 12 Ks and just 1 walk.

He finished his rookie season: 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA.

The game was a sign of things to come:  243-142 and a career ERA of 2.89.  Marichal threw 52 shutouts; 10-time All-Star and was the game’s MVP in 1965.

Without question, the greatest Latino pitcher ever!   

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July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm