Saturday, May 20, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
This 46 minute film is worth the watch. It contains several interviews with Dead Ball Era baseball players telling their stories.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Ken Holtzman’s misfortune was to break in with the Chicago Cubs in 1966, when the Cubbies would finish dead last in the National League. In his rookie campaign, he would finish with a record of 11-16 with an ERA of 3.79.
In 1969, on August 19, 1969, he would throw his first no-hitter besting the Atlanta Braves. June 3, 1971, Holtzman would no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. It would be the first no-hitter in that in the history of Riverfront Stadium. Holtzman was the first pitcher in modern baseball to toss two no-hitters.
After the 1971 season, he was traded to the
A’s for an outfield named Rick Monday. Holtzman would have his best seasons in Oakland . Oakland
He was a two time all-star, three time World Series Champion with the
A’s 1972-1974. The
1973 season would be his only twenty win season. He would finish his career
with a record of 174-150 with an ERA of 3.49. He had 1,601 career strike outs.
He made stops with the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and came back to
finish his career with the Cubs. Oakland
Tony Perez broke into the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1967 that his power started to show. It was a season that he would hit 26 home runs with 102 RBI. His career would see 9 more seasons of 20+ home runs, and the first of 7 seasons of 100+ RBI.
He was a seven time all-star, and won back to World Series Championship with the Big Red Machine in 1975-1976. His career hitting line was .279/.341/.463 with 379 home runs and 1,652 RBI. In 2000, Perez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, and the Reds have retired his #24.
Perez would have productive seasons with the Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox. He would make a brief stop with the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring with the Reds in a second stint with the team.
Frank White was a slick fielding second baseman for the Kansas City Royals playing from 1973-1990. His 18 seasons were all in a Royals uniform, a rare feat in the free agent era.
White was a light hitter in his early days, but improved his hitting to the point that he was able to win the Silver Slugger Award in 1986. He had his best offensive season of his career with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. He hit 160 home runs with 886 RBI, and a slash line of .255/.293/.383.
He won the Gold Glove Award eight times, and did it six straight seasons from 1977-1982. He was the ALCS MVP in 1980, and was a five time American League all-star. He was a member of the 1985 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.