About a decade ago, I had a chance to talk to Jim Pagliaroni over the phone. It was right about the time that Catfish Hunter died from the effects of ALS. Hunter’s family and friends had started the Catfish Hunter Foundation, and Pagliaroni was chosen to serve as one of its directors. I found Pagliaroni […]
This has been a rough stretch for fans of baseball in the 1970s. First, we learned of the death of former big league right-hander Jim Bibby. Then came the news that ex-Dodger Willie Davis had been found dead in his southern California home. And now, on Friday, former Orioles left-hander Mike Cuellar lost his battle […]
A look at some fashionable trends displayed over the past six weeks.
Bruce Markusen bids a fond farewell to one of the game’s colorful characters.
Baseball lost an original on Tuesday. Former Dodger standout Willie Davis, who also played for the Expos, Rangers, Cardinals, Padres and Angels, was found dead at his Burbank home. He was 69. Some of Davis’ eccentricities were good. Some were unpleasant. Yet, he was always memorable. And he was a pretty good ballplayer who combined […]
A half-dozen catchers get their due.
Jim Bibby, Slick Surratt and a minor league team are gone.
A favorite old set, an old pitcher, and a young first baseman all come together in this week’s Card Corner.
Baseball nicknames come in all shapes and sizes. Some are rather insulting, as we see in this week’s Cooperstown Confidential.
Baseball lost one of its legends last week, a one-of-a-kind personality and character.
Curt Motton was hardly a household name; if you’re a baseball fan under the age of 40, it’s probable you never heard of him. Yet, he was a good enough player to become an important backup on those great Baltimore Orioles teams of 1969-1971. Motton, who died last Thursday at 69 after a yearlong battle […]
Let’s have some fun with names in this week’s Cooperstown Confidential.
A blast from the past made some news, showing us that some things—and some people—don’t really change.
It’s only natural that the latest Hall of Fame election brings a reaction from Cooperstown in this week’s Confidential.
Dick Allen is in the news this week, making it perfect timing for Bruce Markusen to write about one of his favorite ballplayers.
Will it be a swanswong for Sweet Lou in Chicago? Bruce Markusen looks at the highlights of a playing and managing career in this week’s “Card Corner.”
Membership in the Hall of Fame grew by two on Monday, as Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey received sufficient support from the 16-man Veterans’ Committee. Harvey is one of those slam dunk candidates who should have been elected years ago. He was the National League’s counterpart to Nestor Chylak, a commanding presence behind the plate […]
Will any new managers make the Hall of Fame in the December election? Bruce Markusen argues for one man to be considered by the Veterans Committee.
Errors by the guy who rips others’ errors. And a tribute to Ron Klimkowski.
The terrific new book by Larry Tye has Satchel Paige in the news again. That’s always a good thing.