December 7, 2013
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About Richard BarbieriBorn and raised in New York City, Richard still lives there to this day. He works full-time at a large New York City government agency, a job which funds both his apartment and the many, many baseball books that occupy that space. But not much else.
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On Dec. 21, 1859, Bill Traffley was born in New York City. He would later make exactly 100 errors in his major league career. New York resident Richard did not make quite that many this year, but still suffered a few misplays.
Inspired by the birth on December 12 of "Flea" Clifton (1909) and "Bugs" Reisigl (1887), Richard looks throughout baseball history and creates the "All-Pest" team.
On Dec. 6, 1899, Jocko Conlan was born. He would go on to a brief major league playing career, hitting .263 in 128 games. Despite such mediocre numbers, though, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. Richard explains how it happened.
On Nov. 17, 1867, George Stallings was born. Later known as both "Gentleman George" and "The Miracle Man," he had a baseball career that spanned 40 years and launched at least that many stories.
On Nov. 7, 1944, Joe Niekro was born. He's in rare company: a major league player who not only had a sibling in the majors, but later, a child.
On Oct. 28, 1989, the Oakland A’s won game four over San Francisco, giving them the final World Series title of the 1980s. Richard calculates which team was the best of that decade.
On Oct. 27, 1991 John Smoltz started game 7 of the World Series. The Braves would lose that game, giving Minnesota the World Series title. Unfortunately for Smoltz, that was just the beginning of the bad news when it comes to the postseason.
On Oct. 1, 1995 the Colorado Rockies clinched the National League wild card, reaching the playoffs after just three seasons of existence. In 2001 the Arizona Diamondbacks would top that by winning the World Series in their fourth year. Now that both teams are in the playoffs again, Richard asks which expansion franchise is the most successful ever.
The life and trials of David Weathers.
Wherein Richard visits the Windy City, coming back with a few photos and a good deal of history.
On Sept. 11, Dave Roberts was born. But save the birthday cards, Red Sox Nation—this Dave Roberts was born in 1944 and is just one of many players who share a name with a far better-known major leaguer.
As rosters prepare to expand for teams around the league tomorrow, Richard uses a player who made his debut on September 1 to help him discover just what various awards are really worth.
On Aug. 20, 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd and final grand slam. Today, Richard looks at some of the all-time leaders in that category. Here's everything you want to know in grand slam trivia.
The good, the bad and the ugly of first overall draft picks.
Eyewitness to baseball's (temporary) demise
The best day a home run hitter ever had
Someday soon, Barry Bonds will become the first man to hit 756 home runs. But on July 23, 1890, Harry Stovey became the first to hit 100. Richard looks back at his life and career.
On July 17, 1963, Bobby Thigpen was born. Sure, we all know he once saved 57 game in a season, but there has to be more to the man than that, right?
On July 7, 1958, Glenn Hoffman was born. Why do we remember him? He is just one of the many brothers who found themselves watching as their siblings went on to greater glory.
On June 27, 1940, the Brooklyn Dodgers and their fans celebrated the men who had written baseball’s “National Anthem.” As with all good baseball stories, however, there is more to it than a mere song.
Sing "Happy Birthday" to the man with history's best screwball.
On June 10, 1987, a player who is attempting to break one of baseball’s biggest records began his professional career. Nope, not Barry Bonds.
On June 4, 1907 George Washington was born. No, not that George Washington, obviously, but the brief career of the man born Sloan Vernon Washington does give us a chance to discuss the many players christened wholly or in part for our nation’s leaders.
On May 27, 1969, Todd Hundley was born. What does this have to do with Richard's high school theory on playing right field and the error total of the 2006 Mets? Read on to find out.
On May 20, 1963, David Wells was born. What does he have in common with Ray Oyler and Ned Williamson? Read to find out, but here's a hint: It's something he doesn't have in common with Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi
On May 17, 1963 Don Nottebart threw the first no-hitter in the history of the Houston franchise. The final score, however, reflected not only Nottebart’s pitching abilities, but also the defense he had playing behind him, and prompted memories of other “flawed” no-hitters.
On May 10, 2000, Ricky Bones suffered a back injury that forced him to miss his start for the Florida Marlins. Bones’ injury came in the clubhouse before the game and is one of the many bizarre misfortunes that have struck down ballplayers over the years.
On April 23, 2007 Richard watched the New York Mets host the Colorado Rockies. As this game shows us, baseball history is all around, even when the action is live in front of you.
On April 15, 1976, the Cubs hosted the Mets at Wrigley Field. That game would end with 17 runs allowed, just one of a crazy week of games at the ballpark in Chicago’s North Side.
On April 10, 1897, Ross Youngs was born. By the time he was 21, he was a major league regular. Just more than 10 years later, Youngs was dead. In that short time, however, he managed to construct a career deemed worthy of the Hall of Fame.
On April 1, 1996 the Mets rallied to beat the Cardinals 7-6 on Opening Day. That’s not all of the story, nor the only oddity about the first day of the season that Richard turned up this week.
Part II: Ticker tape this autumn? No reason why not
What does the McLaughlin Group have to say about the Washington Nationals? A lot more than you might think.
On March 22, 1965 Glenallen Hill was born. Thirty-five years, four months, and two days later, he played his first game for the New York Yankees, beginning a hot streak that has stuck with Richard even to this very day.
On March 14, 1953 Tim Ireland was born. On March 17 across the world, everyone is “ Irish for the day.” It is therefore hard to imagine a week better suited to creating the All-Ireland team
On March 8, 2001, Albert Belle’s de facto retirement began. But how much would this ultimately end up costing the Baltimore Orioles, their fans and the man formerly known as Joey?
On March 2, 1909, Mel Ott was born. He would go on to hit more than 500 home runs in a 22-year, Hall of Fame career. But that’s not what drew Richard’s interest to him.
On Feb. 20, 1941, Clyde Wright was born. He would go on to win exactly 100 games in his major league career. But what does that have to do with his son Jaret and with Mel and Todd Stottlemyre?
Across the world, Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. So what better day to look back at some of the best and worst of baseball Valentines?
On Feb. 8, 1921, Hoot Evers was born. With a nickname like that, you know he has to be a player with a story worth a column.
On Feb. 2, 1923, Red Schoendienst was born. That’s just one of many facts Richard learned about him in writing this week’s column.
On Jan. 22, 1969, the Expos traded Donn Clendenon to the Houston Astros. Unhappy with the move, Clendenon announced his retirement. So how did he end up the MVP of the World Series for the Miracle Mets that year?
On Jan. 20, 1965, Nick Altrock died in Washington, D.C. But the real story is what happened in the nearly 60 years Altrock spent in baseball before that.
On January 10, 1910, Lynwood Thomas Rowe was born. How he became 'Schoolboy' and the 15 years he spent in the major leagues is a story worth hearing.
On January 6, 1992 the Yankees made Danny Tartabull the highest-paid player in the game. What made him deserving of this honor, and what did it say about the Yankees and Royals?