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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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This week Richard moves into his new apartment. In honor of the move, he looks back at the first season by players who moved to a new home and did so for many millions of dollars.
On December 7, 1976 the Seattle Mariners traded Grant Jackson to the Pirates for Craig Reynolds and Jimmy Sexton. The trade is notable, but not for the players involved.
On November 30, 1998 Randy Johnson signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This would prove to be one of the great contracts of all-time for a pitcher. Richard looks at this and other deals.
On Nov. 19, 1892 Everett Scott was born. Scott is the answer to a trivia question that puts him in common with players like Steve Garvey and Matt Kemp.
On November 8, 1896, Bucky Harris was born. Richard continues to fill in the gaps in his Hall of Fame education with a look back at the life and career of the "The Boy Wonder."
November 5 is the birth date of players who earned seven All-Star appearances, hit more than 800 home runs, and won more than 400 games. But it is also the birthday of a number of players with a memorable name.
On October 27, 1922 Ralph Kiner was born. As with many Hall of Famers from before his time, Richard knows only the basics of Kiner’s career. This week he looks back to learn more.
While the League Championships Series continue this week, Richard looks back at some notable leaders in those series, which are often overlooked.
On Oct. 8, 1927 the World Series ended in a rather unusual way, giving the powerhouse Yankees the title. Richard looks back at this and other last moments of the fall classic.
On September 20, 1958 Hoyt Wilhelm threw a no-hitter against the New York Yankees. That remains the last time a single pitcher no-hit the Bronx Bombers. Richard looks back at this and other franchise no-hitter records.
On September 17, 1960 John Franco was born. Franco recorded 424 saves in his career, a number which still stands as a record, one under fire this season. Richard looks back on his life and career.
On September 11, 1999 the Minnesota Twins gave any pajama-clad fan free admission. Richard looks back at this and other unusual promotions.
On August 24, 1960 Cal Ripken Jr. was born. After a 21-year career, justly rewarded with a plaque in Cooperstown, Ripken continues to be involved in the game at both the youth and professional levels. Few in baseball can compare with Ripken’s fame; Richard looks at them this week.
On Aug. 17, 1977 Mike Maroth was born. Maroth holds a dubious distinction: He was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.
On August 12, 1940 Ernest Lawrence Thayer, the author of Casey at the Bat died in California. Richard looks back at the history of the man himself, and the work that made him famous.
August 3 has seen several events in baseball’s past which are unlikely to be repeated any time soon. Richard looks back at the unusual history which accompanies this day.
This Sunday Richard went to see the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League play. He comes back with some observations on the nature of baseball outside the major league hierarchy.
On July 15, 1999 Safeco Field opened in Seattle. That meant the end of major league baseball at the Kingdome, which hosted the game from 1977 until that date without ever seeing a title. Richard looks at other, similar parks.
On June 28, 1962, Mickey Cochrane died. In honor of his passing, Richard looks back on the man known as "Black Mike."
June 20 was Father’s Day this year. In honor of celebrating Dad, Richard looks back on some of the notable Senior and Junior pairs in major league history.
On June 13, 1953, Bob Elliott was sent to the Chicago White Sox. This was the last major league franchise the man known as “Mr. Team” would play for, but that does not mean his story is worth passing up.
On June 10, 1947, Ken Singleton was born. Richard looks back on his life and career.
On June 3, 1993, Alex Rodriguez was drafted as the first pick in the first round of the amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners. He is the best player taken in that spot since the draft began in 1965. Richard looks at some others.
On May 26, 1973, Louis “Chicken” Hawks died in California. Hawks had a limited career, so he did not make the cut for Richard’s All-Bird Team. Read on to find out who did.
This past week, both Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon suffered blown saves. This got Richard to think about some of the playoff blown save superlatives in baseball history.
On May 8, 1893, Edd Roush was born. Before his major league career ended in 1931 he would win two batting titles, top forty doubles and thirty steals, and win a World Series. Richard looks back at his career.
On April 27, 1983, Nolan Ryan broke the all-time strikeout record previously held by Walter Johnson. Richard looks back on the Ryan Express and his career.
On April 23, St. George’s Day will be celebrated around the world. In honor of the man himself, Richard presents the All-George Team, the best of the best of those who share their name with the dragon slayer.
This week Richard takes a break from looking at the history of baseball, and interviews a pair of men—including a 300-game winner—seeking to help define baseball's technological future.
On April 8, 1966, the Houston Astros had their home opener. Though this was the second Opening Day at the Astrodome, it was the first to be played on AstroTurf. In honor of this event, Richard looks back on the history of "artificial grass."
On April 3, 1989, Ken Griffey Jr. made his major league debut. Since then he has created a Hall of Fame career for himself, but one honor—a World Series title—has eluded him. Richard looks at other great players with no ring.
On March 25, 1951, Eddie Collins died. Richard looks back at the career of this all-time great player.
On March 18, 2010, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will begin. In honor of this event, Richard looks back on the handful of players who saw time in the big leagues of both baseball and basketball.
On March 10, 2009, the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic squad lost its second game to the unheralded Netherlands, knocking the Dominicans out of the tournament. But all is not lost for the DR, as this week Richard looks back at the best pitchers to come from the country.
On March 4, 1944, the Philadelphia Phillies officially changed their name to the Philadelphia Blue Jays. Obviously, it failed to take. Richard looks back on that and other name changes across baseball history.
On Feb. 24, 1926, Eddie Plank died in Gettysburg, Pa. Gettysburg Eddie, nicknamed for the town where he was born, educated and died, won 326 games and two World Series during his 17-year career. Richard looks back at the A’s lefty.
Fifty different men who have played in the major leagues were born on Feb. 20. And as luck would have it, several of them earned a memorable name. Richard looks back on a few.
As "Snowmageddon" continues, paralyzing much of the East Coast, Richard looks at players who might be at home in such weather.
On Feb. 4, 1909, John Clarkson died in a Massachusetts psychiatric hospital. It was an unfortunate and inglorious end to the life of a man who is still one of the five winningest right-handed pitchers in National League history. Richard looks back on his life.
On Jan. 26, 1813, Juan Pablo Duarte was born. Duarte would go to a life as a leader in the movement to establish the Dominican Republic as an independent nation. In his honor, Richard brings you the All-Dominican Team.
This week Richard received his copy of Chris Jaffe’s Evaluating Baseball’s Managers. In honor of the work, he attempts to assemble the "All-Manager Team."
The past two years have seen the NHL stage the Winter Classic at two of baseball’s most famous parks. But on Jan. 16, 1884, a legendary baseball figure helped stage a baseball game unlike any you have ever seen, but one fans of the NHL could appreciate.
As the first week of 2010 begins, Richard rolls back the clock to look at what stories might be news around this same time a century ago.