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Mike Marshall SI Cover Mike Marshall of the Los Angeles Dodgers (shown here on an SI cover) was the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 1974. He finished third in league MVP voting as well. A screwball pitcher, the indefatigable Marshall appeared in 106 games in 1974. Thirteen of those appearances were in consecutive games. Both marks are modern MLB records. Marshall was a bit of an eccentric for his day. He was a student of kinesiology and nearly quit baseball after 1974 to pursue his PhD. He believes that proper mechanics can totally eliminate pitchers' arm injuries. He was also dead set against signing autographs--especially for kids. Why the reluctance to sign? Marshall believed professional baseball players should not be revered as heroic figures by children. (The Cincinnati Reds, the "establishment team" of the 1970s, loathed Marshall because of his no-autograph policy--and because he made the difference in the Dodgers winnng the 1974 NL West title instead of the Reds.) The scarcity of Marshall's autograph makes it valuable and desirable to collectors. More often than not, the rare specimens of it are written as "Dr. Mike Marshall."
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Added: 25th June 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2012-07-02 
He sounds like he was a little self centered. Since the beginning of baseball, the kids always looked to the players, especially the greats.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-07-07 
Agreed. Ballplayers should be as accommodating as humanly possible to their fans--especially the kids.
Posted by: Classico on 2012-07-07 
Dick Allen and Ted Williams also didn't care to give too many autographs. Allen thought that a handshake was sufficient. I have to agree with all three - after all, female athletes often don't bother to give autographs and they are never hassled for being that way. In fact, a few years some female soccer players in the old womens pro league got so fed up with demands for autographs that they started cursing the crowd most of which were children. This never got media attention but there were several witnesses including a lady friend of mine who brought her three children to that match. I can tell you a few more horror stories in that regard but it is not really relevant.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-07-07 
I don't know if it's the case anymore, but NHL players were generally regarded as the most accessible to their fans. Bobby Hull, in his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, would sign hundreds of autographs each night withut complaint. He made a special guest appearance at a senior amateur game near my home in the late 1980s. I swear that 80 percent of the crowd forgot about watching the game and instead lined up in the arena's foyer for Hull's autograph.

Times have changed.
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