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Connie Mack 1927 Baseball scholars will recognize the man on the cover of Time Magazine as Connie Mack, baseball's grand patriarch and most enduring manager. Born Cornelius McGillicuddy, Mack, a former catcher, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates for three seasons (1894 thorugh 1896) and the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 seasons (1901 through 1950) for the astonishing total of 7,755 games managed! The fact that he owned the Athletics ensured he never got fired. His teams fluctuated from greatness to ineptitude largely because he was reluctant to pay big salaries to keep his star players. (His 1931 Athletics won 107 of 154 games. In contrast, Mack's 1916 Athletics won just 36 games.) Mack never wore a uniform on the bench, always a business suit. Much beloved by the baseball establishment, Mack was once quoted as saying he preferred his teams to start well but finish in fourth place. That way he would make a profit for the season but his players couldn't demand raises!
Tags: Connie  Mack  baseball 
Added: 16th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Moses Walker Predated Jackie Robinson Everybody knows that Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player, right? Wrong--by 63 years! Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker, a barehanded catcher, played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association way back in 1884 when the AA was a major league. Walker's presence on the team created considerable controversy. Walker was subjected to death threats and snubbed by his own teammates. His brother Welday joined the team for a while too, appearing in five games as an outfielder. However, with owners, players and fans all showing open hostility toward blacks, the major league moguls made a 'gentleman's agreement' not to sign any more black players after 1884. This tacit pact stood until Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day 1947.
Tags: Moses  Fleetwood  Walker 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Featured Member - Teresa here is ME in a nutshell . . grew up in a small town in southwest Virginia . .went to the University of VA and got a degree in Psyc . . so, i decided to really use my degree and i managed restaurants for about 30 years: Charley's (not the chain . . Charley Sands, and ex-Pirates catcher opened up 3 in VA in Charlottesville, Roanoke and Richmond,Va . . i managed all three at one time or another. Also managed Applebees and Steak and Ale's throughout the south. Atlanta was favorite location and i lived there for 9 years. Ditched the restaurant business after my 'store' was robbed in Atlanta . .Moved back home to have back surgery (fusion) and met my sweet husband. We had gone to High School together and started talking again when i was walking 10 miles a day to get my back into shape. Taught school in my hometown for a few years (i went and got my Early Childhood Ed degree at GA STATE when i was in my late 30's . .pretty proud of that). Now, i work for my sister who is an attorney and at a national public opinion research firm part time . . gives me the time to look after my Mom who is in her 80's. . no kids, but love them and ALL animals, great and small. And, i adore my family . .WHEW
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Added: 26th April 2008
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Posted By: Steve
Roy Campanella on Whats My Line Roy Campanella, the catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, appeared as a mystery guest on What's My Line in September 1953. (Campy would tragically be paralyzed in a car accident in January 1958, months after the Dodgers played their final game in Brooklyn.)
Tags: Roy  Campanella  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 20th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Little River Band  Reminiscing Music from Australia and New Zealand in the year 1978: Little River Band's promo-video for the hit single 'Reminiscing' (July, 1978) taken from the 1978 album 'Sleeper Catcher'. 'Sleeper Catcher' was the first Australian recorded album to reach platinum status in the US.
Tags: Little  River  Band  Reminiscing 
Added: 4th June 2008
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Posted By: rickfmdj
What Is Baseball Pitcher Steve Trachsel Up To These Days I ran into Steve Trachsel at the Bobby Valentine Benefit last week, to date Steve is still looking for a new team, under 30 days for pitchers and catchers to report.
Tags: Steve  Trachsel  Bobby  Valentine  Benefit 
Added: 29th January 2009
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Posted By: Steve
Oversized Catchers Mitt In 1960 Clint Courtney of the Baltimore Orioles used this oversized catcher's mitt (with its 45-inch circumference) to catch the dancing knuckleball of Hoyt Wilhelm. In this photo, oldtime catcher Ray Schalk poses with his 1912 mitt and Courtney's mitt.
Tags: catchers  mitt  oversized  baseball 
Added: 27th May 2009
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Joe Garagiola on Whats My Line From the syndicated version of What's My Line circa 1969, likable television personality Joe Garagiola is a mystery guest. A former major league catcher (of mediocre ability) Garagiola was a longtime baseball broadcaster on NBC's Game of the Week. He also was a mainstay of The Today Show. Garagiola was also a fairly decent game show host.
Tags: Joe  Garagiola  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 27th July 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Balloon-Style Chest Protectors Baseball umpires wore variations of the outside chest protector for about 80 years. In the major leagues, National League umpires made the transistion to inside protectors several years before their American League counterparts. The result was that NL umps generally called lower strikes because they tended to squat lower behind the catcher. After 1977, the American League mandated that all new arbiters wear inside protectors, but veteran umps could retain their balloons. The last umpire in the big leagues to wear an outside protector was Jerry Neudecker. He retired after the 1985 season.
Tags: umpires  balloon  chest  protector 
Added: 13th August 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Willard Hershberger - Baseball Suicide The only active major league baseball player to commit suicide during a season was Cincinnati Reds' catcher Willard Hershberger. The 30-year-old Hershberger was in his third season as a backup catcher for the Reds. Often moody, Hershberger was a loner who was extremely critical of his own play. When regular Reds' catcher Ernie Lombardi was injured during the 1940 season, Hershberger took over, batting a very respectable .309 and playing well defensively. On July 31, though, the Reds blew a late lead against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Hershberger blamed himself for the loss and became sullen. The Reds then travelled to Boston where they lost both games of a doubleheader to a weak Boston Bees team on August 2. Afterwards, Hershberger met with Reds' manager Bill McKechnie to discuss personal problems. The next day, when Hershberger failed to appear at the ballpark, a search of his Boston hotel room found Hershberger dead in a pool of his own blood. He had slit his wrists with a razor. (There was a history of suicide in the family: Hershberger's father had killed himself in 1926.) Manager McKechnie never elaborated on the personal issues he had discussed with his troubled catcher.
Tags: Willard  Hershberger  baseball  suicide 
Added: 1st October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964

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