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Carter and Niekro Reflect On Indians and Dreadful 1987 Season

The 1987 Cleveland Indians might be the biggest disappointment in Cleveland sports history.  The Tribe was supposed to be a contender.  They had finished the 1986 season at 84-78, which was the downtrodden franchise’s best record since 1968.  The Indians drew 1.47 million people went to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium that summer, the largest number that the Indians had drawn...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 9, 1986

47 year old hurler Phil Niekro goes the distance to pick up his 306th career victory. Cleveland beats the White Sox by a score of 6-3 behind the heavy hitting of Mel Hall and Joe Carter, who drive in five runs between them.
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

SKorean tech millionaire joins US baseball team

A South Korean millionaire who founded the country's first independent baseball club has joined an American team as a knuckleball pitcher. The Goyang Wonders say 37-year-old Hur Min is joining the Rockland Boulders, a team in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, also known as the Can-Am League. The oddball entrepreneur was trained to throw a knuckleball...
Via Fox Sports
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Previewing the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductions

Many out there have completely disregarded the fact that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, July 27th. For the 8th time since the start of the Hall of Fame voting system, the writers failed to select an eligible player. It was the first time since 1996, in a class led by Phil Niekro’s 67 percent. Niekro made it the next season. Prior to that, the...
July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Baseball Hall elects 3 for excellence

Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White were elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century. The trio was picked by the Hall's pre-integration panel -- part of what once was known as the Veterans Committee -- and gave the shrine exactly 300 members....
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

MMO Interview: Phil Niekro, Tim Wakefield Visit R.A. Dickey At Citi Field Last Night

In honor of Knuckleball! the movie coming out, Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro and 200-game winner Tim Wakefield were out and about prior to today’s game alongside the Mets own R.A. Dickey and were kind enough to answer some of my questions as well as some other Mets bloggers while watching BP with us along the first base side. The interview began with Phil Niekro telling us the fascinating...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Knuckleball royalty reunited at Citi Field

R.A. Dickey's face lit up when he saw Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield, and the New York Mets' ace greeted both with a big hug in front of the dugout. The next thing they knew, the mini-fraternity of major league knuckleballers was talking shop and trading barbs. Dickey says it's an instant bond, since they know how hard it is to master the difficult pitch. All three pitchers...
Via Fox Sports
September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Dickey's been Niekro-esque with knuckler

NEW YORK -- With 318 victories and a plaque in Cooperstown, Phil Niekro is the patron saint of knuckleballers. But even he wants to seek advice from R.A. Dickey. "Anytime we get a chance, we sit down and talk a little," Niekro said of Dickey. "Boy, I should be taking lessons from him right now." Dickey, the unlikely co-ace of the New York Mets, continued...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Braves Plate

  My Grammy passed away last month, and her children have found some real gems in her house. This was passed along to me, since they all guessed I'd appreciate it the most. The problem is... no one seems to remember much about it. Here's what we do know: * My uncle gave it to her. He worked for the Braves for a decade or so and said, "I left the Braves in early 1982...
Via Love My Bravos
May 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Not the same old ballgame at spring training

Sometime soon, Phil Niekro plans to make his way from his home outside Atlanta to the Braves' spring-training site near Orlando, Florida, where he'll watch a little baseball, play a lot of golf and, as he does every year, throw some batting practice. Niekro is 72, but he can still lob it in there. Besides, age doesn't really matter since anybody who has ever picked up...
Via Fox Sports West
February 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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