The Hall of Fame Case for Mickey Lolich

Consistency is the yardstick by which excellence is measured. Mickey Lolich, a Detroit baseball icon, demonstrated consistency, ergo, excellence in a career that, perhaps surprisingly, has not yet warranted admittance to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lolich was a perfect fit for the blue-collar metropolis that defined American industry in the 20th century by churning out Cadillacs,...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Municipal Stadium Does Double Duty: October 10, 1948

It hosted the Indians, two NFL teams (the Rams and the Browns), innumerable college football games (including a bowl game, the Great Lakes Bowl) and concerts like the World Series of Rock and the initial Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame concert. But on Oct. 10, 1948 – 63 years ago today – Cleveland Municipal Stadium pulled double duty. That day, the Indians were hosting the Boston...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Dickey & Scherzer, Bando’s Spitball, Blue Jays

On July 2, 1963, the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 16 innings. Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn both pitched complete games. Marichal threw 227 pitches, Spahn, who was 41 years old at the time, threw 201. What do R.A. Dickey and Max Scherzer think about the historic duel? “I’m speechless, really,” […]
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1966 Warren Spahn

1966 TOPPS CHECKLIST WARREN SPAHN The ghost of Warren Spahn haunts the 1966 Topps set. Spahn appeared on a 1965 card as a Mets pitcher/coach, head balding and face well lined. He was 44 at the time, and had by then won 356 games, thrown 5,046 innings, and given three prime years of his life to service in World War II. Spahn went 4-12 with a 4.36 ERA for the Mets that year, the high...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain !

The Yankees are trying, already, to drive on fumes.Derek and Roberts need rest and the rain gods gave them another day.  Even Solarte looks a little beaten down, and could do with a game off.  He got it.The bullpen is stretched so thin you can see holes in the cheese.  Robertson needs weeks of rest ( we all know how those groin injuries plague one ) but a Cubs game put off until...
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching it old school — In praise of complete games

“And that was (FILL IN ANY MET STARTER’S NAME HERE) 100th pitch, and here comes Terry Collins; he’s made the signal to the bullpen, his day is over.” 100 pitches. The magic number for a starter nowadays in baseball. And the pitchers, for the most part, have accepted this. Oh, maybe once in a great while you’ll hear a pitcher grumble, especially if the reliever coughed up...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Remembering the Three Cy Young Award Winners for Milwaukee

It’s a little tricky nailing down the exact date that Don Newcombe, the great pitcher who spent most of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, won the first Cy Young Award in 1956.  Newcombe also won the NL MVP that year.  I guess I’ll defer to MLB Network, which hailed Tuesday as the birthday of the Cy Young Award on its show “MLB Tonight.”  The brainchild of former baseball...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Hudson welcomes challenge of overcoming injury next season

The San Francisco Giants recently signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants and Hudson both hope he can overcome last season’s injury.  The hope is that Hudson does not become an afterthought, such as Hall of Famers Warren Spahn and Steve Carlton, who tried to hang on with the Giants at the end of their careers. As reported by Chris Haft...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Tribe Madness: Previewing the Jacobs Field Region matchups

Our tournament moves to the final region to be previewed, the Jacobs Field Regional where the winner of this region draws the winner of the Progressive Field Region. Here are the regions previewed so far: Municipal Stadium Region Stadium Region League Park Region Dunn Field Region Quicken Loans Region First Energy Region Progressive Field Region #9 Bob Lemon (1949) vs. #8 SP Joe...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Double Headers: Super Tuesday and Super Saturday

The Mets had their share of postponements and suspended games in 2013 as weather wreaked havoc with them during the first few months of the season. It led to a plethora of makeup games on what were initially scheduled days off and also four double headers. The Mets were snowed out due to blizzard conditions in Colorado on Monday April 15. The teams would squeeze two games in the...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Kershaw wins Warren Spahn Award

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has been selected the winner of the 2013 Warren Spahn Award. The award is presented by the Oklahoma City Bricktown Rotary Club and the Jim Thorpe Association to the top left-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues. It's named for Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn, whose 363 career wins are the most by a left-hander. Kershaw was named the...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ted Williams' 1946 jersey sells for $184,000

A jersey worn by Ted Williams in 1946 sold for $184,000 and a Babe Ruth model bat from 1925-27 went for more than $166,000 in live bidding this week by Hunt Auctions. Items from Warren Spahn's personal memorabilia collection amassed over $900,000. Spahn's 1957 Cy Young Award sold for $126,000, and his personal Hall of Fame ring went for $55,200. The auctions were held Monday...
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July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Spahn's Cy Young Award for sale

Warren Spahn's son doesn't want to choose a sole heir among his five children, so he has put his father's 1957 Cy Young award on the market. Greg Spahn, the only child to baseball's career winningest left-hander, will have more than 800 items -- most of Warren's Spahn's memorabilia collection -- in a live auction that begins Monday in New York. Hunt Auctions...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Homer Bailey and the First Pitch Fastball

Homer Bailey’s no-hitter on Tuesday marked the fourth time in the history of the National League that a pitcher has thrown 2 straight no-hitters – not two consecutive starts, but the last two no-hitters that the National League has seen. He joins Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Vander Meer (who actually did throw no-hitters in back to back starts in 1938). Surprisingly...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Warren Spahn mementos for sale during five-day auction

Greg Spahn grew up surrounded by the kind of baseballmoments that a young boy typically only dreamt about while listening to gameson the radio. Then again, none of those dreamers could call one of the greatestpitchers in baseball history his father.Greg was on hand in Milwaukee at age 12 when his father,Warren Spahn, won his 300th game against the Cubs. He was there in SanFrancisco...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Warren Spahn mementos for sale during five-day auction

Greg Spahn grew up surrounded by the kind of baseballmoments that a young boy typically only dreamt about while listening to gameson the radio. Then again, none of those dreamers could call one of the greatestpitchers in baseball history his father.Greg was on hand in Milwaukee at age 12 when his father,Warren Spahn, won his 300th game against the Cubs. He was there in SanFrancisco...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves create Memorial Diamond for alums, HOFers

ATLANTA As a preamble to their Alumni Day events for Saturday, the Atlanta Braves announced the creation of the Braves Memorial Diamond, located at Monument Grove at Turner Field, memorializing and celebrating the club's distinguished alumni and Hall of Fame members. "Its important for us to honor our history and those who have been a part of our organization along the...
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June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Sports Bank Flashback: Trenni Kusnierek Brewers Breakdown

This is a collaboration between Trenni Kusnierek & Paul M. Banks PMB: There’s been a lot of talk about pitch counts lately. What do you think of Ned Yosts’ tendency to leave his starting pitchers in longer than most managers do. The Brewers rotation has had 8 games where the starter has gone 120+, only one other team -San Francisco with 6- has had more than four. Is this...
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May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Conley to be inducted to Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll

Gene Conley, a World Series Champion with the 1957 Milwaukee Braves team, will be inducted into the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park on Monday, May 6 at noon, the Milwaukee Brewers and announced on Friday. Conley went 42-43 with a 3.56 ERA in his five seasons from 1954 to 1958 with the Braves, finishing his 11-year MLB career with three All-Star appearances and a 3.82 ERA. Aside...
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May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

It's official: Reds to host All-Star Game

The official announcement came on Wednesday. Here's the press release.... CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have been awarded Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game and will host the 86th Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today at a press conference. Commissioner Selig was joined by Reds President...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Just Gio Gonzalez hanging out with Sweet Brown last night in Oklahoma City

Of all the random photos posted on Twitter/Instagram this offseason of Gio Gonzalez hanging out with random people, the photo above of Gio hanging with internet meme/sensation Sweet Brown Thursday night in Oklahoma City after accepting the Warren Spahn Award from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame takes the cake. Pic above via @TeamSweetBrown. And so, that photo inspired a hash...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Gonzalez: Award a way to thank Nationals GM Rizzo

Gio Gonzalez got bounced around a lot early in his career before eventually winding up with a home in Washington. Constantly involved in trades between playoff contenders, Gonzalez was grateful when Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acquired him from Oakland and then signed him to a five-year, $42 million contract before last season. He hopes some of that gratitude showed Thursday...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Merv Johnson wins Bill Teegins Award

NORMAN, Okla. — Organizers of the Warren Spahn Award Gala announced Tuesday that Merv Johnson, University of Oklahoma color analyst on the Sooner Radio Network is the 2012 Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award winner.
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Warren Spahn: most dominant LHP of all time

        On this date in 2003, Hall of Fame LHP Warren Spahn passed away at age 82. His 363 wins ranks 6th all time in baseball history and trail only Christy Mathewson among left handed pitchers. While it is hard to knock what Mathewson accomplished, he did it in the complete dead ball era, netting most of his wins from 1901-1914. Spahn set a standard that has been hard to...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

DMV: Mystery Of Alfred Morris’ Home-Run TD Celebration Solved

Here’s why Alfred Morris celebrates the same way every time. [Bog] RGIII named NFL Offensive Rookie of Sept., of course. [The Insider] Fun highlights from ESPN the Mag’s big Dan Snyder profile. [Bog] A fantastic preview of tonight’s O’s-Rangers Wild Card game. [Grantland] It’s Yu Darvish vs. Joe Saunders in a pretty uneven matchup. [Camden Chat] Good look at who the Nats...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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