For #Yankees, Best Deal at Deadline May Be Rotation Shuffle, by @nyypete

Back in 1964, June 15th was the trade deadline. The Yankees were in the middle of a pennant race with Chicago and Baltimore much of that season. They had three reliable starters in their rotation in Whitey Ford, Al Downing and Jim Bouton. Three other pitchers, who were  in and out of  the rotation that year, Rollie Sheldon, Ralph Terry and Stan Williams, struggled with injuries...
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Pedro Martinez’s dominance of steroid era compares favorably to baseball’s best

Pedro Martinez takes his place among the greatest players off all-time Sunday when he’s inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who spent the bulk of his career with the Boston Red Sox, obviously is among the most dominant pitchers in the history of the game. We decided to take a look at just how dominant Martinez was in his era compared to other legendary...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 19, 1974

1974 – Cleveland’s Dick Bosman throws a no-hitter and comes just one error, his own, short of a perfect game as the Indians knock off the Oakland A’s, 4-0. Bosman struck out four and allowed just one base runner in throwing the first no-hitter for the Indians since Sonny Siebert tossed his on June 10th, 1966. He was sailing along, aided by a two-run home run from Joe Lis in...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Yankee Joe Pepitone: I got Mickey Mantle stoned and hid drugs in Wrigley Field ivy

Longtime Yankees first baseman and outfielder Joe Pepitone reminisced with Rolling Stone upon the reissue of his 1975 autobiography, Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud.  The tell-all-book — there is talk about making it into a movie — covers his days playing on the diamond but, more interestingly, recounts colorful off-the-field anecdotes like playing pool with Frank Sinatra...
Via The Other Paper
July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 13, 1954

1954 – The Cleveland Indians host the 21st Midsummer Classic at Cleveland Stadium with the American League squad winning by an 11-9 score over the National League in front of 68,751 spectators. The Indians were well represented on the team, as both Bobby Avila and Al Rosen were fan choices for the exhibition and pitchers Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon and outfielder Larry Doby were...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Rohr Nearly Had Own Impossible Dream

RohrIt's truly hard to believe, but Billy Rohr turns 70 years old today. The lefty started only eight ballgames for the Boston Red Sox—but, one of them was almost historic. A 21-year old Rohr hurled a near no-hitter on April 14, 1967 at Yankee Stadium. And, all he had to do was get one more strike on soon-to-be Carmine Hoser Elston Howard. Instead, Howard lofted a dying quail to...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees announce Old-Timer’s Day lineup and no ‘Core Four’ members on roster

The New York Yankees on Thursday announced the lineup of former Bronx Bomber greats expected to attend Old-Timer's Day on June 20 when Willie Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park. This year's Old-Timers' Day will feature its usual share of former icons and legends. Seven Hall of Famers will be involved, including Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich "Goose...
Via The Other Paper
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL's best QB ever now a man named Br*dy

There’s a new leader atop the list of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. T*m Br*dy. Such is the damage done to the reputation of New England’s star passer in the “Deflategate” aftermath. Obviously, some Patriots fans will disagree. They will proclaim Br*dy and their beloved franchise are exonerated rather than damned by the independent investigation into the on-field...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Book review: The good, bad and ugly of Billy Martin, baseball’s ‘flawed genius’

An excerpt from my Chicago Tribune review of Bill Pennington’s fine book. Highly recommended. ****** In the epilogue, Pennington writes that a case could be made that Billy Martin merits consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant work as a manager. Yet as the book’s title points out, Martin was a “flawed genius” with many demons that probably kept him from...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

How the 2015 Yankees win the Big MLB Butter Sculpture

I'm thinking we win the 9-inning Bud Selig Wild Card, followed by a victory binge worthy of Brian Williams-level hallucinogens. But hell, once you make the post-season, anything can happen - even Kansas City! So... the question is... how do we get to Oct. 5? Here's how.1. Pineda/Tanaka = Koufax/Drysdale. Or, at least, Whitey Ford/Ralph Terry. Hey, they're both 26, prime of life...
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Arm Woes Continue, But We’ve Navigated These Waters Before

There are certain organizations whose mere mention of their name conjures up an image. If you were asked to list some of the greatest Yankees of all-time, you’d come up with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Mattingly, Jeter. Hence, their nickname: The Bronx Bombers. With the exception of Whitey Ford, Roger Clemens (asterisk included) and one phenomenal season from Ron Guidry, the...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Right or wrong, the Ty Hensley attack has me remembering Brien Taylor

In an alternative universe - remarkably close to here - the greatest all-time Yankee lefty is a fellow named... Whitey Ford. (Nope, some things don't change.) But the runner-up, freshly bronzed last summer in Monument Park, is the great Brien Taylor. Sherman, set the Wayback for 1991: The Yankees are terrible, the worst-run organization in humanity.  George Steinbrenner is a national...
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Case for Mel Harder’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The latest installment in this series takes us away from the glory days of the 1990’s to the Tribe’s ace during the mid-1930’s and architect of the Tribe’s pitching success during the 40’s and 50’s. Mel Harder pitched with the Indians from 1928-1947, breaking into the big leagues when he was just 18 years old. His 20 years in an Indians’ uniform is the most of any player...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Yes, the Giants are a dynasty

Out of the numerous somewhat undermining narratives that a World Series will produce, perhaps the biggest one from this particular Fall Classic is whether or not the San Francisco Giants are now a dynasty having won three titles in the last five seasons. The answer is yes. I almost want to end the article right there, but just to support that hard-to-come-up with theory, here...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Yes, the Giants are a dynasty

Out of the numerous somewhat undermining narratives that a World Series will produce, perhaps the biggest one from this particular Fall Classic is whether or not the San Francisco Giants are now a dynasty having won three titles in the last five seasons. The answer is yes. Here’s a look at the teams who have done what the Giants have done: Philadelphia Athletics: 1910-1913 Boston...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tiant Discovered By Tribe, Legendary Worldwide In Baseball

Bobby Avila’s contributions to Indians baseball are numerous. He won a batting title for the Indians in 1954, helping lead the team to what was then a record of 111 wins and the American League pennant. But one of his contributions to the Tribe and to baseball is his discovery of a Cuban boy who took after his father, one of the great pitchers in Cuban baseball and the Negro Leagues...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

What I want for Christmas

Sort of sad here. Joe Pepitone's honorary 1998 World Series ring is on the block at eBay.  It's going for a mere $17,995. With free shipping!!!!FWIW, Whitey Ford's 1999 WS ring is going for $57,500. Free shipping!
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Johnny Damon get beaned by former teammate during Yankees Old-Timers' game

Old-Timers' Day is a tried-and-true Yankee tradition that honors some of the great players to wear the famous pinstripes. Seeing so many Yankees legends -- past and present --gathering to share old stories is one of the things that still makes it special after so many years. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson... Johnny Damon? Well maybe he's not considered...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals celebrate 50th anniversary of 1964 championship

ST. LOUIS -- Lou Brock remembered September 1964 as a time when the St. Louis Cardinals began a salary drive. That's also when they started their path to the World Series championship. Brock and Game 7 winner Bob Gibson were among members of the team that beat the Yankees who were honored Monday before St. Louis opened an interleague series against New York. A half-century ago,...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

From Washington Heights To Flushing, Betances Comes Full Circle With Yankees

I have always admired teams that can scout and sign players who are truly home-grown. The Atlanta Braves are famous for doing this. Think Atlanta-born Jeff Francoer and, more recently, Athens-born Brian McCann. The Yankees have had much less success signing players from in and around New York City. There are a few, however. Two that come to mind are Lou Gehrig and Whitey Ford.  One...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee Greats – Whitey Ford

Larry Noyes New York Yankees Writer My first six articles were on hitters. Lets look at a pitcher this time. Whitey Ford is arguably the greatest pitcher in Yankees history. Here’s a look at number 16. Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford was born October 21, 1928 in Astoria, NY, a section of Queens. He grew up in Astoria, just a few miles from Yankee Stadium. Whitey graduated from...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Seventy-Nine Years Ago The Babe Came Back

On this date in 1935, George Herman Ruth came back to Boston—signing with the Braves. After being released by The Evil Ones, the Babe embarked on his final year wearing a Boston uniform. He hit his last six home runs as a Brave—clouting three (including his 714th) in one game in May. That final blast is said to be the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. He...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

And now... the two All-Time Coolest Yankees ever created by God or Bill Nye, the Science Guy

I recognize that this is subjective. I know that every Yankee fan has personal faves. One fan's Wally Pipp is another's Lenn Sakata. I see your pain. Don't cry for me, Constantino. But... y'know what...It would uncool if I didn't just say, fukkit. Here they are, comrades, Number 2 and Number 1. 2.Derek JeterWhere to start? As kid, idolized Dave Winfield; was nation's best high school...
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

"I've often wondered how a man who knew he was going to die could stand here and say he was the luckiest man in the world." Mickey Mantle Day 1969

  Mel Allen starts it off. Pat Summerall holds back tears. Twelve teammates are introduced from 12 American League pennant-winning teams. Joe Collins, Gene Woodling, Gil McDougal, Eddie Lopat, Elston Howard, Tom Tresh, Joe Pepitone, Bobby Richardson, Whitey Ford, Jerry Coleman and a fellow named Rizzuto.Mel Allen introduces Mickey to an ovation that lasts a remarkable 9 minutes...
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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