It’s probably a good thing memes didn’t exist in the early 1980s.
J.R. Richard was one of baseball’s brightest stars of that era, until “dead arm” derailed his career. Well, the “dead arm” that forced him to leave a July 14, 1980 against the Braves led to a stroke that nearly killed Richard.
Not to compare to it LeBron’s saga last night in the NBA Finals, but I wonder if Gatorade would’ve trolled Richard for not being able to finish a game due to injury.
More egregious is the fact the Astros haven’t retired the big Louisianians No. 50. Guess the brass would rather treat people like line graphs than do the right thing.
Recreation men’s softball season is upon us and today we honor Johnny Wockenfuss — not only for his beer-league stance, but for his positional versatility that any rec manager would relish.
I wonder if that OF designation meant he could be a short fielder, aka “The 10.”
Greg Maddux is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. No small feat there.
Arguably, this is the best news Chicago Cubs fans have gotten in over a decade. Aside from that time when the Cubs invented a mascot, called it “Clark,” and news outlets ran doctored photos of said mascot’s cartoon genitals. Ah, the halycon days of earlier this week.
"Mad Dog" is obviously going into the Hall wearing a Braves’ cap. Another burn on the Cubbies – seeing they retired his No. 31 a few years ago. Take that, Jeff Samardzija.
Rusty Staub is probably my second favorite Rusty, outside of Rusty Venture.
An original Montreal Expo, “Le Grand Orange” played in the Majors for a whopping 23 years — suiting up for five teams.
Staub was a solid hitter. He is tied with Raffy Palmiero for eighth all-time in career sac flies with 119. But more importantly, a better indicator of Staub’s selflessness is his dedication to humanitarianism.
Happy anniversary to Disco Demolition Night. July 12, 1979. Detroit beats the White Sox, 4-1, in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Then the fans beat the crap out of their disco records.
Claudell Washington strikes out as a pinch hitter in game one. Game two is abandoned due to the havoc on the field and in the stands.