Tag Archives: this date in baseball

August 5, John Olerud “heads” into 47

After 17 MLB seasons with five different teams, the one unique thing that John Olerud will be remembered for in 25 years is wearing a helmet at first base. He won a 1993 batting title and contributed to some of the … Continue reading

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July 29, Félix Mantilla turns 81

With proximity to some of the best players of the 1950s, Félix Mantilla played 11 years of Major League baseball. His first six years in Milwaukee introduced him to Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn and Red Schoendienst. Underratedly , Bobby Thompson … Continue reading

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July 28, Vida Blue’s 66th birthday

Ok, ok been off for a while. But today’s birthday boy is more than just the answer to a trivia question. Vida Blue won the Cy Young Award and MVP in the same 1971 season, yes. Other players who have … Continue reading

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July 23, Nomar “hits” 42

All right, so two Hall of Famers, Don Drysdale (HoF 1984) and Pee Wee Reese (also, HoF 1984) celebrate birthdays today. There’s plenty of literature on them including Drysdale’s sudden death and scoreless streak. But my favorite baseball player also … Continue reading

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July 22, Yankee reliever Sparky Lyle celebrates his 71st

Before their late 1990s dynasty under Joe Torre, the Yankees controlled the 1970s under Billy Martin. With bats like Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, and Mickey Rivers, the Yanks almost always had a lead. Martin turned to Sparky Lyle to protect … Continue reading

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July 21, Johnny Evers “turns” 134

Rather than turning a double play, the middle portion of baseball’s best double play combination would turn 134 today. Evers’ height pigeonholed him as a second baseman. In his 1903 rookie season, he found himself sharing an infield with Joe … Continue reading

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July 20, Heinie Manush 114 years later

Born Henry Manush, the baseballer known as Heinie made up some of the best outfields in baseball history. Today would be his 114th birthday. A native of Alabama, the Detroit Tigers signed Manush at age 20. The Tigers finished in … Continue reading

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