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Bill Nicholson is the best player I had never heard of.
Traynor also had the great glove rep (I have no idea what Gardner's rep was, never heard of him before afterall)-
Please tell me you were like 12 years old? Because if you were around 16-17, I would have to assume you didn't get laid much...
As for Roy Thomas, somebody buy him a first Ed. Bjhba
Now, among good players that played in my lifetime, the one I was most uninformed about was Ralph Garr. I knew he was an outfielder and played for the Braves and hit for big averages a few times, but until he popped up near the top of Carl Crawford's comp list a couple years ago, I didn't know much about him. Hanging around very nerdy baseball guys, I don't think he's *ever* come up in a conversation I've been privy to.
That's me, too. I memorized the entire baseball encyclopedia through the mid-1970s. (And that's not much of an exaggeration.) Then I graduated from high school, and real life, school, marriage, kids, career etc. rudely made their presence known.
Going through the position player WAR list, I can say that I don't think I've seen the name "Bobby Wallace" before (69th place)
Bill Nicholson: The Best Player I’d Never Heard Of
Roadrunner. Hit an inside-the-park home run in the very first game I attended, when his fly ball resulted in a famously violent collision between Don Hahn and George "The Stork" Theodore.
Dick McAuliffe was a glove wizard who could not really hit
There are very few AS-type players since 1893 that I haven't at least heard of. I had a copy of the 1988 Baseball Enc., and I studied that for hours.
I knew about Bill Nicholson, but I never understood why he was called "Swish" and Dave Nicholson wasn't
(well actually, I do understand, but it's a shame that the nickname was used up on Bill)
"Swish II" just doesn't flow
roadrunner! my first "old" card...
Without consulting PI or Google, can anyone tell me who holds the rookie record for doubles in a season? Its one that very few people know, and the player is somewhat obscure.
Well, Pujols hit 47 as a rookie
Dan G (#15) - Good Grief! What did I do to you that made you do THAT? That's what we were trying to do in the old Baseball Maniacs, and it caused the group to fall apart due to burnout.
Funny thing was, they were both black and seriously involved in theater.
I demand that you change your BTF handle to "Badger Butt" right this minute.
Seconded. So much more fun than "God Is My Judge Meadow", which is how my name translates.
I think "ass badger" has a springier ring to it.
Since the year of my birth, the player that has accumulated the most WAR (positional player) that I have no recollection of or knowledge about is #250 on my list, Bill North (24.9 WAR).
For pitchers, it's much higher on that list, as it's #59 John Matlack (36.3 WAR).
The best match I found was this game, which Ray won with his third hit in the 15th inning.
#250 on my list, Bill North (24.9 WAR).
One thing about McAuliffe is he had perhaps the weirdest batting stance I had ever seen. His stance was way open, sort of like Brian Downing, and he leaned way back on his rear foot, so far that his front foot was barely touching the ground. And his bat was nearly parallel to the ground. Really strange stance.
BTW, has anyone else spent a lot of time this winter watching classic games through MLB? I've got the iPhone app,
Doran: scrappy little doubles machine, sort of a Biggio light---did he directly precede Biggio at 2b???
Doran: scrappy little doubles machine, sort of a Biggio light---did he directly precede Biggio at 2b??? I think he fell off the 2b cliff earlier than usual, but he was pretty good early on. I recall him having kind of big lips...
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