Gibbon ‘Em Nothin’ to Hit


Glancing Back, and Remembering Joe Gibbon

Joe Gibbon was a multi-sport athlete in high school and college. On the basketball hardwood, he was the NCAA’s second-highest scorer in 1957, the same year he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates (in favor of playing in the NBA with the Boston Celtics). Continue reading

Winning with What’s Left


Glancing Back, and Remembering Bud Daley

In his prime, Bud Daley was a very good pitcher with a very bad team.

He was a knuckleball pitcher who offset the flutter pitch with an outstanding curve ball. And he was that most prized of baseball assets: a southpaw with control. Continue reading

Talent in Reserve


Glancing Back, and Remembering Gino Cimoli

Gino Cimoli was a much-traveled and much-valued outfielder who played from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. He played for seven different major league clubs in a 10-year career, the valuable reserve who could play any of the outfield positions and cause problems for opposing pitchers when he came to bat. Continue reading

Out of the Frying Pan …


Glancing Back, and Remembering Woodie Fryman

Woodie Fryman pitched for six different teams during an 18-year major league career. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1965 and made his major league debut with the club in 1966, going 12-9 with a 3.81 ERA. His rookie season included nine complete games and three shutouts. Continue reading