Giant Behind the Plate


Glancing Back, and Remembering Ed Bailey

Ed Bailey was a solid defensive catcher who was also dangerous with a bat in his hands. He lasted 14 years in the major leagues, playing for five different teams. Continue reading

On and Running


Glancing Back, and Remembering Lenny Green

Lenny Green was good enough to forge a 12-year major league career based on speed and solid center field play. But he was not quite good enough to keep from being replaced and traded repeatedly, and often traded by a team just before it celebrated post-season success. Continue reading

Sammy Puts the Whammy on the National League


Career Year: Sammy Ellis – 1965

In the early 1960s, right-hander Sammy Ellis had one of the most promising pitching arms in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Signed by the Reds prior to the 1961 season, Ellis won 10 games (with a 1.89 ERA) in the Sally League in his first professional season, and then won 12 games at the AAA level in each of the next two seasons. Continue reading

Livin’ Fat on Line Drives


Glancing Back, and Remembering Bob Skinner

Bob Skinner spent 12 years in the major leagues as a player, nine of those seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a versatile and accomplished outfielder and clutch hitter who was not always a regular but found plenty of opportunities to play in whatever role was needed on a given day. Continue reading