Stuart’s Big Bounce

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 19, 1963) Known for his brute power rather than his speed on the base paths, Boston Red Sox first baseman Dick Stuart hit the second inside-the-park home run of his career today as the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 8-3 in Fenway Park.

Stuart didn’t do it alone. He had the help of a ladder, a wall, and the head of Indians center fielder Vic Davalillo. Continue reading

Cov Crashes the Party

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Wes Covington

Wes Covington was a strong man and a powerful hitter. He worked from an unorthodox batting stance where he held the bat behind him nearly parallel to the ground, then coiled it just before crushing unsuspecting fastballs. Continue reading

What’s the Catch?

 

The Glove Club: Del Crandall

If you were going to “build” the catcher you needed in the 1950s, you couldn’t have worked from a better prototype than Del Crandall.

His defense was superb. He was mostly head-and-shoulders above his National League counterparts during the 1950s and into the 1960s. Continue reading

Standing Tall at Short

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Jose Pagan

Jose Pagan spent 15 years in the National League, primarily at shortstop, primarily because of his defensive prowess. The Puerto Rican-born Pagan was also a flexible asset to a major league roster, as at some point in his career he played every position except pitcher. Continue reading