‘Frisco’s Solid at Third


Glancing Back, and Remembering Jim Davenport

Jim Davenport spent his entire 13-season major league career with a single team: the San Francisco Giants. He played every position except the battery at the major league level, though he played roughly 90 percent of his more than 1400 games at third base, where his dependable play and timely hitting made him a Candlestick Park fixture during the 1960s. Continue reading

What It Meant to Be a Met


Glancing Back, and Remembering Joe Christopher

In many ways, outfielder Joe Christopher epitomized the early editions of the New York Mets. After years of struggling to find a home in the major leagues, Christopher landed in the Polo Grounds with the worst team in major league history and found little space between fame and notoriety. Continue reading

Soxy Swinger


Glancing Back, and Remembering Dave Nicholson

Dave Nicholson was a hard-swinging outfielder who was long on power but short on contact.

He blasted 35 home runs in the minor leagues in 1959 and debuted with the Baltimore Orioles in 1960, batting .186 in 54 games with five homes runs and 11 RBIs. He was traded in 1963 with Ron Hansen, Pete Ward and Hoyt Wilhelm to the Chicago White Sox for Luis Aparicio and Al Smith. Continue reading

When a Ty Is a Win


Glancing Back, and Remembering Ty Cline

Though never a star, Ty Cline was a valuable contributor for six different teams during his 12-year major league career. As a pinch hitter and sure-handed outfielder and first baseman, Cline lasted so long because he delivered so consistently, the kind of player who makes late innings productive. Continue reading

Ground Ball Fella


Glancing Back, and Remembering Ted Bowsfield

Ted Bowsfield was a sinkerball southpaw who pitched for four different teams during a seven-year major league career. Early in his career, he was described by New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel as “that fella that throws them ground balls.” And he was that fella. Continue reading

Shoulda Been a Hero


Glancing Back, and Remembering Hal Smith

When Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski blasted the first walk-off home run in World Series history in 1960, his lead-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth was possible because of what happened in the eighth inning … thanks to a reserve catcher named Hal Smith. Continue reading