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Glancing Back, and Remembering Chris Cannizzaro

Chris Cannizzaro played for six different National League teams in his 13-season major league career. Actually, make that seven different National League teams, as he was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1969, the first player from the San Diego Padres franchise to achieve that distinction. Continue reading

Yaz Rides Cycle for Five-RBI Game


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(May 14, 1965) At Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski drove in five runs in a losing effort to the Detroit Tigers, 12-8.

Yastrzemski’s five-RBI game was built on a five for five batting performance – hitting for the cycle plus an extra home run (and a walk).

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On May 14, 1965, Carl Yastrzemski hit for the cycle plus an extra home run (and a walk). He drove in five runs.

Yastrzemski’s first hit was a two-run home run off Detroit starter Denny McLain in the bottom of the first.

In the second inning, Yastrzemski ripped a three-run homer off McLain, putting the Red Sox up 5-0. The Tigers came back with five runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game.

Yastrzemski drew a walk off Tiger reliever Ed Rakow in the fourth inning, and tripled off Rakow in the sixth. In the bottom of the eighth, Yaz singled off Larry Sherry. Then in the bottom of the tenth he doubled off Terry Fox, the game’s winner, to complete the cycle-plus.

The Tigers won the game in the top of the tenth by scoring four runs off Bosox reliever Dick Radatz. An RBI double by Don Demeter, an RBI single by Willie Horton, and Norm Cash’s two-run double gave the Tigers the 12-8 victory.

Yastrzemski would finish the 1965 season batting .312, second in the American League to Tony Oliva’s .321. He would lead the major leagues in doubles that year with 45.


Solid at Second


Glancing Back, and Remembering Jerry Lumpe

Jerry Lumpe was one of baseball’s best all-around second basemen for the Kansas City Athletics and Detroit Tigers during the 1960s.

Jerry Lumpe was an All-Star in 1964, his first season with the Detroit Tigers.

Jerry Lumpe was an All-Star in 1964, his first season with the Detroit Tigers.

Strong in the field with a bat that popped, Lumpe was signed by the New York Yankees  in 1951 and made the big league club to stay in 1958, hitting .254 for the world champion Yankees. Two months into the 1959 season, he was traded with pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to Kansas City for Hector Lopez and Ralph Terry. He was the starting second baseman in Kansas City for the next five seasons.

Lumpe hit .293 for the A’s in 1961 and had his best season in 1962, when he hit .301 with 10 home runs and 83 RBIs, second on the team to Norm Siebern’s 117 RBIs. He followed that performance with a .271 batting average in 1963.

Jerry Lumpe was an All-Star in 1964, his first season with the Detroit Tigers.

Jerry Lumpe batted .301 for the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.

Lumpe was the key Kansas City player in a trade to Detroit following the 1963 season. He was dealt with pitchers Ed Rakow and Dave Wickersham for pitcher Bob Anderson and Tiger slugger Rocky Colavito. In four years with Detroit, Lumpe averaged .248 and retired after the 1967 season.

Lumpe finished his 13-year major league career with 1,314 hits and a .268 batting average. His career fielding average of .984 ties him for ninth all-time among second basemen.






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Glancing Back, and Remembering Ed Rakow

Ed Rakow was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 and made his major league debut in Los Angeles at the end of the 1960 season. He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1961 and was 2-8 as a reliever for the A’s that season.

Ed Rakow

Ed Rakow

In 1962, Rakow moved into the starting rotation and was 14-17 with a 4.25 ERA. He also pitched for the Detroit Tigers (8-9 in 1964) and the Atlanta Braves (3-2 in 1967).

Rakow was 36-47 in his 7-year major league career with a 4.33 earned run average.