October 31, 1992 |
Tony Perez, a key player on Cincinnati's Big Red Machine teams of the mid- 1970s, was named Reds manager and given a one-year contract yesterday. The Cuban native, mostly a first baseman, starred on the teams that won World Series titles in 1975-76. He was the first of seven candidates to be interviewed. Don Gullett was named bullpen coach, Ron Oester became first-base coach and Dave Miley was hired as bench coach. Perez said he would lean on others for advice. Asked whether he'll be a disciplinarian, he said, "We're going to work on that together.
January 12, 2000 |
Paul Owens vividly recalls the first time he saw Tony Perez play. It was late in the 1964 season. The Pope was scouting a minor league game between Little Rock and host San Diego, then the Reds' top farm team, at Westgate Park. "A beautiful Sunday afternoon," Owens said last night after hearing that Perez, along with former Red Sox and Whte Sox catcher Carlton Fisk had been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "He hit two home runs. Off tough pitchers, too. " Owens doesn't claim he predicted that day that Perez would someday become a Hall of Famer.
July 18, 1986 |
In the beginning, the Phillies had it won small, then they had it won big. Finally, they didn't have it won at all. Instead, it was the 11th inning and Glenn Wilson was fleeing, fleeing, fleeing to intercept the long fly ball Reds player-manager Pete Rose, batting righthanded against lefty reliever Tom Gorman, stroked to deep right with two outs in a bizarre game that was deadlocked 6-6. Wilson overran the ball, tried to bend back to catch...
July 8, 1996 |
As usual, Mark Fidrych talked to the ball. On this night, the Cincinnati bats answered. Fidrych, the wacky rookie pitcher for the Detroit Tigers known as The Bird, liked to lecture the baseball before delivering a pitch. The ball didn't listen very well when Fidrych started for the American League in the only other All-Star Game played at Veterans Stadium - July 13, 1976. The National League, led by the heavy artillery of the Big Red Machine, with support from some young whippersnappers from the host team, jumped on the quirky righthander for two first-inning runs and routed the AL, 7-1. It was the NL's fifth straight victory and its 13th in 14 years.
January 8, 1995 |
When the results of this year's voting are released tomorrow, Mike Schmidt will have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Almost everyone agrees on that. It won't be unanimous, but close to it. The former Phillies third baseman is as safe a bet as Newt Gingrich in a Georgia election. The only question about the Hall of Fame balloting is: Who else - if anyone - will be joining Schmidt for the induction ceremonies this summer in Cooperstown, N.Y.? Last year, the Baseball Writers Association of America voters chose only one player - former Phils pitcher Steve Carlton.
January 6, 1998 |
It took Don Sutton 23 years to win 324 games in the major leagues. It only seemed as if it took him longer to get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yesterday - 10 years after his last win, five years after he first appeared on the ballot - Sutton finally made it. He'd missed election by just nine votes last year, but this time, it wasn't even close. Sutton's 386 votes represented 81.6 percent of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, 31 more votes than the 75 percent needed for election.
May 24, 1989 |
Mickey Ward, ending what had been a dull fight with an explosion of punches, scored a fifth-round technical knockout over Clarence Coleman last night at the Showboat Hotel & Casino. Both boxers, holding and grabbing throughout much of the first four rounds, threatened to turn the scheduled 10-round junior-welterweight bout into a wrestling match. Then came the wild fifth round, in which Ward battered his helpless opponent. Coleman, absorbing a punishing flurry to the head, fell to the canvas in the middle of the round.
October 29, 2010 |
Willie Mays couldn't do it. Stan Musial fell short. It was Pete Rose, the river rat from Cincinnati, who broke Ty Cobb's record for most hits made by a major leaguer. Cobb hit 4,191. With a resounding thwack a quarter-century ago, Rose made it 4,192. He would go on to post the standing record of 4,256 hits. On the silver anniversary of Rose's record-breaking, record-making achievement comes 4192 : The Crowning of the Hit King , an unabashed love letter to the controversial ballplayer nicknamed Charlie Hustle.
July 29, 1993 |
In a season more renowned for the off-the-field activities of the New York Mets, bottled bleach now has joined the lineup. After Tuesday night's win over Florida, an unidentified player sprayed what appeared to be bleach at a group of reporters in the Mets' clubhouse. One reporter said he got some of the liquid on his face. Pitcher Bret Saberhagen refuted a report that he was the culprit, but did admit to throwing a firecracker under a table near reporters in the clubhouse on July 7. The Mets said they are investigating.
June 14, 1986 |
Mike Tyson set the tone for the evening with an opening-round TKO over a too-game Reggie Gross. Tyson (22-0, 20 KOs) started a new KO streak with his most feared weapon, the left hook. Tyson knocked out his first 19 opponents. But his last two fights, with James "Quick" Tillis and Mitch "Blood" Green, went the distance. Gross (18-5, 12 KOs), of Baltimore, showed too little foot speed to take him out of Tyson's range in the first minute of the fight. He was forced to stop and trade three or four times in the first minute.