April 24, 2011
My Untold Story About the Games People Play By Bill White, with Gordon Dillow Grand Central. 303 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Tim Bross Bill White's memoir is a lot like one of his line drives, solid and direct. White, whose major league career included eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and three with the Phillies, spends no time rhapsodizing about the game. Even if he had liked Fay Vincent (he did not), White never would have been included in the former commissioner's oral history, We Would Have Played the Game for Nothing . White approached the game as a job and believes he was a better player for it. In Uppity , he writes: "Being analytical, and emotionally detached, I was never nervous in the batter's box or on the field.
April 18, 2009 |
Gary Sheffield joined the 500-homer club, and Luis Castillo drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the ninth inning that gave the New York Mets a 5-4 victory over visiting Milwaukee last night. Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead in the sixth before Sheffield tied it the next inning off Mitch Stetter, who was facing his first batter in relief of starter Dave Bush. Sheffield, a nine-time All-Star, was on as a pinch-hitter and sent a 3-2 pitch an estimated 385 feet for his first hit of the season.
July 16, 2008 |
Jackie, Campy and Newk Lost in the hoopla over Yankee Stadium, which hosted its fourth and final All-Star Game last night, was the fact that the Big Apple's National League parks also have hosted four midseason classics. The Polo Grounds hosted the game in 1934 and 1942, Ebbets Field hosted it in 1949, and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 game. The 1949 game was, perhaps, the most historic of the entire series, since it was the debut of African American players in the game.
April 17, 2008 |
Looks like a one-game suspension was just what Jim Thome needed to put some life back into his bat. Thome broke a prolonged power drought with a three-run homer and a double, leading the visiting Chicago White Sox past the skidding Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, last night. Jose Contreras (1-1) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for Chicago, which has won nine of 12. Thome was forced to sit Tuesday after being suspended for inappropriate actions during an April 11 game against Detroit.
April 16, 2008 |
Lamenting the home run The career home-run chart was so much easier to follow 40 or so years ago. The names and numbers were burned into your brain more clearly than that latest high school math equation. There was Babe Ruth at the top with the magical 714. He was followed by Willie Mays (still active in '68), Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Lou Gehrig. Yes, that's right - Gehrig's 493 was good for eighth place. When Boston's Manny Ramirez slugged a home run Monday night against Cleveland, Gehrig slipped into a tie for 24th place (24th!
July 10, 2007 |
Ryan Howard has seen Barry Bonds hit countless baseballs into McCovey Cove, which sits just past the right-field wall at AT&T Park. But that doesn't mean it's easy. Oh, no. Howard took an early exit from last night's Home Run Derby when he hit just three home runs in the first round. Major League Baseball had invited Howard, who won the derby last year in Pittsburgh, to defend his title, despite the fact that he did not make the National League all-star team. Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels hit three home runs in the final round to pass Toronto's Alex Rios and win the derby.
April 7, 2006 |
The reaction of fans was much different for Barry Bonds in front of the home crowd. Bonds received a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time yesterday in the San Francisco Giants' 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. Bonds saw all of eight pitches to hit, and 14 total. He drew his first two intentional walks of the season, struck out and grounded weakly to first. After the game, he made his way through the locker room to the trainer's table, saying, "Go get iced up. " He didn't address close to 50 media members at his locker.
September 21, 2004 |
For kids growing up in the Philadelphia area, the summer of '64 belonged to baseball. We played baseball in the park, in the street, in backyards. And when we weren't playing baseball or some variation of the game - Wiffle ball, porch ball, wire ball, curb ball - we were trading or pitching baseball cards. Baseball was king. So were the Phillies. I was 9 during that Popsicle summer of 1964. And, like most youngsters who were addicted to baseball, I somehow felt I could control the destiny of my beloved Phillies if I watched or listened to their games.
September 11, 2004 |
Barry Bonds' path to 700 home runs wound through the desert last night and brought him 60 feet, 6 inches from a longtime rival, Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson. Bonds and Johnson, the lefthanded power hitter and the lefthanded power pitcher, have battled each other for more than 20 years, dating back to their college days in the Pacific Ten. Bonds was a star at Arizona State; Johnson at Southern California. Last night's meeting came with Bonds needing two homers to join Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in the 700 Club.
July 13, 2004 |
They lined up, superstar after superstar, immortal after immortal. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson and Mark McGwire. Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa, Mike Schmidt and Rafael Palmeiro. Willie McCovey, Ernie Banks, Eddie Murray and Ken Griffey Jr. It's an impressive list of incredible baseball players from the past and present, and it made an even better photo opportunity yesterday at Minute Maid Park. "A lot of people would love to be in that picture," Schmidt said.