A Random Tribute to Bob Feller

  It’s mighty hard to set major league records when you’re crouched down in a U-boat with bombs bursting around it. But somehow, inexplicably, Mr. Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians managed to do pretty well in that department even though he spent the prime of his career some 3,000 miles from the nearest American … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Bob Feller

A Random Tribute to Tony Lazzeri

  The date was May 24, 1936. The New York Yankees had just made a trip to Philadelphia to take on Connie Mack’s Athletics. Fans flocked to the Baker Bowl to get a glimpse of the Bronx Bombers and their illustrious lineup. After all, they were once again favorites to win the AL pennant. And … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Tony Lazzeri

A Random Tribute to Stan Coveleski

For a man whose career started as a 14-year-old breaker boy in the Pennsylvania coal mines--where he mucked through slag for 60 cents a day--Stan Coveleski sure came a long way. The Polish Prince was such a hard worker and endured so many hours underground he once said, “I got to thinking the sun only … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Stan Coveleski

A Random Tribute to Phillies Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn

  Twenty-nine home runs in a 14-year career? Is that it? Well, no. Not by a long shot. If there was one thing Richie Ashburn didn’t do too much (hit a lot of homers), there were a million things he did quite often (steal bases relentlessly, hit for average, drive in runs, range-rove the outfield, … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Phillies Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn

A Random Tribute to Jimmie Foxx

  Jimmie, Would you be interested in becoming a professional ball player? If you are, contact me. Signed, John Franklin Baker It was fitting the Hall of Fame career of slugging first baseman Jimmie Foxx began with this hastily scribbled message on the back of a penny postcard from one home run legend to another … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Jimmie Foxx