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 Rube Waddell: A Real Piece of Work

  George Edward Waddell was a small town Pennsylvania farm boy when minor league scouts recognized his ability to throw lightning. Before long, he’d attracted a nickname (“the Rube”) and he was hurling fastballs in the minors. He found immediate success and, by 1902, was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. In Pittsburgh, however, the Rube found … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Rube Waddell: A Real Piece of Work

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