Number One

Number One
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A clutch hitter and a clutch fielder, click on image for Bobby Doerr's Stats on the Baseball Almanac.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

five trips to the bat?

I enjoy reading about the games after they are over. To this day cannot see the rationale of attending a game. I followed the Red Sox daily, checking Bobby's averages. One of my good memories is betting a quarter Bobby would get five hits in that day's game. Next day could not contain myself. Out came the quarter! Bobby got four hits in four trips to the bat! Never tire of that story.

Monday, 1 October 2012

the sound of a Ted Williams home run

It was 1960 at the time, I even had to look it up. After all Bobby had long retired, and Ted was playing forever. It never occured to me at the time that he was 42 years old and he was batting .318 with 310 AB in 113 games. Time has a way of fooling you. I didn't even see him swing, the ball park was not packed. This is another advantage to Fenway Park experienced when it is not packed, which was somewhat common years ago. Suddenly there was a CRACK! It rung through my head, I can hear it right now, and sitting in the right field pavillion saw the ball go by me, easily seen against the green background as it travelled horizontally into the outfield and up into the lower right field stands. Well it was just another home run, he hit plenty of those. It never occured to me it would be his last year and I would ever think of it again. When Bobby Doerr went to Oregon my intense daily interest in baseball was over. Ted hit under .300 only once his entire career. His slugging percentage lifetime puts him behind Ruth and in front of Gehrig. One, two, three. 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Boston Americans 1901

Early baseball shows us, when you think about it, how impossible it is to compare different eras. Players dominate their era and then that era is gone. Cy Young, second row third from the left,  is in this photo and he dominated his era but his pitching trophy lives on. The Boston Americans changed their name to Red Sox,

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bob Coyne, baseball cartoonist

I was a newspaper clipping junkie before computers wishing now I could thumb through the baseball cartoons of Bob Coyne, who drew pen and ink drawings, many of which are in the Hall of Fame. Now a lost art form prominent before television, he usually drew a big block of small cartoons in the Boston Post. Also I believe in the Herald American, they traced the events in the previous day's game in a large box of smaller drawings in the sports section. I can see now in my mind's eye a drawing of Bobby Doerr flipping the ball over his shoulder depicting the start of another great double play. Coyne, 78, died in 1975 and I see his cartoons are still sought after in the auction houses.

Monday, 7 May 2012

the most perfect sport

The most perfect sport should not depend on a player's size, all sizes should be able to participate. In baseball the big and the small have equal advantages. The big is strong and the small is quick. This is why many shortstops are not huge people. The perfect sport should highlight the individual as well as the team. Baseball pits the batter against the pitcher and then he must deal with the entire team if he gets a hit. So here the team is involved as well as the individual. The game should depend more on skill rather than physical attributes just as baseball does. A perfect wedding between the individual and the team, baseball is the most perfect sport.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Vern Stephens Memorial

Many a time your double play work got a Red Sox pitcher out of trouble. You were a good hitter also. I haven't forgotten how good you were.

Spencer G Corkum
Added: Mar. 16, 2004

See Find a Grave link for Vern Stephens, lifetime batting average 286. He was power hitting shortstop nominated to the Hall in 2009. Vern and Bobby, had three outstanding years together, what an infield!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

clutch baseball

I always admired the play of Tommy Heinrich because I thought he was a clutch hitter. Some hits are just more important than others and they are linked to the team winning. Some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. These people cannot relate to clutch players because the statistics do not easily reflect clutch play. Bobby, as I watched him in action, always seemed to be getting the Sox out of deep trouble with an unexpected double play no one saw coming. His moves were wonderful to watch. He got rid of the ball so quick for the second out and he looked good doing it no matter what awkward position it took to snare the ball. It all looked natural somehow, as if he was in perfect balance despite everything. He was the same hitting. My memories remember a desperate need to score Pesky from third in Yankee Stadium, the house that the Red Sox Ruth built for the New York fans. Bobby's back was bothering him and perhaps he did not think he could lift a sacrifice fly to bring the run across. So anyway, surprise! He laid down a perfect bunt and Pesky scored. That right there that was clutch hitting. Who was looking for a perfect bunt? When he retired shortly after that his rbi total was higher or very close to Ted's at that time.