The business of baseball, with some minor bumps, ran in the owners’ favor for almost 100 years.
Marvin Miller changed that.
Only one manager in the history of baseball has skippered one team five different times.
Billy Martin may be a controversial figure in New York Yankees history, but what is indisputable was the success he found on the diamond.
For Tony La Russa, managing a Major League Baseball team was way down on his list of career goals.
First, it was big league player. Then, he wanted to be a lawyer. But when he finally found his true calling, La Russa needed little time to establish that he was one of the best skippers the game has ever seen.
His name has become part of the sports lexicon, thanks to a surgery he helped pioneer.
But lost in the medical definitions and comeback stories is the pitching career Tommy John fashioned for nearly three decades. And it’s that career that has led him to the edge of immortality in Cooperstown.
For baseball fans in the 1970s, consistency had a name: Steve Garvey.
More often than not, that name appeared on awards, All-Star Game rosters and postseason record lists – because Steve Garvey was consistently excellent.
Although Bobby Cox’s playing days were cut short by injuries, he set out on a trail that led him to a long and successful career as one of the game’s most highly regarded managers.
In an amazing run, Cox, the one-time infielder, would skipper big league teams for three decades, accumulating more than 2,500 victories by the time he retired after the 2010 season. But his greatest accomplishments came during his second stint with the Atlanta Braves, when he led the franchise to 14 straight division crowns and a World Series title.
In an era where shortstops were fielders first, Davey Concepcion was one of the best.
In an era where shortstops were not expected to contribute much offensively, Davey Concepcion emerged as one of the most consistent hitters on Cincinnati’s legendary Big Red Machine.
Now, as the Expansion Era Committee considers candidates for Cooperstown, Davey Concepcion stands on the verge of the Hall of Fame.
The following are quote excerpts from Wednesday’s teleconference following the BBWAA Hall of Fame election announcement.
JI = Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson
JO=BBWAA secretary/treasurer Jack O’Connell
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum stands as a monument to our National Pastime, with iconic bronze plaques on oak walls mesmerizing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
Many may believe the Museum in Cooperstown is nothing more than a gallery of plaques. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The 2007 MLB season marked the final campaign for some of the biggest names of the last two decades.
Today, many of those players have taken the first step to Cooperstown by landing on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.
The BBWAA released the 37-man ballot on Wednesday, and the 600-plus eligible voters have until Dec. 31 to return their ballots. The ballot consists of 24 newcomers plus 13 returning candidates.
To earn a BBWAA Hall of Fame vote, voters must be 10-year BBWAA members who are in good standing in the organization.