Face of MLB in the ’70s

Face of MLB in the ’70s

If there is a face of Major League Baseball in the ’70s, the player that represents the best and worst of the game, it’s the mercurial Doc Ellis. Author of a no-hitter and a sub .500 pitcher in one-third of his seasons, Ellis was his own worst enemy.

Building the Bronx Bombers

Building the Bronx Bombers

There was not a lot of homegrown talent on those 1976-78 Yankees pennant winners — unless you consider Cleveland a minor-league affiliate. (Four former Indians were key players during the Yankees’ run.) This is how the ’76 Yankees were built …

It’s time to let the Rose bloom

It’s time to let the Rose bloom

Yes, Pete broke the rules. Yes, Pete lied. And lied some more. Yes, Pete did everything he was accused of — and probably more. But we’re talking Charlie Hustle’s résumé for getting into the Hall of Fame — not getting into heaven.

Opening Day 2017, Part Deux

Opening Day 2017, Part Deux

There have been some great nicknames in baseball, but “Le Grand Orange” is my favorite. Rusty Staub is the epitome of what coulda been — both for the player and the Houston Astros, who traded Staub for what amounted to a lot of nothing.

Opening Day 2017: Play ball!

Opening Day 2017: Play ball!

Opening Day 2017 brings to mind seasons of yesteryear — including 30 years ago, when the lovable, laughable Cubs’ Andre Dawson was tabbed N.L. MVP, the first to play for a last-place team.