couple of really good baseball stories   3 comments

the first one deals with bob gibson.

in 1975 bob gibson closed out his long, strong career.  by 1975 gibson’s arm was pretty much gone.  he had moved from feared starter to middle inning relief.  what few remember is the last base hit he gave up was a pinch hit grand slam home run by pete lacock.  with bases loaded, two outs, and the cubs leading gibby’s cards 7-6, lacock was told to pinch hit for cubs pitcher, buddy schultz.  he crushes the ball and hits the grand slam.

ten years later gibson is pitching in an old timer’s game.  who should come to the plate, but pete lacock.  on the first pitch he hits lacock in the middle of the back.  bob costas asked him about it after the game and bob’s response was, “robert, the books needed to be balanced.” (ten years later!)


story two with rod carew …

rod was telling bob costas on mlb’s studio 42 a story from his rookie season.  during spring training the twins were playing the dodgers.  carew digs in and sees a pitch from drysdale and swings late.  the ball is hit hard down the left field line, but just foul.  the next pitch was at carew’s knees.  it didn’t hit him, but he had to bail on the pitch.

after the game he asked drysdale why he threw at carew’s knees.  drysdale responded, “you hit the ball too hard.”

carew said, “maybe, but i was late on the pitch and it was foul.”

drysdale said again, “and you hit it hard.” then he walked away.

that’s just the way baseball was back then.  you don’t see that kind of tenacious grit very often these days.

lastly, i found the following image online.  i hadn’t seen it before.  i liked it.



Posted 11/22/2010 by rick in Baseball

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  1. It’s too bad Barry Bonds didn’t play in the same era as Gibson and Drysdale.

  2. yeah, if Bonds did, he would have hit 800 HRs

    • i disagree. in the 60s and 70s the parks were much deeper than the bandboxes they play in now. add to that pitchers did not hesitate to knock the batter on their keister. the pitchers didn’t get tossed for it either. batters, and rod carew even said this during the interview with bob costas, couldn’t just dig in and dare the pitcher to throw. the ball could have been right over the plate or right over their temple. baseball was drastically different then. bonds definitely had the benefit of playing during an era of diluted pitching with all the expansion. last reason i don’t think he would have hit 800 … lack of steriods.

      i don’t think the reasons i gave above take away from his ability to hit homers. i do , however think he would have been closer to 400-450, maybe even creep on the 500 mark. just my take on this subject.


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