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|Apr-19-12|| ||WannaBe: 2 players have appeared in Little League World Series, College World Series, and The World Series.|
Who are they?
|Apr-19-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I know one of them, a catcher, have no idea about the second.|
|Apr-19-12|| ||WannaBe: <JB> You are correct!|
Now, go and find the other one. =)
|Apr-19-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Ah, then I must vary my teknical methods for doing a search.|
Now, who was a Little League Series hero, an Olympic medalist, and played on a Stanley Cup champion?
|Apr-19-12|| ||WannaBe: <JB> Jackie Robinson, he is the answer to <EVERYTHING>!!|
|Apr-19-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Looked up the second player with the "triple" World Series, and, never heard of him.|
|Apr-19-12|| ||HeMateMe: It was Gordie Howe. He threw the hammer for Canada. Sometimes he threw it in hockey games too, especially at Boston Garden.|
|Apr-19-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Gordie Howe played in the Little League World Series?|
I'm not much of a fan, but as a kid I remember Gordie Howe was the megastar of hockey, back when there were only six teams. Maurice Richard had recently retired, and the only others I remember being considered in remotely the same class as Howe were Hull and Mikita in Chicago. Maybe Beliveau and Mahovlich.
|Apr-20-12|| ||HeMateMe: Yes, JB. It was a smaller world back then. Players actaully took the train to go from city to city, just the East coast, and Two teams in Canada.|
I don't follow the pro game to closely, but I like the OLympic hockey tournament, new faces, new playing styles and larger rinks--better passing, less mindless punchouts.
|Apr-20-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Again, I don't know much about hockey. But in Olympic hockey, do they have a red line? I think they can pass directly from the defensive zone to the other blue line, making for more speed and action. In the NHL the pass can only go as far as the red line.|
|Apr-20-12|| ||HeMateMe: Is that the "iceing" penalty? Not sure, either. I know the puck moves faster isn Int. Hockey, less fighting and other nonsense.|
|Apr-22-12|| ||HeMateMe: A good baseball movie is coming out soon. A Jackie Robinson story. The film's title is <42>. I don't follow baseball too much, but I'm guessing that was Robinson's number with the old Brooklyn Dodgers, who broke many hearts when they moved to Los Angeles.|
The guy playing Jackie Robinson isn't a big star, can't recall his name. He isn't a Denzel Washington level guy. However, <Harrison Ford> is playing Branch Rickey, the visionary Dodger GM who signed Robinson in 1947. I think Robinson played one season in the minors, then was in the bigs for ten years. He came in a bit late, age 27 I think. Some baseball afficianados can fill in the blanks.
He died young, at around age 55, heart attack. Perhaps little was known at the time about blacks being more afflicted with hypertension than whites, and he was never prescribed blood pressure medication. Hard to believe a freight train athlete like that could die at age 55. Mike Wallace just died at age 92, and he probably never lifted anything heavier than a dry martini at the 21 Club.
His wife is in her 90s, and still runs the Jackie Robinson foundation, which grants scholarships to needy, talented kids. Smart kids. Nuclear chemsistry degree in Texas, Chemistry in Pittsburgh, etc.
|Apr-22-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Jackie Robinson had been a football star at UCLA, so he was used to playing with whites. This was part of the reason Rickey chose him. His number "42" was retired from baseball (all teams) a couple of years ago.|
I've only heard stories and seen old films, but he was a very, very aggressive player, fast and powerful.
Three players involved in that steal of home, all three in the Hall of Fame: Robinson, Berra, Ford.
|Apr-22-12|| ||HeMateMe: That's probably a good baseball trivia question:
How many players have stolen home?
How many have done it in a playoff game?
|Apr-22-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Steal of home is pretty exciting. I saw Ellsbury of Boston do it against Pettite of the Yankees a couple of years ago (against a lefty, that is, who was looking right at him), and it's as dramatic a play as there is in baseball.|
Records on steals are pretty easy to look up. Ty Cobb is far and away the leader with 54. Even Babe Ruth had 10.
Only players since 1950 with 10 or more are Paul Molitor and Rod Carew.
|Apr-22-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Oops, had that backwards with Pettite as a lefty. In the stretch he'd be looking AWAY from third base, of course, a slight advantage for the runner.|
|Apr-23-12|| ||HeMateMe: The "new" Dodgers are winning. That's the good news. The bad news is, the only team they've played is the Padres.|
|Apr-24-12|| ||Sneaky: I don't believe I've ever seen home base stolen. I have however seen the "hidden ball trick".|
|Apr-24-12|| ||Jim Bartle: The hidden ball trick can work, but you have to be careful to pull it off. You have to make sure nobody has called time at any moment after the previous play, or else it wouldn't count. After time is called play resumes only with the pitcher holding the ball. I don't know if he has to be on the rubber or not.|
Also, even if conditions are right, the pitcher cannot stand on the rubber without the ball. I guess that's a balk.
|Apr-24-12|| ||chancho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWva...|
|Apr-30-12|| ||talisman: well something has happened to joe giraldi(yankee mgr) twice in this month that hasn't happened twice in one year since 1982...what is it?|
|Apr-30-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Someone on the streets of New York was cordial to him?|
|May-01-12|| ||talisman: <OhioChessFan> that too! :)...no he walked a batter intentionally only to give up a walk-off home run.|
|May-01-12|| ||WannaBe: D@ng, I was gonna guess that no homeless guy on the street offered to wash his windshield!|
|May-02-12|| ||HeMateMe: <no homeless guy on the street offered to wash his windshield!>|
Mayor Giuliani (America's Mayor) made sure the squeegee guys are all breaking rocks at Sing Sing, hard labor upstate.
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