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   Apr-20-14 mistermac chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: <mistermac> My deepest condolences.
   Apr-20-14 WannaBe chessforum
WannaBe: Alright, more ways to get drunk!!
   Apr-20-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: Beat the streak* and win money! *I do not work for MLB or in any way associated with this contest/promotion. Prohibited where by law.
   Apr-18-14 scormus chessforum
WannaBe: Let's try this: [Event " Friendly"] [Site ""] [Date "2014.03.?"] [Round "?"] [White "Scormus"] [Black "WannaBe"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] [ECO "B99"] [EventDate "??"] [PlyCount "?"] 1.e4 ...
   Apr-16-14 Aaron Alexandre (replies)
WannaBe: According to at the bottom, he won a match against Staunton in 1838. Any possibility of games being (re)discovered? Hello Historians? =))
   Apr-15-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
WannaBe: <FSR: <XClarence Thomas's Disgraceful Silence> I was admitted to the Supreme Court Bar on the same day that the Senate confirmed this assclown. Excuse me, <Justice> Assclown.> The issue seems to be very simple, who/what branch
   Apr-15-14 technical draw chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: You need more games on GK to kerp your mind occupied!
   Apr-12-14 T Jacks (replies)
WannaBe: I actually like that song, very interesting history and lyric.
   Apr-10-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: I personally don't see the need of the number after the letter. Examples: The Bishop controlls the c-g diagnal, or the queen controls the h-b diagnal... The numbers themselves are not really that necessary. In my opinion.
   Apr-10-14 N M Cooper vs R List, 2014
WannaBe: Definitely Senior Moment.
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  technical draw: Thanks for that link <FSR>. I see I have played the most games at 244. After I finish my active game I'll hit 250.
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  WannaBe: This is getting ridiculous, MLB have retired all the numbers possible, now everyone is forced to wear number 42...
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  YouRang: <Baseball Retired Numbers Trivia>

There are a number of players who have had their jersey number retired for two teams (e.g. Greg Maddux for Braves and Cubs, Rod Carew for Twins and Angels).

What player's jersey number has been retired for *three* teams?

Extra credit: A player named Wade Boggs had his jersey number retired. For which team?

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  WannaBe: <YouRang> I think the answer is Nolan Ryan?

Boggs have his number retired by the Yankees?

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  YouRang: Yep, Nolan Ryan so honored by the Angels, Rangers, and Astros.

Boggs was so honored by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays! He played his last 2 seasons there and got his 3000th hit with the Rays.

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  Jim Bartle: How in the world did Maddux do enough for the Cubs to have his number retired?
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  YouRang: <Jim Bartle: How in the world did Maddux do enough for the Cubs to have his number retired?>

Yeah, his best years were with the Braves, for sure. Perhaps because he got his 300th win as a Cub?

I see that his jersey was retired the same day they retired the jersey of Ferguson Jenkins (who really did deserve the honor). Maybe they just wanted a bigger party.

It's a little odd too that Steve Garvey's jersey was retired by the Padres.

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  Jim Bartle: An average of 17-11 over five years shouldn't get your number retired, certainly not beside Ferguson Jenkins.

Garvey at least led the Padres to a World Series.

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  YouRang: The year that the Padres went to the World Series, Garvey hit .284 with 8 homers and 86 RBI. Okay, but not the stuff that prompts a retired jersey.

Other guys contributed more to their success IMO. e.g. Gwynn hit .351, Wiggins stole 70 bases, McReynolds hit 20 homers, and they had outstanding relief pitching.

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  Jim Bartle: My mistake! I thought he hit a lot better than that. I think he did hit real well in the playoff against the Cubs.

Of course Gwynn was a hundred times the player Garvey was. Though Garvey did look sharp dressed as a taco.

Garvey was pretty funny in the field. He could catch just fine, but couldn't throw at all. Runners on second would stroll over to third if Garvey had the ball, knowing he wouldn't even try to throw them out.

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  YouRang: You're right, Garvey did great against the Cubs, but he was pretty soft in the World Series.

Garvey was very popular in L.A. A good clutch hitter and he fielded grounders brilliantly and he even prevented a bunch of errors by fielding skippy throws from shortstop Russell. But Garvey couldn't throw. Moving him from 3B to 1B made his career.

I only recall one game being mad at Garvey. He had the ball with a runner trapped in a rundown between first and second. The problem is while he was chasing that guy, another runner who was at third base strolled home with the winning run to end the game.

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  Jim Bartle: That's our Steve!

I looked up his record, see he had 28 errors in 85 games at third base in 1972. Not good.

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  YouRang: Reminds me of a guy who played third for the Oakland A's back then. He wasn't a great fielder, but even worse, his name was "Klutts" -- Mickey Klutts.

Abbott and Costello could have worked with that.

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  Jim Bartle: Not to be confused with the scout who signed Catfish Hunter, Clyde Kluttz.
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  YouRang: Hmm, that prompted me to look up Catfish Hunter -- I didn't know until now that he died at 53 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and that the "Catfish" nickname was Charles O. Finley's idea.
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  Jim Bartle: I saw Hunter pitch several times for the A's. He didn't throw hard, but had really sharp control. Sort of like Tom Glavine, or Whitey Ford. He didn't give up many runs, though that wasn't hard in night games at Oakland Coliseum, where reaching the warning track was a massive blast.

A Sports Illustrated writer visited him when he was quite sick, and wrote a really nice portrait of him. I'll look for that story.

Of course he was one of the first free agents, but in a different way. Finley didn't pay him a bonus in his contract, so the contract was voided and he signed with the Yankees.

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  perfidious: <YouRang: A player named Wade Boggs had his jersey number retired. For which team?>

It definitely was not by the Red Sox.

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  perfidious: On reading <Jim>'s reminiscences of Hunter, and the mention of Jenkins, it occurred to me that Bill James considered them both descendants of the Robin Roberts family of pitchers.

Don't recall everything James wrote, but, inter alia, he mentioned that they were A) right-handed, B) outstanding control pitchers with decent fastballs, but only fair breaking stuff.

Another nugget on Hunter: after his career was finished with an inauspicious end (one excellent year with Yankees and not much else for his $1.25 million), George Steinbrenner was asked whether it was worth paying Hunter all that money. The response was something to the effect that Hunter was worth every penny, as he helped restore respect to that organisation.

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  Jim Bartle: The Margos?
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  WannaBe: Having lunch with <Nako> at Rubios!! Wheeeee.
Apr-18-14  NakoSonorense: Good seeing ya, Bugs Bunny!
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  Benzol: <WannaBe> Why don't you call your forum "The Bunny Hutch"?


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  WannaBe: <Benzol> Have thought about that, but decided to go with my Chinese name instead. No particular reason. =)
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  WannaBe: Alright, more ways to get drunk!!

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