Friday, March 30, 2012

Maple Leafs miss out - again

Who hasn't won since the Original Six days?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

RIP - Dennis Bennett

Dennis Bennett, who pitched in the 1960s primarily for the Phillies and Red Sox, passed away yesterday at age 72.

Bennett was a starting pitcher for the Philles from 1962-64, then spent a little over 2 seasons with the Red Sox before ending his career with the Angels in 1968.

Monday, March 12, 2012

RIP - Don Mincher

Don Mincher passed away on March 4th at age 73.

Mincher was best known for his years as a slugging 1st baseman for the Twins (moving Harmon Killebrew over to 3B) and the Angels. He also played for the Seattle Pilots in 1969, and was the only all-star for the Pilots in their lone season.

After leaving Seattle, Don bounced around to several teams, including the Washington Senators. This made him one of a very few to have played for the "old" and "new" Senators.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy 70th to Dick Allen!

Today is Dick Allen's 70th birthday.

Growing up in the 1960s, "Richie" Allen was one of my favorite Phillies players back then. I was sorry to see him go after the 1969 season, but he DID wear out his welcome, and what the heck, WE were getting Curt Flood in return.

The Phillies' fanbase was abuzz with excitement and anticipation when he returned in 1975.

About a year or 2 ago, I watched Bob Costas interview Dick Allen on the MLB Network. He has really mellowed out over the years; soft-spoken, and had nice things to say about Gene Mauch, Frank Thomas, and others.

I read his autobiography, "Crash" about a year ago. It was interesting to get his "inside" view, and learn about his early years as a high school basketball star.

Happy Birthday Crash!