1. Tommy Davis' Significant Role in Making the New York Mets Winners

    The 1967 New York Mets were an offensively challenged team. They scored 498 runs to average about 3.07 runs a game and were one of four National League teams with fewer than 100 home runs...

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  2. Tom Seaver's First Major League Start Was Unusual for the Mets

    I pulled my 1962 Nova into the Shell gas station on the corner of the Horace Harding Expressway service road and Utopia Parkway, just about two miles east of Shea Stadium...

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  3. Gil Hodges: Charlie Dressen's Failed Bribe and a Congregation's Prayers

    Gil Hodges had two qualities that are necessary for every manager. Hodges had great strength, and he had the ability to inspire. The former Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman had the reputation of being a nice guy...

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  4. Gil Hodges: The Mets Knew What They Were Doing on Friday the 13th

    It started in 1967, although the consequences wouldn't be seen immediately. The Washington Senators, an expansion team created in 1961 to replace the team that moved to Minnesota , won 76 games...

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  5. Mickey Mantle's Revelations to Tom Molito and Later to Sports Illustrated

    Terence Moore of MLB.com has written an outstanding column in which he discusses how alcohol and drug abuse have affected athletes...

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  6. Mantle and Maris: Two New York Yankees We Wanted to Be Greater

    Mickey Mantle was explaining his strained relationship with the media. ''I got into trouble with the press early, because I was scared," Mantle told New York Times journalist Robert Lipsyte, who was speaking to him and Roger Maris...

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  7. Babe Ruth's 60 Home Runs Was a Greater Achievement Than Barry Bonds' 73

    It happened for the first time in 1918. Babe Ruth led the major leagues with 11 home runs. He hit more home runs than the American League's Washington Nationals (4), St. Louis Browns (5), Chicago White Sox (8) and Cleveland Indians ...

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  8. 19 Hall of Famers, 6 Home Runs and 1 All-Star Win in 20 for the AL

    The 1971 All-Star game, played at Tiger Stadium, had what could be described as a convention of living legends. Johnny Bench summed it up. "It wasn't a game, it was the world," said Bench...

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  9. DiMaggio Hit an Inside-the-Park HR and Mantle Hit One in the Upper Deck in 1962

    The New York Yankees were hosting the Chicago White Sox on July 28, 1962. A Saturday afternoon crowd of 53,199 was on hand, but the game between the two rivals was not the primary attraction...

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  10. Hank Bauer Arrested by a Yankees Fan on Assault Charges

    On May 21, 1957, Hank Bauer was arrested by New York Yankees fan Edwin Jones. Since neither the police nor the district attorney would act, Jones made a citizen's arrest...

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  11. Alex Rodriguez: The Yankees' Munificent, Winsome Competitive Slugger

    Alex Rodriguez is the greatest third baseman in New York Yankees history. He has hit more home runs in a single season that any Yankees right-handed batter, has won two MVP ...

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  12. New York Yankees Hit the Jackpot by Signing Bill Hall and Russell Branyan

    As they used to say on a once-popular New York radio station, the hits just keep on coming. The New York Yankees made an excellent move when they signed Bill Hall to a minor-league contract, as reported by The New York Post ...

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  13. Joe Pepitone's Teammates Compared Him to Ted Williams and Don Mattingly

    On Nov. 26, 1962, the New York Yankees traded first baseman Bill "Moose" Skowron to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Stan Williams. But this isn't about Skowron or Williams...

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  14. Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox: 2011 Collapses Don't Happen in 2012

    Bud Selig is on the verge of announcing that in 2012, each league will have two wild-card teams. They will face each other in a one-game playoff...

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  15. David Cone: Partying Produced Great Pitching and Greater Yankees Seasons

    Rob Gronkowski and Matt Light hope that partying does for them what it did for the 1998 Yankees. After the New York Yankees were eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 playoffs, David Cone and some of his teammates partied...

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  16. Roger Maris: 1961 Male Athlete of the Year Is Underrated After All These Years

    Roger Maris will never be voted into the Hall of Fame, but Roger Maris won an honor that only 24 other baseball players have received. In 1961, Maris was voted the Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press ...

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  17. Mickey Mantle's Reaction to the Attack on Jimmy Piersall at Yankee Stadium

    It was one of the most riotous days in the history of Yankee Stadium. Jimmy Piersall and Mickey Mantle never forgot what happened. The New York Yankees were hosting the Cleveland Indians for a doubleheader on Sept...

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  18. Yogi Berra Wasn't Surprised the New York Mets Fired Him in 1975

    As a player, Yogi Berra has been on 14 pennant winners and 10 world champions. He managed the New York Yankees to the 1964 pennant, was a coach on the world champion 1969 New York Mets and led the 1973 Mets to an improbable pennant...

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  19. New York Yankees: Consecutive WS Games Winning Streaks of 12, 10 and 14.

    After sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series , the New York Yankees had a 12-game winning streak in the Fall Classic. Previously, the Yankees had swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1927 and the St...

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  20. New York Yankees: GM Brian Cashman Claims Extortion, Woman Claims Rent Money

    Deadspin.com reported yesterday that New York Yankees executive Brian Cashman had a relationship with a woman named Louise Meanwell (also knows as Louise Neathway)...

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  21. New York Yankees: Three Braves Pitchers Refused to Pitch If Ruth Played Defense

    Babe Ruth started in Boston and there was an excellent chance that he would finish in Boston. Baseball's 1934 winter meetings occurred while Ruth was touring Japan with a group ...

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  22. Giants vs. Patriots: New England Can Win, but Can Never Get Even

    The worst defeat in sports history occurred on Feb. 3, 2008. The New England Patriots had won their first 18 games. They had to win one more game, but the New York Football Giants beat them in the Super Bowl ...

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  23. Banzai Babe Ruth: The Yankees Great Believed That He Had Prevented World War II

    It wasn't arrogance and it wasn't ego, although Babe Ruth could be arrogant and he certainly had a tremendous ego. No, it was naïveté...

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  24. Whitey Ford: The Oldest Young Player the Yankees' Jerry Coleman Had Ever Seen

    When Whitey Ford 's mother gave birth to him, the delivering physician must have wondered why the baby was so cool. Regardless of the situation, that describes Edward Charles Ford, the greatest pitcher in New York Yankees history...

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  25. New York Yankees: Clutch Mike Mussina Wasn't to Blame for the Yankees WS Defeats

    The 2001 World Series was tied at two games each. Mike Mussina was facing the Arizona Diamondbacks Miguel Batista in the pivotal fifth game at Yankee Stadium...

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