1. Mantle, Maris and the New York Yankees Finishing with a Flourish in 1960

    Mickey Mantle had a great season in 1960 . He won the American League with 40 home runs. He also scored the most runs with 119 and led the league with a .687 OPS. But in 1960, the experts criticized Mantle because he batted only ...

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  2. Mickey Mantle: We Finally Learned How Mantle Did in a 'Bad' Season of 1959

    I watched Mickey Mantle 's complete career. After having a fairly poor season in his rookie season of 1951, Mantle had some very good seasons. Then it happened. It 1956, Mantle reached what most thought was the apex...

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  3. St. Louis Cardinals Hit .314 in 1930 but Batted .200 When It Counted

    The 1930 St. Louis Cardinals won the pennant. They won 92 games to finished two games ahead of the Chicago Cubs . It was a strange season. Every single Cardinals regular player batted at least ...

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  4. Alex Rodriguez Could Have Been the New York Yankees Hero to Beat Willie Mays

    I have always rooted for Mickey Mantle. To me, he was better than Willie Mays, but for many different reasons, Mays finished ahead Mantle in home runs, runs batted in and batting average...

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  5. Mike Lupica Knew How Great Bernie Williams Had Become with the 1995 Yankees

    It was the first season that both the American League and the National League would play the entire season with three divisions. In 1994, the season ended after Aug. 12 by a strike...

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  6. Steve Carlton Couldn't Make the Philadelphia Phillies the Second Time Around

    Steve Carlton refused to give in . He never gave in when he was the best pitcher in the game and he wasn’t giving in now. Carlton was trying to make the Philadelphia Phillies nine months after they had released him on June 24, 1986...

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  7. Alex Rodriguez's Grand Slam Was a Sad Event for Some Yankees Fans

    June 12, 2012 ranks among the saddest of all days in baseball history. Lou Gehrig will be linked with Alex Rodriguez until Rodriguez hits his 24th grand slam home run...

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  8. New York Yankees Third Baseman Joe Sewell Was a Hard Man to Strike out

    It was incredible when it occurred, but it might be impossible to convince some younger fans that it's the truth: In 1932, New York Yankees third baseman Joe Sewell batted 576 times...

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  9. Roger Maris: A Breath of Fresh Air Compared to Mark McGwire

    I just read an article about Mark McGwire in Time Magazine , "Mark McGwire: A Mac For All Seasons," written in Dec. 1998. Next, I looked up McGwire's statements in which he admitted using steroids...

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  10. Kyle Lohse Is Keeping the Cardinals Ready to Pounce in the Second Half of 2012

    Kyle Lohse won his sixth game of the season yesterday. It was a game that the St. Louis Cardinals needed badly. It was also a game that Lohse wanted, because it put him one game above ...

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  11. St. Louis Cardinals Showed That Baseball Purists Don't Appreciate Excellence

    The St. Louis Cardinals won their third consecutive pennant in 1944. They faced the St. Louis Browns in the World Series . Since the teams shared Sportsman’s Park, all the games would be played in the same park...

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  12. Mariano Rivera's First Post-Season Appearance Was Long but Typical

    Ken Griffey Jr. had just hit a home run in the top of the 12th inning off John Wettland to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 lead. When Edgar Martinez singled, New York Yankees ' manager Buck Showalter had seen enough...

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  13. Rogers Hornsby, Not Musial or Pujols, Was the Best Cardinals Hitter

    Stan Musial was the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player. But as great as he was, Musial was not the best Cardinals hitter. No, it's not Albert Pujols. It's not even close...

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  14. Lou Brock Arrived in St. Louis in 1964 and Sparked the Cardinals' Championship

    At the end of play on June 10, 1964, the St. Louis Cardinals were in fifth place, four games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals had won 28 games while losing 26...

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  15. The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Was Really Their 12th

    The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 world championships. No other National League has won more than six. The Cardinals really have won 12 World Series . On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga had an umpire's error take away his perfect game ...

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  16. Curt Flood Challenged the St. Louis Cardinals Right to Trade Their "Property"

    Curt Flood played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1958-69. Originally the property of the Cincinnati Reds —and please pay attention to the word “property”—Flood was traded from the Reds to the Cardinals in December of 1957...

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  17. Lou Brock and Bob Gibson: Two Sides of Deliberately Throwing at Hitters

    Dave Kindred related two compelling anecdotes in the July 8, 1996 Sporting News . One involved Lou Brock and the other was about Bob Gibson . Brock was leading off for the St...

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  18. Stan Musial vs. Albert Pujols' St. Louis Cardinals Career

    Now that Albert Pujols no longer is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals , his career with the Cardinals can be compared to that of Stan Musial . Pujols played for the Cards from 2001-11...

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  19. Orlando Cepeda: Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals Did It All in the 1967 WS

    “You can do it all … you can do it all,” an ecstatic Orlando Cepeda shouted to Bob Gibson as the future Hall of Fame first baseman kissed the future Hall of Fame pitcher four times on the right cheek...

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  20. Ichiro Suzuki V. Eddie Stanky or Why Batting Average Is Not Overrated

    Batting average is not an overvalued statistic. When you compare Ichiro Suzuki 's 2004 season with Eddie Stanky's 1950 season , it illustrates the importance of a player’s batting average when you evaluate him...

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  21. Lou Gehrig Might Not Have Succumbed to ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease" After All

    Lou Gehrig passed away 71 years ago today, June 2, 1941. A study released on Aug. 17, 2010 created speculation about the cause of Gehrig’s death...

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  22. 1926-34: The St. Louis Cardinals Were as Dominant as the Great Yankees Teams

    Mention baseball dynasty and the New York Yankees come to mind, but from 1926-1934, the St. Louis Cardinals won five pennants and three world championships. During those years, the Yankees won four pennants and three World Series ...

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  23. Brian Cashman Will Have Another Chance to Right the Melky Cabrera Mistake

    Joel Sherman in today's New York Post speculates about Melky Cabrera , who will be a free agent at the end of the season. Cabrera leads the National League in batting average (...

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  24. New York Yankees Need Another Starter to Help Sabathia and Pettitte

    In 2011, New York Yankees pitchers led the league with a 118 ERA+. Their 3.73 team ERA was surpassed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3.57), the Tampa Bay Rays (3...

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  25. What If the New York Yankees' Offense Doesn't Revert to Form?

    With 15 home runs, Curtis Granderson is the only New York Yankees player in double figures after 49 games. Nick Swisher, of all people, leads the team with 31 RBIs. The Yankees' offense is not what it used to be...

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