Category: Historical Profiles

Aug 25

The Daringer Family: a History Told Through Baseball

In terms of baseball families, the Daringers never gained the notoriety of the Alomars, Boones, or Molinas, but the histories of brothers Howard, Cliff, and Rolla Daringer and cousin Paul Derringer are fascinating. In truth, the Daringers probably mean a whole lot more to the good people of Hayden, Indiana and to me than they do …

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Jul 24

Remembering Sid Fernandez

I don’t think it’s any great coincidence that growing up my favorite Mets’ pitchers were Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernandez, and David Cone.1  Besides all three being extremely good, all three had distinctive throwing motions that a ten-year old ersatz pitching savant could mimic in daily wiffle-ball sessions.2 Amongst the trio, Fernandez received the least attention.  …

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Jun 21

Remembering Kevin Mitchell

Whenever I think of Kevin Mitchell, I think back to an excerpt from Jeff Pearlman’s book The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the … Put on a New York Uniform–and Maybe the Best: [Mitchell] went to …

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