This biography is included in the book The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies (SABR, 2013), edited by Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin. For more information or to purchase the book in e-book or paperback form, click here.
Lefty Sullivan had everything a pitcher could want: a blazing fastball, knee-buckling curve, disappearing spitball and pinpoint control. The one thing he couldn’t do was field. Continue reading
By his own account, Merv Rettenmund was a “scuffler” more than a ballplayer. He never found his niche as a regular starter with the Baltimore Orioles, but he starred as a super-sub and was a key cog for the Orioles as they won three consecutive American League pennants, from 1969 to 1971. Continue reading
In the first years of Tommy Lasorda’s Hall of Fame career as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he kept several large photographs on the walls of his office at the team’s spring-training complex in Vero Beach, Florida. There was one of himself and Walter Alston, his legendary predecessor, and another with Hall of Fame
Until his fateful involvement in the plot to fix a World Series, Fred McMullin was known as the Chicago White Sox’s “lucky man.”1 His addition to the starting lineup coincided with late-season surges to win the American League pennant in 1917 and 1919. Continue reading
Charlie Barnabe enjoyed a reputation as a dependable and consistent hitter in the year and a half he spent with the Chicago White Sox — unfortunately, he was on the roster as a pitcher. Continue reading
Jack Heidemann played well during spring training in 1978, so well in fact he thought he had made the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day roster. It came as a shock when, shortly before the team broke camp, he heard the words no player ever wants to hear…continue reading
When he stepped to the plate as the leadoff hitter for the Kansas City Athletics on the final day of the 1958 season, 18-year-old second baseman Lou Klimchock was looking for his first major-league hit, not to make modern major-league history. Playing in just his second major-league game, Klimchock achieved both…continue reading.
On October 10, 2008, the University of California at Berkeley honored the legendary Japanese author Haruki Murakami with the inaugural Berkeley Japan Prize, presented by the Center for Japanese Studies. Speaking to the university students earlier in the day, the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Murakami was asked about “the revelation which led him to writing” at
Henry George “Heinie” Schuble Jr. was the second of four children born to H.G. and Mattie Schuble in Houston, Texas, on November 1, 1906. Heinie first made it to the big leagues in July 1927 with the St. Louis Cardinals after their regular shortstop, Tommy Thevenow, broke his ankle. Just a month earlier, Schuble and