Don Mossi! Described in the Great American Baseball Card Flipping Trading and Bubblegum Book as having "loving cup ears."54 years ago today, in front of 9,000 people at Municipal Stadium, (roughly) 59-year-old Satchel Paige pitched 3 innings, giving up one hit on a double by Carl Yazstremski. He left with KC up 1-0, but the Sox would go on to win 5-2 in a crisp 2:14, as Don Mossi (who probably only looked like he was 59) gave it up in the 8th inning.
How the hell did he do that? I mean, I was born a few hours before that game started and I get tired from watching 3 innings sometimes, never mind pitching. I guess I could throw a baseball about 40 times, but the result would be like 32 balls, 8 line drives and a visit to the walk-in. Obviously, outside of being 6'4" and avoiding fried foods (as I, too, firmly believe that they angry up the blood), Paige and I would have very little in common. I look back, for example, all the time. You could say that we both maintained a love for baseball as we got older, and so I'll be watching, or listening, even though it doesn't mean much.
But I'm probably getting hammered tonight, so I'll leave this as my last post in the game thread! Unless Porcello does go 19 + scoreless. That would warrant comment.
This one goes out to Don Mossi and the incomparable @moretsyndrome.
Cap Anson made his big league debut in 1871. Later, he was a teammate of George Van Haltren, who was a teammate of Christy Mathewson, who was a teammate of Heinie Groh, who was a teammate of Hack Wilson, who batted against Paige in exhibition games.54 years ago today, in front of 9,000 people at Municipal Stadium, (roughly) 59-year-old Satchel Paige pitched 3 innings, giving up one hit on a double by Carl Yazstremski.
To explore this further, only 41 unique pitchers have won the AL Cy Young Award in 1967 due to multiple award winners. Of those 41, 13 are ineligible for the Hall of Fame either because they're currently active or retired too recently. So it's really only 8 of 28.Here's an odd fact based off the opening post: There have been 52 AL Cy Young Awards since they split the award by league starting in 1967. Only eight of the pitchers who won those awards are in the Hall of Fame.
I’m not sure they have the emotional capacity to be happy or otherwise but Luke Farrell’s comeback from the line drive he took to the face in spring training makes me smile.John Farrell is a happy lobster fisherman. To be precise, he is a fisher of lobsters and he is happy about it. The lobsters aren't so happy.