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Posts Tagged ‘Yogi Berra.’

The Baseball World mourns the death of “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks (photo by Scott R. Anselmo via wikipedia commons)

The baseball world was disappointed Friday when the Chicago Cubs had to announce that their beloved “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks had passed away at the age of 83.

Fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posted photos of Banks with a note of how he had affected their life. Whether a Cubs fan or not, Ernie Banks was well-liked by anyone connected with baseball.

Despite many years of playing on losing teams in Chicago, the always-smiling, upbeat Banks always had enthusiasm for the game and was its best ambassador next to Hank Aaron and Yogi Berra

He was famous for always saying, “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two”!

The two-time National League MVP in a 19-year career with the Cubs, had a .274 average with 2,583 base hits, 512 homers, 1,636 RBI’s in a Hall of Fame career. He played from 1953-1971. He hit 40 or more homers in a season five times. Other career highlights and awards include: 14-time All-Star, a 1960 Gold Glove winner, 2-time NL Home Run and 2-time NL RBI champion, Cubs retired his #14 jersey  and he was a member of the MLB Century All-Star Team.

He started his career as a shortstop and ended it as a first baseman.

Ernie Banks in 1955 on Bowman Baseball Card (Public Domain via wikipedia commons)

The one sad fact about his career, he never reached the postseason. Which is mind-boggling considering the Cubs in those days had some great players in Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckett, Don Kessinger, Billy Williams, Kenny Holtzman, Randy Hundley, Bill Hands and Phil Regan.

He reached the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility of 1977.

One fact that most fans don’t realize about Banks is that he was the Cubs’ first black player on 1953.

Banks signed with the Cubs in the fall of 1953. He made his major league debut at Wrigley Field on September 17 at age 22, and played in ten games. He became one of a handful of former Negro league players who joined MLB teams without playing a single minor league game.

In 1954, Banks’ double play partner during his official rookie season was Gene Baker, the second Cubs black player. Banks and Baker roomed together on road trips and became the first all-black double-play combination in major league history.

Friday rain postpones Jeter’s bid for 3,000 hits

 

Derek Jeter (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Derek Jeter’s quest for 3,000 career hits hit a snag with Mother Nature on Friday.

Rain and the threat of thunderstorms forced the postponement of the New York Yankees’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in the Bronx.

The rain-out leaves the popular Yankees captain and shortstop on 2,998 hits, two shy of the 3,000 milestone which has never been reached by a Yankees player. Not even Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle reached the milestone.

The Yankees wanted Jeter to reach the milestone on the current homestand and suggested to the Rays that the rain-out could be made up as a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, but the Rays declined. MLB rules states that both teams have to agree.

The rain-out on Friday will be made up on September 22.

 

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Military veteran and 2-time Championship manager Ralph Houk, dies at 90

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

Ralph Houk, who guided the powerhouse New York Yankees of the early 1960′s to two World Series championships as manager, died at age 90 on Wednesday.

Houk also was manager of the Boston Red Sox(1981-84) and Detroit Tigers (1974-1978).

Before becoming involved with Major League Baseball and the Yankees in 1947, Houk served in the Army in World War II and rose to the rank of major.

(File)

Houk was a part of the Yankees for eight seasons as a backup catcher, playing in just 91 games.  He played behind Hall of Fame catchers Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Houk managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 with a winning percentage of .514. He had the tough task of following a legend, fan-favorite and successful manager in Casey Stengel with the Yankees in 1961 and was George Steinbrenner’s first manager in 1973. He resigned after one year and left for the Detroit Tigers.

Houk was also the Yankees general manager in 1964 and 1965.