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The 1960s were not particularly kind to baseball's most legendary player. First Roger Maris assaulted Babe Ruth's supposedly "unbreakable" record for home runs in a season. The same year Maris hit 61, a Ruth pitching record, for consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play, was being threatened by another Yankee. Left-hander Whitey Ford, a Yankee…

As the New York Yankees were winning 5 consecutive American League pennants and appearing in 5 World Series during the first half of the 1960s, one thing all those seasons had in common was the consistent performance of the team's second baseman, particularly in the post-season . While he never accumulated the statistics that would…

It was John Blanchard's misfortune to play for one of the best Yankees teams of all time, in positions stocked with MVPs and Hall of Famers. As a catcher, he played back-up to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra and Elston Howard, who collected 4 MVP awards between them. As an outfielder, he was competing with…

According to Major League Baseball official records, there have been 275 no-hitters pitched; 61 since 1990, including five so far this year. Has what was once regaled as a "pitching masterpiece" lost its luster due to its current frequency? The answer is now up for debt. However, there is no question about the performances of…

If you are an observer of baseball, you most certainly have seen that umpires play a key role in the sport. And as such an observer, you most likely have noticed that at the professional, college and high school levels, the umpire crew generally consist of at least two officials. But at the lower levels,…