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Notes on the National Pastime
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"To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback." -- Steve Hovley
Hughie Jennings
(1891-1909, 1912, 1918)
In 1896 this excitable, demonstrative Hall of Famer, nicknamed "Ee-Yah," became the last player in the NL to hit over .400 and yet fail to win the batting title. That year he set a record for the most RBIs (121) by a player who hit no home runs. He hit over .350 in '95, '96, and '97 and stole 359 bases during his playing career. He managed the Detroit Tigers from 1907-1920 and the New York Giants in 1924-25.
"Ee-Yah"     BORN: 4.2.1869, Pittston, PA     .311, 18, 840     Managerial record: 1184-995

Fernando Tatis
In a 23 April 1999 game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, St. Louis third baseman Tatis hit two grand slam home runs in the same inning, something no player before him has ever done.
BORN: 1.1.1975, San Pedro de Macoris, PR     .261, 90, 339

Joe Adcock
Playing for the Braves in the 1950s, first baseman Adcock hit four homers in one game against the Dodgers (31 July 1954), and was the first batter to hit a ball completely over the left field grandstand at Ebbets Field. His "non-homer" ended Harvey Haddix's 12-inning perfect game on 26 May 1959; his hit was ruled a double when he ran past Hank Aaron on the bases. His career ratio for home runs -- one every 12.75 at-bats -- was the best in the league.
BORN 10.30.1927, Coushatta, LA     .277, 336, 1122     All-Star 1960

George Bradley
Talk about stamina -- Bradley pitched every inning of every one of the 64 games played by his team, the St. Louis Brown Stockings, in 1876. His record: 45 wins, 19 losses.
"Grin"     BORN: 7.13.1852, Reading, PA     171-151, 2.42

Darrell Evans
Evans became the first hitter with 40 or more home runs in a season in each league. In 1971 he hit 41 for the NL's Atlanta Braves, and in 1985 hit 40 for Detroit. In 1987 he set an ML record for players over 40 when he hit 34 homers.
BORN: 4.20.69, Pasadena, CA     .248, 414, 1354     All-Star 1973, 1983

Larry Doby
The first African-American to play in the American League, Doby is a Hall-of-Famer who won home run titles in 1953 and 1955. He played for the Cleveland Indians during their pennant-winning seasons of 1948 and 1954. Before his time in the AL, Doby played four years with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League. He and Don Newcombe became the first former major leaguers to play for a Japanese team (Chunichi Dragons, 1962).

BORN: 12.13.23 (Camden, SC) .283, 253, 970
All-Star 1949-55
Hall of Fame (1998)

Tony Perez
Perez had a reputation as a clutch hitter who drove in 90 or more runs in eleven consecutive seasons (1967-77) and 100 or more in seven seasons. After being an integral part of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" and playing in three World Series (1970, 1972, 1975), Perez moved on to the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He managed the Cincinnati Reds in 1993 and the Florida Marlins in 2001.

BORN: 5.14.42 (Ciego de Avila, Cuba) .279, 379, 1652
All-Star 1967-70, 1974-76 1967 ML AS MVP
Hall of Fame (2000)

Frank Baker
Third baseman "Home Run" Baker was the top power hitter of his day who led the American League in RBI in 1912 and 1913 and leading in home runs between 1911 and 1914. He earned his nickname by hitting long balls off Christy Mathewson and Rube Marquard in the 1911 World Series. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1908-14) and the New York Yankees (1916-18, 1921-22).

"Home Run" BORN: 3.13.1886 (Trappe, MD)
Hall of Fame (1955)

Ted Simmons
One of the best hitting catchers in major league history, the switch-hitting Simmons clubbed over 20 homers in six seasons and collected over 90 RBIs eight times. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1968-80), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-85) and Atlanta Braves (1968-88).

BORN: 9.9.49 (Highland Park, MI) .285, 248, 1389
All-Star 1972-74, 1977-79, 1981, 1983 Silver Slugger 1980

Billy Hamilton
The 5'6" Hamilton was one of the greatest leadoff hitters in baseball history. He led the league in runs, walks, on-base percentage and stolen bases in 1894, and also set the all-time ML record for runs scored in a single season (192). His 115 base thefts in 1891 stood as an NL record for over 80 years. Hamilton hit over .300 for twelve consecutive seasons and is one of only three players whose hits (1,691) exceed games played (1,578). His teams: Kansas City Cowboys (1888-89), Philadelphia Phillies (1890-95), and the Boston Beaneaters (1896-1901).

"Sliding Billy" BORN: 2.16.1866 (Newark, NJ)
Hall of Fame (1961)