Yankee managing partner George Steinbrenner was an authoritarian, intrustive team owner, who loved controversy and seeing his name in the media. Though he mellowed in his final years, tumult was the order of the day in Yankeedom.
Modern statistical analysis of baseball record, “sabermetrics,” has revolutionanized the game. A team of experts has put together an introduction to sabermetrics for people afraid of numbers.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona is a champion, a nice guy who keeps in touch with old friends, and a good husband and father. He gives the players credit when they win, and takes the blame when they lose.
Dominic DiMaggio, known as “Joe’s kid brother,” was a great center fielder and solid hitter. He had a 33-game hitting streak the same year Joe hit in 56 consecutive games.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has much in common with John Unitas, the greatest of all time.
The first part of Dayn Perry’s biography of Reggie Jackson speculates too much on his psychological deficits. Perry never spoke to Jackson. Part 2 recycles well-known years about Reggie’s Yankee years.
The Red Sox’ “Curse of the Bambino” was just aNB excuse for losing. The team’s real curse was a stuipid, racist front office.
You don’t hear much about Lefty Grove today, but players who hit against him, and have seen everybody since, say he was the fastest pitcher ever. He was colorful too.
When Henry Aaron was player development director for the Atlanta Braves, he was more interested in the kind of person a prospect was than the kind of player. The person made the player, he said.
Thurman Munson was a great ballplayer, but deeply sensitive and insecure. He held grudges and had several rivalries with teammates opponents, and the media.