What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson

Over the course of his 21-year playing career and even longer tenure in the broadcast booth, Tim McCarver has a wealth of stories and opinions. In Oh, Baby, I Love It! Baseball Summers, Hot Pennant Races, Grand Salamis, Jellylegs, El Swervos, Dingers and Dunkers, Etc., Etc., Etc., published in 1987, McCarver covers quite a bitContinue reading “What I’m Reading: Oh, Baby, I Love It! by Tim McCarver with Ray Robinson”

What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu

In The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age, author Sridhar Pappu seeks to put the 1968 baseball season in the larger context of political and societal turmoil embroiling the nation. While I always appreciate it when baseball books place the events taking place on the fieldContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Year of the Pitcher” by Sridhar Pappu”

How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential

Without the efforts of Bob Kennedy and Lou Brock, Keith Hernandez may never have won the 1979 National League MVP Award – at least, not with the Cardinals. Hernandez was a 17-year-old out of Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, when the Cardinals drafted him in the 42nd round of the 1971 draft. DueContinue reading “How Lou Brock and Bob Kennedy helped Keith Hernandez reach his potential”

How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training

Fourteen years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Bill White, a four-time all-star and the defending National League Gold Glove Award winner at first base, arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. While some of the Cardinals’ star players, such as StanContinue reading “How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training”

July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds

On July 3, 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds started the Independence Day fireworks a touch early with a 12-minute[1] brawl that required 19 St. Louis police officers to restore order.[2] Pursuing his 10th win of the season in front of the announced crowd of 47,663[3], Bob Gibson struck out Tommy Helms andContinue reading “July 3, 1967: Brock stolen base ignites brawl between Cardinals and Reds”