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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Autograph signings website

    For those of you who are interested in memorabilia shows (not just baseball) for the entire country this is the best website that I have seen. www.signingshotline.com

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    12-23-16 08:05 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Great Baseball Photos (George H. Ruth's collection)

    One of our newer forumers offered to share some photos, but didn't have enough posts to start a new one. Babe, this thread's for you -- post away. :)

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    12-17-16 07:50 PM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Autograph Alert Website

    Hey folks...This is a great website for autograph news. They've also been exposing the falacies of the third party authenticators claiming to be the "industry leading experts" such as JSA, GAI, PSA/DNA and others... http://www.autographalert.com/news.html Very good info!! Here is one of their recent news items... <DT style="FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif"><CENTER><DT style="FONT-FAMILY: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif">Wasting Money On The So-Called <DT style="FONT-FAMILY:...

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    03-01-12 12:38 PM Go to last post
  1. Worst Career Batting Average Before Winning a Batting Title

    The White Sox's Tim Anderson leads the AL at .334, and LeMahieu is second at .328. Anderson debuted on June 10, 2016, and he started the year with a .258 career average.

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    10-15-19 08:39 PM Go to last post
  2. Biggest Pitcher Winning Percentage Range Other Than 1.000 and .000

    Boston's Brandon Workman went 10-1 (.909). In 2014, he went 1-10 (.091), for a gap of .818. Excluding seasons with only wins or only losses, do any other pitchers have that big a gap between their best and worst season winning percentages?

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    10-02-19 12:31 AM Go to last post
  3. Have Teammates Ever Been 2-3-4 in Awards Voting?

    ESPN's Keith Law has Scherzer second, Strasburg third, and Corbin fourth for NL Cy Young. Have teammates ever finished second, third, and fourth in awards voting?

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    09-27-19 05:05 PM Go to last post
  4. Babe Ruth And Ground Rule Double HR's

    I was listening to the Orioles-Red Sox game tonight and Joe Angel was talking about how in 1931 the NL changed the rule where balls that bounced over the outfield wall counted as a home run. Two years earlier in 1929 the AL had changed the rule. So my question is how many of Babe Ruth's home runs between 1915-1928 were actually ground rule doubles? Were there any statistics kept back then that differentiated between the two types of HR's?

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    09-10-19 03:09 AM Go to last post
  5. Has a Rookie Ever Won an ERA Title?

    After Tampa Bay plays in Saturday, Tyler Glasnow will not have enough innings to qualify. Charlie Morton raised his ERA from 2.32 to 2.65, which moved Justin Verlander to second behind Glasnow in ERA, with Detroit's Spencer Turnbull in third. Verlander has a 2.38 ERA, and Turnbull has a 2.40 ERA. Turnbull is a rookie who went 0-2 in 16 1/3 innings last September. I'm not saying Turnbull will win it, but if he even leads at some point in May or later, that's surprising.

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    08-30-19 06:31 AM Go to last post
  6. Players Started the Season on the Same Date in Consecutive Years Not at the Beginning

    Marc Rzepczynski's first two years were with Toronto. He made his MLB debut on July 7, 2009. His first game of 2010 was on July 7. What other players played their first game of consecutive seasons on the same date in May or later?

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    08-27-19 05:32 PM Go to last post
  7. Most Runs Scored or Allowed Before or After a Shutout

    In a doubleheader on September 9, 2004, Kansas City beat Detroit 26-5, and then Detroit won 8-0. What's the most runs a team has scored a game before or after being shut out? What's the most runs a team has allowed a game before or after pitching a shutout (not necessarily a complete game)?

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    08-17-19 03:56 PM Go to last post
  8. Accomplishments For the First Time in a Player's Last Year

    We know that Mussina won 20 games for the first time in his last year in 2008. O'Neill had his only season with at least 20 home runs and at least 20 stolen bases in his last year in 2001.

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    08-05-19 09:57 AM Go to last post
  9. What's the Latest Inning For a Pitcher's First Career Win?

    San Francisco's Williams Jerez pitched the 15th and 16th against the Mets before San Francisco won walkoff in the 16th after 2:30 A.M. What the latest inning for a pitcher's first career win. I checked Hector Noesi, who won his MLB debut for the Yankees at Baltimore on May 18, 2011. He pitched the 12th through the 15th, so Jerez's win was later.

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    08-04-19 10:27 AM Go to last post
  10. Most Career Wins by a Pitcher Who Faced the Yankees on Old-Timers' Day

    Justin Verlander has 213 wins and is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. What pitcher had the most career wins before facing the Yankees on Old-Timers' Day? Is there a website with the dates of every Old-Timers' Day?

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    06-22-19 06:37 AM Go to last post
  11. What's the Biggest Standings Gap Between Consecutive Teams in a Division?

    What's the biggest standings gap between consecutive teams in a division or a league before there were divisions? https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/1137884690004754434 has the AL East standings for the last 162 games for each team, and Tampa Bay won 101 of 162 for the first time: Tampa Bay: 101-61 (.623) Boston: 98-64 (.605) Yankees: 97-65 (.599) Toronto: 66-96 (.407) Baltimore: 48-114 (.296, and the opposite record of the 1998 Yankees) The Yankees won over twice as many games...

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    06-12-19 04:27 PM Go to last post
  12. Pitchers Who Left the Yankees With a 0.00 Career ERA

    In 2006, Matt Smith pitched 12 scoreless innings. Then he was among the four players traded for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle. Smith pitched 18 2/3 innings before allowing his first earned run. He didn't last long, as his last game was in 2007 only 1 year and 11 days after his debut. What players left the Yankees with a 0.00 ERA, and how many career innings did they have when they left? The players do not have to have made their MLB debut with Yankees. They could have debuted with another...

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    06-09-19 03:00 PM Go to last post
  13. A Cy Young Winner With Three Consecutive Starts Against Cy Young Winners

    Jacob deGrom faced Max Scherzer two starts ago, Clayton Kershaw one start ago, and will face Zack Greinke tonight. Does anybody know of another Cy Young winner who had three consecutive starts against Cy Young winners? All of them must have won the Cy Young before the streak of games.

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    06-01-19 06:07 PM Go to last post
  14. Pitchers With First Place MVP Votes But Not First Place Cy Young Votes

    When Francisco Rodriguez broke the MLB record with 62 saves in 2008, he got 1 first place MVP vote but no first place Cy Young votes. Cliff Lee got 24 first place Cy Young votes, and Roy Halladay got the other 4. Halladay finished second for Cy Young with 71 points, but didn't get any MVP votes.

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    05-27-19 04:21 PM Go to last post
  15. Reaching 250 Wins and 3,500 Innings in the Same Year

    With 248 wins and 3,500 1/3 innings, Sabathia will hopefully reach 250 wins and 3,500 this year. Here are the players who did that: 1. Randy Johnson of the Yankees in 2005 2. Tom Glavine of the Mets in 2003 3. Roger Clemens of the Yankees in 2000

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    05-17-19 06:03 PM Go to last post
  16. A Unique Felix Fermin Fact

    Before Steinbrenner wanted to trade Rivera for Felix Fermin, Fermin did something rare, and I'm going to try to find out how rare. On September 4, 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter hosting Cleveland. Fermin batted second for Cleveland, and made 5 outs, which was possible because the first batter of the game was Kenny Lofton, who walked, and Fermin grounded into a double play. Many players only get 3 plate appearances when their teams get no hit, so to get 4 plate appearances and make more...

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    05-17-19 01:29 PM Go to last post
  17. Has a Team Ever Had Three Teammates Lead the Triple Crown Categories?

    Houston has Josh Reddick tied for first in batting average at .333, Michael Brantley third at .329, George Springer first in home runs with 16, Alex Bregman second in home runs with 14, and Springer first in RBI with 40, which is 3 above Domingo Santana. All of those ranks are within the AL. Have three teammates ever led their league in one of the categories each?

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    05-17-19 12:34 PM Go to last post
  18. All-Star, MVP or Cy Young but not All-Star, All-Star

    Felix Hernandez was an All-Star in 2009, won Cy Young without being an All-Star in 2010, and was an All-Star in 2011 (and every year through 2015). Does anybody know of other players with three consecutive seasons in which they were All-Stars in the first and third ones and won MVP or Cy Young without being an All-Star in between.

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    05-16-19 03:20 PM Go to last post
  19. Who am I?

    I've played for New York, Detroit and Minnesota teams. I also spent a lot of time playing in Newark and even Tennessee, and also out of this country. I was born in Virginia a long time ago. I turned twenty in my first season of pro ball. I batted and threw right-handed. Some have called me diminutive. I was kind of bow-legged but that didn't matter ... cause many people think I was one of the best defensive third basemen in the history baseball - in any league. I was kind of flashy out...

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    04-16-19 12:43 PM Go to last post
  20. Players Who Were All-Stars Once and Won MVP or Cy Young That Season

    Michael Kay quoted Steve Stone, who won the 1980 AL Cy Young Award. That was the only time he was an All-Star, and the only time he got any MVP or Cy Young votes.

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    04-13-19 04:18 PM Go to last post

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