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    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 there and liked to show off my arm for sure. I was mostly a contact hitter but could hit the ball everywhere cause I had outstanding bat control, and I consistently batted .300 or better. Late in my baseball career, I put four years together on one team where I batted .318 during that time and won a MVP award. The year before I won that award, I batted .362 and led all third basemen with a .981 fielding average. Funny thing was, I was 36 years old at that time... which means I was 37 years old when I got my MVP the next year.

    I'm not one to brag, but one important gentleman that had been a player, then manager and owner said this about me. "There simply never was a smoother functioning master at third base than *********, and he can hit that apple, too."

    So. Who am I?

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    So. Who am I?
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    Ray Dandridge. Since he preferred the living conditions in the Mexican League, the Negro Leagues in the states must have been pretty awful!

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    oop's, Dave posted this under my name because I didn't sign out earlier when I was trying to post a halloween pic of Katelynn....which I never figured out how to do. Now I'm going to have to go tell him. Sorry about that. HA HA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn6812
    oop's, Dave posted this under my name because I didn't sign out earlier when I was trying to post a halloween pic of Katelynn....which I never figured out how to do. Now I'm going to have to go tell him. Sorry about that. HA HA
    You expect us to believe Dave composed that whole post himself with only 1 smilie? And no colors? Hmmmm........now who is trying to dupe us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn6812
    oop's, Dave posted this under my name because I didn't sign out earlier when I was trying to post a halloween pic of Katelynn....which I never figured out how to do. Now I'm going to have to go tell him. Sorry about that. HA HA

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    I'll try to do another later. Maybe during a game. Don't know if any of OURS are going on today though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebot
    Ray Dandridge. Since he preferred the living conditions in the Mexican League, the Negro Leagues in the states must have been pretty awful!
    Way to go Linda! How did you do it so fast?

    Raymond Emmitt Dandridge was born August 31, 1913, in Richmond, Virginia. The former Negro League stand-out third baseman lived long enough to see himself joining a special group of baseball people when he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987 by the Veterans Committee for his playing contribution in the Negro Leagues. Mr. Dandridge passed away on February 12, 1994, in Palm Bay, Florida at the age of 80.
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    Way to go Linda! How did you do it so fast?
    I am the master of my .

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebot
    I am the master of my .
    Damn computers!
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    I was a Major Leaguer. I did my best when I played ... and that was pretty damn good. Some here at this NYYFans forum may have some personal memories of me and my play... and plenty here would probably care less. I had problems at times with the press mostly ... sometimes I lost my head ... but those times are now in the past. I made this following quote about a great ballplayer from the other league at a special time for me. Can you guess who I am and when I said it?


    "The other day, Willie Mays hit his ***nd home run. He has gone past me, and he's pushing, and I say to him, 'Go get 'em, Willie'. Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel. This is the nature of man and the name of the game. I hope that someday Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson will be voted into the Hall of Fame as symbols of the great Negro players who are not here only because they weren't given the chance".

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    Hey guys can someone tell me a site where I can find lifetime stat's of players for home and away ballparks THANKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn6812
    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 there and liked to show off my arm for sure. I was mostly a contact hitter but could hit the ball everywhere cause I had outstanding bat control, and I consistently batted .300 or better. Late in my baseball career, I put four years together on one team where I batted .318 during that time and won a MVP award. The year before I won that award, I batted .362 and led all third basemen with a .981 fielding average. Funny thing was, I was 36 years old at that time... which means I was 37 years old when I got my MVP the next year.

    I'm not one to brag, but one important gentleman that had been a player, then manager and owner said this about me. "There simply never was a smoother functioning master at third base than *********, and he can hit that apple, too."

    So. Who am I?
    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebot
    Ray Dandridge. Since he preferred the living conditions in the Mexican League, the Negro Leagues in the states must have been pretty awful!
    Oh man i was looking all over the net to find out who this player was. Now that I see that he didnt win an MLB mvp award I feel duped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THEBOSS84
    Oh man i was looking all over the net to find out who this player was. Now that I see that he didnt win an MLB mvp award I feel duped.
    I'm sorry ... I don't know your name yet so I guess I'll stick with calling you THE BOSS.

    Sorry again. This can't count as a "dupe" because the man's Negro Leagues credentials were great enough to qualify Mr. Dandridge for induction into the Hall of Fame.
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    Dave?
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    Could someone give another " who am I " for us to figure out...Im bored at work (boss is in China right now and have nothing to do)

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    I played shortstop for the New York Yankees in 2000 and won the World Series MVP award.

    My Jersey number is 2 - and I was born in Jersey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stupid Flanders
    I played shortstop for the New York Yankees in 2000 and won the World Series MVP award.

    My Jersey number is 2 - and I was born in Jersey!

    Who am I?
    Derek Jeter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY
    Derek Jeter?
    I believe there is a very good chance that you are right John. I just don't know though positively.
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    Derek Jeter?
    I'm sorry, the correct answer was Wayne Tolleson.
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    I'm sorry, the correct answer was Wayne Tolleson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stupid Flanders
    I played shortstop for the New York Yankees in 2000 and won the World Series MVP award.

    My Jersey number is 2 - and I was born in Jersey!

    Who am I?

    Paul Revere

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    So far ...

    #1 Ray Dandridge (yankeebot)
    #2 Ted Williams - July 25, 1966 (JDPNYY) Cooperstown, New York homerun #522 (yankeebot)
    #3 Vinny Castilla (THEBOSS84) Most HR's by Mexican born player (THEBOSS84)
    #4 Enrique Wilson (JDPNYY)
    #5 Don Baylor (THEBOSS84)
    #6 Harry Heitmann (yankeebot)
    #7 Larry Goetz (The Sox Kid)
    #8 Joe McCarthy (The Sox Kid)
    #8A Randy Johnson (yankeebot)
    #9 George Frazier (The Sox Kid)
    #10 Gus Niahros (apolansk)
    #11 Babe Ruth (apolansk, Soriambi, THEBOSS84, JDPNYY, Tifoso and Don Mattingly)
    #12 Honus Wagner (apolansk)
    #13 Dave Kingman (The Sox Kid)
    #14 George Halas (hellonewman)
    #15 George Whiteman (The Sox Kid)
    #16 Hippo Vaughn (The Sox Kid)
    #17 Babe Ruth (The Sox Kid)
    #18 Paul Waner (26xwc)
    #19 Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (apolansk)
    #20 Joe McGinnity (apolansk)
    #21 Jim Thorpe (26xwc)
    #22 Keith McDonald (yankeebot)
    #23 Cy Young (26xwc)
    #24 Candy Cummings (26xwc ... again.)
    #25 ? ? ?
    #26 ? ? ?

    #29 "Stubby" Manger (Jenn6812)
    #30 "Hippo" Vaughn (Jenn6812)
    #31 Wilbur "Roxey" Roach (26xwc ... againagain)
    #32 ? ? ?
    #33 ? ? ?
    #34 ? ? ?
    #35 Bert Campaneris (thecaptain)
    #36 Tom Clancey Sheehan (Casey37)
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    A clue for #25. An answer in part. What had I accomplished? I pitched with just one leg ... which was something no one had ever done in the Major Leagues. The leg had to be amputated when my plane was shot down in Germany.

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    Who am I? #25 and #26

    I played some minor league ball before the war and some at its beginning, but found myself drafted into the service just about like everyone else.

    I became a pilot during World War II, flying combat missions in a P-38 Thunderbolt with the Fifty-Fifth Fighter Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. I flew thirty-three night time missions. My thirty-fourth mission would be our first daytime bombing raid over Berlin and I volunteered for it, even though I wasn't scheduled to fly that day. I knew that we needed as many pilots as possible because there was going to be low-level bombing and plenty of strafing pilots were needed.

    As we were closing in on our target, I got ready to strafe an aerodrome about a mile and a half away ... coming in real low to the ground, about 20-25 feet above it. When flying into an aerodrome to strafe it there are probably 100 to 200 automatic weapons trained in on you by the Germans in a crossfire. Some of our guys had already made a pass on the field and I could see some German planes already in flames, so there was a good column of smoke to line up on as I closed in at 380+ miles per hour.

    Maybe a little less than a mile from the field I take hits from that cross fire and feel the sting of a severe wound ... then I get hit in the chin and start to black out and realize I have to pull up ... but I just couldn't do it. The P-38 slams into the ground at 380 miles per hour, explodes and burns.

    I wake up days later in a German hospital talk some and am happy to be alive and they give me a shot for pain and I'm off to dream land again. Some time later after I'm recovered from my injuries, I'm off to a POW camp.

    Months later, Red Cross came to the camp to interview injured detainees and identify those unable to return to combat. I was examined and cleared for repatriation in the next trade of POWs between the Allies and the Axis and after 8 long months as a prisoner of war I was on my way home aboard a Swedish Red Cross ship.

    Who ever would of thought that about a month after getting off that ship in New York and ten months after being shot down and surviving a 380 miles per hour plane crash ... and that coming right after being severely wounded first ... could you believe that I'd get a try-out with a major league ball club. Then, within five more months I would find myself making my way to the mound in a relief appearance against the Red Sox that season. Who would believe it? I would.

    There is a lot more to my story then what I've told. I had come into the game with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning with two outs. The first batter I had to face ... #26 ... was in his third season of his career with Boston. I got the count to 3 and 2, and I was saying to myself, hell, now you got to throw the ball over. You don't want to come in here and walk him.

    With two out and the count full, the three base runners took off as soon as I went into my windup. I threw a fastball, above the waist and on the inside half of the plate. The batter swung and missed. I had struck out the first man I had ever faced in the majors -- with the bases loaded. With the inning over, I walked to the dugout to a standing ovation from the 13,035 fans in attendance.

    I pitched 5.1 innings of relief that evening, facing 20 batters and giving up 3 hits and having one earned run scored against me. I walked one, hit one batter and struck out two. I even had two balls hit in my direction which I fielded and then threw each of the batters out at first. My earned run average stood at 1.69 ... and would remain there forever. I had done it. I had accomplished my dream of pitching in the major leagues ... and it was a first.

    Who am I? Who was the first batter I faced and struck out? What had I accomplished?




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    Clue #24 When you take a good look at me ... I sure could of used plenty of something that was caused by Reggie Jackson to happen - for me to have back then when I played ball. I liked the sound of it related to me.

    What something was it that this player could of used to pick up some weight on his slender body frame? Reggie had a Candy Bar named after him.
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