June 2012 Archives

Blog #29 (Alan Trammell)

June 27, 2012

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Alan Trammell, together with his teammate Lou Whitaker, shares the major league record for the longest continuous double play tandem. He played shortstop and Whitaker played second base for the Detroit Tigers for an incredible 19 straight years! In Trammell's 20 year career, all with the Tigers, he hit over .300 seven times. He became a World Champion in 1984, and was the MVP of the World Series for the Tigers against the San Diego Padres. In 1987, Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson asked Alan to hit cleanup, which was very uncommon for shortstops at that time. He responded by having his best season with over 200 hits and 100 RBI's and finished second in a controversial MVP vote. Alan managed his Tigers from 2003-2005 and currently serves as the Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach under former teammate Kirk Gibson. Many believe he should be elected to the Hall of Fame; as he has been ranked by Bill James as the 9th best shortstop of all time and higher than 14 other shortstops already in the Hall. Time will tell. Here is his Opening Day memory about his former very colorful teammate who took the country by storm in 1977.

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Blog #28 (Oscar Gamble)

June 13, 2012

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

In 1976, I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees had played in Shea Stadium in Queens for the 1974 and 1975 seasons while the stadium was being remodeled. The 1976 opener was a tougher than usual ticket and a very big deal. One of my vivid memories of that game was Oscar Gamble blasting a homer into the right field seats to help lead the Yanks to victory over the Minnesota Twins. That homer and the best Afro in baseball history contributed to Oscar becoming one of my favorite all time players.

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