April 2013 Archives

Blog #50 (Bobby Winkles)

April 17, 2013

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Although Bobby Winkles is probably more known for pioneering the Arizona State University baseball program, which produced Reggie Jackson among others, and posting a 524-173 coaching record there from 1959-1971, he also managed two major league teams. He went from ASU to coaching the then California Angels in 1972, and was hired to manage the Angels for the 1973 season. He lasted until mid-1974, when he was fired and replaced by two Hall of Famers; first Whitey Herzog on an interim basis and then ultimately Dick Williams. He then coached for the Oakland A's for the remainder of the 1974 and 1975 seasons and the San Francisco Giants in 1976. In mid 1977, he was named manager of the A's where he lasted until game 40 of the 1978 season when he was fired with a 24-15 record. His replacement? Jack McKeon, the same person who he replaced when he took the job in 1977. This was at the end of the Charlie Finley A's ownership era, so anything went. Here is Bobby's Opening Day memory.

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Blog #49 (Steve Garvey)

April 3, 2013

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

This week's Opening Day memories are from Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres great Steve Garvey. Although Steve's major league career officially began in 1969 following stints as a batboy for the Dodgers, Yankees and Detroit Tigers, he did not become a household name until 1974 when he was a write-in starter on the National League All Star team representing the Dodgers, his first of 10 such appearances which included eight consecutive and two All Star game MVPs in 1978 and 1984. Other highlights in his 19 year career included a 1981 World Championship with the Dodgers, appearances in 4 other World Series (3 with the Dodgers and one with the Padres), a 1974 MVP award, two NLCS MVP awards (he hit 4 HRs in the 1978 NLCS), a 1207 consecutive game streak from 1975-1983, which ended as a result of a broken thumb, being one of the 4 members of the same Dodgers infield for 8-1/2 years with Ron Cey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell, winning the National League batting championship twice and having 200+ hits in a season 6 times.

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