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  • History of Your Favorite Team

    I think it would be interesting if people would give an account of the history of their team in the perspective of a fan.

    One reason I want to do this is because there are many team, yet we all know the history for a select few...mostly the Yankees, then the Red Sox, then maybe the Dodgers

    well here we can discuss other teams

    so please, Red Sox and Yankees fans...could you wait to add yours until others have done their teams...because like I said we know a lot about those teams already and also.....it would take a lot of space...haha


    and if your team is already listed....add your own 2 cents!!!!
    Last edited by sturg1dj; 03-20-2008, 10:39 AM.
    "Batting stats and pitching stats do not indicate the quality of play, merely which part of that struggle is dominant at the moment."

    -Bill James

  • #2
    Great idea! C'mon guys, let's post.

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    • #3
      Detroit Tigers

      W-L
      8404-8191

      Championships: 4 (1935,1945,1968,1984)
      WS Appearances: 10 (1907,1908,1909,1934,1935,1940,1945,1968,1984,2006 )

      Best Player: Ty Cobb
      Mr. Tiger: Al Kaline

      Best Manager: (maybe) Sparky Anderson (Billy Martin also manged for awhile and so do Hughie Jennings)

      Retired Numbers: 2 - Charlie Gehringer 5 - Hank Greenberg 6 - Al Kaline 16 - Hal Newhouser 23 - Willie Horton

      MVP - 9 Last was 1984 - Willie Hernandez

      CY Youngs - 3 Last was 1984 - Willie Hernandez

      Rookie of the Years - 4 Last was 2006 - Justin Verlander

      Most Gold Gloves - Al Kaline 10

      Manager of the Year - 3 Last was 2006 - Jim Leyland

      Triple Crowns - Ty Cobb 1909

      Best of Times - either the 1980's when they had I believe the second best record and 1 world series or 1907-09 when they were in 3 straight world series (and lost all 3)

      Worst of Times - 1996-2005 losing records every year including the 43-119 embarrassment

      Interesting Fact - The Tigers are the last team to beat the Cubs in a world series (1945) and lose to the Cubs in a world series (1908)


      Hall of Famers
      Earl Averill 1939-1940
      Jim Bunning 1955-1963
      Ty Cobb 1905-1926
      Mickey Cochrane 1934-1937
      Sam Crawford 1903-1917
      Larry Doby 1959
      Charlie Gehringer 1924-1942
      Goose Goslin 1934-1937
      Hank Greenberg 1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1946
      Bucky Harris* 1929, 1931
      Harry Heilmann 1914, 1916-1930
      Waite Hoyt 1930-1931
      Hughie Jennings* 1907, 1909, 1912, 1918
      Al Kaline 1953-1974
      George Kell 1946-1952
      Heinie Manush 1923-1927
      Eddie Mathews 1967-1968
      Hal Newhouser 1939-1953
      Al Simmons 1936
      Sam Thompson 1906
      Bold indicates played more games with Detroit than any other team
      * Elected to Hall of Fame as manager

      Managers Years with Tigers
      Sparky Anderson 1979-1995
      Ed Barrow*** 1903-1904
      Ty Cobb** 1921-1926
      Mickey Cochrane** 1934-1938
      Bucky Harris 1929-1933, 1955-1956
      Hughie Jennings 1912-1920
      ** Elected to Hall of Fame as player
      ***Elected as contributor


      interesting moments:
      1945 - Hank Greenberg got out of the military halfway through the 1945 season, hit a home run in his first game and led the Tiger back to the World Series.

      1968 - The Tiger won the world series in the wake of race riots that destroyed large portions of the city. If you were in the stadium you could see smoke billowing. Willie Horton at one point in full uniform went into the city to try to stop people from rioting.

      1984 - Tigers started 35-5 and were in 1st place the entire season


      Stadiums Played in

      Tiger Stadium (Briggs Stadium, Navin Field (I believe there is one more name I am forgetting))
      interesting fact: I believe 3 players hit home runs over the left field roof (I seem to have a memory of McGwire doing it at the end of his A's tenure which would make 4) Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard, Cecil Fielder

      Comerica Park
      Last edited by sturg1dj; 03-21-2008, 10:35 AM.
      "Batting stats and pitching stats do not indicate the quality of play, merely which part of that struggle is dominant at the moment."

      -Bill James

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      • #4
        nobody wants to join in? is it because you are all Red Sox and Yankee fans??
        "Batting stats and pitching stats do not indicate the quality of play, merely which part of that struggle is dominant at the moment."

        -Bill James

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        • #5
          St. Louis Cardinals

          Became a franchise: American Association, 1882

          Joined National League: 1892

          Pennants: A.A. 1885, 86, 87, 88. N.L. 1926, 28, 30, 31, 34, 42, 43, 44, 46, 64, 67, 68, 82, 85, 87, 04, 06.

          World Championships: A.A., 1886. N.L. 1926, 31, 34, 42, 44, 46, 64, 67, 82, 06.

          Division winners: 1982, 85, 87, 96, 00, 02, 04, 05, 06. Wildcard: 2001.

          Best player: Stan Musial

          Best pitcher: Bob Gibson

          My favorite player: Ken Boyer

          My favorite Cardinal Season: 1964

          Winningest Cardinal Team: 1942 (106-48)

          Best Manager: Billy Southworth

          My favorite manager: Johnny Keane

          My current favorite Cardinal: David Eckstein

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          • #6
            I'll get a Braves thing going sometime.
            46 wins to match last year's total

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sturg1dj View Post
              Detroit Tigers

              W-L
              8404-8191

              Championships: 4 (1935,1945,1968,1984)
              WS Appearances: 10 (1907,1908,1909,1934,1935,1940,1945,1968,1984,2006 )

              Best Player: Ty Cobb
              Mr. Tiger: Al Kaline

              Best Manager: (maybe) Sparky Anderson (Billy Martin also manged for awhile and so do Hughie Jennings)

              Retired Numbers: 2 - Charlie Gehringer 5 - Hank Greenberg 6 - Al Kaline 16 - Hal Newhouser 23 - Willie Horton

              MVP - 9 Last was 1984 - Willie Hernandez

              CY Youngs - 3 Last was 1984 - Willie Hernandez

              Rookie of the Years - 4 Last was 2006 - Justin Verlander

              Most Gold Gloves - Al Kaline 10

              Manager of the Year - 3 Last was 2006 - Jim Leyland

              Triple Crowns - Ty Cobb 1909

              Best of Times - either the 1980's when they had I believe the second best record and 1 world series or 1907-09 when they were in 3 straight world series (and lost all 3)

              Worst of Times - 1996-2005 losing records every year including the 43-119 embarrassment

              Interesting Fact - The Tigers are the last team to beat the Cubs in a world series (1945) and lose to the Cubs in a world series (1908)


              Hall of Famers
              Earl Averill 1939-1940
              Jim Bunning 1955-1963
              Ty Cobb 1905-1926
              Mickey Cochrane 1934-1937
              Sam Crawford 1903-1917
              Larry Doby 1959
              Charlie Gehringer 1924-1942
              Goose Goslin 1934-1937
              Hank Greenberg 1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1946
              Bucky Harris* 1929, 1931
              Harry Heilmann 1914, 1916-1930
              Waite Hoyt 1930-1931
              Hughie Jennings* 1907, 1909, 1912, 1918
              Al Kaline 1953-1974
              George Kell 1946-1952
              Heinie Manush 1923-1927
              Eddie Mathews 1967-1968
              Hal Newhouser 1939-1953
              Al Simmons 1936
              Sam Thompson 1906
              Bold indicates played more games with Detroit than any other team
              * Elected to Hall of Fame as manager

              Managers Years with Tigers
              Sparky Anderson 1979-1995
              Ed Barrow** 1903-1904
              Ty Cobb** 1921-1926
              Mickey Cochrane** 1934-1938
              Bucky Harris 1929-1933, 1955-1956
              Hughie Jennings 1912-1920
              ** Elected to Hall of Fame as player



              interesting moments:
              1945 - Hank Greenberg got out of the military halfway through the 1945 season, hit a home run in his first game and led the Tiger back to the World Series.

              1968 - The Tiger won the world series in the wake of race riots that destroyed large portions of the city. If you were in the stadium you could see smoke billowing. Willie Horton at one point in full uniform went into the city to try to stop people from rioting.

              1984 - Tigers started 35-5 and were in 1st place the entire season


              Stadiums Played in

              Tiger Stadium (Briggs Stadium, Navin Field (I believe there is one more name I am forgetting))
              interesting fact: I believe 3 players hit home runs over the left field roof (I seem to have a memory of McGwire doing it at the end of his A's tenure which would make 4) Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard, Cecil Fielder

              Comerica Park
              I am a Yankee fan. So I am waiting.
              But I wanted to mention that Barrow was elected as a contributor, not as a player as you indicate here.

              Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
              Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

              Holy Cow

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              • #8
                Originally posted by soberdennis View Post
                I am a Yankee fan. So I am waiting.
                But I wanted to mention that Barrow was elected as a contributor, not as a player as you indicate here.
                I attribute that mistake to the Tigers' website...but since I didn't attribute the info in the first place I guess I should take full responsibility...haha


                I will fix it...thanks!
                "Batting stats and pitching stats do not indicate the quality of play, merely which part of that struggle is dominant at the moment."

                -Bill James

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sturg1dj View Post
                  Stadiums Played in

                  Tiger Stadium (Briggs Stadium, Navin Field (I believe there is one more name I am forgetting))
                  Bennett Park existed on the same site, before Navin Field was built in 1911-12.
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                  • #10
                    Part 1

                    ATLANTA BRAVES

                    Founded in: 1871

                    Nicknames And Locations:

                    National Association
                    Boston Red Stockings (1871-85)

                    National League
                    Boston Red Caps (1876-82)
                    Boston Beaneaters (1883-1906)
                    Boston Doves (1907-1910)
                    Boston Rustlers (1911)
                    Boston Braves (1912-1935; 1941-1952)
                    Boston Bees (1936-1940)
                    Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965)
                    Atlanta Braves (1966-present)

                    Fields and Stadiums:

                    South End Grounds I (1871?-87)
                    South End Grounds II (1888-94)
                    Congress Street Grounds (1894)
                    South End Grounds III (1894-1914)
                    Fenway Park I (1915)
                    Braves Field (1915-52)
                    County Stadium (1953-65)
                    Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-96)
                    Turner Field (1997-present)

                    Division Titles: 16 (1969, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
                    Pennants: 21 (1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1883, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897, 1898, 1914, 1948, 1957, 1958, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999)
                    World Series Championships: 3 (1914, 1957, 1995)

                    MVP Award Winners
                    1914 - Johnny Evers, 2B
                    1947 - Bob Elliott, 3B
                    1957 - Hank Aaron, RF/CF
                    1982 - Dale Murphy, CF
                    1983 - Dale Murphy, CF
                    1991 - Terry Pendleton, 3B
                    1999 - Chipper Jones, 3B

                    CY Young Award Winners
                    1957 - Warren Spahn
                    1991 - Tom Glavine
                    1993 - Greg Maddux
                    1994 - Greg Maddux
                    1995 - Greg Maddux
                    1996 - John Smoltz
                    1998 - Tom Glavine

                    Rookie of the Year Winners
                    1948 - Alvin Dark, SS
                    1950 - Sam Jethroe, CF
                    1971 - Earl Williams, C/3B/1B
                    1978 - Bob Horner, 3B
                    1990 - David Justice, 1B/RF
                    2000 - Rafael Furcal, SS
                    46 wins to match last year's total

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                    • #11
                      To add onto the Tiger stuff:

                      The Tigers have always been best-known for their hitters, thanks in part to cozy Navin Field/Briggs/Tiger Stadium.

                      Sure, everyone has heard of guys like Cobb and Greenberg, but through the years Tiger rosters have been riddled with guys like Fats Fothergill, Harvey Kuenn, Stormin' Norman Cash, Willie Horton and Cecil Fielder -- guys who weren't quite Hall of Famers, but who could mash the ball nevertheless.

                      An interesting tidbit: Two former Detroit Tigers had their greatest moments as members of other teams, but these moments merely highlighted attributes Tiger fans were already familiar with. I'm talking about the World Series heroics of Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson.

                      When Gibby stepped to the plate against Eckersley in the '88 Series, I told my wife, "he's gonna hit one out." And I'll bet a lot of Tiger fans said the same thing -- we'd seen him do it too many times with the Tigers. When the game was on the line, he was the guy you wanted up there. I can remember off the top of my head several dramatic game-winning shots Gibby hit, especially a pair of particularly memorable walkoff dingers against Ron Davis and Tippy Martinez in 1981.

                      And when Tom Kelly tried to take the ball from Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, Tiger fans knew Kelly was going to need a pistol if he wanted to change pitchers, because the only way Jack was coming out of that game was if Kelly shot him! Morris was always known as an insanely intense competitor who came through in the clutch. He did it for years as a Tiger, although his biggest moment in that respect came as a Twin.

                      Our team doesn't win the World Series as often as the Yankees, but when it comes to tradition, the Detroit Tigers take a back seat to no one.

                      And, one last thing about the Tigers: We have, by far, the best home uniforms in all of baseball!
                      "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Iron Jaw View Post
                        My current favorite Cardinal: David Eckstein
                        Eckstein is now a Blue Jay.
                        RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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                        • #13
                          Part 2

                          Career (Season) Batting Leaders:
                          BA: Billy Hamilton, 1896-1901, .338 (Hugh Duffy, 1894, .440)
                          OBP: Hamilton, .456 (Duffy, 1894, .502)
                          SLG: Hank Aaron, 1954-74, .567 (Duffy, 1894, .694)
                          OPS: Chipper Jones, 1993-present, .949 (Duffy, 1894, 1.196)
                          OPS+: Aaron, 158 (Rogers Hornsby, 1928, 200)
                          Games: Aaron, 3,076 (5 players tied with 162)
                          AB: Aaron, 11,628 (Marquis Grissom, 1996, 671)
                          R: Aaron, 2,107 (Duffy, 1894, 160)
                          H: Aaron, 3,600 (Duffy, 1894, 237)
                          TB: Aaron, 6,591 (Aaron, 1959, 400)
                          1B: Aaron, 2,171 (Ralph Garr, 1971, 180)
                          2B: Aaron, 600 (Duffy, 1894, 51)
                          3B: Rabbit Maranville, 1912-20; 1929-35, 103 (Dick Johnston, 1887; Harry Stovey, 1891, 20)
                          HR: Aaron, 733 (Andruw Jones, 2005, 51)
                          RBI: Aaron, 2,202 (Duffy, 1894, 145)
                          BB: Eddie Mathews, 1952-66, 1,376 (Bob Elliott, 1948, 131)
                          SO: Dale Murphy, 1977-90, 1,581 (Andruw Jones, 2004, 147)
                          SB: Herman Long, 1890-1902, 431 (King Kelly, 1887, 84)

                          Career (Season) Pitching Leaders, min. 2000 IP for starters:

                          ERA: Tommy Bond, 1877-81, 2.21 (Greg Maddux, 1994, 1.56)
                          W: Warren Spahn, 1942, 1946-64, 356 (John Clarkson, 1889, 49)
                          L: Phil Niekro, 1964-83, 1987, 230 (Jim Whitney, 1881, 33)
                          W%: Maddux, 1993-2003, .688 (Maddux, 1995, .905 (19-2))
                          WHIP: Maddux, 1.051 (Maddux, 1995, .811)
                          Games: Niekro, 740 (Chris Reitsma, 2004, 84)
                          Saves: John Smoltz, 1988-present, 154 (Smoltz, 2002, 55)
                          IP: Spahn, 5,046 (Clarkson, 1889, 620)
                          K: Smoltz, 2,975 (Charlie Buffinton, 1884, 417)
                          GS: Spahn, 635 (Clarkson, 1889, 72)
                          CG: Kid Nichols, 1890-1901, 475 (Clarkson, 1889, 68)
                          SHO: Spahn, 63 (Bond, 1879, 11)
                          ERA+: Maddux, 163 (Maddux, 1994, 271)

                          If anyone wants any other categories, just say the word.
                          Last edited by SamtheBravesFan; 03-21-2008, 06:49 PM.
                          46 wins to match last year's total

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                          • #14
                            I'll let someone smarter give the Reds details, I'll focus on their sparse World Series experiences. The Reds have only made it to 9 WS, didn't make their 2nd until 1939. Had only made it to 4 WS before getting to 4 in the 70's. They have won 5, each victory against a different team. They were heavy underdogs in 2 of their wins, 1919 & 1990 (win in '19 was probably due to the fact that they were underdogs). They have swept their last 2 series and currently have a 9 game WS winning streak, which they won't be extending this year.

                            Wins
                            1919 - White (Black) Sox
                            1940 - Tigers
                            1975 - Red Sox
                            1976 - yankees
                            1990 - A's

                            Losses
                            1939 yankees
                            1961 yankees
                            1970 Orioles
                            1972 A's

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                            • #15
                              While waiting to put my two cents in on my beloved Yankees, I promised to to my second favorite team- the Padres.
                              After years of being home of the PCL Padres, which gave MLB some greats such as San Diego's own Ted Williams, San Diego was awarded a major league franchise to start play in April 1969. In the new divisional setup which was instituted that year, the new Padres were placed in the Western Division of the National League.
                              Their first manager was Preston Gomez. Their first owner was C. Arnholdt Smith.
                              They lost 110 games that first year and finished last their first six years. Two highlights are remembered from this time.
                              • In 1970. pitcher Clay Kirby had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning. But since the Padres had not scored, Gomez pulled Kirby for a pinch hitter and the Padres ended up losing the no-hitter and the game.
                                In 1972, in a double header against Houston, first baseman Nate Colbert slugged a record tying 5 homers and set a record with 13 RBI that still stands.

                              In 1974, Smith was about to move the Padres to Washington. Fortunately, McDonalds President Ray Kroc stepped in and bought the team, keeping them in San Diego. Kroc owned the team until his death in 1984. His wife, Joan sold the team to Tom Werner in 1989. John Moores bought the club in the 90s and still owns them.
                              1976 saw the Padres win their first awards.
                              Randy Jones won 22 games and the Cy Young Award
                              Reliever Butch Metzger won Rookie of the Year.
                              In 1978, the Padres won 84 games for their first record over .500. Gaylord Perry won the Cy Young Award that year.
                              After 15 years of finishing no higher than 4th, the Padres finally broke through with a NL Penant in 1984, just months after Ray Kroc's death. Steve Garvey hit a dramatic homer in game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs, leading the Pads into the World Series against the Tigers, where they lost in 5 games. Dick Williams was the Manager.
                              In the 1990s under Bruce Bochy, who was a backup catcher on the 1984 team, the Padres thrived. They won division titles in 1996 and 1998. going to the Series in 1998, where they were swept by the Yankees They also won division titles in 2005 and 2006.
                              The greatest player in Padre history was San Diego State grad Tony Gwynn. In his 20 year career with the Pads, Gwynn won 8 batting titles, topping it of with a .394 in 1994. If that year hadn't been strike shortened, Gwynn may have hit .400.
                              Catcher Benito Santiago had a 34 game hitting streak and won the rookie of the year award in 1987.
                              The Padres also can claim the all time saves leader in Trevor Hoffman.
                              Other award winners
                              Mark Davis-Cy Young, 1989
                              Ken Caminiti-MVP, 1996
                              Jake Peavy-Cy Young, 2007
                              Other statistical champions
                              Fred McGriff- Homerun title, 1992
                              Gary Sheffield, BA title, 1992
                              Hall of Famers who have worn Padre uniforms
                              Willie McCovey
                              Dave Winfield
                              Ozzie Smith
                              Gaylord Perry
                              Rollie Fingers
                              Tony Gwynn
                              Dick Williams*
                              Goose Gossage*
                              *-2008 inductees. Williams will go in as a manager.
                              Numbers the Padres have retired
                              6-Steve Garvey
                              19-Tony Gwynn
                              31-Dave Winfield
                              35-Randy Jones
                              From 1969 until 2003, the Padres played in San Diego Stadium, which has also been called Jack Murphy Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium. In 2004, they opened their new Baseball only Stadium in downtown-Petco Park.

                              Sorry if this seemed long winded. But I wanted to be thourough.

                              Welcome back ARod. Hope you are a Yankee forever.
                              Phil Rizzuto-a Yankee forever.

                              Holy Cow

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