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  • #16
    Another "classic" 1970's uniform! :hyper:


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    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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    • #17
      Another things about the old days: Baseball Supremacy

      In the old days, baseball was the most popular sport by far. Football, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Golf - nobody cared for any of those.

      Baseball was America's favorite past-time in actuality, not just by name (like it is now).

      It was also a bigger part of America's culture. When Babe Ruth died, they held his body in Yankee Stadium for people to see. Can you imagine something like that happening today? It shows how important a ballplayer was in those days.

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      • #18
        Skip Caray. Driest sense of humor ever behind a microphone in any sport.

        Oh, and double-headers, CGs in less than 1 hr, 45 mins and being able to afford sitting behind home plate no matter which stadium I attend a game.
        Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

        A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill. (Please take note that I've recently become aware of how this quote applies to a certain US president. This is a coincidence, and the quote was first added to this signature too far back to remember when).

        Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

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        • #19
          Playing wiffleball in the yard with a dozen friends in the summer. Each player up in the order would pretend to be a real life player in your favorite team's lineup or in an all-star game. We would play in the mornings in the summer and then watch a game on TV in the afternoon. We would eat a late lunch together thanks to the mom inside whatever home we just happened to take over for the day.

          I would like to do that again sometime with my old buddies.

          That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish.
          And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?
          Your Second Base Coach
          Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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          • #20
            Originally posted by pheasant View Post
            The days before free agency got out of control. It would be nice to see most of the same players in the lineup each year.
            Collecting baseball cards was more fun when the Dodgers stack from 1978 was sure to look a lot like the stack from 1977.
            Your Second Base Coach
            Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
              Cheap baseball cards and all the cards in one set without having 4 million cards for each player.
              I am laughing over here.

              I can remember doubles, even triples in the same pack of guys like these:

              Terry Puhl, Steve Yeager, Jorge Orta, Lynn McGlothen, Richie Hebner, Verne Ruhle, Al Bumbry or Greg Minton.

              But never any doubles of a card with an all-star banner or one of those cool ROY trophies in the corner.
              Your Second Base Coach
              Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
                Cheap baseball cards and all the cards in one set without having 4 million cards for each player.

                man do I miss that

                Major reason why I stopped collecting.
                "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

                "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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                • #23
                  I miss the players without tattoos and flat billed caps worn at an angle. These moronic copycats think they're being different and expressing their individuality. Yeah, right! What they're doing is practicing a rigid conformity of nonconformity; trying to be unconventional in a very conventional way. Grow up clowns. You're immersed in a herdlike mentality with elements of thuggism. Count on it, the less within, the more without. Immature children always try to find an identity by drawing attention to themselves, hence, the adornments. This crap is really getting old.
                  ". . . the Ruth, the whole Ruth and nothing but the Ruth . . ."

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Second Base Coach View Post
                    Playing wiffleball in the yard .....
                    Yeah,
                    With as much organized baseball that I played...maybe the most fun I had was in all the epic wiffle ball games held throughout my neighborhood (late 70's-ealy 80's).
                    Say hello on Twitter @BSmile & Facebook "Baseball by BSmile"

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                    • #25
                      I miss SWAKO [or, in other places, maybe called STRIKE BOX]. We'd chalk [some painted] a strike zone box. Then we'd use a worn tennis ball, with a cropped fuzz. Bats were broom [or other] handles of appropriate length. The best "stuff" was with the tennis balls; but some used the Spalding pink rubber ball [Spaldeen]. We'd play one on one or two on two, calling balls and strikes [via the box] as we went along.

                      Store owners didn't appreciate the strike boxes; but some didn't care. Our sunken handball courts in the park were custom-taylored for SWAKO. As we evolved into purists, we'd BE teams ... and bat the lineup. You had to bat lefty if your player was a lefty. A Red Sox fan, I worked my *** off learning to bat lefty [so I wouldn't make TSW look bad]. Got pretty darn good, too.

                      Any body else remember SWAKO [by any name] OR was it a local NYC-LI thing?

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                      • #26
                        Honestly, bright colors in uniforms is what I miss. That's it.
                        46 wins to match last year's total

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by ipitch View Post
                          ~10 seconds in between pitches, and not 20+.
                          YES!!!!
                          Originally posted by leewileyfan View Post
                          Complete games played in 1:37 [or thereabouts].
                          YES!!!!
                          Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
                          not making three pitching changes in one inning for platoon advantage while trailing in a game
                          YES!!!
                          I have been saying for years that pitchers coming in during an an inning should NOT get to warm up on the field, they should be warm coming out of the pen. I pay all that money to see a game to watch a string of relief pitchers get their practice in and get comfy?!!?
                          Originally posted by Second Base Coach View Post
                          I am laughing over here.
                          I can remember doubles, even triples in the same pack of guys like these:
                          Terry Puhl, Steve Yeager, Jorge Orta, Lynn McGlothen, Richie Hebner, Verne Ruhle, Al Bumbry or Greg Minton.
                          But never any doubles of a card with an all-star banner or one of those cool ROY trophies in the corner.
                          OMG, I used to get Larry Bowa cards by the truckload. A friend of mine got so sick of them while looking through my collection to trade that he started tearing up Bowas whenever he saw them. It was funny for about the first two cards, then he wouldn't stop.
                          Originally posted by leewileyfan View Post
                          I miss SWAKO [or, in other places, maybe called STRIKE BOX]. We'd chalk [some painted] a strike zone box. Then we'd use a worn tennis ball, with a cropped fuzz. Bats were broom [or other] handles of appropriate length. The best "stuff" was with the tennis balls; but some used the Spalding pink rubber ball [Spaldeen]. We'd play one on one or two on two, calling balls and strikes [via the box] as we went along.
                          Store owners didn't appreciate the strike boxes; but some didn't care. Our sunken handball courts in the park were custom-taylored for SWAKO. As we evolved into purists, we'd BE teams ... and bat the lineup. You had to bat lefty if your player was a lefty. A Red Sox fan, I worked my *** off learning to bat lefty [so I wouldn't make TSW look bad]. Got pretty darn good, too.
                          Any body else remember SWAKO [by any name] OR was it a local NYC-LI thing?
                          We called it Strikeout, and boxes for it were painted on the exterior walls of my grade school. I only lived two blocks away and we played this whenever we didn't have snow. We used regular baseballs when we got older, but had to make sure nobody was in the building.

                          One other thing I miss a lot is most ballplayers looking more or less like normal human beings. Guys from my youth like Banks, Billy Williams, Mike Schmidt, Ryne Sandberg, and Dale Murphy were fit, athletic men, but not puffed up bodybuilders or muscle laden guys also carrying a bit too much fat. There were always a few behemoths around (Boog Powell, Stargell, and Parker stand out in my mind), but they really stood out. I'm used to football and basketball players being sort of freakish physical specimens, but not baseball players.
                          "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                          • #28
                            games that didnt include the following:
                            *some player(s) getting covered in shaving cream - this is tired and needs to be put out of its misery
                            *some stupid home run trot at home plate - did nobody learn from Kendrys Morales? I am surprised managers still allow it - waiting for a pitcher to nail the guy the next inning for being shown up
                            *that really dumb hand/arm gesture when they get on base - I do not even get the point of this

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
                              Honestly, bright colors in uniforms is what I miss. That's it.
                              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Second Base Coach View Post
                                Playing wiffleball in the yard with a dozen friends in the summer. Each player up in the order would pretend to be a real life player in your favorite team's lineup or in an all-star game. We would play in the mornings in the summer and then watch a game on TV in the afternoon. We would eat a late lunch together thanks to the mom inside whatever home we just happened to take over for the day.

                                I would like to do that again sometime with my old buddies.

                                That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish.
                                And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?
                                Yes, a pick up baseball game in every neighborhood.

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