Carl Mays: The unpleasant man with the unpleasant pitch

He killed a man with one pitch, was accused of trying to throw a World Series game and was one of the most despised ballplayers of the 1920s. He also posted five seasons of 20 or more wins and has the best record of any pitcher with a plaque hanging in Cooperstown, and better than many who do. Of all the men to play in the big leagues, there was no one quite like Carl Mays… […]

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1921 Orioles: A Pre-Order Bonus

There was no more famous Baltimore Oriole than Babe Ruth. The 19 year-old got his start with Jack Dunn’s Birds, and between Dunn and catcher Ben Egan, Ruth quickly developed into the hottest pitcher in the minor leagues. However, competition from the Federal League led Jack Dunn to sell his greatest find, causing a lifetime of resentment and the reason why he would hold on to so many of his stars long past the time they should have gone to the major leagues. […]

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1921 Orioles: Lefty Matthews

Of the thirteen members of the 1921 Orioles that made it to the majors, perhaps none was as unlikely to have done so as Lefty Matthews. Dogged by lack of control over his pitches, Matthews was given several chances by the Orioles before he was released to the low minors. Somehow Lefty. Caught a break, becoming one of only some 16,000 ballplayers who could claim they made it to The Show. […]

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1921 Orioles: Wade Lefler

Every successful team boasts at least one jack-of-all-trades utility man – a guy who a manager can feel comfortable penciling in to play multiple positions when one of the regulars was hurt, in a slump of just need a day off. Back in the 1920s, a good utility man was often the difference between the pennant and a second-place finish. Wade Lefler was the 1921 Orioles’ ultimate utility player. […]

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