1921 Orioles: Harry Frank

I was marveling at the staggering records the Baltimore pitching staff racked up during 1919-1925: Grove had seasons of 25, 18, 27 and 26 wins, Jack Ogden had his 31 in ’21, Tommy Thomas won 32 in another, then of course there was Jack Bentley with his .412, Triple Crown season while also leading the league in pitching winning percentage – and then I saw the name Harry Frank. […]

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1921 Orioles: Jack Ogden

The 1921 edition of the Baltimore Orioles boasted no less than four major league-quality starters, three of which would each post 30-win seasons in Baltimore. All four would go on to pitch in the majors and one would wind up with a plaque in Cooperstown. The undisputed ace of the ’21 club was right-hander Jack Ogden who would re-write the International League record books that summer. […]

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1921 Orioles: Ben Egan

  Every successful team needs a respected veteran to help guide the younger players and inspire with their experience. The 1921 Orioles were luck as they had two of these valuable assets – third baseman Fritz Maisel and catcher Ben Egan. Tall and gangly, Ben Egan was a baseball lifer. The Upstate New Yorker began […]

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Jack Kloza: Home Runs, Mosquitos, Hats and the Rockford Peaches

Like so many of the players I write about, I found Jack Kloza while searching for something else. And, like so many of the outsiders I write about, what at first just seemed like a marginal career highlighted by a brief cup of coffee in the majors, turned out to be a very interesting tale on so many levels. I was drawn to this fella because the grainy 1936 newspaper article I found showed a guy who looked remarkably like a young Charles Bronson. […]

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