No one watching on TV along with me here in Philly, or any among the 14,952 in attendance that afternoon at the venerable ballpark on Chicago’s North Side, had any clue as to the historic insanity we were about to witness.
Tony Mullane may be the greatest Irish baseball player of all-time. Born in Cork, Ireland in 1859, Mullane was a right-handed pitcher and a switch-hitter who appeared in 13 big league seasons between 1881 and 1894.
Joe Morgan and Ferguson Jenkins, who put up the numbers that elevated them to the Hall of Fame while with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs respectively, were clearly among the greatest Black players to ever pull on a Phillies jersey. You won't find them listed...
Charlie Finley's years guiding the A's in Oakland resulted in a 1,091-1,005 cumulative regular season record, three World Series championships, and five American League West Division crowns. They were also some of the most colorful and controversial years in baseball history.
I would venture that almost none of you, certainly very few, know about the career of one Memo Luna. That career was the shortest of anyone lost to us in 2021, less than one inning of one contest in 1954.