Many baseball fans consider the Legendary outfielder “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to be one of the greatest players ever. He had a very good career but unfortunately is most remembered as a member of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. One of the most impressive parts of his career is one that is often overlooked, the beginning.
The Legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. (Getty Images)
Joe Jackson began his major league career in 1908 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He would end his time with the Athletics after the 1909 season. During his two seasons with the club he only played in ten games. With 40 total at bats he only reach base 7 times. He would start the 1910 season with the minor league New Orleans Pelicans but signed on to the Major League Cleveland Naps at the end of the season. He finished playing 20 games and had 75 at bats, 29 hits and a batting average of .387. It was clear following the 1910 season that Jackson had great potential.
Joe Jackson returned to the Naps in 1911 for his first full season in the Major Leagues. Jackson played a total of 147 games and led the Naps to 80-73 record (3rd best in the American League). Jackson had one of the greatest rookie seasons baseball has ever seen with a rookie batting average record of .408. His batting average in 1911 stands as the second best single season batting record to this day. Jackson notched 233 hits, 7 home runs and batted in 83 runs. “Shoeless” Joe showed everyone a preview of how great his career would become. He was traded from the Naps to the Chicago White Sox during the 1915 season.
Joe Jackson was banned from baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal that tarnished the name of baseball. When his career was finished he had a career bating average of .356, 1,772 hits, 54 home runs and 785 RBI’s. He would be in the Hall Of Fame today if not for the controversy he found himself in following the 1919 World Series. Over one hundred years after “Shoeless” Joe amazed the baseball world he legend still lives on and will be remembered forever.
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The opening day of the baseball season has been filled with historic moments and happenings. Moments like Hank Aaron tying Babe Ruth’s home run record and Ted Williams hitting .449 in all of his opening day game appearances. One of these milestones happened in 1940 and has yet to be repeated on the day that starts the long baseball season, a no hitter.
On April 16, 1940 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Hall Of Fame pitcher Bob Feller made the history books when he threw his first no hitter. Completing a no hitter as a pitcher is incredible enough but there is another element that makes this feat even more incredible, this is the only occurrence of a no hitter on Opening Day. On that day Feller pitched his Cleveland Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The eventual game winning run was scored by the Indians in the 4th inning when Jeff Heath scored on a Rollie Hemsley hit. The losing pitcher that day was Eddie Smith.
Bob Feller would have two more no hitters in his career before he retired in 1956. Those came in the 1946 and 1951 seasons against the Yankees and Tigers. Bob Feller was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1962. Feller amassed 266 wins and 162 loses and threw 2,581 strikeouts. An interensting note to his career is that he also threw 12 one hit games on top of his three no hitters.
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The NBA had long been the leader in American basketball. However they were slow to introduce a popular part of the game already being used in other professional leagues. The three-point line was first dreamed about in the 1930’s. By the end of the 1960’s the three-point line was being used in the American Basketball League, The Eastern Professional Basketball League and the American Basketball Association. It was not until the late 1970’s that the NBA gave in and decided to use this new rule that they had previously viewed as gimmicky.
On October 12, 1979 history was made when the Washington Bullets Kevin Grevey made the first three-pointer in an official NBA game. Grevey would retire after the 1984-85 season with 145 career three-point shots made. From this point on the game would never be the same. This addition to the game added a new level of excitement and suspense. Many NBA games over the last three decades have been ultimately decided by this dreaded shot.
From the 1979-80 season to the 1993-94 season the three point line was 23 feet 9 inches from the front of the basket and 22 feet at the corners. The NBA would try to address lower scoring games by bringing the line closer to the basket from the 1994-95 season through the 1996-97 season. At that time three-point line was 22 feet around the entire basket. The league brought back the three-point line back to its original dimensions in the 1997-98 season and it has remained there since.
Ray Allen shooting a crucial three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen is a player that has had a Hall Of Fame career mostly based on the fact he has been an excellent three-point shooter. His most recent heroics came from his favorite position on the court when he made a game tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA finals. His team the Miami heat won that game and later won Game 7 of the Finals to be three time NBA Champions. Allen is the all time leader in three-pointers with 2,963 at the time of this article. Ray Allen was also at one point in time the single season leader in this statistical category when he broke Dennis Scott’s record in the 2005-06 season with 269 three-pointers that year.
Stephen Curry is now the current single season record holder. He broke Allen’s record at the end of the 2012-13 season when he made his final three-point in the last game of the season, putting the new record at 272 three-pointers. Curry would break his own record two seasons later during the 2014-15 canpaign with 286 three-pointers. The story of Curry’s dominance does not end there. As of February 27, 2016 Curry has made 288 shots from the behind the arch setting a new record and with about two months remaining in the season that mark will continue to rise.
The three-point shot has been such a special part of the game since its creation. It is hard to even imagine the sport without it. It will forever be one of the most revolutionary parts of the game of Basketball.
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When you think of all time greats in baseball, names like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson are a few of the players that might pop into your head. When you think of Major League Baseball record holders you might think of Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr and Barry Bonds. Fernando Tatis would be the last player you would think of being one of the greats of the game or even holding a MLB record. While he is not a legendary player he does hold a pretty incredible record.
Fernando Tatis rounding the bases. (Getty Images)
Only thirteen players in the history of MLB have hit two grand slams in the same game. Fernando Tatis is one of those players to accomplish this amazing feat, but he did it better than the twelve other players. On April 23, 1999 Tatis, playing for the St Loius Cardinals took to the plate in the third inning of their game against the Los Angeles Dogders. Chan Ho Park was the pitcher on the mound for the Dodgers. Tatis hit not one but two grand slams, all of them in the third inning against Park. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers by a score of 12-5 that day.
Fernando Tatis retired from baseball after the 2010 season. He had a career batting average of .265 with 113 home runs and 448 RBIs. While not a impressive career numbers, Tatis holds a very rare and difficult record. Many look to records like Cal Ripken Jr’s consecutive game record and Nolan Ryan’s career no hitter’s as unbreakable records. This record is right up their with those as records that might stand forever. The proof is in the amount of player that have hit two grand slams in one game with only thirteen. Then take a look at how many did that in one inning, only one.
While Fernando Tatis was a very forgettable player that had a forgettable career, no one can take away this accomplishment. So when you think of incredible records think of Tatis in that one game back in April of 1999.
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Many know that Hank Aaron was the first player to tie and break Babe Ruth’s all time home run record. However most don’t know that the historic tying home run came on Opening Day. On April 4th, 1974 the Hank Arron and Atlanta Braves played the Reds in Cincinnati, Oh. It was in that game that Aaron hit his 714th career home run. The historic home run came in Hank Aaron’s first at bat of the 1974 season. Jack Billingham was the pitcher that gave up the home run.
Hank Aaron being congratulated after home run 714. (Getty Images)
There was no better place for this incredible moment to happen in Cincinnati. The city is home to the first ever professional baseball team, the Reds. Everyday until 1990 the Reds had thrown the first pitch in every baseball season. Opening Day is even an official holiday in the city, complete with a parade.
That great Opening day moment almost never happened. Prior to the season opener the Braves management was worried that Aaron would not only tie but break the record in Cincinnati. They were so concerned that he was going to sit out the first series of the season until the team returned to Atlanta. The Braves were forced to play Aaron in at least two games of the three game series.
Hank Aaron would not hit another home run until April 8th, 1974 in Atlanta. That home run would be his 715th and broke Ruth’s all time record. Aaron retired after the 1976 season with the Brewers. When his career was over Aaron had 755 career home runs.
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On Saturday night March 30, 2013 Kobe Bryant moved up on the all time scoring list. Kobe Bryant surpassed NBA Hall Of Famer Wilt Chamberlain to become 4th on the list of the basketball greatest scorers. Bryant scored 19 points in the Lakers victory over the Kings in Sacramento, CA. Bryant now stands at 31,434 points for his career.
He now is behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. Jordan is holding the 3rd spot on the list with 32,292. There are only 858 points separating Jordan and Kobe now. Bryant has already scored 1931 points this season. He has scored 2,000 points per season through his career. It is highly likely he will pass Jordan next season and take the 3rd position on the all time scoring list. When he passes Jordan he will elevate his legacy to the highest degree. Jordan is the Babe Ruth of basketball and this feat will cause many to rethink who was greater.
Kobe Bryant (Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant has been a very talented, entertaining and accomplished player during his career. He has had some off court issues and even some locker room drama. However when his career is over, his off court issues will pail in comparison to what he accomplished in the game. Kobe Bryant is a legendary player and we are lucky to be able to see the greatness he produces every night. This will be an exciting year coming up.
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Michael Jordan (Getty Images)
Twenty years ago today Michael Jordan hit a scoring milestone in his career. It was January the 8th, 1993. The Chicago Bulls were taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at home. The Bulls won by a score of 120-95. The Bulls continued on a season that would bring them another NBA title. During the game Jordan scored his 20,000th career point. The moment came when Jordan drained a 3 point shot with 5:12 left to go in the game. He was taken out just seconds later and ended the game with exactly 20,000 points. He did so in just his 9th NBA season and in his 620th NBA game.
The only other player to reach that scoring mark in a shorter amount time was Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain reached the mark of 20,000 career points in his 499th game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all time scoring leader with 38,387. Karl Malone holds the 2nd spot with 36,928 points. Jordan is in 3rd place with 32,292 career points.
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The Florida Marlins have been one of the most unusual franchises in the history of baseball. They have only been in existence for 19 years and have had really highs and dramatic lows. They have captured 2 World Series Championships, the first in 1997 and 2003. They have also had some of the worst teams in recent memory. Their 1998 squad was the first team to lose over 100 games after winning the World Series. The Marlins have been up and down since their last title. I have decided to use the technology available today with sports simulators like Whatifsports.com to find out what Marlins team was the greatest. Before that I will give you an idea what we have here in each team, so let’s take a look.
The 1997 Florida Marlins (92-70 record, entered the N.L. Playoffs by way of the Wild Card)
The 1997 Florida Marlins
The Marlins entered their 5th season with high hopes. The field was full of great players of that time. Bobby Bonilla came in as the big free agent acquisition from the previous off season. The squad also had the hard hitting Gary Sheffield, “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine and the best fielding catchers of that season in Charles Johnson to name a few. This Marlins team was assembled by then owner Wayne Huizenga to turn the tax payers of Miami onto the idea of funding a baseball only stadium. That did not happen but the team did accomplish the unbelievable. The Marlins swept the San Fansisco Giants in the N.L. Divisional round and headed into the N.L.C.S. versus a very dominant Atlanta Braves team. The Marlins won that series in 6 games. The most memorable game of that series was when the rookie Cuban defector Livan Hernandez throw for 15 strike outs in game 5 and defeated one of the best pitchers of the day in Greg Maddux with a 2-1 victory. The Marlins charged into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. The Marlins won the first game which was played in Miami in the state of Florida’s 1st World Series Game. The teams kept switching off wins the entire World Series. In game 7 of the 1997 World Series the Marlins came out on top when Edgar Renteria batted in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th, which was the mid season acquisition of Craig Counsell. This team was a great on e and will go down as the state of Florida’s 1st World Series Champions.
The 2003 Florida Marlins (91-71 record, entered the N.L. Playoffs by way of the Wild Card)
The 2003 Florida Marlins
This Marlins squad was built a lot in part to the 1998 fire sale. One of the players received during the sale would end up being the 1st baseman from the 2003 championship team Derek Lee. Many of the draft picks acquired during that time drafted many of the players on this championship team. When the season started the team did not have very high expectations but was expected to fair better than they did in the first two months of the season. The Marlins had a record of 16-22 when manager Jeff Torborg was fired and replaced by 72 year old Jack McKeon in May. The season was about to turn around in large part to mid season call ups Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. The team which also acquired veteran Jeff Conine back during the middle of the season made it into the playoffs through a wild card bid. Like the team did in 1997 this team beat the Giants in the Divisional Playoff Series to advance to the N.L.C.S. to face the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins won the N.L.C.S. against the Cubs in 7 games. The team was almost eliminated in game 6 but had a miracle in the late innings of the game and were able to stay alive until game 7. The World Series had the Marlins in the usual spot as the underdog against the New York Yankees. The Marlins rode the incredible pitching of Josh Beckett to beat the Yanks in 6 games. This team shocked the world more than the 1997 team. This squad was also younger and more inexperienced than the 1997 squad but proved themselves to be just a great.
The Simulation via Whatifsports.com – 1997 Marlins VS 2003 Marlins
I decided to go with a one game championship to determine which World Series team was the best. The 2003 squad got the 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The 1997 team came up with 1 run in the bottom of the first to trail by only 1 run. The next and only additional runs of the game came in the 5th inning when the 1997 team put 2 runs on the board which would seal the victory. The 1997 team had 10 hits while the 2003 team had just 7 hits total. Kevin Brown won the game with 8 innings pitched and Rob Nen got the save. Gary Sheffield had a home run and 2 RBI’s in the winning effort. The losing pitcher was Carl Pavano and the 2003 team had runs scored by Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo the only RBI came from Derek Lee. This was a very tight game and had some good pitching from both teams. The offense of both teams was toned down a bit by both Kevin Brown and Carl Pavano.
Champions: 1997 Florida Marlins
The Ultimate Marlins team the 1997 Florida Marlins
This was a dream match up that all Marlins fans would love to see but unfortunately we have only simulation. I feel that if we could see these two great teams face off this is the likely outcome. The 1997 team was more experienced and would have handled the game much better than the 2003 team. The offensive power was greater and the bats were better on the 1997 team. Both teams were great but on this night the 1997 Florida Marlins proved themselves to be the ultimate champions.
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