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Random Awesomeness (part 207)

Random Awesomeness

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R.I.P. Ernie Banks

(January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015)

Mr. Cub

“Mr. Cub” passed away last night at the age of 83. Ernie Banks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Retired Numbers: #13 & #14

Of these eight players, only two were elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, and only one of them was first-ballot. Two others gained entrance via the Veterans Committee. A reasonable case can be made for three of the remaining four for Cooperstown.

Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians

I was surprised to find that Doby was not inducted into the Hall of Fame until 1998 by the Veterans Committee. The first black player in the American League, Doby slugged 253 home runs and drove in 970 during a career that was shortened not only by racism, but also by war service. Doby started in the Negro Leagues in 1942, but served in the Navy in 1944 and 1945. He came back to the Negro Leagues in 1946 for one final season before signing with the Cleveland Indians to play in the majors.


Dave Concepcion, Cincinnati Reds


Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Gil Hodges, New York Mets


Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies


Jim Rice, Boston Red Sox


Ken Boyer, St. Louis Cardinals


Kent Hrbek, Minnesota Twins

Has anyone seen “Pastime”?

This movie just popped up on Netflix’s Instant Watch today. Here’s the description:

William Russ, Jeffrey Tambor and Ernie Banks star in this drama about 41-year-old minor league pitcher Roy Dean (Russ), an athlete at the twilight of his career who decides to mentor a rookie who’s obviously bound for greatness. But time is running out for Roy, and what he has to teach will have to be mastered before it’s too late.

According to the reviews, Banks is only in the movie briefly as a fan in the stands, and a few other baseball greats from the past make cameo appearances: Don Newcombe, Duke Snider, Harmon Killebrew, and Bob Feller.

So, is it worth 95 minutes of my life?

Now he’s after my Cubbies!

On the heels of denying Ken Griffey, Jr., his rightful place in the 2008 All-Star Game, and his nefarious plan to render Clint Hurdle incapable of managing the contest (replacing him with his own Brewers manager Ned Yost), Bud Selig is now turning to even worse activities by attacking Hall of Famers! Read the rest of this entry

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