WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1966

By the mid-’60’s the Los Angeles Dodgers had replaced the perennial champion New York Yankees as baseball’s premiere dynasty after winning the World Series for the second time in three years. After holding the “Bronx Bombers” to four...

BASEBALL’S BEST: FRED CLARKE

Fate: “The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events.”  Some people believe in it, some do not, though no one can be certain of its existence. But Fred Clarke was a believer in fate. In an interview with a reporter from the New York Herald in 1911,...

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1965

After a short, one year absence, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the Fall Classic on the arm of ’63 Series winner Sandy Koufax. The postseason-proven lefty had just finished the regular season with a 26-8 record, a 2.04 ERA and a perfect game to boot (his...

BASEBALL’S BEST: HENRY CHADWICK

In the fall of 1856, a New York Times cricket journalist spotted a fascinating game of “base ball” being played across the field. Henry Chadwick knew baseball well enough but was now seeing the game in a new light as if for the first time. He had never...

BASEBALL’S BEST: ORLANDO CEPEDA

When Orlando Cepeda stood on the podium in Cooperstown, New York, on July 25, 1999, it is likely that no man had followed a more difficult path to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or that any man was any happier to attain the honor. Cepeda had escaped the slums of Puerto...