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 fourth...

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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 considered how...

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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...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: GARY CARTER

It simply should not have taken six years for Gary Carter to get into the Hall of Fame. He was one of the best catchers of his era, and many observers put him in the top ten in major-league history. He was an outstanding defender with a strong arm who did all the...

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WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1963

The National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers had rebounded from a late-season collapse in 1962 and went on to win the National League pennant with a six game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest factor in the team's comeback was an all-star pitching...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: CHICO CARRASQUEL

Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel was the first great Hispanic defensive player in the major leagues. His play at shortstop made him as recognizable a big-leaguer as there was for several years. Carrasquel may not have revolutionized the position defensively like latter-day...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: STEVE CARLTON

The 1980 season was a banner year for Steve Carlton. Lefty, as he was universally known around the league, led all National League pitchers with 24 wins. He was the major-league leader in strikeouts with 286. He struck out 10 or more batters in 11 games. Carlton led...

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BASEBALL’S BEST: NORM CASH

Norm Cash would have loved it. The story drew upon metaphors including baseball, the Old West, and the camaraderie of friends. Its title, City Slickers, was evocative of the relationship between the burly cowboy and the legions of brewers, auto manufacturers, and...

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