This is just too good not to share.
Nolan Ryan, Spring Training 1973
Palm Springs, California
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Young Research Library, UCLA. via KCET.org
6 More Days!
Top Left: Stan “The Man” Musial
Top Right: Al Kaline, SI
Middle Left: Bobby Cox, by Kevin C. Cox/Getty
Middle Right: Joe Torre, by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty
Bottom Left: Steve Garvey, by Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Bottom Right: Tony Oliva
“Stan the Man” by Steve Bledsoe and the Blue Jays
Rest in peace, Stanley Frank Musial
“Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”
- Ford Frick on Stan Musial
1958 photo by Jack Zehrt
Rest in peace Stan the Man
“You know that when I talked about baseball I always told the truth. Well, there was one time when I lied. Whitey Platt, who used to play for the Chicago Cubs, asked me one day what the secret was to my hitting. Well, I thought I’d kid him about it, and I told him that when I was playing in a small park I would hit the bottom half of the ball to give it a rise and when I played in the longer parks I would hit the top half of the ball for line drives. Pretty soon, all the players started coming around asking me my secret for hitting the top half or bottom half of the ball.”
Photo: John Rogers archive via Paragon
In case you forgot, Pedro Martinez is (and no, I refuse to use ‘was’) amazing. He posted two sub 2.00 ERA seasons in the height of the so-called steroid era, during which he had a seven-year run from ‘97-2003 in which he went 118-36 (one of the few times a W-L record means something) with a 2.20 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, and lead the league in pretty much every category a pitcher can lead the league in. He was interesting, unique, electric, and quite possibly the best pitcher I’ve been alive to see. I even managed to watch him pitch against the Yankees as a member of the Expos. A team that is long dead!
Which is why, what, you’re NOT going to watch a 12 minute compilation of highlights? I thought not.
(h/t 90 feet of perfection)