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10th Best Class?

Sports on Earth columnist Anthony Castrovince ranks the 2017 induction class of Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines and the 10th best Hall of Fame induction class of all time.  Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short of making this class the first five-man...

Schuerholz, Selig elected to HOF; players on deck Jan. 18

WASHINGTON — John Schuerholz, Braves and Royals general manager, and former commissioner Bud Selig were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Dec. 4. They enter the hall of fame through the Today’s Game Era Committee. Players in the Class of 2017, voted by the baseball writers,...

Control the hounds?

Reggie Jackson, known for post-season bombs that dubbed him Mr. October, used F-bombs out of frustration toward an autograph hound during induction weekend in Cooperstown. He then apologized for his profanity. But Reggie had a point and perhaps the village of Cooperstown should...

Memo to Hample: Keep it. Enjoy it.

I recently retrieved my first-ever foul ball off the bat of promising catcher Tomas Telis. Yes, retrieved. The small whizzed off the bat at about a million miles an hour and ricocheted off a window and a couple of seats before rolling three steps away. No, I didn’t battle an...

George Mikan items from wife’s estate

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A 1955 Minneapolis Lakers-autographed basketball will be among about 20 items that will be auctioned June 28 by LaJolla Jewelry on eBay. The items are part of the estate of Patricia L. Mikan. Among items in the sale are a 2002 three-peat ring presented to...

Mantle’s first Yankees bat: $242,209

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A bat purported to be Mickey Mantle’s first as a member of the New York Yankees sold for $242,209 in an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale ended April 26. The bat was followed by a home Mantle pinstriped jersey from 1952, which sold fo...

’79 Thurman Munson uniform: $45,000

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A  1979 Thurman Munson home Yankees uniform, jersey and pants, sold for $45,000 in a Robert Edward Auctions event that closed April 25.  The lot, among other Munson lots, came from the Yankee great’s family. Collectors of player contracts found abundant...

Gene Tenace Series rings for sale in April

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Gene Tenace 1972 World Series ring, MVP plaque and trophy come to the auction block April 8 in a sale organized by SCP Auctions. Tenace slugged four home runs, drove in nine runs and hit .348 in the seven-game series against Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine....

1944 Negro Leaguers album page: $27,500

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A 1944 album page signed by Negro Leaguers Josh Gibson, Jud Wilson, Ray Brown and Roy Campanella hammered for $27,500 in a Huggins & Scott auction. The sale ended early Feb. 13. A single-signed Eddie Collins baseball sold for $15,000. Among other items...

HOF Class: First time in 60 years

When the baseball writers elected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio to the Hall of Fame for 2015, it was the first time in 60 years that four players were elected. In ’55 the writers voted in Joe DiMaggio, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance and Gabby Hartnett....
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