Past Time: Walter “The Big Train” Johnson

On August 2, 1907, a great disturbance was felt by all Major League hitters. Ty Cobb said this of Walter Johnson, the 19-year-old rookie who debuted that day: "The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed … Continue reading Past Time: Walter “The Big Train” Johnson

Past Time: Hank Aaron, Vin Scully, and Triple Crown Cobb

Hank's last hurrah: On July 20, 1976 -- 41 years ago today -- the great Hank Aaron hit the final home run of his career, number 755.  This total was of course the highest total at the time, as he had surpassed the immortal Babe Ruth just two seasons earlier. Aaron's career was one of the … Continue reading Past Time: Hank Aaron, Vin Scully, and Triple Crown Cobb

Past Time: Hitter’s Paradise — Cobb, Mays, and Donnie Baseball

On July 18th: 1927: Ty Cobb doubled for his 4,000th hit.  He, of course, is only one of two men to ever reach the 4,000 threshold along with Pete Rose. Cobb got the hit off of Sam Gibson of the Tigers, his former teammate. Cobb had played for the Tigers for the previous 22 seasons, but … Continue reading Past Time: Hitter’s Paradise — Cobb, Mays, and Donnie Baseball