Comments on: Ralph Houk, 90, Passes Away http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32572 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:12:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32572 Pete, I guess we can't forget Oscar Azocar from earlier this season. What is that, the Pick 5, then?

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32463 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 01:52:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32463 Mark, as I said Stengel was matching Ford up against the tougher competition (Cleveland and Chicago) more often. Ford also had some arm troubles at that time, so that partially accounts for the workload. Hard to complain about the results.

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By: Joe http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32453 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:24:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32453 Houk should probably be in the HOF as a manger, as should Danny Murtaugh. These two guys are the only managers in history with over 1,000 career wins, a .500 winning percentage, and at least 2 World Series titles that aren't in the HOF (and aren't still managing).

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By: Remembering Ralph Houk | FanGraphs Baseball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32431 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:31:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32431 [...] is 15th all-time in managerial wins, and one of only 22 managers with more than one World Championship. He [...]

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By: Mark http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32424 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:12:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32424 I had never looked at Whitey Ford's stats enough to see how few games he started compared to other pitchers at that time. What was Casey thinking?? Whitey's highest total of innings pitched in the 50's was 253 2/3, Robin Roberts's LOWEST total of innings pitched in the 50's was 249 2/3!

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By: Howard http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32404 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 18:17:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32404 Ah. Frank "Moonlight" Verdi. Ol' Number 44 for the Yankees.

From his obituary:
Compared to playing 1,916 games in the minors, his only appearance in the majors lasted less than two innings. He had replaced Phil Rizzuto at shortstop in a 1953 game in Boston, and manager Casey Stengel pinch-hit for him after he had stepped into the batter's box. Verdi managed in the minors for 24 years, the last in Sioux Falls, Iowa, where he returned to the dugout after being hospitalized by a heart attack.

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By: Pete http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32400 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:41:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32400 Tmckelv - I think that Houk actually completed the superfecta. Former Yankee SS Frank Verdi kicked things off by kicking the bucket on July 9. His death triggered this horrible bloodbath.

Thankfully, Yogi Berra looked the grim reaper in the eye and told him it wasn't his time.

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By: tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32385 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:20:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32385 Well, anyone waiting to complete the "They die in 3's" for the Yanks, here we are.

RIP Bob Sheppard, George Steinbrenner, Ralph Houk

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By: joe baseball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32381 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:04:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32381 Pete Rose was the last from 84-86, Joe Torre played a little in 1977 for the Mets,
Frank Robinson in 75-76 and Don Kessinger in 1979. Rose and Robinson were player managers for full seasons while Torre retired as a player shortly after becoming manager playing only 2 games and Kessinger lasting only 106 games as player/manager and never playing or managing again.

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By: Bryan Mueller http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7491/comment-page-1#comment-32360 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:18:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7491#comment-32360 Does anybody know when the last instance of a manager using himself as a player was? I remember Pete Rose (I think) but for some reason I was thinking there was someone more recent than that.

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