Writers Bloc: Selective memory

Updated: June 30, 2003, 10:22 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Cubs manager Dusty Baker is trying his hardest to ignore the history that has preceded his tenure at Wrigley Field. So, when his charges have a bad stretch like the one they just experienced (3-7), he doesn't want to hear about the collapse of 1969 or anything like that. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes that a bad patch like this is nothing in the context of a long season.

  • In spite of spending the early portion of his career in the low-scoring Dead Ball Era and also being one of the handful of the best pitchers who ever lived, Walter Johnson managed only one no-hitter in his career. It came 83 years ago Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox and Dick Heller of the Washington Times recounts what happened that day at Fenway Park.

    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.