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.
Yes, his story is inspiring, but Skip Bayless doesn't
think there's a place on the All-Star team for Eric
Byrnes of the Oakland A's. Read his rationale in
today's San Jose Mercury News.
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