Roger Maris to Jimmy Piersall

# Roger Maris led the American league in homeruns only once in his career.  It was in 1961, the year he cracked a record-breaking 61 four-baggers

# Rod Carew batted .388 for the Minnesota Twins in 1977

# Wally Pipp preceded Lou Gehrig at first base for the New York Yankees.  Pipp led the American League in HRs in 1916 and 1917.

# Baseball players refer to the hand on which they do not wear a glove as the “meat hand.”

# The great slugger, Babe Ruth, was the best left-handed pitcher in the major leagues with a 23-12 mark for the Boston Red Sox in 1916.

# Only two sluggers have ever received over 2,000 bases on balls.  They are Babe Ruth who walked 2,056 times, and Ted Williams who drew 2,018 walks.

# In 1957, area theaters were featuring a movie called “Fear Strikes Out.”  It was about the emotional pressure that Boston Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall experienced while he tried to make it in the big leagues.  He eventually had a mental breakdown.

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