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Babe Adams
(1906-26)
Adams threw three complete-game victories for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1909 World Series with the Detroit Tigers, and was a mainstay of the Pirates pitching staff until he was caught up in the so-called ABC Mutiny that led to his release by the team. Adams had a career 194-140 record, and a 2.76 career ERA.
BORN 5.18.1882, Tipton, IN.
Daniel Adams
President of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, 1847-62, Adams established the nine-inning format and, as chairman of the rules committee of the National Association of Base Ball Players, set the distance between the bases at 90 feet and from the pitcher's box to home plate at 45 feet.*
*Which, of course, has since been changed - ed.
Joe Adcock
(1950-66)
Playing for the Braves in the 1950s, first baseman Adcock hit four homers in one game against the Dodgers (31 July 1954), and was the first batter to hit a ball completely over the left field grandstand at Ebbets Field. His "non-homer" ended Harvey Haddix's 12-inning perfect game on 26 May 1959; his hit was ruled a double when he ran past Hank Aaron on the bases. His career ratio for home runs -- one every 12.75 at-bats -- was the best in the league.
BORN 10.30.1927, Coushatta, LA     .277, 336, 1122     All-Star 1960
Bob Addy
(1871-77)
Addy is credited with inventing the technique of sliding into a base while playing for the Rockford, IL, Forest City club in the 1860s.
"Magnet"     BORN 2.-.1845, Rochester, NY     .277, 1, 172
Tommie Agee
(1962-73)
Only Bobby Bonds has a worse strikeout ratio among leadoff men than Agee who, while with the New York Mets, had five consecutive years with more than 100 strikeouts. His season high was 156 in 1970. Agee did, however, make two spectacular outfield grabs in the World Series that matched the Miracle Mets against Baltimore, and he was a two-time All-Star.
BORN 9.9.42, Magnolia, AL     .255, 130, 433     All-Star 1966, 1967     1966 AL ROY     
1966 AL Gold Glove, 1970 NL Gold Glove
Eddie Ainsmith
(1910-24)
When Ainsmith tried to avoid the draft during World War I by claiming that, as a baseball player, he was engaged in a patriotic endeavor, the secretary of war proclaimed baseball a non-essential amusement. Baseball ownership had steadfastly resisted asking for a special exemption for players on the basis that the game was an essential public entertainment. In other words, Ainsmith lost his bid.
"Dorf"     BORN 2.4.1892 , Russia     .232, 23, 317     
Dale Alexander
(1929-33)
Alexander became the first major leaguer to win a batting crown in a season in which he played for two teams (Detroit and Boston, in 1932). A slugger who hit over .300 in four of his five seasons, Alexander was, apparently, less than stellar as a first baseman. His career was abruptly ended when a team physician's heat-lamp treatment of a leg injury resulted in third-degree burns and, later, gangrene.
"Moose"     BORN 4.26.03, Greeneville, TN     .331, 61, 459     
Dick Allen
(1963-77)
Allen won Rookie of the Year honors in '63, batting .318 with 29 homers and 91 RBIs for Philadelphia, even though he was playing third base for the first time in his career and committed 41 errors. Discord between Allen and his managers took him to the White Sox by way of St. Louis. With Chicago he won the AL MVP in 1972 (.308, 37, 113), but his teammates resented him when they saw their salaries slashed while he commanded the biggest contract yet seen in the majors. Allen "retired" late in the 1974 season, but decided to come back the next year, only to find himself traded again, this time to the Braves. He didn't get along there, either, and ended his career in Oakland. Allen hit the first indoor home run in a regular season at the Houston Astrodome, 12 April 1965.
BORN 3.8.42, Wampum, PA     .292, 351, 1119
All-Star 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974     1964 NL ROY     1972 AL MVP
Roberto Alomar
(1888-2003)
One of the best second basemen of the 1990s, Puerto Rico-born Alomar was a career .300 hitter who hit 210 home runs and stole 474 bases. He was an All-Star every year from 1990 to 2001 and won ten Gold Gloves as well as four Silver Sluggers. Alomar's wonderful career was somewhat marred by his notorious conflict with umpire John Hirschbeck during a game on 27 September 1996, during which Alomar spit in Hirschbeck's face.
BORN 6.18.66, Salinas, P.R.     .273, 111, 571     All-Star 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998
Gold Glove 1990     1990 AL ROY     1997 ML-AS MVP
Felipe Alou
(1958-74)
Oldest of the three Alou brothers -- Matty and Jesus being the other two -- Felipe was the most consistent slugger in the family, topping 20 homers and 30 doubles four times. In 1966, while with the Braves, he led the NL in hits and runs. With San Francisco, he and his two brothers made all three outs in an inning in the 10 September 1963 game against the Mets. A few days later the three appeared together as an all-Alou outfield. Felipe went on to manage the Montreal Expos (1992-2001).
BORN 5.12.35, Haina, D.R.     .286, 206, 852     All-Star 1962, 1966, 1968
Jesus Alou
(1963-79)
The youngest Alou brother, Jesus averaged .280 over 15 seasons in the majors. On 10 July 1964 he got six hits off six different Chicago hurlers. When he reached 1,000 hits the Alou brothers took first place in combined hits for three or more siblings.
BORN 3.24.42, Haina, D.R.     .280, 32, 377
Matty Alou
(1960-74)
Matty won the NL batting crown in 1966 with a .342 mark, up from .231 the year before -- the biggest improvement in batting average by a regular from one season to the next. Matty credited Pirates batting coach Harry Walker, and would finish his 15 years in the majors with a .307 career average.
BORN 12.22.38, Haina, D.R.     .307, 31, 427     All-Star 1968, 1969
Nick Altrock
(1898-1924)
With Al Schacht, Altrock was one of the original Sunshine Boys, baseball's first professional clowns, who performed before games and between doubleheaders for the Washington Senators. As a southpaw pitcher, Altrock won 23 games for the White Sox in 1905 and 20 more in 1906 before his arm gave out.
BORN 9.15. 1876, Cincinnati, OH     83-75, 2.65
Sandy Amoros
(1952-1960)
Perhaps most famous for his amazing one-handed catch of a Yogi Berra opposite-field drive in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, the only world championship won by the Brooklyn Dodgers. The post-retirement plight of Amoros was key in the organization of the Baseball Assistance Team.
BORN 1.30.30, Havana, Cuba     .255, 43, 180
Sparky Anderson
(1959, 1970-1995)
The only manager to win world championships for teams in both leagues. Managed Cincinnati and Detroit for 25 years while, as a player, appeared as a regular only one year (1959), with the Phillies. Under Anderson the Big Red Machine won five division titles, four pennants and two World Series between 1970-1978. His Tigers won a world championship in 1984 and a division title in 1987, giving him a record (tied by Bobby Cox) for winning the most pennant playoff series (5).
"Captain Hook"     BORN 2.22.34, Bridgewater, SD
Mgr record 2194-1834     2 NL Championships     3 World Series Championships