Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A New Baseball Blog

TODAY"S TRIVIA QUESTION: How many times did the Giant's Juan Marichal complete at least 20 games in a season? Answer in the next blog. Please place your answers in the COMMENTS Section below. 

Yup, I've decided it was time to start writing a blog on one of my all-time favorite subjects just before the 2017 World Series. The NFL is in full swing, my Penguins have started their defense of another Stanley Cup and the Bucs are heading into the Winter Meetings to try to redefine their roster for the 2018 MLB season.

Another reason is I'm seriously thinking of writing a screenplay based on the above book "Tales of My Baseball Youth; A child of the 60's." Not that I'm stuck in the 1960's (Good Lord forbid), but it was an interesting time in our history and in baseball it was MY era. It may take a while to develop the screenplay based on the fact I've so many other projects going right now.

I'm currently and heavily involved in a film/book project regarding Korean War Veterans, I'm getting ready to screen my latest short film ("The Girl From Sweden") and I am of course working at KNX 1070 News Radio here in Los Angeles. Not to mention other things I am involved with.

Remembering the 1960's when it comes to baseball really starts at the beginning when my hero, Bill Mazeroski, became the ultimate hated object of nearly every Yankee fan in history. His home run in the final inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series to Walk Off (they didn't call it a walk off then) and end the series gave Pittsburgh it's first WS Championship in 35 years.

The Bucs, the Dodgers and the Giants dominated the National League during those years and in the AL, it was the Yankees, Tigers and Orioles who led the way. By midway through the decade the Yanks started to fade and the O's with the Robinson boys and great starting pitching led by Jim Palmer, took over.

In the NL the Dodger run ended with the retirement of Sandy Koufax after the 1966 season. What a final year for the lefty with 27 wins and stats which would make a pitcher choke today. With the arrival of the 1968 season came the loss of hitting. The pitchers so dominated that year (Denny McLain won 31 games and Bob Gibson posted a 1.12 ERA) the following year they lowered the mound so hitters could get back some advantage. McLain still won 24 the following season and Gibson's ERA jumped to 2.18 while still winning 20. Those were the days when pitchers routinely threw at least 250 innings as a starter.

Either way, it was an era of tremendous change in baseball as it was in society and I hope this blog will prove to be fun for you. There will be a trivia question in each blog; no prizes, just take the moment to answer in the "Comments" section and please FOLLOW it as well. It really does help, especially in the marketing.

And if you want to purchase a copy of the book above, you can either go to my site, or you can find it on Amazon (Kindle or soft cover). I guarantee you a fun and most memorable read.

Bob Brill

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