Presidential Pitches and Claude Osteen (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Claude Osteen

Earlier this week, many Americans (myself included) celebrated President’s Day with a solid three day weekend. While the day off from teaching was nice, it’s time to share a little regarding some of America’s former leaders. To do so, I have hand selected a few answers from a questionnaire I sent former Dodgers pitcher Claude Osteen a couple of years ago. Enjoy!

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Five Questions With Jim Gosger (Oakland Athletics)

Jim Gosger

Today’s installment of Five Questions features Jim Gosger, a lefty from Port Huron, Michigan, who spent the majority of his ten seasons in the majors as a reserve outfielder. Over the course of a select few seasons, Gosger was involved in several interesting baseball scenarios. When his Kansas City squad packed their bags in 1968, he played in the franchise’s first season in Oakland. Then, he was selected in the 1969 expansion draft by the Seattle Pilots, and he played 39 games in their only MLB season (the team would eventually move and become the Brewers). Finally, before the end of the 1969 season, he was traded and played 10 games for the eventual World Series champion “Miracle Mets” (although he did not log any time in the World Series). Over this past week, Jim was nice enough to answer a short series of questions for me through the mail.

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John Hiller and Jim Price of the Detroit Tigers – Now & Then

The Detroit Tigers celebrate the 1968 World Series


Last weekend I had the opportunity to catch some of the 1968 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers in action as the Tigers hosted their annual Fantasy Camp. Obviously, I use the term “in action” loosely, but it was nice to get back out to the ballpark. Essentially, Fantasy Camp is an opportunity where normal, everyday fans can pay to suit up and play with a mix of players from the last 50+ years. While I’ll never pony up the money myself, I usually try and watch a little, seeing as it makes for a nice precursor to the real action in the spring.

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Five Questions With Dave Baldwin (Washington Senators)

Today’s post features a reliever from the 1968 Topps set who utilized a combination of sidearm and submarine deliveries. Over the course of his six seasons (mostly in the nation’s capital), Dave Baldwin registered six wins and 22 saves. I’m really excited that Dave was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about baseball cards and life after the game.

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RIP Ernie Banks

A couple of pictures from my 2008 Wrigley trip, including the Ernie Banks statue outside the ballpark.

The baseball world and the 1968 set lost a legend this week.

While moving to Lakeland has slowly converted me to a Tigers fan, I grew up a Cubs fan and will always consider them my National League team. My childhood was spent idolizing Sandberg and then later Sosa. But no matter how much I looked up to these two players, those who had watched the game before me made sure that I knew one important fact – Ernie Banks would, without a doubt, always be Mr. Cub.

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