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Talkin’ Baseball with Tanner Vavra

Starting today, The Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award will be an annual award presented to a person who has made a significant impact on the game of baseball or has overcome adversity to succeed on the field.  And it’s with great honor and pleasure that The Hall of Very Good™ announces Tanner Vavra as the […]

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Cooperstown Ready for Huge Weekend

Last year’s Hall of Fame class was a bummer.  Crowds were estimated at 2,500, but many reports numbered it might have even been in the hundreds. That’s not about to happen this year, as people are already making the pilgrimage to see managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre go in alongside first ballot guys Greg […]

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Luis Tiant Mustache Facts

Once upon a time, I made it my mission on this earth to track down all the information I could about the facial hair of a certain former Milwaukee Brewers bullpen pitcher. From there, I investigated the intricacies of Tommy John’s Tommy John ligament.  When I was certain I had left no stone unturned, I […]

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The Baseball Cards of Tony Oliva

The 1963 Topps set is most famous for Pete Rose’s rookie card, but this is a really good card too…all four players on this card (including the newly inducted Tony Oliva) went on to excellent Major League careers, with each man playing in over 1000 MLB games and hitting more than 100 home runs. In […]

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What They’re Saying About Tony Oliva

By all accounts, 2014 inductee into The Hall of Very Good Tony Oliva is a Hall of Fame-caliber guy both on and off the field.  And that’s probably why there’s no shortage of people talking about the lifetime Minnesota Twin. Dan Murphy from VoteTonyO:  “Tony Oliva’s fan club is extremely pleased whenever Tony’s contribution to […]

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Talkin’ Tony Oliva with VoteTonyO

Sunday, Cooperstown will welcome a handful of new members…managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre and players Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine.  Absent, once again, from Hall of Fame induction weekend, is former Minnesota Twins great and 2014 Hall of Very Good inductee Tony Oliva. And that doesn’t sit well with Erin […]

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Talkin’ Baseball with Tony Oliva

Pop quiz, hotshot.  If 2014 Hall of Very Good inductee Tony Oliva didn’t had a bad knee, would he be in the Hall of Fame? Plenty think so. Consider this, from 1964-1971, the Minnesota Twins legend won three batting titles, collected nearly 1500 hits with a .313 batting average and hit an amazing 278 doubles.  […]

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The Baseball Cards of Luis Tiant

Without baseball cards, would baseball fans throughout the States might not know the majesty that was Luis Tiant’s signature Fu Manchu mustache?  It’s tough to say. But, thankfully…the majesty of Tiant’s lip sweater translates wonderfully to cardboard. Tiant has a nice rookie card, from 1965 Topps, featuring a unique “grip” photo. In 1967, Topps issued […]

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Josh Wilker on Luis Tiant

Carl Yastrzemski had heard cheers before. Just five years earlier, he’d led the Red Sox to a miracle pennant, setting his previously moribund home ballpark ablaze, but this new sound was different. Deeper, fuller, more intimate, more human, more alive. In 1972, Fenway Park turned into one gigantic heart, thumping out a pulse in the […]

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Dan Epstein on Luis Tiant

No one who saw Luis Tiant pitch will ever forget him. Man of a hundred windups, and a “good lookeeng sonafabeech” by his own estimation, ““El Tiante”” was one of the most charismatic players of his era — and with the possible exception of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, no pitcher of the 1970s was more […]

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What They’re Saying About Luis Tiant

Should-be Hall of Famer Luis Tiant was on the shortlist to join Tommy John as part of The Hall of Very Good’s inaugural class two years ago, so including him this year was a no-brainer. Getting people to talk about his induction was even easier. Cardboard Gods author Josh Wilker:  “Luis Tiant was among the […]

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The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to open its proverbial doors to three new members…Boston Red Sox fan favorite Luis Tiant, Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva and, for the first time, The Hall’s inaugural celebrity inductee, The San Diego Chicken. “Thank you to The Hall of Very Good™ for inducting me into the class […]

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Mariano Rivera Jr. Heading Back to School

Last month, the New York Yankees drafted the son of legendary closer Mariano Rivera.  But, on Saturday, the team announced that the second generation hurler won’t be following in his father’s footsteps anytime soon. Yankees announced signings of their top 15 draft picks. 29th Rd pick Mariano Rivera Jr did not sign and will return […]

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Chicago Bulls Signees Hit U.S. Cellular Field

Pop quiz, hot shot.  How do you truly know when your favorite basketball team has officially signed a big name free agent? Is it seeing their names across the ESPN Bottomline? Perhaps it’s that press conference where they hold up their new jerseys?!? Nope…it’s when they get that invite to hit the mound to throw […]

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