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This Week in Baseball Season 1: Episode 14

Episode 14 of TWIB '77 features historic base stealing, historic indifference to the pain of others, and Ralph Houk crowned as King of the Crazy Managers!

My favorite Ralph Houk story

It has been a depressing month if you’re a Yankees fan. A lot of history has left us, with Ralph Houk being the latest. Rather than write a full-on obituary profile of the player, manager, and...

How Whitney Ford got whacked

PETTITTE FORDING FORD With today’s victory, Andy Pettitte tied Whitey Ford for career wins. The two now sit at 60th on the all-time list with 236, sitting just behind a couple of Yankees alumni,...

"It's impossible to look back at Fidrych's remarkable 1976 -- knowing what we know now about pitch...

"It's impossible to look back at Fidrych's remarkable 1976 -- knowing what we know now about pitch counts and such things -- and not cringe at the way manager Ralph Houk abused him. Of course, nobody was counting pitches in 1976, but even so it's hard to believe a manager would allow a rookie to throw five extra-inning games. Five! Or how about this stretch: From July 29th to August 29th, The Bird threw a nine-inning game, a seven-inning game, a nine-inning game, another nine-inning game, another nine-inning game, a 10-inning game, a nine-inning game and an 11 1/3 inning game -- each one on three-days rest. Imagine that: Fidrych threw 73 1/3 innings and seven complete games in a month. To give you a comparison, K-Rod threw 68 1/3 innings all last year. To give you a comparison, Johan Santana has thrown nine complete games in his career."

From Joe Posnanski's tribute to Mark Fidrych for SI.com
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