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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

Remember these guys?... Recalling 1960s Players
It's always fun to reminisce about baseball players of the past. We picked up this stuff from baby-boomers who were teenagers back in the '60s.

By manager written in 1999:

Here's what fans say about their heroes of the 1960s:

"Sure, I remember a lot of them... the Giants had Willie Mays, Willie McCovey... Hank Aaron was the big star then... the Pirates - Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski back in the '60... I still think Clemente was the best I ever saw"...

"Let's see - Tim McCarver was the catcher for the Cardinals and their shortstop was Dal Maxvill... The Tigers had a good catcher back then too, Bill Freehan... How about Al Kaline of the Tigers, he was tops in my book, too. Of course, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley and Ron Santo were the big-name stars of the Cubs... funny with all that power the Cubs never won a pennant... they collapsed in '69 while the Mets roared and won it all that year... that was something!"


Rookies of the Year:

1960: - Frank Howard, LA Dodgers... Ron Hansen, Orioles

1961: - Billy Williams, Cubs... Don Schwall, Red Sox

1962: - Ken Hubbs, Cubs... Tom Tresh, Yankees

1963: - Pete Rose, Reds... Gary Peters, White Sox

1964: - Dick Allen, Phillies... Tony Oliva, Twins


Tom Tresh, New York Yankees, SS, OF - The son of long-time major league catcher, Mike Tresh, switch-hitter, wore #15 jersey just like his dad did... during his rookie season, he played 111 games at shortstop and 43 in the outfield, hit a career-high .286, whacked 26 doubles, 20 HR, scored 94 runs, 93 RBIs.

Three times Tresh hit switch-hitting homers in the same game and on June 6, 1965 lined four homers in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium against the White Sox. Won Glove in '65 and hit a career-best 27 homers in 1966 but injured his knee in a spring training game the following year and never hit over .220 again.

In his career Tresh batted .245, 179 Ds, 153 HR in 1,192 games, with 530 RBIs. NY Yankees 1961-66 & Tigers 1966


Pete Rose... Rookie Season: 1963... Cincinnati Reds - Batted .273 in 157 Games... 170 hits in 623 at bats... 25 doubles, 9 triples, 6 home runs... scored 101 runs, 41 RBIs... 72 Ks, 55 Ws and stole 13 bases.


Ken Hubbs, Chicago Cubs, 2nd Baseman - In his rookie season in 1962, Hubbs captured the attention of our nation's baseball fans by handling 148 consecutive chances without an error, hit a nice .260 with 38 extra base hits and scored 90 runs. However... at the end of the next season Hubbs began taking flying lessons. He received his pilot license in Feb 1964 and while flying in a snow storm crashed into Utah Lake on Feb 15 just a week before spring training and was killed. Hubbs was 22-years old.


1965 Batting Leaders:

Roberto Clemente, Pirates .329... Tony Oliva, Twins .321... Hank Aaron, Milw Braves .318... Willie Mays, SF Giants .317... Billy Williams, Cubs .315... Pete Rose, Reds .312... Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox .312... Curt Flood, Cardinals .310... Vada Pinson, Reds .305... Cookie Rojas, Phillies .303... Dick Allen, Phillies .302... Donn Clendenon, Pirates .301... Vic Davalillo, Indians .301


Matty Alou, San Francisco Giants & Pittsburgh Pirates, Outfielder - he carried a .312 batting average thru the '60. started with the Giants in '60 and was traded to the Pirates in '66. A slap-hitter, Alou had six seasons over .300 from '60-'70 and hit .342 in '66, .338 in '67, .332 in '68, .331 in '69 all while playing for Pittsburgh... led the major leagues with 231 hits in '69. Latinos History


Maurice Wesley Parker, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1st baseman - a fine clutch-hitter and an excellent defensive first baseman Wes Parker tied a NL record with a .997 fielding average in 1965, made only 29 errors in first 6,286 chances, and won his first of six Gold Gloves in 1967.

He retired a week after his 33rd birthday declaring, "major league baseball is a game for single men in their 20s... If you're in it too long, your trapped with no job for the future."... of course, that was before the big salaries of today's players.

In his career Wes Parker hit .267 in 1,288 Games... 1,110 hits In 4157 at bats... 194 Ds, 32 Ts, 64 HR, 470 RBIs.


Caser Tovar, Minnesota Twins, OF, IF, - A fine leadoff man who seldom struck out, and a quick-footed base runner... averaged 25-30 steals per/year... Tovar could play infield and outfield... hit around .275 or so every season.


Santos Alomar, Sr., Braves, White Sox, Angels, Second Baseman- debuted with the Milw. Braves in '64, went to Atlanta with the Braves... rated outstanding on defense... played with White Sox in '67-69, hit around .250 and was traded to the California Angels in mid-'69 and, led the AL in assists and double pays. Latinos Baseball


There was a team up in Seattle in 1969... the Pilots. They played one season and then moved to Milwaukee. Their best known pitchers were fastball pitcher , Marty Pattin, 7-12, 5.72 ERA, fanned 126 in just 159 innings... Diego Segui who went 12-6, 3.42 and Gene Bradender, 13-14, 4.36 ERA. The club finished last in the AL West at 64-98, 33 games behind the Twins... then moved to Milwaukee the very next year and changed their name to the Brewers.


"Remember that guy... Mack Jones??? He had power, and played in the outfield for the Braves in Milwaukee and then for Atlanta, and in '69 was on the Expos"...

Indeed, Mack Jones started playing in Milwaukee in '61... in '65 Jones belted 31 homers while batting .262... and hit 23 homers for the Braves in their first season in Atlanta. Was sent to Montreal and hit 23 doubles, 22 homers, 79 RBIs in 1969... career stats: in 3,091 at bats, hit .252 with 133 Home Runs, 415 RBIs. - All Rights Reserved

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