Thursday, August 16, 2007

? No. 30: Bombers in Blue

I'm currently reading The Bronx Is Burning, which is all about NYC circa 1977. Of course, the Yankees play a big role in that story, as does racial tensions, the city's near-bankruptcy, the mayoral race, and a certain serial killer. At work, I am supposed to be editing a book right now on the team the Yankees played that year in the Series, the Dodgers. This book was to focus on L.A.'s vaunted infield of Garvey, Lopes, Cey, and Russell. But one of those four wouldn't agree to be interviewed for the project, so we shelved the book. Looking at that great Dodger team of 1977, which featured a steady veteran rotation and an explosive offense, one thing stands out statistically: They had four guys hit 30 or more home runs. Who were they?

Yesterday's Answer: Not Nellie Fox, who died in 1975. It's former Red Sox 2-bagger Bobby Doerr, who is 89. Lee MacPhail is the oldest member of the Hall. He's also 89 but has Doerr beat by six months or so. In the on-deck circle for players is 88 year-old Bob Feller.

2 comments:

Don Gerard said...

Jesus crap these are hard...


Um...Steve Garvey...Davey Lopes...Dusty Baker...who is the other guy? Rick Monday?

Jeez...

My best friend's little brother was a huge Dodgers' fan and he would bat as his fave players when we would play whiffle ball.

bunting4hits said...

My good friend growing up was also a Dodgers fan, because his parents grew up in California. He used to pretend he was Pete Guerrero. Then Guerrero was traded to the Cardinals and I got to be him. My friend didn't like that.