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Lennie Merullo
Leonard Richard Merullo (May 5, 1917 – May 30, 2015) was an American professional baseball player who played shortstop in the Major Leagues from 1941–47. He was born in East Boston, Massachusetts.Contents1 Chicago Cubs 2 Scout 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Accolades 6 References 7 External linksChicago Cubs[edit]Merullo (left) with Johnny Pesky, 2008Merullo played shortstop for the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
for seven years in the major leagues in the 1940s. He appeared in three games during the 1945 World Series against two-time MVP Hal Newhouser, pitchers Virgil Trucks, Tommy Bridges, and slugger Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
of the Detroit Tigers, who defeated the Cubs in seven games in the Series, the last one the Cubs played in until 2016
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Shortstop
Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball or softball fielding position between second and third base, which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions. The position is mostly filled by defensive specialists, so shortstops are generally relatively poor batters who bat later in the batting order, with some exceptions. In the numbering system used by scorers to record defensive plays, the shortstop is assigned the number 6. More hit balls go to the shortstop than to any other position, as there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the ball slightly. Like a second baseman, a shortstop must be agile, for example when performing a 4-6-3 double play
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Moe Drabowsky
Myron Walter Drabowsky (July 21, 1935 – June 10, 2006) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed relief pitcher. He is one of only four players who played for both the Kansas City Athletics
Kansas City Athletics
and Kansas City Royals.Contents1 Early life 2 Baseball career 3 Personal life 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Moe was born Miroslav Drabowski in Ozanna, a village in southern Poland, located near Leżajsk, and was Jewish.[1] His Jewish mother was an American citizen,[2][3] and the two fled to the U.S. in 1938 when Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
began mobilizing in Eastern Europe
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Stan Hack
As player Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1932–1947)As manager Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1954–1956) St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
(1958)Career highlights and awards5× All-Star (1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1945) 2× NL stolen base leader (1938, 1939)Stanley Camfield Hack (December 6, 1909 – December 15, 1979), nicknamed "Smiling Stan", was an American third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
who played his entire career for the Chicago Cubs and was the National League's top third baseman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Usually a leadoff hitter, he batted .301 lifetime, scored 100 runs seven times and led the NL in hits and stolen bases twice each. His 1092 walks ranked fourth in NL history when he retired, and remain a franchise record; he also hit .348 over four World Series
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Phil Cavarretta
As player Chicago
Chicago
Cubs (1934–1953) Chicago
Chicago
White Sox (1954–1955)As manager Chicago
Chicago
Cubs (1951–1953)Career highlights and awards4× All-Star (1944–1947) NL MVP
NL MVP
(1945) NL batting champion (1945)Philip Joseph Cavarretta (July 19, 1916 – December 18, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
first baseman, outfielder, and manager. He was known to friends and family as "Phil" and was also called "Philibuck", a nickname bestowed by Cubs manager Charlie Grimm.[1] Cavarretta spent almost his entire baseball career with the Chicago Cubs. He was voted the 1945 National League
National League
Most Valuable Player after leading the Cubs to the pennant while winning the batting title with a .355 average
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Billy Jurges
As player Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1931–1938) New York Giants (1939–1945) Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1946–1947)As manager Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
(1959–1960)Career highlights and awards3× All-Star (1937, 1939, 1940)William Frederick Jurges (May 9, 1908 – March 3, 1997) was an American shortstop, third baseman, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. He was born in Bronx, New York. During the 1930s, he was central to three (1932, 1935 and 1938) National League
National League
champion Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
teams
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Bobby Sturgeon
Robert Harwood Sturgeon (August 6, 1919 – March 10, 2007) was a shortstop and second baseman in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
who played between 1940 and 1948 for the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1940–1942, 1946–1947) and Boston Braves (1948). Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb., Sturgeon batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Clinton, Indiana. Sturgeon was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrumpted when he joined the US Navy
Navy
during World War II (1942–45)
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Mike Royko
Michael Royko Jr. (September 19, 1932 – April 29, 1997) was a Chicago
Chicago
newspaper columnist. Over his 30-year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago
Chicago
Daily News, the Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times, and the Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. Originally a humorist focused on life in Chicago, he authored Boss, a scathing negative biography of Chicago
Chicago
Mayor Richard J. Daley
Richard J. Daley
in 1971. He was the winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.Contents1 Young reporter 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Honors 6 Books by Royko 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External linksYoung reporter[edit] Mike Royko
Mike Royko
grew up in Chicago, living in an apartment above a bar
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Relief Pitcher
In baseball and softball, a relief pitcher or reliever is a pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as inclement weather delays or pinch hitter substitutions. Relief pitchers are further divided informally into various roles, such as closers, set-up relief pitchers, middle relief pitchers, left/right-handed specialists, and long relievers. Whereas starting pitchers usually rest several days before pitching in a game again due to the number of pitches thrown, relief pitchers are expected to be more flexible and typically pitch more games but with fewer innings pitched
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Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau
The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau is a centralized scouting resource that operates under the auspices of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Headquartered in Ontario, California, the MLBSB's efforts supplement the independent, proprietary amateur and professional scouting operations of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs. In 2012, the MLBSB employed 34 full-time and 13 part-time scouts in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.[1] In 2010, it announced plans to expand its activities beyond Puerto Rico to other countries in Latin America.[2] According to MLB.com, the MLBSB's scouts "provide information on amateur prospects as a part of its mission to support the efforts of MLB clubs in the First-Year Player Draft
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East Boston, Massachusetts
East Boston, nicknamed Eastie, is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
with over 40,000 residents. The neighborhood was created by connecting several islands using land fill. It was annexed by Boston
Boston
in 1836. It is separated from downtown Boston
Boston
by Boston
Boston
Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. Directly west of East Boston, across Boston
Boston
Inner Harbor, is the North End and Boston's Financial District. The neighborhood is easily accessible to downtown Boston
Boston
via the MBTA Blue Line. East Boston
Boston
has long provided a foothold for the latest immigrants with Irish, Russian Jews
Russian Jews
and later, Italians.[1] John F
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Philip Wrigley
Philip Knight Wrigley (December 5, 1894 – April 12, 1977), sometimes also called P.K. or Phil, was an American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant father, William Wrigley, Jr.. In 1912, Wrigley founded the Lincoln Park Gun Club with Oscar F. Mayer, Sewell Avery, and other prominent Chicagoans. Biography[edit] Wrigley was born in Chicago. His father died in 1932 elevating Philip's role in the family business. He presided over the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, and also the family hobby, the Chicago Cubs, as owner until his death. He turned over the presidency of his chewing gum company to his son William Wrigley III in 1961, while retaining the presidency of the Cubs. While the gum industry prospered, the Cubs grew less competitive over the decades
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Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) as a member club of the National League
National League
(NL) Central division. The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park; the team previously played at Forbes Field
Forbes Field
and Three Rivers Stadium, the latter of which was named after its location near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Founded on October 15, 1881[2] as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships
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Chicago White Sox
The Chicago
Chicago
White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago. The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) as a member club of the American League
American League
(AL) Central division. Home games are held at Guaranteed Rate Field, located on the city's South Side, and the team is owned by Jerry Reinsdorf. They are one of two major league clubs in Chicago; the other is the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs, who are a member of the National League
National League
(NL) Central division. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the franchise was established as a major league baseball club in 1901. The club was originally called the Chicago
Chicago
White Stockings, but this was soon shortened to Chicago
Chicago
White Sox
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Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona
Arizona
Diamondbacks, often shortened as the D-backs, are an American professional baseball franchise based in Phoenix, Arizona. The club competes in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB) as a member of the National League
National League
(NL) West division. The team has played every home game in franchise history at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks have won one World Series
World Series
championship (defeating the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
in 2001) – becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, which it did in only the fourth season since the franchise's inception.Contents1 Franchise history 2 Logos 3 Media3.1 Spanish broadcasts4 All-time leaders4.1 Retired numbers5 Current roster 6 Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famers6.1 Ford C
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Aberdeen IronBirds
The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York–Penn League and are based in the city of Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland. The team is currently owned by retired Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr.. Ripken Jr. purchased the team, then known as the Utica Blue Sox, and moved them to his hometown of Aberdeen in time for the 2002 season. The IronBirds play their home games at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, which is visible from I-95. On August 16, 2006, the IronBirds played host to the New York–Penn League All-Star Game. Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium was also used for the Cal Ripken World Series in 2003 and 2004, forcing the team to go on extended road trips, 20 or more games, during the youth competition
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