Celebrating Boston Red Sox baseball great Carl Yastrzemski.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007



Grounded Into Most Career Double Plays: Cal Ripken 350; Hank Aaron 328; Carl Yastrzemski 323.

Apparently, you have to be a pretty good player to qualify for this one; all three leaders are in the Hall of Fame. Ripken's record appears safe for a while. With Julio Franco (312) out of work, the closest active player is Ivan Rodriguez (265).


  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Yeah, I know Yaz had some rough years in 71 & 72. I remember reading "The Wrong Stuff" by the Spaceman Bill Lee, and how Yastrzemski's nick name during those two years was 4 to 3 (ground out to the second baseman). How much you want to bet he had his share of 4 to 6 to 3s those particular years as well.

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    I kinda liked Bill Lee as a fan but don't think I would have wanted him for a teammate. He also made fun of how Yaz dressed.

  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Actually, overall, Bill Lee was very complimentary regarding Yastrzemski - and these used to hang out together for a spell.

    There was one story he told regarding Yaz and Reggie Smith. Remember, Yaz always had a great arm but was known more for his accuracy than having a Dwight Evans caliber arm. Anyway, during a rain delay, Bill Lee said Yaz and Smith were debating who had the stronger arm. So, they had a contest. Yaz went first, and from the first base line he threw a ball that hit the base of the Green Monster. Then Reggie Smith went and he threw it over the wall.

    As far as Bill Lee making fun of Yaz's clothes - everyone made fun of Yaz's clothes. :-)

    If you haveven't read Yaz's book, do so. It's awesome!

  • At 10:25 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    I read 'em both long ago but will have to give them another. Heck, I even read Derek Sanderson's book!

    I remember reading somewhere about Yaz complaining about the "slop curve" eephus pitch that Lee threw to Tony Perez in Game 7. Might even have been in Lee's book.


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