After yet another extended vacation, Seeing Eye Singles is back to celebrate a week of baseball milestones. An old guy won his 300th game, a young guy hit his 500th home run, and someone else did some other thing.
Over the weekend, Adam "Mario" Hughes, a 33 year old plumber from San Diego, caught home run ball #755 in Petco Park. Selling the ball is an option that Hughes is looking into. "I've inquired into how many gold coins it will bring in," stated Hughes. "My girlfriend, Peach, is missing and the extra money would really help in the search."
Jim's Barry Bonds watch: *
Mike Bacsik and his father are the only father-son tandem to ever pitch to a hitter with 755 home runs. The elder Bacsik was able to hold Hank Aaron at 755 while the junior Bacsik will now go down in history as the man who destroyed baseball.
Using modern tools to examine an age-old game may make the purists uncomfortable, but this column attempts to show how modern technology can help gain insight into the game beyond what was possible in the past.
Yannigan is an old multipurpose baseball term that's gone out of vogue. It was used to refer to a rookie before there were "rookies," but it was also stuck to those whose talent left something to be desired. Seemed about right... these stories aren't about "The Called Shot" or "Merkle's Boner," they're about the lesser known tales of baseball - the stories that, hopefully, you find interesting, maybe even educational, but they won't be the rehash of the stars we already know.
This weekly collection of news, facts, and absurdities will keep you up to date with aspects of the game that you never knew existed.
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Minnie Minoso led the league in HBP a total of ten times in his career.