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2020-08-14 1:17:24 PM  
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2020-08-14 1:23:32 PM  
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Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2020-08-14 1:26:30 PM  

vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history


Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.
 
2020-08-14 1:38:19 PM  
I have idolized Aaron my whole life and I knew it wasn't him.  Thankfully, that isn't the point the MLB tweet is trying to make, or that would really awkward.
 
2020-08-14 1:41:42 PM  

jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.


oops.
 
2020-08-14 1:42:46 PM  
Slightly related (as pointed out in the Tweets below the linked one)-Mookie Betts' zillion dollar contract looks like a steal for the Dodgers now, doesn't it (he went four for four with three homers yesterday).
 
2020-08-14 1:44:02 PM  

vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history


Shoulda clicked before you kicked.
 
2020-08-14 1:45:29 PM  

Geotpf: Slightly related (as pointed out in the Tweets below the linked one)-Mookie Betts' zillion dollar contract looks like a steal for the Dodgers now, doesn't it (he went four for four with three homers yesterday).


Hmmm.  Let's take a peek once we get through at least half way through the contract.  But, it's not looking too bad so far.
 
2020-08-14 1:46:47 PM  

jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.


Beat me to it.

Much as I respect Hank Aaron and all he did for baseball, he's not the last one.
 
2020-08-14 1:51:56 PM  

jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.


Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.
 
2020-08-14 1:52:14 PM  
Hank Aaron holds my all time favorite stat: 3016. That's how many hits he has if you take away all his home runs. The guy was a machine.
 
2020-08-14 1:54:10 PM  

Magnus: Geotpf: Slightly related (as pointed out in the Tweets below the linked one)-Mookie Betts' zillion dollar contract looks like a steal for the Dodgers now, doesn't it (he went four for four with three homers yesterday).

Hmmm.  Let's take a peek once we get through at least half way through the contract.  But, it's not looking too bad so far.


Well, he's only 27 now.  I'm sure he'll be fading when the contract expires when he's 40 or so, but, barring injury, he's got a lot of good years left in him before then.
 
2020-08-14 1:57:02 PM  

Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.


Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter
 
2020-08-14 1:59:21 PM  

Nabb1: Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.

Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter


I checked to see if there was something under Transactions on his baseball-reference page and don't see anything about a Braves signing.
 
2020-08-14 2:01:57 PM  
The one thing that sticks in my mind about Hank Aaron, other than the obvious, was a story he told about playing with brothers and/or friends using a broomstick as a bat and a bottlecap (or something similar) as the ball.

He was a truly prolific hitter that managed his way into the all time home run record BECAUSE he hit enough singles and doubles to stay relevant for a very long career.  Kind of like Crash's homerun record in Bull Durham, only a MUCH bigger accomplishment.
 
2020-08-14 2:03:57 PM  
I would say Satchel Page but I'm guessing it's someone more obscure...

/looks

Wow, not that obscure at all but...yeah it makes sense.
 
2020-08-14 2:05:49 PM  

buckeyebrain: Nabb1: Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.

Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter

I checked to see if there was something under Transactions on his baseball-reference page and don't see anything about a Braves signing.


Here's an article about it.  Paige asked all 20 MLB teams to sign him so he could get a pension.  The first 19 turned him down, and then the Braves said yes.
 
2020-08-14 2:10:30 PM  

SurfaceTension: Hank Aaron holds my all time favorite stat: 3016. That's how many hits he has if you take away all his home runs. The guy was a machine.


Absolutely.  Career .305 hitter in almost 3300 games played.  Never hit more than 47 HR in a year, but 40 or above 8 times. 30+ 15 times.  There has to be a certain amount of luck with injuries involved, but you still have to produce.
 
2020-08-14 2:14:10 PM  

buckeyebrain: Nabb1: Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.

Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter

I checked to see if there was something under Transactions on his baseball-reference page and don't see anything about a Braves signing.


Paige was signed in August of 68 to be an assistant trainer and part-time pitcher, he still needed 158 games to reach 5 years of service time and qualify for a pension. He was on the Braves roster for the remainder of the season, but never pitched. Prior to spring training in 1969 MLB changed the service time rules to qualify for a pension after 4 years and Paige was taken off the roster and made an assistant trainer.
 
2020-08-14 2:27:49 PM  

Nabb1: Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.

Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter


I had a patient who played college baseball at Mizzou a very long time ago.  He claimed Satchel Paige showed up at a practice (invited) and pitched to the kids for awhile.  My patient said it was one of the greatest things that ever happened to him.  He fouled a few off and bragged about it for all of his days.
 
2020-08-14 2:30:56 PM  

Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.


Are we counting the time he wore those cute Bermuda shorts?
 
2020-08-14 2:56:04 PM  

Geotpf: Magnus: Geotpf: Slightly related (as pointed out in the Tweets below the linked one)-Mookie Betts' zillion dollar contract looks like a steal for the Dodgers now, doesn't it (he went four for four with three homers yesterday).

Hmmm.  Let's take a peek once we get through at least half way through the contract.  But, it's not looking too bad so far.

Well, he's only 27 now.  I'm sure he'll be fading when the contract expires when he's 40 or so, but, barring injury, he's got a lot of good years left in him before then.


Considering the league rules (written and unwritten) I'll never judge a player negatively for getting overpaid late in a career while he was getting underpaid early in a career. Especially the Doyers, who sit on a multi-billion dollar TV channel. My brother and I argued about this, we came to the consensus that the Dodgers paid roughly $0.90 on the dollar for Betts.
 
2020-08-14 2:58:30 PM  

pissnmoan: Nabb1: Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.

Still counts, though.  The Braves put Satchel Paige on their roster for 158 games when he was 62 years old so he could get enough service time for MPB pension.  Once he hit it, they kept him on as a pitching coach.  I don't think he ever appeared in any games, though some older fans swear he came out of the bullpen against the Pirates once, but he may have just warmed up and then someone else came in to face the batter

I had a patient who played college baseball at Mizzou a very long time ago.  He claimed Satchel Paige showed up at a practice (invited) and pitched to the kids for awhile.  My patient said it was one of the greatest things that ever happened to him.  He fouled a few off and bragged about it for all of his days.


Paige was hired by the Springfield Redbirds in some capacity in the late 70s, when they were the Cardinals' AAA club. Apparently he used to just hang out in the stands during games. My dad got him to sign my older brother's glove at one game.
 
2020-08-14 3:05:47 PM  

SurfaceTension: Hank Aaron holds my all time favorite stat: 3016. That's how many hits he has if you take away all his home runs. The guy was a machine.


It really makes you wonder: If baseball had integrated say in the 1920's would we remember folks like Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig as immortal legends or just "pretty good players"? Ruth? Sure Williams, probably , but after that, there are a LOT of  NL players with pretty gaudy stats who were playing against arguably better competition than their white counter parts
 
2020-08-14 3:14:47 PM  

Trocadero: My brother and I argued about this, we came to the consensus that the Dodgers paid roughly $0.90 on the dollar for Betts.


There was definitely a Covid discount on the contract; he turned down a slightly better one from the Red Sox a year or two ago IIRC.  He wanted stability with a good team (and he must of clicked with his teammates right off the bat); the Dodgers did the math.  Current management of the Dodgers has mostly avoided long term megacontracts, but when you are presented with one at 10%+ off, it made sense for them to jump.
 
2020-08-14 3:16:39 PM  
I got it right, what do I win?
 
2020-08-14 3:28:51 PM  

Magorn: SurfaceTension: Hank Aaron holds my all time favorite stat: 3016. That's how many hits he has if you take away all his home runs. The guy was a machine.

It really makes you wonder: If baseball had integrated say in the 1920's would we remember folks like Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig as immortal legends or just "pretty good players"? Ruth? Sure Williams, probably , but after that, there are a LOT of  NL players with pretty gaudy stats who were playing against arguably better competition than their white counter parts


Oh I'd love to know what baseball would have looked like if it was integrated throughout.

It should also be noted, about the players with gaudy stats, that there was a much wider range of baseball ability and talent at the major league level than there is now. Lots of guys who were playing in the majors in the 1910s and 1920s wouldn't crack AAA today. I suspect that's another reason (besides segregation) why a lot of the truly gifted players (Gehrig, Hornsby, etc) were able to pile up the stats like they did.
 
2020-08-14 4:01:07 PM  
Was it "can't get right"?
 
2020-08-14 4:48:43 PM  

jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.


That's what I thought too. Then I clicked. WTF? Then I went to https://www.baseball-reference.com​/pla​yers/m/minosmi01.shtml

Vindication! FTW!
 
2020-08-14 4:53:11 PM  

Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.


So was this https://www.baseball-reference.c​om/pla​yers/g/gaedeed01.shtml

Still counts as an official MLB player.
 
2020-08-14 6:25:37 PM  

Crewmannumber6: I got it right, what do I win?


satchel paige gets to drill you in the ribs.
 
2020-08-14 6:28:14 PM  
charlie pride
read this the other day.  had no idea.
now one of my favorite wikis along with kris kristofferson.
 
2020-08-14 7:01:37 PM  
I also guessed Minnie Minoso and demand my prize. This reminds of the time somebody listed the ten most brutal fights in MLB history and they left Juan Marichal off the list, because it was too brutal.
 
2020-08-14 7:12:46 PM  

Geotpf: jbc: vudukungfu: not clicking
Hank Aaron, and I hate sports.
But I will kick anyone's ass at black american history

Hank Aaron's last appearance was in 1976.
Minnie Minoso's was in 1980.

Yeah, but Minoso's 1980 appearance was just a publicity stunt.  He was only active for two games and was 54 at the time.


No buts, technically correct is the best kind of correct.
 
2020-08-14 7:42:12 PM  

Dear Jerk: I also guessed Minnie Minoso and demand my prize. This reminds of the time somebody listed the ten most brutal fights in MLB history and they left Juan Marichal off the list, because it was too brutal.


That wasn't a baseball fight, that was a straight-up bad-part-of-town back-alley brawl that just happened to take place during a baseball game.
 
2020-08-14 9:08:32 PM  

Hoban Washburne: The one thing that sticks in my mind about Hank Aaron, other than the obvious, was a story he told about playing with brothers and/or friends using a broomstick as a bat and a bottlecap (or something similar) as the ball.

He was a truly prolific hitter that managed his way into the all time home run record BECAUSE he hit enough singles and doubles to stay relevant for a very long career.  Kind of like Crash's homerun record in Bull Durham, only a MUCH bigger accomplishment.


He didn't miss time to injury or military service, he played in hitter friendly parks.  He was excellent and steady for twenty years. Aaron might very well be the greatest right handed hitter of all time and still be underrated.
 
2020-08-15 1:02:44 PM  

Geotpf: Magnus: Geotpf: Slightly related (as pointed out in the Tweets below the linked one)-Mookie Betts' zillion dollar contract looks like a steal for the Dodgers now, doesn't it (he went four for four with three homers yesterday).

Hmmm.  Let's take a peek once we get through at least half way through the contract.  But, it's not looking too bad so far.

Well, he's only 27 now.  I'm sure he'll be fading when the contract expires when he's 40 or so, but, barring injury, he's got a lot of good years left in him before then.


I hope so and I hope your prediction comes true (I think it most likely will).  And I hope he hits double-digit grandslams against the Astros.

Baseball careers can turn on a dime.  Let's hope Mookie's turns on a silver dollar.
 
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