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Morning Sun
  • MC Hammer and baseball history

  • Pittsburg State pitcher Matt Stalcup was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the ninth round and the Milwaukee Brewers selected Girard native and Kansas pitcher Tanner Poppe in the 31st round this past weekend. Now, how about a little history on both franchises, one dating back more than a century?

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  • Pittsburg State pitcher Matt Stalcup was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the ninth round and the Milwaukee Brewers selected Girard native and Kansas pitcher Tanner Poppe in the 31st round this past weekend. Now, how about a little history on both franchises, one dating back more than a century?
    OAKLAND ATHLETICS
    FRANCHISE HISTORY
    • Oakland — 3761-3462 (1968-current), four World Series, six pennants, 16 playoff appearances.
    • Kansas City — 829-1224 (1955-1967).
    • Philadelphia — 3886-4248 (1901-1954), five World Series, nine pennants, eight playoff appearances.
    • Overall — 8476-8934 (1901-2013), nine World Series, 15 pennants, 24 playoffs.
    • Retired numbers: WH (Walter Haas), 9 (Reggie Jackson), 24 (Rickey Henderson), 27 (Catfish Hunter), 34 (Rollie Fingers), 43 (Dennis Eckersley).
    • Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia A's for 50 seasons (1901-1950), ending his run with a 3731-3948 overall record, nine pennants and five World Series titles. Mack was 87 years old when he managed his last season, 67 when he won his last World Series and 47 when he won his first World Series.
    • Hall of Famers who played for the Athletics: Frank "Home Run" Baker (1908-1914), Chief Bender (1903-1914), Orlando Cepeda (1972), Ty Cobb (1927-1928), Mickey Cochrane (1925-1933), Eddie Collins (1906-1914, 1927-1930), Jimmy Collins (1907-1908), Stan Coveleski (1912), Rollie Fingers (1968-1976), Elmer Flick (1902), Jimmie Foxx (1925-1935), Rich Gossage (1993), Lefty Grove (1925-1933), Rickey Henderson (1979-1984, 1989-1993, 1998), Waite Hoyt (1931), Catfish Hunter (1965-1974), Reggie Jackson (1967-1975, 1987), George Kell (1943-1946), Nap Lajoie (1901-1902, 1915-1916), Tommy Lasorda (1956), Willie McCovey (1976), Joe Morgan (1984), Satchel Paige (1965), Herb Pennock (1912-1915), Eddie Plank (1901-1914), Al Simmons (1924-1932), Enos Slaughter (1955-1956), Tris Speaker (1928), Don Sutton (1985), Rube Waddell (1902-1907), Zack Wheat (1927), Billy Williams (1975-1976). Managers: Luke Appling (1967), Lou Boudreau (1955-1957), Mack (1901-1950), Dick Williams (1971-1973).
    • Franchise records: Batting average (Al Simmons, .356), home runs (Mark McGwire, 363), RBI (Simmons, 1178), runs scored (Rickey Henderson, 1270), hits (Bert Campaneris, 1882), doubles (Jimmy Dykes, 365), triples (Danny Murphy, 102), stolen bases (Henderson, 867), wins (Eddie Plank, 284), losses (Plank, 162), ERA (Rube Waddell, 1.97), innings (Plank, 3860.2), strikeouts (Plank, 1985), complete games (Plank, 362), shutouts (Plank, 59), saves (Dennis Eckersley, 320).
    • Additional useless info: Stanley Burrell, better known to the world by his stage name MC Hammer (Reggie Jackson gave Burrell the nickname “Hammer” because Jackson thought Burrell resembled Hank Aaron), joined his older brothers in working for the A’s (given a title of executive vice president) when he was discovered at the age of 11 selling unused player tickets outside the Oakland Coliseum by A’s owner Charlie Finley. Hammer relayed stats to the press box and added play-by-play for home games. Former A’s players Dwayne Murphy and Mike Davis helped Hammer start his own record label, which helped Hammer sign with Capitol Records and release his successful albums, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” and “Too Legit to Quit.” Hammer sold over 50 million records.
    MILWAUKEE BREWERS
    FRANCHISE HISTORY
    • Milwaukee — 3305-3589 (1970-2013), one pennant, four playoff appearances.
    • Seattle Pilots — 64-98 (1969).
    Page 2 of 2 - • Overall — 3369-3687 (1969-2013), one pennant, four playoff appearances.
    • Retired numbers: BU (Bob Uecker), 4 (Paul Molitor), 19 (Robin Yount), 34 (Rollie Fingers), 44 (Hank Aaron).
    • Hall of Famers who played for the Brewers: Hank Aaron (1975-1976), Rollie Fingers (1981-1985), Don Sutton (1982-1984), Robin Yount (1972-1993), Paul Molitor (1978-1992).
    • Franchise records: Batting average (Ryan Braun, .313), home runs (Robin Yount, 251), RBI (Yount, 1406), runs scored (Yount, 1632), hits (Yount, 3142), doubles (Yount, 583), triples (Yount, 126), stolen bases (Paul Molitor, 412), wins (Jim Slaton, 117), losses (Slaton, 121), ERA (Ted Higuera, 3.61), IP (Slaton, 2025.1), strikeouts (Ben Sheets, 1206), complete games (Mike Caldwell, 81), shutouts (Slaton, 19), saves (Dan Plesac, 133).
    • The Atlanta Braves franchise was once in Milwaukee for 13 seasons (1953-1965) and racked up a 1146-890 record, one World Series (1957) and two pennants. Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron played in Milwaukee.
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