Results tagged ‘ Tom Sturdivant ’
Another Loss from the Yankee Dynasty Years…
Another lesser known but important Yankee passed away this week. Tom Sturdivant, who was a member of Yankee teams that played in three consecutive World Series from 1955 through 1957, has died at age 78. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Sturdivant went 16-8 in 1956 and 16-6 in 1957. He led the American League in won-lost percentage in ’57, and was second in ERA at 2.54. He hurt his arm the next year, and was never the same. He was subsequently traded to Kansas City in 1959. He spent the remainder of his career, which ended in 1964, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit and the New York Mets.
Sturdivant was a member of the 1956 World Series rotation that threw five straight complete games, a feat that has not been matched since. The rotation consisted of Whitey Ford, Sturdivant, Don Larsen, Bob Turley and Johnny Kucks.
Sturdivant evened the ’56 World Series at 2 games apiece on October 7, 1956, with a complete game 6-2 victory. It set the stage for the next day when Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history.
In his final season, on May 31, 1964, Sturdivant combined with three other New York Met relievers to hold the Giants scoreless through 19 2/3 innings (in a game the Mets finally lost in the 23rd inning).
So Much For What’s His Name
Now that T.J. Houshmandzadeh has signed with the Seattle Seahawks instead of the Minnesota Vikings, it removes the pressure for me to learn how to pronounce his name. Surely, there is some free agent Wide Receiver somewhere named Smith or Jones…
Actually, there are some quality wide receivers available, although nobody quite in T.J.’s category. The Vikings still need a playmaker opposite Bernard Berrian.
The latest rumors indicate possible Vikings interest in Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler, refusing to speak with Broncos management over their denial of trade discussions, may hasten his departure from Denver with his current stance. Of course, it’s not exactly like he’s John Elway. I am not sure that he has done enough in the league to warrant his obstinate approach regarding alleged trade rumors. However, despite the Vikings acquisition of QB Sage Rosenfels, Cutler would be a very nice addition for the Vikings.
Odds & Ends…
On the heels of signing SS Orlando Cabrera, the Oakland A’s have inked Nomar Garciaparra. “No-mah” will be the starting DL for the A’s…
QB Kurt Warner’s flirtation with the San Francisco 49ers reminds me of Timothy Hutton’s new TV series…“Leverage“. Seriously, about 10 to 15 years ago, would a player have used to the 49ers to sign with the Cardinals? Um, probably not…
Derek Jeter hit a two-run single in the third inning to help power Team USA past the New York Yankees today in exhibition play. Granted, Kevin Youklis also added a two-run single, but it was painful to see DJ represent the primary reason for a Yanks loss. He also scored a run on a based loaded error in the sixth inning by Angel Berroa.
What’s with the influx of Baltimore Ravens to the New York Jets? First, there was coach Rex Ryan. Then, the Jets signed LB Bart Scott. Now, they’ve reached an agreement with S Jim Leonhard. If the exodus continues, I don’t think the Ravens will be a threat to prevent the Patriots from reaching the play-offs again anytime soon.
Randy Johnson pitched three scoreless innings, and struck out 7 of the 12 batters he faced in a Cactus League match-up between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Working out some anger management issues there, Randy? The Giants won the game, 7-6.