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Baseball Digest

May/June 2019

The Oldest and Longest-Running Baseball Magazine in the United States

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first pitch

At 23, Teresa Wright starred opposite Gary Cooper in The Pride of the Yankees in 1942 and earned an Oscar “Best Actress’’nomination. That same year she won the “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar for Mrs. Miniver. (RKO Radio Pictures/Getty Images)The movie version of Lou Gehrig’s farewell address—as Richard Sandomir writes in “Phantom Farewell” in this issue (page 42)—indeed may have played a role in the speech’s rise to iconic status. But not even Hollywood could have scripted the real-life transformation of Gary Cooper’s co-star in the film, Teresa Wright.It would take the New York Yankees to do that.As Teresa sat among 70 Oscar winners on the stage at the Academy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles on March 23, 1998, baseball was the furthest thing from her mind. Then 79, the actress,…

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PublisherNorman JacobsAssociate PublisherDavid FagleyEditor in ChiefRick CerroneEditorThom HenningerProduction and Business ManagerDale JacobsCirculation ManagerRichard KentAdvertising SalesIrene FroehlichData AdministratorMurray JacobsArchive ManagerCorey ConzettStatistics ConsultantBill DeaneCopy EditorDean SpirosBusiness & Editorial Office 1800 Nations Drive, Suite 117, Gurnee, IL 60031-9171 (847) 491-6440Customer service: cs@baseballdigest.comEditorial: editorial@baseballdigest.comCreative AgencyRobertGraphics Inc.Newsstand DistributionCurtis Circulation DepartmentSubscription DepartmentNew, Gift, Renewal, or Change of Address: P.O. Box 433074, Palm Coast, FL 32143-3074…

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the fans speak out

THE GAME’S MOST CONSISTENT .300 HITTERSI love studying baseball statistics of all kinds, especially for pitchers, but recently I focused on the batting averages of some of the game's greats. I noticed that no player I researched ever went through an entire career hitting at least .300 every season. Some came close, missing it by a single year. For example, Ted Williams, in a 19-year career, hit only .254 in 1959 in 272 at-bats. Ty Cobb hit .240 in only 150 at-bats during his first season in his 24-year career, and the best I came across, Tony Gwynn hit .289 in 190 at-bats in the first of his 20 campaigns. Has anyone with an extensive career ever hit at least .300 every season?Alan J. GreenhalghKingston, NYWhat constitutes a substantial career…

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SCORING10 of 10 • Hall of Famer 8 or 9 • MVP6 or 7 • All-Star 5 or less•RookieJIM MALONEY (Louis Requena/MLB Photos via Getty Images)DAVE STEWART (Diamond Images/Getty Image)MARK BUEHRLEWhite Sox ace Mark Buehrle is one out away from pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009. His perfecto is still in place, thanks to a stunning catch by a teammate in deep center field. The drive, leading off the ninth inning, came off the bat of Rays right fielder Gabe Kapler. (Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)1 In modern major-league history, 12 combined no-hitters have been pitched. Of the 41 different pitchers who have participated in a combined no-hit game, only two are Hall of Famers. Name them.2 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney…

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q&a with mike trout

BASEBALL DIGEST: Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau, Baseball Digest has learned that you are the first player in the history of the MVP Award to finish in the top four in the voting in each of your first seven seasons. What does that mean to you?TROUT: That means a lot. Obviously, you’re doing something right. And the hard work is paying off. I come in and try to be the best player I can be, try to be the best player on the field at all times. That’s my mindset and obviously there's a lot of fire in this game and you just have to stay positive. A lot of guys get down on themselves quickly. It’s a long season, and for me it’s just staying positive and putting…

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cool brew

Part of being named the National League’s Most Valuable Player is doing the compulsory stuff that comes along with it—the countless interviews and appearances, the smiles, handshakes and autographs.Not that any of that has ever been a problem for Christian Yelich, a true California kid who’s as down to earth and approachable a star as there is in the major leagues these days.Truth be told, it was the non-baseball requests that caught Yelich by surprise in the weeks and months that followed his breakout 2018 season. Fun stuff that he probably never would have been asked to do had he not put together one of the most impressive second halves in recent memory and gone on to earn the fourth MVP trophy in Milwaukee Brewers annals.Like guest-starring as himself in…