Friday, April 16, 2021


I love reading the daily sports transactions. A lot here ...

16 Apr 1975, Wed The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)


  1. Royals beat the A’s, 4-3, last night, but it wasn’t Mike Norris’s fault. The 20-year-old Oakland starter left after seven innings with a 3-1 lead. Then Paul Lindblad yielded a run without retiring a Royal in the eighth. Rollie Fingers came on and gave up another that inning. In the ninth, Hal McRae singled; Fingers struck out ex-Twin Harmon Killebrew, and then 22-year-old George Brett doubled home McRae.

    Kansas City drafted Brett out of El Segundo (Calif.) High School in 1971. He debuted with the Major League Royals two years later, and then, as the Kansas City starting third baseman, finished third in A.L. rookie-of-the-year voting in MLB74, behind Texas’s Mike Hargrove and Chicago’s Bucky Dent. Brett is going to lead the American League in at-bats, hits and triples this season.

  2. With Rick Auerbach (instead of injured Bill Russell) at shortstop and Joe Fergusnon (instead of injured Steve Yeager) at catcher, here’s was Don Sutton’s pitching performance against the visiting Reds in the opener of a series in Los Angeles last 1975 night:

    — Got Pete Rose out to open the game
    — Walked Joe Morgan on a 3-2 count
    — Got Johnny Bench to hit into a double play
    — Retired 17 straight Reds
    — Gave up a first-pitch home run to Bench
    — Retired seven straight Reds

    Dodgers 3, Reds 1.

  3. More Dick Young in New York’s Daily News, April 16 edition: “Desperate for a late-inning stopper, the Mets today acquired Tom Hall, a black, lefthanded pitcher who throws strikes. They gave up to the Reds, in exchange, Mac Scarce, a white lefthanded pitcher who throws balls."

  4. "The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection is home to more than 90,000 titles and 5,000,000 feet of newsfilm, making it the third largest broadcasting archive in the country, behind only the Library of Congress and UCLA." And whoever is running its YouTube channel recently stumbled upon this amazing, 26-minute interview with Hunter S. Thompson from April 16, 1975, conducted by a journalism professor. Among the topics they cover:

    -- Defining "Gonzo" journalism
    -- Sports writing vs. political writing
    -- Seymour Hersh
    -- Drugs
    -- Violence