Hot Stove #97 – Thank You Charles Curry, Alex Petrovic and Charlie Wheeler – Harry S. Truman Sports Complex


Charles Curry. Alex Petrovic. Charlie Wheeler. Three men – county administrative judges – who were instrumental in saving both major league baseball and pro football in Kansas City. The year was 1967. It was the 13th season for the A’s in Kansas City – it would also be their last. The Chiefs had moved from Dallas in 1963, but playing in a retrofitted baseball stadium was not going to work in the long run. These three men held the key.

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Hot Stove #96 – New York Mets Spring Training with Bill Wakefield, Sidd Finch and Bruce Springsteen

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It’s April Fools’ Day. Delay reading this post at your peril.

I have previously written about Bill Wakefield, Sidd Finch and Bruce Springsteen. It’s time to connect the dots. This post is a little shorter than normal, so TL;DR should not be applicable (for those who don’t recall, that’s editor shorthand for too long; didn’t read).

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Hot Stove #95 – Spring Training, Team Loyalty, Don Newcombe, Birch Bayh and Selina Meyer

Opening day is six days away.


As spring training winds down, it’s a good time to view this 1984 video of Bill Veeck (two minutes). He somehow starts with the Garden of Eden and ends with the notion that spring training is mostly a “con job” to boost regular season ticket sales. As always, living up to his book title, Veeck As in Wreck.

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Hot Stove #94 – Spring Training Prep Movie Notes and a Linda Ronstadt Encore

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Opening Day is March 28, just 17 days away.

Spring Training Prep: A good number of Hot Stove readers have been or will be in Arizona to check out the preseason Royals. They are filing reports with Hot Stove, and I will pass along some of their comments and photos in my next post. Click here for the Royals TV and radio schedule for spring training. Below, SI cover from 1960:

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