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Ex-Yankees P Jim Coates dies at age 87.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jim Coates, a pitcher who won two WS rings with the Yankees in the early 1960’s, passed away Friday at the age of 87.

Coates was with the Yankees 1956, 1959-1962, then Washington 1963, Cincinnati 1963, and the California Angels 1965-1967.

A spot starter/long reliever, he was an All-Star in 1960 when he went 13-3, 4.28, ERA+84 for the Yanks (18 starts, 17 relief appearances), leading the majors in winning percentage, but his failure to cover first base on a play in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series helped lead to the Yanks loss in that game.

He won WS rings with the Yanks in 1961 and 1962. The righty went 11-5, 3.44 in 1961 (11 starts, 32 relief appearances), ERA+ 108 and 7-6, 4.44 (6 starts, 44 relief appearances) ERA+ 85 in 1962.

In April of 1963 he was traded to Washington for the long, lanky, lefty reliever Steve Hamilton.

Coates pitched in six WS games, all in relief, and went 0-1, 4.15 in 13 IP, losing Game 4 of the 1962 WS.

From Wikipedia:

With the Yankees ahead 7–5 with no outs (and one run in) in the eighth inning and Bill Virdon on second and Dick Groat on first, Coates relieved Bobby Shantz and got Bob Skinner out on a sacrifice bunt, which advanced the runners. Rocky Nelson then flew out to Roger Maris in right field, and Virdon declined to challenge Maris’ throwing arm. Coates then got to an 0–2 count on Roberto Clemente and was a strike away from getting the Yankees out of trouble.

However, a lapse by Coates allowed the Pirates to keep their inning alive. Clemente eventually chopped a ground ball toward first base, and Coates initially ran toward the ball instead of running directly to cover first base. First baseman Moose Skowron fielded the ball as Coates changed direction and ran to the first base bag. But the momentary delay enabled Clemente to reach the base right as Coates got there himself. Skowron was forced to hold on to the ball, and Virdon scored to cut the Yankee lead to 7–6. Coates then gave up a home run to Hal Smith to give the Pirates a 9–7 lead. Terry then relieved Coates and retired Don Hoak to finally end the inning. The Yankees got Coates off the hook by scoring twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game, only to lose on Mazeroski’s home run off Terry in the bottom of the 9th. The Pirates had hit four home runs in this Series; Coates had given up two of them.

1961 & 1962 Championships

In 1961, Coates went 11–5 as a spot starter. Led by the hitting of Maris, Skowron, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Elston Howard, the infield defense of Clete Boyer, Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson, and Whitey Ford‘s 25–4 season, the now-Ralph Houk-led Yankees (Stengel had been fired immediately after the 1960 World Series) won the World Series over the Cincinnati Reds in five games. Coates relieved Ford in Game 4 of the Series and pitched four scoreless innings for the save in a 7–0 Yankee win; Ford had left the game with an injury, but not without first breaking Babe Ruth‘s World Series record of 29⅔ consecutive scoreless innings.

In 1962, Coates went 7–6 for a Yankee team that repeated as World Champions. Coates was the losing pitcher in Game 4 of this Series, which the Yankees won over the San Francisco Giants in seven games.


In his career, Coates, whose nickname, “The Mummy”, came from his funereal visage on the mound, won 43 games against 22 losses, with a 4.00 ERA and 396 strikeouts in 683⅓ innings pitched. He was also well known for throwing at opposing batters. Jim Bouton, in his book, Ball Four, said Coates, after throwing at the opposing hitters, “would not get into the fights that followed.”

Coates was 43-22, ERA 4.00 in his MLB career, ERA+ 90. His 162 game average was 10-5, 4.00 (11 starts, 46 relief appearances).

As a hitter, he hit .131 with 0 HR and 7 RBI in 160 at bats.

Yanks PPD. Game tomorrow.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees game tonight was ppd. to Thursday afternoon, 1:35 EDT, b/c of rain.

We found out why Adam Warren couldn’t come in for CC Tuesday night. Back spasms, 10-day DL. Still doesn’t excuse using Robertson and Chapman for only 11 pitches each.  (Can you imagine Billy Martin in early 1978 telling Guidry he was done after six innings b/c of pitch count, using Tidrow for the 7th, then pulling an effective Tidrow for Lyle in the 8th, then pulling an effective Lyle for Gossage in the 9th? I hate the way the game has changed. Guy is doing well, leave him in!)

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given for class, dignity, and giving back to the community.

The Yankees are scheduled to go to Tampa after a weekend series against the Rangers in Texas. Those games may have to be moved to a neutral site b/c of Hurricane Irma.

Lastly, the Red Sox are accusing the YES network of stealing signs? Really? Michael Kay of the YES network isn’t too happy about those accusations.

WS Game 3. Mets win, 9-3.

Mets’ captain David Wright, who missed most of this year due to spinal stenosis, hit a 2-run HR and drove in 4 runs in the Mets 9-3 win in Game 3 of the World Series last night.

Game 4 is tonight in NY. The Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets, two games to one.

Bud Black is expected to be named the new manager of the Washington Nationals soon.

Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon won the Roberto Clemente Award for community service.

Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.


Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

Game 87. What an unbelievable day! Jeter gets a HR for 3000, goes 5 for 5, gets GW hit in 5-4 win

A late lineup posting. I hope it’s on MLB, so I’m going somewhere that has MLB so that I can see it.

Yanks 51-35, one game behind Boston. OPS+ 111, ERA+118.

Four games behind their Pythagorean record.

Jeter SS .257-2-22  7sb/9att OPS+ 77   2998 hits
Granderson CF .271-25-62  15/22  151
Teixeira 1B .241-25-65  2/3  132    that ba should be higher
Cano 2B .297-15-56  6/7  132
Martin C .220-10-35  7/8  91
Posada DH .237-9-29  0/2  99
Jones RF .210-4-12  0/0  80
Nunez 3B .278-3-14  10/14  102
Gardner LF .266-4/18  22/32  102

Burnett P  8-7, 4.12  ERA+ 99

A tough lineup to face Price with. Swisher’s quad forces him out. Posada (weak vs. lefties this year) has to face Price. Jones has to play RF and Gardner stays in the lineup because of Swish’s day-to-day injury. Alex out, deciding on surgery or not.

Frankly, I’d dump Jones for Juan Rivera, recently DFA’d by Toronto. I’ve noted that already this week.

Recap: I watched the game at a local bar, since I don’t get the MLB network.


In a career that has seen everything but an MVP award (and we won’t get into that)… a ROY, 5 WS titles, the Maier HR, Mr. November, the flip, the dive into the stands, an ASG MVP and WS MVP, yes, the girlfriends, and now 3000 hits, this day couldn’t have been scripted any better for Derek Jeter.

For one thing, #3000 was a HR. Only his 3rd of the year, and the first he’s hit over a Yankee Stadium wall since LAST JUNE. He becomes only the 2nd (after Wade Boggs) to HR for #3000.

Then, a chance for the cycle. In his first three ABs, single, HR, double.

He didn’t get the cycle, but wound up 5 for 5. FIVE FOR FIVE. On the day where he gets #3000, via a HR no less, Jeter goes 5 for 5.

But I’m not done. Because with the game tied at four in the bottom of the 8th, that fifth hit is the game-winning hit as the Yanks win 5-4. The 5 for 5 takes Jeter’s average to .270.


AJ pitched well for his 5 2/3. He only gave up 3 hits. He struck out nine. But two mistakes led to three runs. He gave up a HR in the 2nd to Matt Joyce.

In the 3nd, Derek’s HR, hit #3000, tied the score. The Yanks went ahead (after the celebration) with a walk to Granderson, a single by Teix and a single by Martin.  B.J. Upton’s HR in the 4th made it 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks went ahead in the fifth when Jeter doubled (Hit #3 of the 5), Granderson singled him home to tie it,  Teix singled, and Cano hit a SF.

Burnett 5 2/3, 3 R, 3 H, 3 walks, 9 K. ERA to 4.15. Logan came in, got the last out in the sixth via a K, and got the first out in the seventh. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.32.

Wade got the last two outs in the 7th. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.86.

Robertson for the 8th, but one of the few times this year, he failed. Leadoff triple by Damon. Single by Zobrist to tie it up. SB. Flyout. Intentional walk, K, groundout.

Robertson (2-0, 1.27) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.

4-4, going to the bottom of the 8th. I knew Jeter was the third man up, and at this time, I’m thinking it. I am thinking, My God, he could have a five-hit day, maybe even get a cycle, get the game winning hit…all on the day his 3000th hit is a HR. At this point I’m buying into the drama and thinking some one out there is writing this script.

Nunez doubles. Gardner sacs him to third and sure enough, Jeter caps a five-for-five day with an RBI single. 5-4 Yanks. All that is needed is for Jeter’s long-time teammate, Mo, to close it out.

Which he does. Save #22 is a 1-2-3 and Mo’s 581st. ERA 1.85.

Jeter’s five for five gives him 3003 hits, as he passes Roberto Clemente on the all-time list. He’ll be passing people quickly now. Next up is Al Kaline at 3007.

A have a friend who was at the game. A former boss of mine named Ruth. I was rained out yesterday, but am glad she got to be there to see it.

As I wrote her, I guess it was only appropriate that Jeter did it with a Ruth in the house.

What a day.

A week that rocked Pittsburgh.

As a Steelers fan, I am watching the Steelers drub the Panthers, 27-3 to go to 11-4.

On a night that is the 38th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception.”

But what the media should do is to continue the story. Not just talk about the Franco Harris catch that won the game for the Steelers 13-7 over the Raiders.

They have to talk about the WHOLE WEEK. A week almost, if not at ALL, unheard of for a sports city.

From 1933-1972, the Steelers were nothing. NOTHING. For almost forty years.

The Steelers miraculous win, 13-7 over the Raiders on 12/23/72, marked the very first postseason win of a forty-year old franchise. It was the beginning of a decade that would bring four Super Bowl titles.

Now remember that Pittsburgh had no NBA team. The Penguins NHL success was still a ways off.

The Pirates had won the Series the previous year, in 1971 and had lost the NLCS in 1972 in heartbreaking fashion. But the Pirates and Steelers were all PIttsburgh had.

Heck, Tony Dorsett was still a ways off for those who followed Pitt.

As I said, 40 years, no postseason wins for the Steelers. Then Franco.

The next week, 12/30, was the AFC title game. A tough 21-17 loss to the undefeated Dolphins.

….then the next day.

From the high of the first Steelers’ postseason win to this:

the death of Roberto Clemente in a plane crash while delivering supplies to victims of an earthquake. His body never found.

When the story of the Immaculate Reception is told, the WHOLE story should be told. From 1933-1972 Steelers futility, to the shock eight days after the Steelers first postseason win, when the town lost a baseball legend, who was a great man and humanitarian.

What eight days can truly mean.       


Remembering the Ice Bowl, and one report of a signing is a hoax

1 p.m. There isn’t too much going on baseball-wise at the holidays, so thoughts turn to football. My thumb will get a workout tonight as I switch from watching the Alamo Bowl to watching the Patriots go for an undefeated season. I wish I had one of those picture-in-picture TVs.

I don’t know what the schedule is for ESPN Classics for this coming Monday, but I do have a wish. One of the first NFL games I ever remember watching was the Ice Bowl, the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won their 3rd straight NFL Championship 21-17 and went on to defeat the Raiders in Super Bowl II by the score of 33-14 in what would be Vince Lombardi’s last game as Packer coach. Many forget that after a one-year layoff, Lombardi coached the 1969 Redskins before colon cancer killed him in 1970.

The 1967 NFL Championship is what gave Lambeau Field the nickname of “The Frozen Tundra.” Temperatures reportedly were -13 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -44. The electrical blanket under the field that was supposed to warm the field malfunctioned and the field became a sheet of ice. Dallas QB Don Meredith’s (Yup, Dandy Don) cheeks froze. Players developed frostbite. The game went down to the final seconds, when Bart Starr’s 1 yard sneak sealed the Packer victory. Since the “modern NFL era” began in 1933 (go to most World Almanac’s, etc., and look up NFL Championships, and it usually starts there) only one team has won three straight titles–the 1965-1967 Packers. The 1965 title (23-12 over the defending Champion Browns in what turned out to be Jim Brown’s last game) is largely forgotten because it was the last title before the Super Bowl. Sadly, with the Super Bowl and its numbering system, it seems like the pre-Super Bowl championships have lost some luster and that shouldn’t be. The Packers won the 1965 title and then the first two Super Bowls. The Bills eventually won 4 straight AFC titles, but we know what happened in all four Super Bowls. Boy I Love Losing Super Bowls became the joke, and it is sad that players like Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas didn’t grab at least one victory out of it.

Back to the Ice Bowl. I had just turned six a few days before that game (for those of you wondering, my birthday was yesterday, the 28th) and the events of that game still stick with me. Monday is the 40th anniversary of that game, and I hope the game is shown in its entirety on ESPN Classics on that day. I love seeing ESPN Classics because sometimes you see something in various games that you forgot about—an “oh, yeah” moment. I think what people forget about the Ice Bowl is that the Starr sneak was not the last play of the game. There was still time for Dallas to receive the kickoff and run a play or two, but in those conditions it would have taken a miracle for them to score. The final Packer drive was miraculous in its own right. Lots of times when the Ice Bowl is discussed, the discussion stops with Starr’s sneak, and it sometimes gives the misperception that that play was the final play. Continue reading