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1- Bill Veeck tried everything to drive the Cardinals out of town
In sports, owners are mostly shady characters who pull all the strings from behind and rarely show themselves to the public. Bill Veeck, an American MLB franchise owner, and promoter, bought an 80 percent stake in the St. Louis Browns in 1951. His intention was to drive the Cardinals out of St. Louis, their rival team who had been the Browns’ tenants since 1920.
For attaining that objective, he brought former Cardinal greats Rogers Hornsby and Marty Marion as managers and even hired Dizzy Dean as a play-by-play announcer. It was a determined and concerted effort from Veeck who even decorated Sportman’s Park with Browns’ memorabilia.
However, he failed in his devious plans as Anheuser Busch, the St. Louis-based brewing giant, bought the Cardinals in 1953. Veeck realized that he couldn’t compete with the new financial might of the Cardinals and so he ceded St. Louis soon.
2- Dave Winfield’s infamous throw got him in jail
In a rare and bizarre event, Yankees right fielder Dave Winfield struck a seagull by a practice throw and thus caused its collapse and subsequent death. This happened in 1983 during a game at Exhibition Stadium, Toronto between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
His apparent cruelty triggered fans to scream obscenities and hurl improvised missiles at him. Ontario Provincial Police even arrested Winfield after the game, charging him with cruelty to animals. He was let out after posting a $500 bond and his charges were dropped the next day.
This incident prompted Yankees manager Billy Martin to say something quite amusing later, “They say Winfield hit that bird on purpose. They wouldn’t say that if they saw some of the throws he’s been making all year!”
3- Scaling Mt. Everest of Baseball
Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman, broke the single-season home run record of Roger Maris in 1998 by hitting 70 home runs. If we calculate the distance of his home runs, then it becomes a total of 29,958 feet, more than enough to climb Mt. Everest.