Tag Archives: Baseball

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement


One of the finest ever footballers in the world was the Hungarian Ferenc Puskás, that’s him above, who in the 1950s scored eighty-four goals in eighty-five international appearances for Hungary, which is a very impressive strike rate indeed especially when you consider that England’s top goal scorer, Bobby Charlton, only scored forty-nine goals in one hundred and six games and even Pelé, who is generally reckoned to be the greatest footballer ever, couldn’t match this level of performance with seventy-seven goals in ninety-two games for Brazil.

In the middle of this goal fest Hungary lost a game against Czechoslovakia and Puskas was suspended for life by the National Football Association, for “laziness on the pitch”.  This was about as dim as suspending Jo DiMaggio for not making a home run or Jonny Wilkinson for missing a penalty.  He was pardoned just a couple of months later.

A bit of a shame that he didn’t get one more goal for a 100% record and at 98.8% I suppose that is very similar to Don Bradman, the Australian cricketer who retired with an international batting average of 99.94%.  Now that, it seems to me, is just about as close to perfection as it is possible to get.

I don’t understand baseball and I am not really qualified to talk about it but I will give it a mention anyway.  Henry Chadwick, an English statistician raised on cricket, was an influential figure in the early history of baseball and in the late 19th century adapted the concept behind the cricket batting average to devise a similar statistic for baseball.  A career batting average of over .300 is considered to be excellent and an average higher than .400 almost unachievable.

Bearing that in mind, Ty Cobb, nicknamed ‘The Georgia Peach’, holds the record for highest career batting average with .366, 8 points set during his playing career from 1905 to 1928.  The record has stood for a very long time.  Cobb was and played for the Detroit Tigers and is credited with setting ninety MLB records during his career.

Arizona, Phoenix Nights and The Rustler’s Rooste

Scottsdale Ballpark

After lunch Allan and Ben talked business with Mike and so wandered outside into the sunshine and tried to follow a ball game that was in progress on the field.

Scottsdale Stadium is an eleven thousand seater baseball field that was built in 1992 and although it wasn’t full there were quite a lot of spectators watching the game.  Baseball is basically primary school rounders but Americans don’t like to admit this and they have added all sorts of rules to make it completely incomprehesible to anyone who is unfamiliar with the game.

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Arizona, Heil Factory Visit and the Scottsdale Stadium in Phoenix

Refuse Collection USA

Thankfully there was a later start planned for today so there was no great rush to get up in the morning and after a night on budweiser and gin this was most welcome.

The motel was a middle of the range business class sort of place and it had a buffet breakfast table to make your eyes water.  It had everything you could possibly want and the tables groaned under the weight of the food on offer.  There were various breads of course, oatmeal, porridge, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs or omelette, bacon, ham, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, French toast, cornbread, muffins, croissants, and doughnuts, fresh fruit, stewed fruit and dried fruit of various types and to drink, coffee, tea, milk and a full range of juices.

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