Peter Gammons: Monday morning’s Legends of the Game Roundtable

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—The morning after is, in many ways, the most enjoyable time of one of baseball’s greatest weekends. The Hall of Fame hosts a roundtable of the inductees, and every one of those honorees are at their most relaxed, having seen their plaques hung in The Hall, having woken up realizing that this is the […]

Peter Gammons: A 1982 tale of Gaylord Perry and a foreign substance

Gaylord Perry was honored in Seattle this past week for his place in Mariner history. Winning his 300th game in the HO-scaled Kingdome, for his place in the Hall of Fame with Junior Griffey and Randy Johnson. When I was covering the Red Sox, a clubhouse worker once gave me a jar of Vaseline from […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part I)

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: New Englander Jeff Locke and a personal David Ortiz moment

JUPITER, Fla.–Jeff Locke is now 29. He was an all-star in 2013, he has won 35 major league games, and after coming through the Braves system and being traded to Pittsburgh, is now with the Miami Marlins. But, throughout, he remains a New Englander. He grew up in North Conway, N.H., home of the Skimobile. […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot

The 2005 Induction ceremony was over, and inductees, friends, guests and well-wishers were winding back to the Otesaga Hotel. Outside the entrance, Bud Selig was on his cell phone, his voice raised in what obviously was a heated discussion. We later learned that Selig was in a discussion about a piece of news that he […]

Peter Gammons: Curt Schilling Hall of Fame conversation

When the ballot arrives from the Hall of Fame, it gets posted on a board in my office. It is a ballot that is exceedingly serious to many of us, one that over the years has seen my signature attached to regrets, well-intentioned errors in judgement. It has become one of those decisions that goes […]

Peter Gammons: A farewell to Alex Rodriguez

He seemed so young, so well scrubbed that he looked like he could have been a high school sophomore that rose out of the AAU summer camps stamped NBA swing guard/forward committed to Kentucky long before his driver’s permit. It was July 8, 1994, 13 months after the Mariners had made him the first pick in […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for November 29, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of November 29, 2015 Not one wild pitch or passed ball for Bartolo Colon or Johnny Cueto in 2015. Seven National Leaguers received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2015, unanimously won by Kris Bryant, but Odubel Herrera the Phillies centerfielder wasn’t one of them. Herrera […]

Hall of Fame

Sunday, Cooperstown inducts four new members to the Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. The three pitchers collected nine Cy Young Awards and finished in the top five numerous times. In addition to being All-Star selections, the three were important, integral pivotal hurlers for their teams. Each in his […]

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants

I remember the first time I saw Randy Johnson pitch, in relief in Palmer, Alaska in the mid-eighties, which always served as a reminder of the work he put in to win five Cy Youngs, start four different All-star games, win more games in his forties (75) than his twenties (64) and become one of […]