As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.* It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen — hold forth on their careers and their legacies.
And then there’s Bud. When introducing Piniella, he said that the Pilots traded Pinella “two days after we came in an bought the Pilots to move them to Milwaukee.” Only problem: he was a year off. As anyone who read “Ball Four” know, Pinella was traded at the beginning of the 1969 season. Selig’s group bought the Pilots just before the 1970 season. Other than that, aces.
In other news, Abner Doubleday continues to not have invented baseball.
*Cox had a family emergency and had to leave