| || BNN Stats: Single-Season Records |
Monday, January 17th , 1938
Who holds the single season record in the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues for sacrifice flies?
Carl Ames, PHI, 15, 1931
Smith Mazzotta, CHC, 14, 1908
Rankin Kellogg, PHI, 14, 1935
Al Wheeler, DET, 13, 1933
Red Brown, PHS, 13, 1927
| || Dan Barrell Calls It Quits - Joins OSA |
Thursday, January 13th , 1938
Today Dan Barrell the Brooklyn Kings first baseman decided to hang up his cleats. Barrell, a former Olympic decathlete who suffered a terrible leg injury while playing college football for Chicago Polytechnic, announced his retirement as a player today.
"I've been blessed, truly blessed, to have been a professional baseball player," Barrell said. "But not only that, but in my personal life as well. From my parents, to Powell Slocum, to my brothers and team mates, I've been the luckiest guy in the world."
Asked why he was retiring at the age of 33, Barrell admitted it was because of the long ago knee injury. "The docs told me I basically have no cartilege in my knee. And boy, I can sure feel it. It's just constant pain whenever I run or have to move quickly. Heaven knows it's cut down my range in the field," he admitted, drawing smiles from an audience that included his team mates and siblings Fred, Tom and Harry Barrell.
"My career in the game is not finished," Barrell continued. "I will be joining the OSA as a scout where I will get to work for my father and continue to be around the game I love."
The final book on Dan Barrell will include a World Championship (he hit .500 in the Kings' 1937 title run), a .320 career batting average in 762 FABL games. A late bloomer who didn't become a full-time FABL player until the age of 27, Dan was a clutch performer whose bat more than made up for his limitations as a fielder.
| || Marner Enshrined in HOF |
Monday, January 10th , 1938
The hallowed halls of baseball have been enlarged. Today a great pitcher was added to its list of legends as perennial all-star Mike Marner was inducted into the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues Hall of Fame.
He was famous for his quirky motion. Marner baffled hitters with a rocking, twisting windup and an assortment of release points that ranged from over the top to nearly underhand. Many batters said, "He threw everything at me but the ball."
Marner posted a lifetime 325-162 record with a 2.06 ERA and whiffed 2667 batters in 4343 innings. He retired at age 32.
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