Pictured on the House of Adams’ Wall of Fame are the six 1961 New York Yankees who hit at least 20 homers.
Shown from left, if you’re scoring at home, with homer totals, are Roger Maris (61), Yogi Berra (22), Mickey Mantle (54), Elston Howard (21), Moose Skowron (28), and John Blanchard (21).
Third baseman Clete Boyer added 11 homers to the team’s 240 dingers that championship season, and from 1967-71, hit 80 homers as an Atlanta Brave, one fewer than he hit for New York, 1959-66.
Speaking of the Braves, through Wednesday’s halfway point, the National League East’s first-place club is led in homers by Freddie Freeman (21), Ronald Acuna Jr. (19), Josh Donaldson (15), Dansby Swanson (15), Austin Riley (12) and Ozzie Albies (12).
Brian McCann has eight homers and five doubles; the veteran hind-catcher has five triples … in his 15-year Major League Baseball career.
Comparing the ’61 Yankees and today’s Braves, the real question is always:
New York’s 16 pitchers were led by Whitey Ford (25-4), Ralph Terry (16-3), Bill Stafford (14-9) and Rollie Sheldon (11-5), the primary starters on a team that finished the regular season, 109-53, and beat Cincinnati 4-1 in the World Series.
Again, like 2018 when Atlanta adopted an old drag-racing theme: “Run what you brung!” and called on Charlie Culberson as one of 35 Braves to take the mound, 26 arms have climbed onto the bump so far in ’19, including Culby who’s already pitched the same number of inning he chunked last year.
For today’s Braves, Mike Soroka (8-1), Max Fried (9-3), Jacob Webb (4-0) and Touki Toussaint (4-0) are winning, but Julio Teheran (5-6), Wes Parsons (1-2), Kevin Gausman (2-5), A.J. Minter (2-4), Kyle Wright (0-2) and (designated loser) Mike Foltynewicz (2-5), have taken turns on the hill for mysterious reasons.
Late this preseason, Teheran, Atlanta’s opening day starter the last six years, officially announced he’d pitch from the stretch all game, every game.
Followers of his 72-68 career know Teheran’s pitched from the stretch after the first batter in scores of his 1,276.2 innings on MLB mounds since 2011.
On the Braves 40-man, shuffling roster, players not sporting facial hair in their official photos are pitchers Fried, Soroka, Webb, Wright, Dan Winkler, Anthony Swarzak, Kolby Allard and Darrin O’Day, who either use razors or share ownership of a cat and a jar of whipping cream.
Fuzzies Sean Newcomb and Josh Tomlin are Wishy and Washy and not just in shaving decisions.
Outfielder Austin Riley is the 40-man’s lone beardless position player.
Readers familiar with Benton Harbor, Michigan’s House of David remember most all players on its three barnstorming baseball teams were whiskered and long-haired.
Those bearded fellas didn’t reproduce, ultimately shutting down the whole outfit ...
* Ender Inciarte went on the 10-day disabled list May 15 and ain’t able yet;
* A Babe Ruth NY jersey recently sold for $5.64 million;
* Currently, some 60 MLB players make at least $100,000 per game;
* Shoeless Joe Jackson was supposed to manage Eufaula’s semi-pro team in 1934 (ask Kyle THE Moot for details);
* Former Braves general manager John Coppolella is one of four people banned from MLB for life since the Black Sox Scandal; and
* Where’s a fellow apply for an MLB “Authenticator” job?