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1. International League – The International League is a Minor League Baseball league that operates in the eastern United States and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. Like the Pacific Coast League and the Mexican League, it plays at the Triple-A level and it was so named because it had teams in both the United States and Canada. However, since the relocation of the Ottawa Lynx to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to become the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the 2008 season, all of the leagues teams are now based in the U. S. The New York State and Ontario leagues merged in 1886 to form the International League, the league collapsed soon afterwards, when the Northern teams claimed that it was too onerous to travel to the South and formed the International Association. Teams and league names came and went over the years, the League was also affected by the effort to establish the Federal League as a new third major league in 1914-1915, with franchises being added and dropped and new stadiums/ball parks built. In 1954, a franchise was awarded to Havana, Cuba, another foray into the Caribbean failed when the newly created team in San Juan, Puerto Rico, added in 1961, had to be moved to Charleston, West Virginia, in mid-season. In 1971, an International League all-star team beat the New York Yankees in a game in Rochester, New York. In 1984, the all-stars lost to the Cleveland Indians in 11 innings before 11,032 fans in Columbus, Ohio, the International League and the American Association, another Triple-A league that operated in the Midwest, voted in 1988 to play inter-league games. The league also split into two divisions that year, the inter-league concept ended in 1992, but the two league divisions remained. In further inter-league play, in 1988, the three Triple-A leagues, the other being the Pacific Coast League, met to play the first Triple-A All-Star Game, one team was made up of All-Stars from American League affiliates and the other of National League affiliates. Beginning in 1998, a team of IL All-Stars faced off against a team of PCL All-Stars and this game was the first of its kind. It was played in the Buffalo Bisons new stadium, Pilot Field, since 2006, the league champion has met to play the PCL champion in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, a single Triple-A Championship game. Previous class championship series included the Junior World Series, the Triple-A Classic, List of Governors Cup champions In 1933, the International League introduced a new playoff system, awarding the winner the Governors Cup. This has become the recognized International League champion, italics indicate team is now defunct. International League baseball awards List of sports attendance figures Harry Simmons International League official website Triple-A Baseball official website
2. Doug Bair – Charles Douglas Bair is a right-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played all or part of fifteen seasons in the majors, from 1976 until 1990, for seven different teams. On March 15,1977, Bair, Tony Armas, Dave Giusti, Rick Langford, Doc Medich and Mitchell Page were traded to the Oakland Athletics for Chris Batton, Phil Garner, Bair earned his first career victory on April 14,1977, against the California Angels. On August 13,1977, Bair recorded his first career save in a 9–6 win over the Baltimore Orioles, overall, Bair finished the season with a 4–6 record and a 3.46 ERA in 83 1⁄3 innings pitched, while earning eight saves. On February 25,1978, the Athletics traded Bair to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Revering, Bair struggled in 1979, as his ERA spiked to 4.26, and he lost his job as closer midway through the season. Bair finished with a record of 11–7, and 16 saves in 65 games, Bair appeared in 61 games with Cincinnati in 1980, going 3–6 with a 4.24 ERA, while earning six saves in 85 innings pitched. He began the 1981 season with the Reds, and in 24 games went 2–2 with a 5.77 ERA in 39 innings pitched, on September 10,1981, the Reds traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Edelen and Neil Fiala. Bair finished the 1981 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 2–0 with a 3.45 ERA in 11 games, while earning a save. In 1982 he appeared in 63 games, going 5–3 with a 2.55 ERA in 91 2⁄3 innings pitched, in the 1982 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, Bair appeared in one game, pitching a scoreless inning. In the 1982 World Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bair played in three games, going 0–1 with a 9.00 ERA in two innings pitched, as the Cardinals won the World Series. Bair started the 1983 season with the Cardinals, appearing in 26 games, going 1–1 with a 3.03 ERA, on June 22,1983, St. Louis traded Bair to the Detroit Tigers for future considerations. Bair finished 1983 in Detroit, playing in 27 games, going 7–3 with a 3.88 ERA, after making 388 relief appearances, Bair made his first major league start on August 23,1983, pitching six shutout innings in a 2–0 victory over the Texas Rangers. Bair returned to Detroit in 1984, going 5–3 with a 3.75 ERA and four saves in 47 games pitched and he struggled in 1985, as he played in 21 games, going 2–0 with a 6.24 ERA in 49 innings pitched. On August 22,1985, he was released, on September 2,1985, Bair signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, rejoining the team he played for from 1981–1983. Bair would appear in two games with St. Louis, as he went 0–0 with a 0.00 ERA in two innings pitched. On November 12,1985, Bair was granted free agency, on May 19,1986, Bair signed with the Oakland Athletics, his second stint with the club. He went 2–3 with a 3.00 ERA in 31 games pitched, on November 10,1986, Bair became a free agent. Bair signed as an agent with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 23
3. Steve Blass – Stephen Robert Steve Blass is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher and a current broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Blass was born in Canaan, Connecticut, in a 10-year career, he went 103–76 with 896 strikeouts and a 3.63 ERA in 1597 innings pitched. Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960, he made his league debut in 1964. In 1969 won 16 with a career-high 147 strikeouts, from 1969 to 1972 he won 60 games, with a career-high 19 victories in 1972. In that season, he made the National League All-Star team and he finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind teammate Roberto Clemente. Besides his Series performance, Blass is best known for his sudden and his ERA climbed to 9.85 in the 1973 season. He walked 84 batters in 88 2⁄3 innings, and struck out only 27, laboring through the 1973 season, after spending most of 1974 in the minor leagues, he retired from baseball in March 1975. Two months later writer Roger Angell chronicled Blasss travails in an essay in The New Yorker, a condition referred to as Steve Blass disease has become a part of baseball lexicon. The diagnosis is applied to talented players who inexplicably and permanently seem to lose their ability to throw a baseball accurately, the fielders variant of Steve Blass disease is sometimes referred to in baseball terminology as Steve Sax syndrome. Notable victims of Steve Blass disease include Rick Ankiel, Mark Wohlers, Dontrelle Willis, Ricky Romero, Blass worked in the late 1970s as a salesman for a Pittsburgh company that manufactured school class rings. He joined the Pirates TV and radio broadcast team in 1983 as a color commentator. Before the 2005 season, he announced that he would announce only home games then on to spend more time with his family. He was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, Blass autobiography, A Pirate For Life, was released on May 1,2012. His memoirs, co-written with Erik Sherman, encompass his struggles with Steve Blass disease and his days as a color commentator for the Pirates
4. Rick Cerone – Cerone played high school baseball and football at Essex Catholic High School. Cerone then attended Seton Hall University, where he played baseball for the Pirates under head coach Mike Sheppard, Cerone was drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1975 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut on August 17,1975, pinch hitting for first baseman Boog Powell in the top of the inning in a 14-5 win over the Minnesota Twins. Cerone then replaced catcher Alan Ashby in the bottom of the ninth, on August 22, Cerone collected his first career hit, a single off Paul Splittorff of the Kansas City Royals. Overall, he finished the season playing in seven games with the Indians, Cerone saw little action again with the Indians in 1976, hitting.125 with an RBI in seven games with the club. On December 6, the Indians traded Cerone and John Lowenstein to the Toronto Blue Jays for Rico Carty, Cerone joined the Toronto Blue Jays for their expansion season in 1977, and was their starting catcher for their first ever game on April 7. Cerone had two hits for the Blue Jays in a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox, on August 17, Cerone hit his first career home run off of Nelson Briles of the Texas Rangers. Overall, Cerone played in 31 games with Toronto, hitting.200 with a run and 10 RBI. He saw more playing time with the Blue Jays in 1978, playing in 88 games, hitting.223 with 3 HR and 23 RBI, the Jays traded Ashby after the season, and named Cerone as their primary catcher for the 1979 season. Cerone appeared in 136 games with Toronto in the 1979 season, hitting.239 with 7 HR and his 61 RBI were the fourth highest total on the club. After the season, the Jays and the New York Yankees completed a trade which sent Cerone, Tom Underwood and Ted Wilborn to the Yankees for Damaso Garcia, Chris Chambliss and Paul Mirabella. Cerone joined the New York Yankees for the 1980 season, following the death of catcher Thurman Munson the year before, defensively, Cerone led the American League as he threw out 57 attempted stolen base attempts, which was a league best 51. 8%. In his first playoffs, Cerone hit.333 with a home run, Cerones production dipped in the 1981 season, as he hit.244 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 71 games, however, the Yankees reached the post-season once again. In the playoffs, Cerone hit.333 with a run and 5 RBI in the Yankees victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League Divisional Series. In the American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics, Cerone struggled with a.100 batting average, however, the Yankees won the series and reached the 1981 World Series. In the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cerone hit.190 with a run and 3 RBI. In 1982, Cerone split his time with Butch Wynegar, as he appeared in 89 games, hitting.227 with 5 HR and 28 RBI. Cerones production continued to drop in 1983, as he hit.220 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 80 games
5. Gene Garber – Henry Eugene Garber is a former sidearm relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 1965 amateur draft, and pitched for the Pirates, the Kansas City Royals, the Philadelphia Phillies, Garber also attended Elizabethtown Area High School. Upon his retirement in 1988, his 931 career pitching appearances ranked 5th in major league history, trailing Hoyt Wilhelm, Kent Tekulve, Lindy McDaniel, in 1977, he won his only postseason game. He was the first Philadelphia Phillie to win a game for 62 years. On August 1,1978, Garber faced Pete Rose in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, Rose was looking to break the National League record of 44 consecutive games with a base hit. The Braves were winning 16-4 in the top of the 9th inning, Garber struck out Rose swinging on a 2-2 change-up to end the streak. Garber ranks third on the Atlanta Braves all time save list, behind John Smoltz and his best season came for the 1982 Atlanta Braves National League West-division winning team. He recorded a career-high 30 saves, along with a 9-10 won-lost record, in 1979, for the Braves, he recorded 25 saves, but also 16 losses, an unusually high number for a closer. Garber is a farmer in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where he and his sons raise poultry for eggs, Emu for Emu Oil and grow corn, wheat, soybeans and barley. Prior to the 2009 season, he was invited by the Braves to be a guest instructor for a week during spring training, working with fellow side-armer Peter Moylan, list of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
6. Ross Grimsley – Ross Albert Grimsley II is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians. His father, Ross Sr. pitched for the 1951 Chicago White Sox, Ross was the son of Ross Sr. who pitched for the 1951 Chicago White Sox, and his wife Judy Grimsley. Ross Sr. a World War II veteran, had a long playing career. The younger Ross Grimsley was a 1969 graduate of Frayser High School in Memphis, Tennessee and he attended Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1969 amateur draft and he made his major league debut for the Reds at age 21 on May 16,1971 in a 9-3 loss to the Expos at Riverfront Stadium. He started and took the loss, pitched 1.2 innings, the first major league hitter he faced was Ron Hunt. In 26 starts that year, he posted a record of 10-7 with a 3.57 ERA and he followed up with an even better season in 1972, going 14-8 with a 3.05 ERA for the National League champion Reds. He also had s strong World Series, going 2-1 in four games with a 2.57 ERA as the Reds fell to the Oakland Athletics in seven games, in 1973 he was 13-10 with a 3.23 ERA as the Reds won the NL West division. However, in December he was traded to the Orioles as the player in a five-player deal. The deal paid off for the Orioles in 1974 as Grimsley went 18-13 with 17 complete games in a career-high 39 starts as the Orioles were American League East division champions. In 1975 and 1976 his totals were down, with records of 10-13 with a 4.07 ERA, in 1977 he was 14-10 with a 3.96 ERA. After the season, he became an agent and in December signed with the Montreal Expos. He rewarded the Expos with his best year in 1978.05 ERA, however, in 1979 he fell to a record of 10-9 with a 5.35 ERA. In 1980 he was only 2-6 with a 6.31 ERA for the Expos and he was released by the Indians and didnt play in the majors in 1981. In 1982 he returned to the Orioles, pitched 21 games in his major league season. Grimsley finished his 11-season playing career during an attempt with the Orioles in 1982. His career totals included a 124-99 record,79 complete games,15 shutouts,2,039 innings pitched, Grimsley was one of the more colorful players of the 1970s. With the Reds, he was called into manager Sparky Andersons office, with the Orioles in 1974, he sported a huge mop of curly hair and prominent moustache