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Old 06-10-2017, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Dave "King Kong" Kingman
My memory is that Kingman was just called "Kong", the royal part wasn't included.

Kingman was sort of a dimbulb. My favorite story about him was after the 1979 season when Kingman had his career year with 48 homers for the Cubs. He decided that he deserved to have his contract renegotiated. Kingman also refused to use an agent. He considered himself perfectly capable of handling matters himself and saw no need to be robbed of 10 % or more.

The Cubs gave him a thumbs down on the renegotiation, informing Dave that he would would have to play for the amount he agreed to in his contract. However, to save some face for Dave, the Cubs did agree to add an incentive bonus that might bring Kingman a few more dollars. They asked Dave what he had in mind and after some thought Kingman said "I want 25,000 dollars if I break the club RBI record." This was quickly agreed to and Kingman signed.

As he was leaving, Kingman asked "By the way, what is the club RBI record?"

That is when he learned about Hack Wilson.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:58 PM
 
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My memory is that Kingman was just called "Kong", the royal part wasn't included.

Kingman was sort of a dimbulb. My favorite story about him was after the 1979 season when Kingman had his career year with 48 homers for the Cubs. He decided that he deserved to have his contract renegotiated. Kingman also refused to use an agent. He considered himself perfectly capable of handling matters himself and saw no need to be robbed of 10 % or more.

The Cubs gave him a thumbs down on the renegotiation, informing Dave that he would would have to play for the amount he agreed to in his contract. However, to save some face for Dave, the Cubs did agree to add an incentive bonus that might bring Kingman a few more dollars. They asked Dave what he had in mind and after some thought Kingman said "I want 25,000 dollars if I break the club RBI record." This was quickly agreed to and Kingman signed.

As he was leaving, Kingman asked "By the way, what is the club RBI record?"

That is when he learned about Hack Wilson.
Lol. What an idiot. 192 rbi's should earn him a million, even back then. Of course no ones come even close. Looks like that record might not fall.
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Lol. What an idiot. 192 rbi's should earn him a million, even back then. Of course no ones come even close. Looks like that record might not fall.
Kingman's contract back then paid him 275 grand a year. A 25 thousand dollar bonus would have been in keeping with the standards of the day.
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Old 06-13-2017, 12:18 AM
 
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Win Remmerswaal, reliever for the Red Sox in 79 and 80. First European trained player in fact, to play in MLB. Of course too, there was Bill Lee in that era. "Billy who?"
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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Win Remmerswaal, reliever for the Red Sox in 79 and 80. First European trained player in fact, to play in MLB. Of course too, there was Bill Lee in that era. "Billy who?"
So he came into the league with a Win already in his pocket. 😉
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:07 PM
 
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The Royals have two infielders who have names that sound like old-time baseball players

Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:45 PM
 
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Four pages down and nobody's mentioned Van Lingle Mungo yet?
Seven pages in and I have not seen career journeyman Richard William Thon, who inexplicably went by "Dickie". I thought Dickie Thon would have been in the first comment. There was also a guy in the late 70s/early 80s whose name was Mickey Klutts.

On the subject of nicknames, there was a good hitting, yet error prone infielder Eduardo Nunez in his younger years who was dubbed by the NY press as "Edward Scissorhands".
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Old 05-09-2021, 01:08 PM
 
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Satchel Paige. I guess he was the oldest rookie to play in major league baseball at 42 years old. I like the name mostly because my grandmother often used the term satchel to refer to a bag. She was from very southern Illinois so maybe that's why.
Article in the WaPo today on efforts to restore the home of Satchel Paige in Kansas City. Here's a comment, by "Neecy:"

"Paige is buried not far from the house and he has a huge tombstone. He wrote what he wanted on it and it's engraved as follows:

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on on in society, the social ramble ain't restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. Don't look back, something might be gaining on you.

I've been to see it once. Visitors leave baseballs at the base of it and there were over a dozen the day I was there."


There is now a GoFundMe page for Satchel Paige to fund the restoration of his home in Kansas City. Fans may want to consider a donation.

I've a nephew who played college baseball; named his son after Ty Cobb.....
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