Sunday, November 30, 2014
Spud became an NBA phenomenon in the mid '80s after winning the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest. He was known more for his height and dunking ability during the peak of his popularity with the Atlanta Hawks. The best statistical years of his career came with the Sacramento Kings in the early 1990s. He briefly returned to the Hawks in 1995 and at the 1995-96 trade deadline, he was shipped to the Wolves in a deal for Christian Laettner.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Mauch spent five of those 26 seasons with the Twins, managing his nephew Roy Smalley. Despite consistently losing his best players (Bert Blyleven, Bill Campbell, Lyman Bostock, Rod Carew) due to penny-pinching ownership, Mauch kept the Twins competitive. They finished over .500 in three of his four full seasons. The wheels fell off in 1980, though, and with the team at 54-71 in August, Mauch resigned.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Walton only hit .176 over his big league stints with the Twins in 1973 and 1975. In 1974, he spent the entire season at AAA Tacoma and smashed 35 homers and 109 RBI. Three years later, he would blast 42 homers while in the Dodgers' system. Despite all of his ability and raw power, he would total only 28 home runs in 297 games over a nine-year major league career.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
But when it comes to the only stat that truly matters, Cuozzo is at the top. His .762 career winning percentage as a starting quarterback (16-5) is the best in Vikings history among players who started as many games as he did. (Jeff George had an .800 percentage, but in only ten games.)
These days we would call Cuozzo a game manager -- a quarterback who plays just well enough to not lose and lets the defense and running game lead his team to the win.