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We'll get to free agency in a moment ... ... do you want to know the best high school outfield in history? McClymond's High School had Curt Flood, Vada Pinson, and Frank Robinson playing at the same time. Some guy named Bill Russell also played on their basketball team. --- Jul 12, 2011 - "How Curt Flood Changed Baseball and Killed his Career in the Process" by Allen Barra on theatlantic.com Dec 3, 2019 - "Curt Flood Set Off the Free-Agent Revolution 50-Years Ago after Refusing a Trade to the Phillies" by Ronald Blum on inquirer.com
Juan González is one of the greatest hitters not to be in the Hall of Fame. Yes, steroids, but at least be aware that he exists - he put up some great numbers in the steroid era, and is a relatively forgotten power hitter of that time.
I'm taking this moment to tip my cap to Milt Pappas, surely one of the most underrated, underappreciated players in MLB history. Pappas is best-known for "the main player in the Frank Robinson trade." That's fine, but why did the Reds want him so badly? Look at his stats: a career record of 209-164. 13 seasons with at least 12 Wins, a 3-time All-Star, and the NL leader in shutouts in 1971. This gentleman is worth remembering; not as fodder for Frank Robinson, but as a winner of 54% of his games over the course of his 17-year Major-League career - he won between 12-17 games in 13-out-of-14 seasons - how many players in Major-League history can say they won 12+ games in 13-out-of-14 seasons? Probably less than 50. In a sport where 10% means a lot, Milton Steven Pappas was well-above average as a Major-League pitcher - easily in the top-half of all pitchers measured over the course of history. Don't ever forget: If it wasn't for Milt Pappas, the Orioles might not have gotten Frank Robinson (think about that for a moment).