While I wait for baseball season to get here in full speed mode, I do like many other baseball fans and aficionados, I watch MLB Network. 

Recently they are replaying the Ken Burns Series that chronicles the history of Baseball.  Yesterday the segment being played was about baseball at the turn of the 20th century.  Baseball back then was amazingly popular.  It appeared almost every community across the USA had their own Baseball team. The pictures and stories this series had researched was astounding.

Waddell.jpgOne such story about a player named “Rube Waddell” caught my attention. 

For those in the HDL, you are aware that the HDL has a renowned player by name of Andrew Waddell.  Andrew in his own right is writing his own baseball place in history, or at least, HDL history.  HDL players who have faced Andrew know how naturally talented he is.  ??????????

Well, surprisingly, his predecessor, Rube Waddell and he, have many similarities.  They are both:  Left Handed; crafty; innovative; unique; record setting; good hitter; funny; temperamental; and on & on. I encourage any of you who also find this interesting to read the Wikipedia recap about Rube Waddell.

Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Waddell 

Career Stat’s for Rube Waddell (1900 – 1908): 193–143, 2,316 strikeouts, and a 2.16 earned run average, with 50 shutouts and 261 complete games in 2961 innings pitched.

Career Stat’s for Andrew Waddell (2012 – 2014): 17–14, 356 strikeouts, and a 3.98 earned run average, with 0 shutouts (Shutouts are Rare in the HDL) and 18 complete games in 258 innings pitched.  In 2013, Andrew set the single season HDL record for Strikeouts with 153. 

I sent a Facebook message to Andrew asking him if he had heard of Rube Waddell.  He replied: “Relative of Mine.”  Knowing Andrew, he could be serious or he could be joking.  That is just another similarity in this ironic story.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Please send me your comments via email, Facebook, comment at bottom of this article, or text. 



Larry Rutledge


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