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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two!’Report

  2. Avatar Notme says:

    It is sad that some people have to bring race into most if not all discussions.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    I got Banks’ autograph at a card show in Chicago sometime in the late 80s. I was a big fan, but mostly what I remember of him is that he was much nicer than Mays in the same context.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Chris says:

      When he was very young, Mays had the same reputation for sunniness as Banks, but as he got older things changed, and he turned into quite a curmudgeon. The Giant that’s beloved like Banks is Willie McCovey.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I wonder if the lack of free agency, and consequent strong association of a fantastic player like Banks with one team, wasn’t a good thing. To be sure, players get more money these days. But even once players get married in the public’s mind to a particular team by long-term contracts and impact performances, anymore, those marriages tend to be downright disgraceful, almost certainly in no small part because of all the money.

    Seriously, read the link if you don’t already know the story, and then try to imagine if either the Chicago Cubs or Ernie Banks would ever have even considered instigating that sort of a dispute. Too much of baseball today is like school on Saturday.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Burt Likko says:

      In 1937, Joe DiMaggio hit .346/.412/.673 with 46 home runs and 167 RBIs, also playing a brilliant center field. He finished a close second in the MVP voting. He made $15K, which even in those days was nothing for a player of his ability.

      In 1938, DiMaggio asked for $40K, which would have made him one of the highest paid players in baseball in addition to one of the best. The Yankees offered $25K. DiMaggio held out, which was his only weapon since he was unable to offer his services to any other club, many of whom would have jumped at the chance to have a player like him at that price. The Yankees called him ungrateful, the sportswriters called him greedy, and the offer didn’t improve a dime. He eventually settled for the $25K, and got booed much of the rest of the year.

      The good old days.Report