By Clifton Blue Parker
Al Simmons, at best shape within the Roaring Twenties, sparked considered one of baseball's maximum dynasties, the Philadelphia Athletics, to a number of championships, prior to changing into simply one other ballplayer. whereas his achievements verified greatness, he was once no longer a simple guy to like--for these competing opposed to him or with him--and he appeared to play to the extent of workforce expectation. modern money owed and different reminiscences supply us a feeling of Al Simmons the individual and the ballplayer, his connections to humans, his groups and his skill to catch the lovers' mind's eye in his halcyon days.
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The result is that he can reach the outside corner for a curve if he has to, and at the same time he’s far enough away that the inside stuff doesn’t bother him ... there’s no one more off form than Al, and mighty few better hitters. ”25 As Ruth pointed out, Simmons generated his power from a long followthrough that allowed the bat to ﬁnish the full arc of its sweep. He timed his swing to meet the ball in front of the body, where the arms were fully extended and the sweep of the bat was at the point of its greatest power.
There was Four: Athletic Ambitions 37 Simmons, of course, rookie Max Bishop, along with Jimmy Dykes, Eddie Rommel and Bing Miller. And there was more talent coming. In July, Philadelphia had purchased 17-year-old Jimmie Foxx from the Easton Farmers, where they were cultivating him. Mickey Cochrane would soon arrive for the 1925 season. The future looked bright for Simmons, the young Polish player from Milwaukee. One belief surrounding Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier in 1947 is that baseball was a game long open to people of any ethnic background — except blacks.
28 Oscar Bielaski was likely the ﬁrst Slav to play in a major league. An American-born outﬁelder of Polish extraction who learned to play baseball in the Civil War, Bielaski played a short and underwhelming career for three ballclubs in the National Association from 1872 to 1875, with one year in the National League in 1876. For ﬁrst-generation Americans like Bielaski, interest in baseball was seen as an embrace of their new culture and a rejection of strict Old World ways. He was soon followed by others, including Stan Coveleski, who emerged out of the Pennsylvania coalﬁelds to win 215 games in the major leagues and earn a ticket to the Hall of Fame, the ﬁrst Slavic player so honored.