35: Sal "The Barber" Maglie-MLB


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Sal “The Barber” Maglie enjoyed a terrific career going 119-62 over 10 years. But from 1950 through 1954 he was as dominant as anyone in the game. Given the nickname “The Barber” because of how he approached hitters and his game-day stubble, Maglie blossomed at the age of 33 after having spent time in the Mexican League and learning under the tutelage of former Major League pitcher Dolf Luque. Maglie, who was a star for the New York Giants, is the last player to play for the Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. He also played in three of the most famous games in baseball history: the 1951 playoff in which Bobby Thomson hit the famous “shot heard ‘round the world”; the 1954 World Series game in which Willie Mays made his famous catch; and he was the opposing pitcher to Don Larsen in Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Peter Gordon, a longtime member of SABR, joins the podcast to talk about the terrific career of Sal “The Barber” Maglie.


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