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Graig Nettles
Graig Nettles
Third Baseman
Born: August 20, 1944 (1944-08-20) (age 63)
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1967
for the Minnesota Twins
Final game
October 1, 1988
for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
AVG     .248
HR     390
Hits     2225
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 6-time All-Star (1975, 1977-80, 1985)
  • Two Gold Glove awards (1977-78)
  • Led American League in Sacrifice Flies (11) in 1975
  • Led American League in Home Runs (32), Extra-Base Hits (63) and At Bats per Home Run (18.2) in 1976
  • 3 times led AL third basemen in total chances per game (1971, 1973, 1976)
  • Won AL Championship Series MVP (1981)
  • Holds the Major League single-season records for assists and double plays by a third baseman (412 and 54, 1971)
  • Holds American League career record for home runs by a third baseman (333)
  • Followed Lou Gehrig and Thurman Munson in the role of Yankee captain

Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944, in San Diego, California) (nicknamed Puff) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos (1988). He played collegiate baseball with the Aztecs of San Diego State Universitywhere he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... 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Nettles, known as Puff to fans and teammates, was one of the best defensive third basemen of all time, and despite his relatively low career batting average, he was an excellent offensive contributor, setting an American League record for career home runs by a third baseman. As a part of four pennant-winning Yankee teams, Nettles enjoyed his best season in 1977 when he won the Gold Glove Award and had career-highs in home runs (37) and runs batted in (107) in leading the Yankees to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms...


Nettles' most clutch performance came in the field, during Game 3 of the 1978 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in back of 25-game-winning lefty Ron Guidry. With the Dodgers leading two games to none, Nettles made several plays at the hot corner to stop potential run-scoring hits, and helping the Yankees gain a key win in the series. New York went on to win the next three contests and clinch the world championship. 1978 World Series Logo The 1978 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the 1977 Series, with the Yankees winning in six games to repeat as champions. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... Pitcher Ron Guidry Ronald Ames Guidry (Louisiana Lightning and Gator) (born August 28, 1950 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. ...


In his 22-season career, Nettles hit .248 with 390 home runs and 1,314 RBI in 2,700 games. He had a career fielding percentage of .964, exceptional for the hot corner (third base). After retiring at age 43, Nettles coached for the Yankees (1991) and Padres (1995). In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ...


He now resides in Lenoir City, Tennessee, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee. Lenoir City is a city located in Loudon County, Tennessee. ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ...

Contents

Illegal bat

On September 7, 1974, Nettles, then with the New York Yankees, was caught using a bat that had six superballs inside it. He said that he had received the bat from a Yankees fan in Chicago and did not know that the bat had been altered. [1] is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... SuperBall (originally Super Ball) is a toy manufactured by Wham-O®. It is an extremely elastic ball made of Zectron®, which contains the rubber polymer polybutadiene and sulfur, having a high coefficient of restitution. ...


Brothers' milestone

is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... For the football player of the same name see Jim Nettles (football player). ... Brendan Robert Boone (born April 6, 1969) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who most recently played with the Minnesota Twins before being released on August 1, 2005 after only 20 days with the franchise. ... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... José Cruz (born August 8, 1947 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico) is a former outfielder and a coach in Major League Baseball. ... Héctor Louis (Dilan) Cruz (born April 2, 1953 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico) is a former outfielder/third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ... Felipe Javier Crespo (born March 5, 1973 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a former utility in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1996 and 2001. ... César Crespo in a 2007 game against the Columbus Clippers César Antonio Crespo (born May 23, 1979 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a second baseman who plays for the Baltimore Orioles organization. ... Alfred Edward Cuccinello (August 26, 1914 - March 29, 2004) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the New York Giants during the 1935 season. ... Anthony Francis (Tony) Cuccinello (November 8, 1907 - September 21, 1995) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dominic Paolo DiMaggio (born February 12, 1917 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder, and the brother of Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio. ... Richard Benjamin Rick Ferrell (October 12, 1905 - July 27, 1995) was a Major League Baseball player, and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Wesley Cheek Ferrell (February 2, 1908 - December 9, 1976) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from 1927 to 1941, most notably the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. ...

Facts

  • The controversial book Balls (Putnam, 1984) is a memoir of Nettles' baseball career written in collaboration with Peter Golenbock, in which the player criticizes George Steinbrenner, the ostentatious Yankees owner, and some players as well. When the book's advance promotion came to Steinbrenner's attention in March 1984, Nettles was summarily traded to the San Diego Padres.
  • During a brawl in a game against the Boston Red Sox in 1976, Nettles, who was on second base at the onset of the brawl, tackled Boston pitcher Bill Lee from behind. When it appeared that the dust had settled and the brawl was over, Lee confronted Nettles for tackling him from behind. The fracas resumed when Nettles swung at Lee. More players joined in the fray and Lee broke his collarbone when he went down in the pile. He was arguably never the same pitcher he was before the incident, though he continued to be a thorn in the Yankees' side for a few more years with Boston. However, the Yankees continued to win the division during this time and the incident added to the storied Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry.
  • Baseball writer Bill James noted in his 1984 Baseball Abstract that Nettles is arguably the best position player. i.e. non-pitcher, in major league history whose surname begins with the letter "N." As of 2006 this judgment appears to hold up: the only 3 players elected to the baseball Hall of Fame with "N" surnames are pitchers Hal Newhouser, Kid Nichols and Phil Niekro.

George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as The Boss, is an American businessman and the principal owner of Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... Bill Francis The Spaceman Lee (born December 28, 1946 in Burbank, California) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Bold text The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in professional sports. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harold Newhouser (May 20, 1921 - November 10, 1998) was a professional Major League Baseball pitcher of the 1940s and 1950s. ... Kid Nichols of the Philadelphia Phillies at the West Side Grounds in 1905. ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...

Quotations

Graig Nettles was known for having a quick, sardonic wit. Among his remarks were:

  • When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join the circus. With the Yankees I have accomplished both. [1]
  • [On George Steinbrenner's 1970s habit of appearing in the Yankee locker room to deliver pep talks] "The more we lose, the more Steinbrenner will fly in. And the more he flies, the better the chance there will be for a plane crash."[2]
  • [Discussing reliever Sparky Lyle's abrupt displacement in the bullpen by Goose Gossage] In one year, Sparky Lyle went from Cy Young to sayonara.
  • "The best thing about being a Yankee is getting to watch Reggie Jackson play every day. The worst thing about being a Yankee? Getting to watch Reggie Jackson play every day."
  • (another shot at former teammate Reggie Jackson) "If Babe Ruth were alive today, he wouldn't be able to bat cleanup. He didn't strike out enough. I guess I'm not able to bat cleanup because I don't strike out enough."

Nettles was also on the receiving end of teammates' wit. While riding through Cleveland (his previous town) on the team bus, Oscar Gamble announced that Clevelanders must still remember and appreciate Nettles, because they named a street after him. Nettles looked out the window to see the sign: "E5." George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as The Boss, is an American businessman and the principal owner of Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. ... Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. ... Reggie Jacksons number 44 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1993 Reggie Jacksons number 9 was retired by the Oakland Athletics in 2004 Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... Reggie Jacksons number 44 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1993 Reggie Jacksons number 9 was retired by the Oakland Athletics in 2004 Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... Babe Ruths number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948 George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... Born Oscar Charles Gamble, he played in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, from 1969 to 1985, on 7 different teams: the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees on two separate occasions, as well as the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, and Texas Ranger, . ...


See also

This is a list of Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners at third base in American League baseball. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the most home runs in a particular season. ... The following is a list of players and managers who appeared at least in one game for the Montreal Expos franchise from 1969 through 2004. ...

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Preceded by
Reggie Jackson & George Scott
American League Home Run Champion
1976
Succeeded by
Jim Rice
Preceded by
Frank White
American League Championship Series MVP
1981
Succeeded by
Fred Lynn
Preceded by
Thurman Munson
New York Yankees team captain
January 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984
Succeeded by
Willie Randolph & Ron Guidry

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Graig Nettles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (813 words)
Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos (1988).
Nettles, known as Puff to fans and teammates, was one of the best defensive third basemen of all time, and despite his low career batting average, he was an excellent offensive contributor, setting an American League record for career home runs by a third baseman.
Nettles is remembered for an incident in 1974 when he hit a broken-bat single and a bunch of Super Balls bounced out.
Nettle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (929 words)
Nettle is the common name for any of between 30-45 species of flowering plants of the genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae, with a cosmopolitan though mainly temperate distribution.
Nettles are the exclusive larval food plant for several species of butterfly and are also eaten by the larvae of some moths including Angle Shades, Buff Ermine, Dot Moth, The Flame, The Gothic, Grey Chi, Grey Pug, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Mouse Moth, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Small Angle Shades.
Nettle is believed to be a galactagogue and a clinical trial has shown that the juice is diuretic in patients with congestive heart failure.
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