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A Tribute to Byrum “By” Saam

ERIC: Although he occupies a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcaster’s wing, no broadcaster has ever called more losses—and none probably ever will—than did Byrum “By” Saam. And for that dubious distinction, we honor him here with You Stink! immortality. By Saam was born in 1914. In 1938, the young man, already … Continue reading

5/27 Radio Interview

This weekend we had the pleasure of appearing on New York Baseball with Mike Silva on WGBB radio. We discussed our book You Stink! and highlighted the worst teams and players including several seasons and members of our host’s beloved NY Mets. You can listen to the episode here. (*Our segment is the last 15 … Continue reading

The Rose-Bud Incident, October 8, 1973

ERIC: 1973 was a strange season for Major League Baseball. It shouldn’t have been. 1972 had been a landmark season. The Oakland A’s, embarking on a dynastic run, won their first of three consecutive World Series championships, largely because of the power hitting heroics of a previously unknown catcher named Gene Tenace, who slugged four … Continue reading

Monumental Mediocrity: The St. Louis Series

MICHAEL: The ongoing war between the Allies and Axis powers certainly had an impact on Major League Baseball, but never like it did in 1944. Many of the game’s best players were called away for tours of duty and the result was a seriously depleted pool of talent. During an interview with the St. Louis … Continue reading

The Phighting Phils

ERIC: No team occupies more pages of You Stink! Major League Baseball’s Terrible Teams and Pathetic Players than my beloved Philadelphia Phillies. There’s a very good reason for that: After posting 30 losing seasons in 31 years–a record for awfulness that will probably stand forever–until last year, the Phillies stood alone as the only team … Continue reading

Worst pitch e-v-e-r (depending on who you ask)

MICHAEL: In anticipation of our appearance on the Trib Sports Talk Radio in Pittsburgh this Friday at 10:30, here is yet another piece that was cut out of the book… This was originally written for Yankees fans who no doubt consider it a quintessential “You Stink!” moment. On the other hand, Pirates fans fondly recall … Continue reading

Reviews and Interviews

[More to come…] BOOK REVIEWS: “Eric J. Wittenberg and Michael Aubrecht’s entertaining ‘You Stink!’ is replete with pages of statistics, making it perfect for the hard-core devotee and casual fan alike.” – Kurt Rabin, The Free Lance-Star  Read Here “For baseball fans who love to devour any words about the game, ‘You Stink!’ is like … Continue reading

Mixed results…

ERIC: Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers achieved You Stink! immortality on May 10, 2012. Although he had great stuff in his start against the Baltimore Orioles last night, the first three hitters to face him–Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis–hit back-to-back-to back homers off Lewis to open the game last night. The fourth … Continue reading

Jackie Mitchell Hits the Glass Ceiling

MICHAEL: Here’s installment #4 of “Stuff that didn’t make it into the book.” “I don’t know what’s going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day.” – Babe Ruth “Equality” means … Continue reading

5/18 Radio Interview

Today we had the privilege of appearing on Pittsburgh Sports Talk Radio with local sportscaster legends John Steigerwald and Guy Junker. We discussed our book You Stink! in detail, as well as the past and present woes of the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can listen/download our segment here as a 32 meg MP3 file. Special thanks … Continue reading

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Readers Relate

“We always read about the good teams and the great players, but it’s the bad teams and the horrific players that help build teams’ rich histories. You Stink! lets you know, that it can always be worse, and makes you appreciate your ball club that much more!” - Matt Lambert, a Cleveland Indians fan -----------------------------------------“Gave Dad a copy of You Stink! about the worst baseball teams and players in history. The review: ‘a home run.’” - Scott Gosnell, Columbus, OH

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