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My favorite baseball team ever was the 1961 Yankees. I was 18 (OK. I’ll save you the trouble. I’m 77 now). I was not quite out of the bubble gum baseball card part of my life, I lived in New York and Mickey was a Yankee. Nuff said.

How glorious a team. Yogi and Whitey. Roger Maris’ 61 home runs. Little Luis Arroyo. Moose Skowron. Ellie Howard hit .348. And, of course, Mickey Mantle. No. 1 for any teenage boy who grew up anywhere near Yankee Stadium – and beyond as it turns out.

They were the world champs that year, smashing their way to 109 wins with only 53 losses. They stomped Cincinnati in five games to win another World Series. They hit a then major league record 240 home runs led by Maris and Mantle’s 54!

They’re almost all gone now. Whitey Ford just last year. All now in the history books, memories of their glory years

The Yankees Tony Kubek during the 1957 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves from the Thomas Falcone collection.
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But the double-play combination of shortstop Tony Kubek and second-baseman Bobby Richardson are still with us. Both 85. And Cheap Yankees Jerseys both have led productive and successful lives after retiring from the Yankees.

(A third Yankee from the ’61 team, pitcher Ralph Terry, is also still alive at 85. He was 16-3 in 1961).

Kubek and Richardson were nicknamed “The Milkshake Twins”. They didn’t party. Rarely drank. And this on a team with Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford!

They were squeaky clean and darn good ballplayers, too. They hit one-two in the order, setting the table for Mantle and Maris.

Kubek, the angular lefty-hitting shortstop from Milwaukee, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1957, made four All-Star teams and led the Yankees with 38 doubles (Maris and Mantle only had 32 between them) in ’61.

Richardson, the soft-handed second baseman from South Carolina, made eight All-Star teams, was the MVP of the 1960 World Series (which the Yankees famously lost to the Pirates) and had a career .305 batting average in the World Series.

It was in the height of that particular Yankee dynasty and the “Milkshake Twins” were always in the thick of things. Kubek played in the World Series six times in his nine-year career in New York; Richardson seven times in 12 years.

Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson and his daughter Jeanne, 2, pose for cameramen after the star officially announced his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 17, 1966. Richardson said he wanted to devote more time with his family and to social work. He was honored with a day prior to the game with the Minnesota Twins.
Kubek went on to a long and distinguished broadcasting career, including a 24-year national stint on NBC. Richardson, a devout Christian, became the Cheap Baseball Jerseys China head baseball coach at South Carolina and took Wholesale Minnesota Twins Jerseys the school to its first-ever College World Series.

Nineteen Sixty One was also the first year for the 162-game schedule as the American League expanded to 10 teams, adding the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators.

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The Angels, purchased by a group headed Wholesale Baseball Jerseys by Palm Springs resident Gene Autry, paid $2.1 million for the franchise and went 12-6 against the mighty Yanks.

Yep, the double play combo of Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson, a part of the legendary Yankee lineups, lives on.

So here’s to the Milkshake Twins. A toast. Make mine chocolate.

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While the 2000s rolled merrily along, Major League Baseball continued to search for a dominant franchise. The New York Yankees were suddenly challenged. Their archrivals, the Boston Red Sox, won the 2004 World Series. It was their first title since 1918. Other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers rose to the occasion. Even the Colorado Rockies got a shot at the title, though they were defeated. In short, baseball had a diverse array of teams fighting for the Wholesale Atlanta Braves Jerseys championship.Unfortunately, the Atlanta Braves were not one of them.

Desperately seeking more glory, they wound up throwing everything at the wall to see what stuck. The team, which once solely relied on pitching, now saw their once vaunted staff reduced to ashes. A corps of young players Wholesale Boston Red Sox Jerseys combined with some former stars to create something of a Frankenstein’s monster. That being said, this monster would never find a bride. Instead, it focused on eating its villagers in the form of Braves fans everywhere. So, let’s take a bite out of it and see what the mechanics were.

Braves by Decade: 2000’s Braves, Part Two
2006: The Downward Spiral Begins for the Braves
In 2006, the Braves long string of consecutive division Wholesale Colorado Rockies Jerseys titles was finally snapped. Not only that, but they came nowhere near the playoffs. The offense really had no issues. Built for power and average, it delivered on all counts. Its 222 homers led the big leagues, backed up by a .270 collective average. Andruw Jones smashed 41 bombs, while Adam LaRoche hit 32. Jeff Francoeur hit 29,Wholesale Detroit Tigers Jerseys  Chipper Jones had 26, and Brian McCann crushed 24.

However, it’s difficult to keep up such a pace when the team’s pitching is underwhelming. A 4.60 ERA was tenth in the league. John Smoltz won 16 games with a respectable 3.49 ERA. Chuck James went 11-4 with a 3.78 ERA. Bob Wickman Wholesale Los Angeles Angels Jerseys saved 18 games with a 1.04 ERA and a walloping 434 ERA+. Those were the lone bright spots. The rest of the staff had ERAs between the high threes and the forties.

2007: Gelling, Yet Not Quite Succeeding
The next season, the team seemed to gel a bit more. An 84-78 record was a definite improvement. The offense was one of the best Wholesale New York Yankees Jerseys all-around in the league. A .275 batting average was second only to the aforementioned Rockies. They ranked second in hits and third in doubles. Showing no signs of slowing, Chipper Jones murdered baseballs to the tune of a .337 average. His 29 homers and 165 OPS+ led the team. Left fielder Matt Diaz broke out with Wholesale Philadelphia Phillies Jerseys a .338 mark in 135 games. Midway through the season, the team dealt for slugger Mark Teixeira. The trade paid dividends, as the first baseman hit .317 with 17 homers in only 54 games.

On the mound, the Braves placed third in ERA. However, the long ball came back to bite them 172 times. This was three more than the league average. Individually, Tim Hudson won 16 games with a 3.33 ERA. Smoltz backed him up with 14 wins and Wickman saved 20 more games. Additionally, reliever Peter Moylan posted a Wholesale St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys sparking 1.80 ERA. Unfortunately, this could not balance out poor performances by Buddy Carlyle, Kyle Davies, and Tyler Yates. For the second straight year, the Braves missed the postseason.

2008: Regression for the Atlanta Braves
In 2008, the team experienced a major backward slide. Despite an offense built to make contact, the pitching was filled with holes. McCann had another tremendous season with the bat (.301 avg, 23 HR, 87 RBI, 153 H, 135 OPS+). Chipper Jones won the batting title with a whopping .364 mark. Shortstop Yunel Escobar had a very productive second season in the big leagues (.288 avg, 148 H, 103 OPS+). Teixeira crushed 20 homers in 103 games. However, oddly enough, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels at the deadline. The return on the deal was Casey Kotchman, who wound up posting a mediocre .237 average.

However, the pitching sunk the ship. A 4.46 ERA was 12th in the league. With the loss of Smoltz after five starts, younger pitchers attempted to step up and lead. There were some successes. New Brave Jair Jurrjens was tabbed as the ace. He did a respectable job, winning 13 games and posting a 3.68 ERA. Another Cheap MLB Jerseys Stitched fresh face, Jorge Campillo, went 8-7 with a 3.91 ERA. Hudson was there to support both of them. He went 11-7 with a staff best 3.17 ERA and a 132 ERA+. However, struggles abounded. Young southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes only won three games with an ERA near six. Rookie Charlie Morton had an ERA of 6.15. New closer Mike Gonzalez saved a mediocre 14 contests with an ERA in the mid-fours. Because of this poor pitching, the Braves would have to wait yet another year to find the postseason. The one time strength of the club had become its ultimate weakness.

2009: A Reversal of Roles
By the time 2009 rolled around, Braves fans were getting restless. The team had not made the postseason since 2005. Times were tough. The once frightening powerhouse had been reduced to little more than a whimper. More than that, the club was experiencing another shifting of roles. The offense took a backseat as the pitching turned into one of the best in the league. New Brave Javier Vazquez went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA. Fellow newcomer Derek Lowe won 15 games as well. Jurrjens turned in an excellent season (14-10, 2.60 ERA, 159 ERA+). Tommy Hanson went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA, finishing third in Rookie of the Cheap Baseball Jerseys Fast Shipping Year voting. Closer Rafael Soriano saved 27 contests with a 2.97 ERA and a 139 ERA+. Yet, the Braves missed out on the postseason once more.

The main reason was the lackluster offense. A year after being the league’s best hitter, Jones found his average tumbling. In fact, it fell 100 points to .264. He also only had 18 homers and 71 RBI. However, he did walk 101 times, leading to a .388 on-base percentage. McCann had another solid season (.281 avg, 21 HR, 94 RBI, 119 OPS+). Kotchman also rebounded sharply, raising his average to .282 with 84 hits in 87 games. The rest of the offense was simply okay. Down seasons from players like Kelly Johnson and Jeff Francoeur helped extend the Braves woes. It would take one more season, but the roller coaster would eventually hit its peak. The misery of Braves fans would not be around for much longer.