In March 1976, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and manager Billy Martin instituted a rule forbidding players from having beards, mustaches or long hair. When outfielder Lou “Sweet Lou” Piniella arrived with hair almost to his shoulders, he was told he wouldn’t be given a uniform until it was cut. As he shares in his new memoir, “Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball,” written with sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella protested the rule to Boss George. “I don’t understand, Mr. Steinbrenner, what long hair has to do with your ability to play baseball,” Piniella said. “I’m a Christian. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had hair down to the middle
The Chicago Cubs are providing $1 million to the city to help pay for an expansion of video surveillance around Wrigley Field. Officials said Tuesday that Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications will install 30 cameras around the ballpark and within several blocks of the facility. Etc. The Seattle Mariners activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the 10-day disabled list before the opener of a three-game set against the Washington Nationals, who brought up pitcher Joe Ross from the minors to start the game. Cano had been sidelined since May 11 with a strained right quadriceps. Ross was 1-0 with a 7.47 ERA in three previous starts for Washington.
After an up-and-down start to the season, Tanner Roark twirled seven strong innings to give the Washington Nationals a 5-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners. Tanner Roark has struggled in the early goings of this season, but he was able to give the Washington Nationals seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday to lead them to a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Trea Turner stole a pair of bases and Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer as the Nationals pushed five runs across in the first two innings.