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By Murray Chass

February 7, 2016

Among the many highlights of his remarkably glittering career, Joe DiMaggio played in 10 World Series, nine of which his team, the New York Yankees, won. DiMaggio’s two brothers did not enjoy such post-season success. Neither Dom nor Vince won a World Series. Dom played in one World Series, Vince none. Dom’s team, the Boston Red Sox, lost in 1946 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baseball brothers who won World Series championships come to mind this weekend because the Super Bowl presented Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos with an opportunity to match his younger brother Eli with two Super Bowl titles each.

In its World Series guide each year, the commissioner’s office publishes a list of brothers who have appeared on World Series rosters. Last year’s guide listed 37 sets of brothers, from the DiMaggios to the Kopfs.

The DiMaggios were one of three sets of three brothers whose teams made it to the World Series. The other trios shared the last names of Alou and Molina. The DiMaggios and the Alous were outfielders, the Molinas catchers.

The Molinas are the only ones to have all brought the family World Series championships. Their collective record, in fact, is impressive …

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By Murray Chass

January 31, 2016

Departing from this site’s usual practice, we are posting not a baseball column but a speech I prepared for delivery Sunday afternoon at an event at Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center honoring the late Myron Cope, a triple threat of a writer-broadcaster and creator of the Terrible Towel. As you can see, Cope and I had many similarities in our lives and careers. However, I didn’t create any kind of towel. I just use the one, no matter what color, my wife puts out on the bathroom or kitchen counter …

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By Murray Chass

January 24, 2016

On Nov. 19, 1976, Wayne Garland signed a Cleveland Indians’ contract, ending his status as one of the 25 players in Major League Baseball’s first class of free agents. Garland’s contract was stunning for the time. It would run for 10 years and pay him $2.15 million and his agent, Jerry Kapstein, $35,000.

The $2,185,000 value would be barely half of today’s average salary – $3,952,252 – and even in today’s dollars, accounting for inflation, it would be about $9.25 million. But the fact that a team was willing to guarantee a player’ salary for 10 years, at $215,000 a year, was mind-boggling even if Garland had been a 20-game winner for Baltimore the previous season.

While the Garland contract was a stunner, it also served as a cautionary warning to teams …

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