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  1. Great stuff.

    Career BABIP allowed of .262.

    Is that representative of the era, or was he just that good?

    Comment by drewggy — February 8, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  2. This is radical.

    Comment by Nate — February 8, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  3. “Ding Dong” Bell was a principal character in ” Ball Four” and in “Strike Three”! Contributed greatly to the Indians Top strikeout Staff in AL history from ’64-67.

    Comment by StrikeThree — February 8, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  4. I happened to come across the article about Gary Bell and it brought back some great memories. I was in the Indian organization from 1956 to 1962. I remember Gary but I also remember walking by the bullpen during my first spring training and working out were Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, Mike Garcia and
    Herb Score. I broke in with Jim Perry in 1956 and I think Sam McDowell signed in 1958, I remember that he brought a bull whip to spring training his first year. Roger Maris and Rocky Colavito were still with the Indians in 1957. But the thing I remember most is meetig Tris Speaker in 1957.

    Comment by jery lis — February 8, 2013 @ 11:50 am

  5. Well I did a league search for 1958-1969, the years Gary Bell played and averaged all 12 years together and the league average BABIP During that time was .271. The highest league average for BABIP during that time was .276 in 1962 and the lowest was .264 in 1968.

    So he was right there inline with the league average during his era.

    Comment by Wil — February 8, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  6. Maybe slightly better.

    Comment by Wil — February 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  7. There is a game 2 dh where Bell came in to face Mantle as a PH and struck him out http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1962/B06172CLE1962.htm in an Indians win. But Mantle did not HR earlier in the game. There were already quite a few vs NY DH’s in his career so if the strikeout of Mantle after a Mantle HR at home happened it may not have been in a DH.

    Comment by gdc — February 8, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

  8. Bell noted that Mantle homered off of him on Saturday (which happened on 6/16 http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE196206160.shtml) and then recorded the strikeout during Sunday’s doubleheader.

    Comment by Mike S — February 8, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  9. What’s new with Bouton these days?

    Comment by Mark Latino — December 19, 2013 @ 10:12 am

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