'Shoeless Joe' bat fetched nearly $1 million at auction

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- An antique bat swung by baseball pioneer "Shoeless" Joe Jackson hit a home run with buyers in New York Saturday, the auctioneers said.
Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, with six Cy Young Awards between them, and two-time MVP Frank Thomas are new names on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
Piazza to perform with Miami Ballet

Piazza to perform with Miami Ballet

MIAMI, April 3 (UPI) -- Former baseball catcher Mike Piazza will make his debut with the Miami City Ballet in May in a non-dancing role, the ballet company announced Wednesday.

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No players voted to baseball hall in 2013

No players voted to baseball hall in 2013

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- No players will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 following the first vote of the so-called Steroid Era, hall officials said Wednesday.
Bonds, Clemens top Hall of Fame ballot

Bonds, Clemens top Hall of Fame ballot

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Outfielder Barry Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens are among 24 first-time names on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Wednesday.

Rodriguez leads Silver Slugger winners

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees won his 10th Silver Slugger Award Thursday, highlighting a relatively new group of players receiving the honor.

Rodriguez heads Silver Slugger winners

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez claimed his ninth Silver Slugger Award Friday, highlighting the presentation of baseball's top offensive honors.

Curt Schilling files for free agency

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has filed for free agency.

MLB: Oakland 3, LA Angels 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Kurt Suzuki drove in the decisive run in the ninth inning Sunday, as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2.

MLB: Oakland 7, Seattle 4

SEATTLE, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart drove in two runs apiece Tuesday, propelling Oakland to a 7-4 win over slumping Seattle.

MLB: Oakland 6, LA Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Mark Ellis belted a key three-run homer Wednesday afternoon, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the LA Angels of Anaheim, 6-2.

MLB: LA Angels 9, Oakland 5

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- It took him nearly three months but Ervin Santana got back in the win column Monday, tossing six-plus scoreless innings in a 9-5 LA Angels victory over Oakland.

MLB: Detroit 6, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Justin Verlander gave up a run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, as the Detroit Tigers beat Oakland, 6-1.

MLB: Oakland 5, Detroit 4 (10 inn.)

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Dan Johnson singled in pinch-runner J.J. Furmaniak with nobody out in the 10th inning Friday night, giving the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 win over Detroit.
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Mike Piazza
Al Leiter ex teammate of Mike Piazza, arrives for the wedding of Mike Piazza and Alicia Rickter, in Miami, Florida, on January 29, 2005. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Michael Joseph Piazza (pronounced /piːˈɑːtsə/ or /piːˈɑːzə/; born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an Italian American former Major League Baseball catcher. He played in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. He is a 12-time All-Star. Piazza is often regarded as the best hitting catcher of all time, and holds the career record for home runs hit by a catcher with 396. He had at least one RBI in 15 consecutive games for the New York Mets in 2000, the second longest RBI streak ever (Ray Grimes of the Chicago Cubs had 17 consecutive games in 1922).

Piazza grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with his parents, Vince and Veronica, and his brothers Vince Jr., Danny, Tony, and Tommy. When Piazza was 12 and 6 months, he received personal instruction from the late Hall of Famer Ted Williams in his backyard batting cage.

Vince Piazza was a childhood friend of former Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda. When the Dodgers came to Philadelphia, Mike had the opportunity to spend time in the Dodger clubhouse and dugout.

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