Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thank you, Mr. Freese

George Freese, all-star third baseman for the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, died July 27, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. He was 87. George played in only 61 games in the majors, batting .257 with three homers, but his minor-league career spanned 17 seasons, six in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) where he played for the Angels, […]

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Talkin’ Baseball

The best part of writing a baseball book is talking about it with people who remember the golden era of the 1950s. L.A. Tarone of the Sports Hub 102.3 radio in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and Mike Schikman of WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, demonstrated their baseball knowledge in interviews with Gaylon White, author of The Bilko Athletic […]

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A Name Made to Remember

  “The name, Bilko, was made to remember,” says John Schulian, a sports columnist turned television screenwriter. “Two syllables, punchy with a K.  It was made for headlines because it’s short. It goes all over the place.” The Bilko name was all over the country in 1955 because of Stout Steve, the Slugging Seraph, and […]

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Confessions of a Conscientious Man

Bruce Winkworth was browsing through the baseball books in a used book store near his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, when he saw a cover photo of what looked like Steve Bilko. “After moving my gaze several inches upwards, I saw the title: The Bilko Athletic Club. That was it for me. I had to […]

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The Legend of Steve Bilko

The legend of Steve Bilko was the topic of the KTLA-TV Morning News program interview with Gaylon White, author of The Bilko Athletic Club. In 1956, Bilko was King Kong of the Pacific Coast League, Paul Bunyan of the Bushes, the Sergeant of Swat. Stout Steve was his name, smashing monster-sized home runs his game. […]

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The Name is Bilko

“Steve Bilko is a great, lummocking, broad-shouldered, wide-beamed broth of a boy,” Red Smith wrote in a nationally syndicated sports column titled, The Name is Bilko, published in March 1950. This was the renowned sports columnist’s first glimpse of Bilko. He’d heard about him two years earlier from Bob Hannegan, the president of the St. […]

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Broz, Bilko and Beer

Jim Brosnan wasn’t going to take the phone call until he found out it was about Steve Bilko. They played for the 1955 Los Angeles Angels, “Broz” winning 17 games and “Stout Steve” blasting 37 home runs. “He was the greatest right-hand hitter I saw in 1955,” Broz said. “He hit the ball so far […]

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