There are three very important things to know about Reggie. Reggie Jackson. You have to prove yourself all over again. Judge Steven Gallagher sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Two trains running, Peters was trying to run his bars and his baseball team. For years, the triple-A Portland Beavers could barely get spectators in the seats for free. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. You know how this works. Don’t watch it. You have to earn it back, and it takes time.". It couldn't and didn't last. "If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't. So Frank made me a designated hitter, and right away I got a standup double off the center-field wall. Why else did he run? Meanwhile the Mavericks’ star, Reggie Thomas, was 28, 29 years old. "Bing Russell was like the guy in The Music Man," Peters says. ", Before that, Peters had been the all-American golden boy, albeit with a psychedelic twist. This biographical article is missing the person's: birth place death date death place, https://bpv.baseball-reference.com/bpv/index.php?title=Reggie_Thomas_(minors01)&oldid=916466. And then I pitched in a Mavs' exhibition game where we blew out a Eugene team 23-4, and drew 4,000 fans. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Anyone can go to prison and sit in a cell, but to do 1,000 hours of community service was a real trip. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. His latest book is Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD and the Politics of Ecstasy. Consider the manager, Frank Peters. If you enjoyed it, consider subscribing to Baseball Prospectus. As manager, his motto was "No rules, no signs." Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. Reggie Thomas compiled a career batting average of .270 with 53 home runs and 275 RBI in his 714-game career with the Astros, Salisbury Astros, Cocoa Astros, Lexington Braves, Visalia Mets, Reno Silver Sox, Jacksonville Suns, Portland Mavericks, Union Laguna … Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. It’s about a small-town minor-league hockey team that, faced with its recession-related shuttering, reinvents itself as a bunch of thugs on ice. We'll send you a newsletter with what you need to know every week. Thomas stole five bases, bettering the old mark, which he shared, of four stolen bases in one game. "The most gorgeous girl in the world, but one day she said, 'Frank, I have terrible news, I'm in love with another woman,'" he recalled. "Frank gave me top dollar: four hundred bucks a month. In 1975, still managing the Mavericks, Peters opened Peters Habit (soon to be Satan's Disco) on West Burnside Street and 3rd Avenue, where he employed cash-starved Mavericks as bartenders. Do you have a blog? What they didn't mention was he had the schizophrenic bleeding heart of a junior Joe DiMaggio, a conservative John F. Kennedy and an idealistic Viking Willy the Pimp all packed into the same rib cage. And they weren’t! Located on Southwest 4th Avenue and Taylor Street, Peters' office was like a lady-killer Scrooge McDuck's bar—cash and ingenues everywhere. Primary Position: Outfield The Hollywood Reporter: "The Battered Bastards of Baseball is not just about baseball, it transcends the game.". He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, five of them in triple-A ball. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. None of these guys (except 38-year-old Jim Bouton) would ever play in the majors after playing in Portland. However, other sources say he, supposedly acting as an FBI informant, "went missing" in 1980. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. Do you have a sports website? All those women. Find out more. And he was only here for a day!”), without one outsider confirming. It’s like bringing a bunch of college kids in to dominate high schoolers and saying they were the underdogs because “no high school would sign these guys.” No, man, it’s just that they graduated. 2K likes. In the kitchen, you might find a boar with a bullet through its head that looked more murdered than dead, and in the office a Miss May doing the books. Peters ranted about Hitler. A cue-waving, musclebound Martian could promise a bases-loaded homer off the side of Peters' head, but instead of decking him or worse, Peters would fix the interplanetary dirtbag with a calm, steely gaze, and say something philosophical like, "The wizzwort lies down with the packaloomer," and Mr. DB would be sitting not with his face concave in the back of a squad car but peaceful as Cupid at the bar, wallet wide open, downing Satan's Disco vodka zombies as if they were mother's milk. The Battered Bastards of Baseball doesn’t have an edge sharp enough to scuff a baseball. But even in their first year, most of the Mavericks regulars had played affiliated professional baseball previously, and most of them had played at levels higher than the Northwest League. "I got fired the same way I got hired, by Ken Wheeler," Peters said. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Subscriptions support ongoing public baseball research and analysis in an increasingly proprietary environment. He proved it, however briefly, by having his 79-year-old high-school coach play third base. All 10 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are positive.) I pitched three innings and struck out eight guys. Find out more. It’s just not very good, is the only thing. She missed, and Peters was philosophical: "In the old days, gunshots were just loud noises. He played every position except pitcher at least once in his career. So then the problem is the underdog story. Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. "You really learn about things when you go to prison," he says. Peters dropped out of college his junior year to sign with the Baltimore Orioles. His uncle, George, was the team's quarterback. All rights reserved. The plan was simple: Peters, who had been going to "karate correspondence school" and turned himself into "a lethal weapon," would stop by, barking, "Listen up, assholes," then wax poetic regarding dismantling government, running a 24/7 Miss Oregon pageant in the state rotunda "sort of like a Denny's," and handing out "goodies for all" before firing himself.