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centerfieldmaz Top Albums of 2017

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EXIT EDEN - RHAPSODIES IN BLACK ALICE COOPER - PARANORMAL IN THIS MOMENT - RITUAL IRON MAIDEN- THE BOOK OF SOULS: The LIVE CHAPTER AMBERIAN DAWN - DARKNESS OF ETERNITY The DARK ELEMENT (featuring Anette Olzon)  MASTODON - EMPEROR IN THE SAND EPICA - The Solace SYSTEM STYX - THE MISSION DANZIG - BLACK LADEN CROWN SECRET RULE- THE KEY TO THE WORLD SONS OF APOLLO - PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY ADRENALINE MOB - WE THE PEOPLE L.A. GUNS - THE MISSING PEACE GHOST - CEREMONY & DEVOTION (live) KOBRA & THE LOTUS - PREVAIL I BLACK SABBATH - THE END BATTLE BEAST - BRINGER OF PAIN HALESTORM - REANIMATE 3.0 THE COVERS DEEP PURPLE -INFINITE SEETHER - The PARISH PALLBEARER - HEARTLESS ROLLING STONES - ON AIR ( BBC Performances 1963-1964 )

Mets Player From the Original 1962 Team: Neil Chrisley (1962)

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Barbra O'Neil Chrisley was born on December 16, 1931 in Calhoun Falls, South Carolina. He was a local high school star playing with the Calhoun Falls Clippers leading them to a 1950 State Championship. In the final game Neil as he had become known, hit a HR to help lead his team to the title victory. The tall six foot three outfielder also played Football & basketball in high school One week after his high school graduation he was signed by the Boston Red Sox & had batting practice with Ted Williams. He had a long minor league career, getting traded to the Washington Senators organization in 1955. Over the years he played in the Mexican League where he caught a dangerous virus, in which he lost 15 pounds. He also played winter ball in Cuba the following winter during the dangerous period when Fidel Castro took over power of the country. Chrisley began 1957 with the Senators big league club, catching President Eisenhower ceremonial first pitch to start off the sea

Former A.L. MVP & Short Time Met: Mo Vaughn (2002-2003)

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Maurice Samuel Vaughn was born on December 15, 1967 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He is a cousin to former MLB player, four time All Star Greg Vaughn who played 15 seasons Greg with Milwaukee (1989-1996) San Diego (1996-1998) Cincinnati (1999) Tampa (2000-2002) & Colorado (2003) hit 355 HRs with 284 doubles 1072 RBIs & a .242 average. The six foot one, 220 pound Mo Vaughn, went to high school in Pawling, New York starring in baseball. Mo attended Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey & was a teammate of future MLB All Star Craig Biggio. In his freshman year he was named the Big East Freshman of the year with 28 HRs & 90 RBIs. After another successful sophomore season, his numbers dropped as pitchers began to pitch around him more. He was still a top prospect & was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Boston Red sox as a first baseman, the 23rd pick overall. He hit 22 HRs at AAA Pawtucket in 1992, his second year in the monors &

Former Italian / American Player: Pretzel Pezzulo (1935-1936)

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John Pretzel Pezzullo was born to an Italian American family, on December 10, 1910 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He earned the name Pretzel because of his strange twisty wind up & delivery. He began it with a high leg kick then he would drop down with a side arm delivery, totally confusing the hitter. He started out in the New York Giants organization but was traded to the Phillies with Blondy Ryan & George Watkins for Dick Bartell. He only pitched one season at the minor league level going 16-4, before making it to the big leagues in 1935. His stuff probably wasn’t all that good for the majors, because he only lasted two brief seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Prtezel was bit wild as well, walking 45 batters with hit seven hit by with pitches (5th in the league) in just 84 innings, going 6-4 with a 6.40 ERA in 45 games. The next season he only appeared in one game, walking six batters in two innings. Next he was back in the minors, and won 26 games at Savannah in

Italian/ American Mets Player Turned Coach: Larry Bowa (1985)

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Lawrence Robert Bowa was born December 6, 1945 in Sacramento, California. His dad was an infielder in the St. Louis Cardinals organization but never played in the big leagues. Bowa didn’t make his high school baseball team & while at Sacramento City College only had the Phillies interested in him. When the scouts went to see him, the fiery Bowa got thrown out of the game for arguing. Bowa has always had an excited personality as a player, coach & manager later in his career. He always had a quick temper & has been known to throw an occasional water cooler & get tossed out of games. Eventually the Philadelphia Phillies signed the young Bowa as an amateur free agent in 1965. The sure handed, solid fielding short stop hit .300 in his first minor league season. He played in the minors for five years & after batting .287 in 1969 made the 1970 Phillies team. In 1970 he came in third in the Rookie of the Year voting batting .250 with 24 stolen bases, but it was