Don Baylor, RIP: Simple and to the point

Baseball writer Claire Smith, accepting her J.G. Spink Award at the Hall of Fame, paying tribute to Don Baylor during her speech.

Baseball writer Claire Smith, accepting her J.G. Spink Award at the Hall of Fame, paying tribute to Don Baylor—holding a painting done by her father—during her speech.

Claire Smith, who was inducted into the writers’ wing of the Hall of Fame at July’s end, tells a charming story about Don Baylor, who died Monday at 68, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. As an Angel, Smith remembers, Baylor once threw a postgame fit and leveled the clubhouse spread. Not because he himself was upset after a hard loss, but to draw the press away from a rookie Angel who’d had a worse game.

Sorry, Ms. Smith, but I’d vote for Ms. Gordon first

Alison Gordon, the first woman on a daily major league newspaper beat, in the Blue Jays' clubhouse--current Spink Award winner Claire Smith remains an admirer.

Alison Gordon, the first woman on a daily major league newspaper beat, in the Blue Jays’ clubhouse–current Spink Award winner Claire Smith remains an admirer.

Before he developed a reputation as a serial fiance/father in the 1980s, Steve Garvey had one as a gentleman. In case anyone forgot about it, Garvey showed it after Game One of the 1984 National League Championship Series, following his Padres being smothered by the Cubs, 13-0.