Fifty years ago, the Hawk’s forgotten sneak preview

Ken Harrelson, a young Kansas City Athletic, before Charlie Finley inadvertently shoved him to show a sneak peek at what players could get on a fair and open market in 1967 . . .

Ken Harrelson, a young Kansas City Athletic, before Charlie Finley inadvertently shoved him to show a sneak peek at what players could get on a fair and open market in 1967 . . .

When you think of the advent of baseball’s free agency era, you think of Curt Flood, Catfish Hunter, and Andy Messersmith first, and in that order. As Ted Simmons phrased it, following the Messersmith ruling of 1975, “Curt Flood stood up for us. Jim Hunter showed us what was out there. Andy showed us the way.”

Earl Averill, Jr., RIP: The streaking man

Earl Averill, Jr., who shared his father's intelligence but did what no Hall of Famer has done yet.

Earl Averill, Jr., who shared his father’s intelligence but did what no Hall of Famer has done yet.

No, silly, the son of the Hall of Fame outfielder did not shoot across the field with nothing on but the stadium public address system. But Earl Averill, Jr.—an outfielder-catcher who died 13 May at 83 in Tacoma, Washington—accomplished something in 1962 that neither his father nor any Hall of Famer managed to do.