Holloman made Bill Veeck’s sad-sack St. Louis Browns as a 30-year-old rookie in 1953. In his fifth big league game, the right-hander no-hit the A’s 6-0 on May 6. He made just nine starts after that and was back in the minors by late July. He was out of baseball the next year. So was Veeck, at least temporarily; he was forced to sell the Browns to a group that moved the franchise to Baltimore and renamed it the Orioles.
Ward, the son of former major leaguer Gary Ward, was a slugging first baseman/outfielder for six major league clubs over 11 seasons. He was also a lumbering first baseman/outfielder; he had one career stolen base and five career triples. One of those triples helped him complete a cycle for the Pirates against the Cardinals in St. Louis on May 26, 2004. Ward lasted four more seasons in the majors, capped by a brief run with the Cubs in 2008. He was playing independent ball as recently as 2015.
The Steelers took a 36-0 lead early in the second half, cruised to a 43-14 win, took the national anger about lopsided prime-time games to another level, and considering they had fallen on their faces at home against the Eagles the week earlier scared the wit’s out of AFC followers who feared what the Steelers might be once they got all their key pieces together.
Now they have them all. Presumably a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, who did leave the stadium Sunday in a walking boot, but who also hit his stride again in December after October knee surgery. Antonio Brown, the most unstoppable wide receiver in the NFL.
And Bell, who nobody has been able to stop lately.
He pretty much humiliated the Dolphins with a franchise playoff record 167 yards rushing, putting on a clinic of waiting for his blocks and then exploding through them. It was his sixth game of 100-plus yards in the last seven hes played; he gained 93 in the other, sat the season finale out to rest and threw in the Steelersregular-season single-game rushing mark with 236 against the Bills during that run.