Monday, May 20th, 2019

40 Years Ago– May 17, 1970 — Hank Aaron Reaches 3,000 Hits

“Trying to throw a fastball by Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster” was how Curt Simmons once described Henry Aaron.  Most people think of Aaron as the person who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.  Actually, in many ways, Aaron was one of the most prolific hitters that baseball has […]

May 16, 1957 – The Infamous Yankee Copacabana Incident

May 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Miscellaneous

On May 16, 1957, Billy Martin celebrated his 29th birthday with a night on the town that ended at the famous Copacabana night club.  He was celebrating that night with Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Hank Bauer and their wives.  The players ended up in a drunken melee and the incident was the eventual cause […]

Baseball’s Civil Rights Game is Tonight

May 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

In Cincinnati tonight (7:10EST MLB Network), Major League Baseball celebrates its annual Civil Rights Game with a contest between the Cardinals and Reds.  Each team will wear a throwback 1947 uniform to commenorate the year Jackie Robinson broke into the big leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The game itself is just one of a number […]

The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Author Profile, Book Review

Doug Glanville, ex-Major League player for the Phillies, Cubs, and Rangers, has penned a new book —  The Game From Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View.  Glanville was an outfielder for 9+ seasons in the big leagues and, with the exception of 1999 when he batted .325, enjoyed a good, if not spectacular, career […]

Top 10 Unbreakable Baseball Records — Do You Agree?

How can anyone pick a Top 10 list of Unbreakable Baseball Records.  It isn’t easy, but boy was it fun!  There is a saying that if you watch baseball, you’ll see something almost every day that has never been done before.  Recently, the Mets won two consecutive games with walk-off home runs by two different […]

You Know Me, Al by Ring Lardner

May 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Book Review, Your Turn

Ted Cox, a Books on Baseball friend, has been kind enough to review his favorite baseball book, You Know Me, Al by Ring Lardner.  Your Turn is a regular feature of Books on Baseball that spotlights our BoB friends as guest book reviewers.  Thanks Ted! In 1916 Lardner published You Know Me Al, which was written […]

The T206 Collection — The Players and Their Stories

May 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Book Review

When you pick up a baseball card, do you wonder about the player whose picture is staring back at you?  What was he like?  What did he do after baseball?  This curiosity is especially true with the famous T206, or tobacco, card set, at its 100th year anniversary. The T206 set is arguably the most sought after baseball card set […]

May 2, 1939 Babe Dahlgren Replaces Lou Gehrig in Yankee Lineup

May 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Book Review

Seventy two years ago, Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak came to an end. Many baseball fans know that the immortal Lou Gehrig began his famous streak by replacing Wally Pipp in the Yankee lineup.  However, not many fans know who replaced the Iron Horse on May 2, 1939.  That player’s name was Babe Dahlgren and […]

The Darwin Awards, Baseball Style

May 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

The Darwin Awards are a pop-culture series of books celebrating the misfortune of ordinary folks who, by their own sheer stupidity, often times meet an untimely demise.  Charles Darwin’s work on biological evolution and, in particular, the premise of survival of the fittest is the inspiration for the book series.  Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Ryan Madson recently broke his toe […]

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