BoB’s own “Mythbuster” Bill Miller will be “investigating” some of the most talked about stories and lore from baseball’s historical past. This article focuses on Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard Round the World.
The recent death of former Giants star Bobby Thomson, who hit perhaps the most famous home run in baseball history on October 3, 1951, has [...]
In memory of Bobby Thomson’s passing today, we are reposting two recent articles from Books on Baseball. The first article is a review of a recent book about “The shot heard round the world” while the second article is about the various broadcasters who had a part in this historical baseball moment.
Book Review: Miracle Ball: [...]
On August 16, 1920, in the late afternoon at the Polo Grounds, Ray Chapman stepped into the batter’s box for what would be the very last time. The 29 year old Cleveland Indians’ shortstop, known as “Chappie”, squared around to bunt off the Yankee’s Carl Mays. The submariner’s pitch was inside, Chapman was unable to duck [...]
Sarah Freligh’s Sort of Gone is a collection of poems that tells the story of fictional pitcher Al Stepansky’s rise and fall in baseball. The story starts with Al getting his first pitcher’s glove (a gift from his alcoholic father) and ends with him watching tapes of his best games as he washes down his [...]
When you think of baseball agents, some fairly vivid pictures may appear. You may think of Scott Boras, the super-agent, capable of putting fear, panic, and loathing into any GM….or you might think more of a caricature such as “Arlis$$, played by Robert Wuhl, Bob Sugar of Jerry Maguire fame (played by Jay Mohr) or Ari Gold [...]
Washington Senator’s manager “Pongo Joe” Cantillon was on the lookout for new players when he sent injured catcher Cliff Blankenship out west to scout future Senator Clyde “Deer Foot” Milan. While he was out there, Cantillon asked Blankenship to scout another raw talent in Weiser, Idaho–Walter Johnson. Immediately impressed, Blankenship offered Walter a contract, eventually [...]
A number of years back, Ted Williams, along with John Underwood published a book called The Science of Hitting. It is still referenced today as ”The Bible” in instructing people to accomplish what many believe to be the most difficult thing to do in all of sports– to hit a thrown baseball. One of the concepts that Williams stressed was [...]
Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays has just thrown Major League Baseball’s fifth no-hitter of the 2010 season. That’s actually six no-hitters this year, at least in the State of Michigan. Three of them have involved the Rays, twice as victim and now, finally, as victor.
All this brings to mind that old Baseball Digest favorite, the story [...]
When Sandy Koufax threw his last Major League pitch, in the 1966 World Series, he was still only 30 years old. Sandy remained in the public eye for several years after his retirement as a broadcaster. On the other hand, Sandy’s ‘66 Dodgers teammate, Nick Willhite, was done with Major League baseball at the age [...]
Today, in Cooperstown, NY, Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, and Doug Harvey, will be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Since June 1939, as part of the celebration of Baseball’s Centennial, fans and baseball immortals alike have descended on this sleepy NY hamlet to paid homage to its newly elected members.
The Baseball Writer’s Association of America [...]