Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

July 10, 1934 All Star Game — Hubbell’s Five Consecutive Ks

July 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

On July 10, 1934, before 48,000 of his home town fans at New York’s famed Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell toed the rubber as the National League’s starting pitcher in the All Star game.  While his day would start inauspiciously, Hubbell would eventually turn in, arguably, the greatest pitching feat in All Star game history. Both paying fans and those watching nearby […]

2002 All Star Game is Tied 7-7? Now what?

July 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

On July 9th, 2002, after 11 innings of play, the All Star game ended in a 7-7 tie.  Both teams had pretty much run out of pitchers by that time and Major League Commissioner Bud Selig (also host of the game in Milwaukee) called the game a draw.  No winner, no loser, no MVPs, but a […]

Honus Wagner T206 Uncut Strip — Would you pay $250K for it?

You may not think a single strip of 100-year old baseball cards is worth a quarter of a million dollars. However,  I guarantee you someone will when the T206 uncut “proof” strip featuring Honus Wager is auctioned by Hunt Auctions later this month.  The current bidding is up over $120K with predictions as high as $200K […]

July 6, 1933 — MLB’s First All Star Game

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, came up with the idea for the game, originally called “Game of the Century”  to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition.  By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage […]

July 4, 1939 — Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech

“I saw strong men weep this afternoon, expressionless umpires swallow hard, and emotion pump the hearts and glaze the eyes of 61,000 fans in Yankee Stadium.  Yes, and hard-boiled news photographers clicked their shutter with fingers that trembled a bit.”  So went Shirley Povich’s powerful and poignant lead to his Washington Post newspaper column. On July 4, 1939, […]

Brooks Robinson — Master of the Triple Play

Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles’ great and Hall of Fame inductee was nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” for his fielding prowess, winning 16 consecutive gold glove awards.  Obviously, any statistical analysis of players involved in the most triple plays would have to include Brooksie…right?  For sure.  Brooks’ fielding was involved in 3 Triple Plays during his illustrious […]

Happy Father’s Day!

June 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Miscellaneous

“Hey Dad, Wanna Have a Catch?”  With those simple words from the movie Field of Dreams, tears flowed and baseball’s emotional connection to Fathers was firmly embroidered into the fabric of America’s collective psyche.   Of all the holidays, the one with the closest nexus to baseball is Father’s Day.  From the first underhand backyard wiffle ball toss […]

Baseball Joe by Lester Chadwick

Baseball Joe is the fictional subject of a series of 14 baseball books written between 1912 and 1928 by Lester Chadwick, a pseudonym for author Howard R. Garis which pays tribute to baseball writing pioneer Henry Chadwick.  Garis wrote the Baseball Joe series for the famous Stratemeyer writing syndicate responsible for other series such as Nancy Drew, […]

Baseball’s Oral History: The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter

June 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

When people speak about baseball’s oral history, one book,  The Glory of Their Times : The Story of Baseball Told By the Men Who Played It by Lawrence Ritter, stands head and shoulders above the rest.  It is at the top or near the top of any “best baseball book” list, including mine.  If this book doesn’t […]

Strasburg and Twitter: Both were ablaze tonight!

At times, they were rolling in at about 15 to 20 a second.  The Tweets with the #Strasburg hashtag were fast and furious before, during, and after his impressive 14 K debut tonight for the Washington Nationals. As a Nats’ fan, it truly was a wonderful night, made more memorable, and fun, by the legions of loyal Tweeters. […]

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