Tampa Bay Rays: Hindsight is Watching Leaks Spring Forth From the Dam

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Hindsight is Watching Leaks Spring Forth From the Dam The Johnstown Flood This is a story about the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays and Game 6 of the World Series. In 1879 a bunch of rich men, including Andrew Carnegie, wanted to create a pleasure lake. They found an abandoned earthen dam in western Pennsylvania and […] READ MORE


The Worst Has Happened Again: Baseball Season Is Over

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The Worst Has Happened Again: Baseball Season Is Over Snow at 4 Jersey St. The leaves have started to turn, a chill is in the air, and there is snow at Fenway. While the pictures of the grand old park cloaked in white are beautiful, they also evoke a deep sadness. The baseball season is […] READ MORE


 It’s Time For A New MVP Handle

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 It’s Time For A New MVP Handle Kenesaw Mountain Landis What’s In A Name We’ll start with the name: Kenesaw Mountain Landis. It is quite a name. Where did it come from? The Civil War, of course. Kenesaw’s father was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. And when his son was born in 1866, […] READ MORE


The Haunted Hotel Pfister

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The Pfister Hotel 1.2 billion years ago two tectonic plates ripped apart, creating a mid-continent rift, which formed what we know today as Lake Michigan. 1,199,999,873 billion years later the Pfister Hotel opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin three blocks from Lake Michigan. The hotel was the brainchild of Guido Pfister and his son, Charles. Guido passed […] READ MORE


Haunted Wrigley Field: A Tale of Its Haunts

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Haunted Wrigley Field A Brief Walk Down Halloween Lane The seasons are changing, leaves are turning, it’s getting dark earlier, and the ghosts and goblins are coming out of storage. Change can make people do strange things and one of those things is Halloween. 2,000 years ago the Celts (people who lived mostly in what […] READ MORE


The Seattle Pilots

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The Seattle Pilots 1969 “Ah, 1969, what a year: hippies reigned in Woodstock, men landed on the moon, the Manson murders, and the Seattle Pilots. Can it get any better?” “Wait a second. You’re trying to pull a fast one on me. What’s so great about the Seattle Pilots? What were they? An aviation club […] READ MORE


The 1990 World Series: A David vs. Goliath Story

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1990 World Series: David Vs. Goliath Some time ago there was a group of people called the Philistines. There was also a group of people called the Israelites.  They were grumpy with each other for various reasons. And so, they decided to fight one another. They had fought each other before and they would fight […] READ MORE


The Lovable Cleveland Spiders

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The Lovable Cleveland Spiders Lovable Losers It is human nature to want the best. And why not? What is wrong with striving to get to the top? Absolutely nothing. But, there is something to be said for being the worst. There is a certain lovable quality to hanging around at the bottom. The Ford Pinto, […] READ MORE


Major League Rule 21

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Major League Rule 21 Like any great institution, such as a university or a bank, Major League Baseball has a set of rules that dictate all professional play. The rules range from equipment to uniforms to pregame to gameplay to umpire duties to etcetera. After 150 years, give or take a few, the powers that […] READ MORE


Glove-Talking

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Do Gloves Talk Now Anyone who has watched a baseball game in the last thirty years has seen some form or another of glove-talking. Glove-talking? What do you mean? Do gloves talk now? In my day they were made of leather and you had to operate them with your hand. No, no, you still have […] READ MORE