Ben’s Baseball Alphabet: Jesse James

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On April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse, Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the U.S. Civil War. Even though the war was over many Confederate soldiers wanted to continue fighting. But they didn’t do it on battlefields against an army, instead, they chose to rob banks, […] READ MORE


Cardboard Carlton Fisk

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Prior to their 2005 World Series victory, the Chicago White Sox hadn’t won the Series since their 1917 4 games to 2 victory over the New York Giants. During this time, the White Sox were experiencing the Curse of the Black Sox. Also known as the Curse of Shoeless Joe. Their 1917 World Series victory […] READ MORE


Ballparks: Astrodome

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Well, howdy there. Very nice to meet your acquaintance. It seems that you and your family are in the market for a historical baseball getaway and, based on your clothing, you may be quite possibly on the hunt for a dream vacation to Houston, yes? Yes. Great! Let’s get started. First, what are the specifics? […] READ MORE


Ben’s Baseball Alphabet: Iron Man

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An Iron Man may come in various forms. They may be in the form of a boxer like Iron Man Mike Tyson. Or they may come in the guise of a superhero in a gadget-filled suit. Another kind of an Iron Man is that of the baseball player. And that is why I Is for […] READ MORE


Cecil Fielder Baseball Card Conspiracy

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There is misrepresentation in Mudville tonight. It all started with a baseball card. You remember those things. Piece of cardboard roughly measuring 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches with a ballplayer’s mug on the front. Memory jogged? Yes? Great. The card that blew up the spot and got the ball rolling on the deep dive […] READ MORE


Ballparks: Huntington Avenue Grounds

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Greetings gung ho baseball traveler. Are you looking for your next baseball destination? Are you unconcerned with time travel and its possible effects on you? If so, look no further for a travel agent. Ben is the name, but my close friends call me Benjamin, or is it the other way around? Sometimes the old […] READ MORE


Ben’s Baseball Alphabet: Hoover

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In 1907 a man named Murray Spangler had asthma. Spangler worked as a night janitor and one of his duties was sweeping up the dust. Unfortunately for him, his asthma was aggravated by dust. This made his job unpleasant. Spangler needed to find a way to reduce dust in the air. Luckily he was also […] READ MORE


What About Carlos Rodón?

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The San Francisco Giants‘ lone All-Star selection, Joc Pederson, is a well-deserving representative of the orange and black. He is the first Giants outfielder to win the fan vote since Melky Cabrera way back in 2012. You remember 2012, right? That was when the Giants had only one World Series victory in San Francisco. Two […] READ MORE


Folding Laundry With the Giants and D-Backs

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Father and daughter woke up early and loaded their packs with snacks, field guides, sunblock, and water. They took care to lock the door behind them as they went down to the creek for a Fourth of July hike. Mom had to work. The morning was pleasant: overcast, high 60’s, with a soft breeze. A […] READ MORE


Ben’s Baseball Alphabet: Gooseberry

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At the dawn of the 20th century, Great Grandma used to make the best gooseberry pies in town. She baked them all summer long, and set the pies to rest on her windowsill. They would usually find their way into the hands of a grateful neighbor or into the belly of a daring black bear. […] READ MORE