The Humanity of Mookie Betts

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You don’t realize how much something means to you until it breaks your heart. Game Five and the Humanity of Mookie Betts The San Francisco Giants have lost. After winning 107 games, a franchise record, they lost in game five of the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the check swing heard round the […] READ MORE


Billy McLean: MLB’s First Professional Umpire

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The word umpire was initially used in legal matters. The original umpire was someone who had the authority to settle disputes between two parties. Think judge not “yer out!” Then in the 17th century, it was used for the first time in a gaming sense, but not in association with baseball. In this case, it […] READ MORE


How Babe Ruth Killed the Bunt

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First things first, you don’t swing the bat when you bunt. That’s right, don’t swing. Now that that’s out of the way we can get down to the nitty-gritty of bunting. The nitty is that you hold the bat out in front of home plate and wait for the pitch. The gritty is that when […] READ MORE


Williamsburg: A Boston Red Sox Fairy Tale

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In a land far, far away, or possibly right around the corner depending on where you live, was a magical place called Boston. And within the confines of Boston was the kingdom of Fenway Park, which was ruled by the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were a sports team that played a game called […] READ MORE


Candlestick Park: A Farewell

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The San Francisco Giants moved from Candlestick Park in 2000. The 49ers played their last game there in 2013. And Paul McCartney, in a tip of the cap to the Beatles final show in 1966, played the last performance at the Stick in 2014. Candlestick has been gone now for nearly six years. A Great […] READ MORE


Designated Hitter: A Rift for the Ages

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January 11, 1973, is a day that will forever live in baseball infamy. This was the day that permanently split baseball fandom into two camps. The first camp (and let’s be honest, the superior) is the anti-designated hitter faction. These fans believe that having a tenth player bat for the pitcher, while allowing the pitcher […] READ MORE


Billy Jurges: Chicago Cub Unlucky In Love

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 The ability to play baseball well may cause a feeling of adoration in fans of the old ballgame. It may also evoke stronger feelings such as idolization and infatuation. This was the case with Billy Jurges and Violet Popovich. The Chicago Cubs shortstop and the aspiring showgirl found themselves ensnared in a love affair that […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Pirates: An Unlikely Name

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One has a tendency to think of steel when one thinks of Pittsburgh. The city is known worldwide as Steel City. And Pittsburgh steel has built such memorable landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building. So, when it comes to sports team names, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the pinnacle […] READ MORE


Gaylord Perry: A Shot to the Moon

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July 20, 1969, was a day like any other save for one thing, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. After spending the previous day in lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin climbed into the lunar module Eagle and headed for the moon. Leaving fellow astronaut Michael Collins orbiting in the command module Columbia, […] READ MORE


Birth of the Toronto Blue Jays

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The year was 1968 and the city of Toronto was without a professional baseball team, that’s right there was no Blue Jays. For many years the minor league Toronto Maple Leafs had been a beloved part of the city’s identity. But after the 1967 season, the Maple Leafs had been sold and relocated to Louisville. […] READ MORE