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



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


Report: MLB Crew Chiefs to Wear PA Microphones, Starting in 2022

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Report: MLB Umpire Crew Chiefs to Wear PA Microphones in 2022 According to a source, Major League Baseball will mike its crew chiefs starting in 2022. When there is a replay review, the umpire crew chief will announce through PA microphones what specifically is being challenged. After the review, the crew chief will announce the […] READ MORE



Joe West Set to Break Umpiring Record

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MLB Umpire Joe West has been in the league since 1976. Since entering the league that year, West has umpired 5,375 games in his MLB career. On Tuesday, May 25th, Joe West will umpire his 5,376th career game. This will break an 80-year-old record and give Cowboy Joe the most umpired games in baseball history. […] READ MORE


MLB Umpire Eric Cooper Dies at 52

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Eric Cooper, a veteran MLB umpire with 20 years of experience, has died at age 52. Cooper worked the AL Division Series between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins two weeks ago. Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in […] READ MORE