All my gratitude to The Baseball Page folks. On August 15, 1916, future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox and Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators engage in a memorable pitching duel at Fenway Park. Ruth defeats Johnson, 1-0, in a 13-inning classic. On August 15, 1911, the Cleveland Naps release future Hall of Famer Cy Young. The legendary righthander will sign a contract with Boston, where he will finish out the season and complete his career with an all-time record of 511 wins. On August 15, 1965, the San Francisco Giants celebrate ìMasanori Murakami Dayî […]
I know what you’re thinking. “Not another book about steroids and Major League Baseball…I’m sick of the whole topic”. Well, I ask you to give this particular book a chance. I first heard about Juicing the Game while listening to the author, Howard Bryant, being interviewed on WGN radio as part of his book tour. I turned it on in the middle of the interview, and Bryant was basically retelling some of the anecdotes from the book. The truth is, the stories he told were so good, I wrote down the title at the end of the interview, and went […]
I apologize for not getting this posted yesterday, but it was the first day back to work after a long summer break. So, without further delay, here is # 7 and 8. # 8 – The know it all It seems like just about every game I go to, I sit right next to, in front of, or behind one of these guys. In case you’re not familiar with this type of fan, it’s the only one that comes with his own sidekick. This is the fan that is at the game and persists to talk the entire game as […]
On the heels of the hidden ball trick… Todayís dubious winner isÖ. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Angels closer. With the winning run on third, ìK-Rodî missed the throwback toss from his catcher after a thrown pitch. Game over. The play dropped the Angels into second behind the Aís, who they were playing at the time.
Hard to believe the Cubs had Jamie (the Energizer Bunny has nothing over this guy!) not once but twice. No games were pitched the second time and was released in March of 1992. All of our Friday excerpts are from Carrie Muskatís compilation Banks to Sandberg to Grace. Moyer begins with the day he and Dave Martinez were called up from Iowa. It is June, 1986. We were late but it was the first flight we could get out. We walk up to the gate and they say ìWhat are you guys doing?î ìCan you tell us how to get […]