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Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years
May 16, 2014 No Comments »

Are some people magic? It’s hard to believe that it’s possible, but if anyone ever was it’s Lawrence Peter Berra. You know him as Yogi — the world knows him as Yogi — and he’s been charmed his entire life. However, despite ... Read More »

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter
February 5, 2014 4 Comments »

At the start of the 1962 season, Sandy Koufax was a .500 pitcher with an ERA just below 4 runs per game. Far from being a superstar or a household name, Koufax was considered a disappointment, a 25-year old lefty ... Read More »

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week
January 14, 2014 No Comments »

If a pitcher wins 20 games today they’re automatically a favorite to win the Cy Young Award. They’re the ace of their staff, too. But what if your team has four 20-game winners? That happened with the Baltimore Orioles in ... Read More »

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?
January 30, 2013 2 Comments »

Baseball fans love to argue about the Hall of Fame. No one really cares (nor knows much) about the Football Hall of Fame or any of the other Hall of Fames. But Cooperstown is magical. It’s the oldest of the ... Read More »

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look
December 17, 2012 5 Comments »

Early in January, the results of the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting will be announced, in what should prove to be the most anticipated and talked-about election results in the history of that institution. The reason the results will ... Read More »

VIDEO: Tom Seaver strikes out the side in 1973 World Series action

VIDEO: Tom Seaver strikes out the side in 1973 World Series action
December 6, 2012 2 Comments »

No other player in baseball history was quite like Tom Seaver, who earned the highest vote total in the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Seaver used his powerful legs to drive himself toward home plate, and with his ... Read More »

VIDEO: Jackie Robinson on The Ed Sullivan Show

VIDEO: Jackie Robinson on The Ed Sullivan Show
December 6, 2012 No Comments »

In this clip from the popular Ed Sullivan Show in May of 1962, 43-year old Jackie Robinson talks baseball with the host. Robinson was more than five years removed from his last game in the major leagues. Just four months ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Deacon White

The Hall of Fame case for Deacon White
December 3, 2012 4 Comments »

In a playing career spanning two decades in the 19th century, Deacon White was a fine hitter and defensive player at both catcher and third base. He won two batting titles, one in the National Association, the other in the ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Tony Mullane

The Hall of Fame case for Tony Mullane
November 30, 2012 2 Comments »

If nickname quality was the most important criteria for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tony Mullane would have been inducted decades ago. He was tabbed “The Apollo of the Box” by admiring newspaper reporters and fans in the ... Read More »

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache
November 29, 2012 No Comments »

Even in the 1920s before the advent of cable news channels and social media, when you were the most famous athlete in America, your health was front page headlines. Over the winter months of 1924-1925, Babe Ruth – possibly the ... Read More »