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Tommy Holmes’s Sensational Summer of 1945

July 27, 2014 · by · 1 Comment 

During World War 2, baseball’s talent level was at an all-time low. Rosters were depleted as players headed off to do their duty for Uncle Sam. Hall of Famers had large chunks of their prime years wiped out, including Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. Major League Baseball made the best of a bad situation, trotting out retreads, castoffs, and career minor leaguers to round out squads. For Tommy Holmes, an untreatable sinus condition exempted him from being drafted. A Brooklyn kid, he turned 25 years old just before his rookie season with the old Boston Braves in... [Read the full story]

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Tampa’s Rich Baseball History: “It All Starts With Coaching”

July 28, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball … and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.” – Jacques Barzun Nothing suggests that Mr. Barzun, a Paris-born, American-raised historian and philosopher, ever changed his mind about that often referred to quote (it’s on a plaque in Cooperstown). And he didn’t round third and head home until the extra-innings age of 104, in 2012. The reality of the sentiment would make six men with strong ties to Tampa tremendously schooled in the ‘heart and mind of America.’... [Read the full story]

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What’s Behind the Texas Rangers’ Pre All-Star Break Collapse?

July 20, 2014 · by · Leave a Comment 

Since 2010, the Texas Rangers have never been far from the playoffs – until now. The Rangers made the World Series in 2010 and 2011, reached the one-game Wild Card round in 2012, and then lost a one-game tie-breaker playoff in 2013 to get into the Wild Card round. Barring a miracle comeback this season, however, the Rangers’ traveling secretary will not have to plan anything beyond the team’s September 28 regular-season finale against the Oakland A’s. At the All-Star Break, Texas owned the worst record in Major League Baseball (38-57, .400). The Houston Astros, who have... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

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There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More sad and troubling repercussions from the Steroid Era are contentions that La Russa’s Hall of Fame honor is hypocritical or unworthy. Many point out his successes are inextricably tied to the likes of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, and even Dennis Eckersley, with The New York Daily News going even farther by characterizing La Russa’s Oakland clubhouse as an “orgy of anabolic steroid use.” (1) So if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and about 100 others from that period will never... [Read the full story]

Minors

Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 · by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future hall of famer, but still keeps a memento from his summer in the NYCBL. “I still have the hat – Dodger blue with an H,” Carroll said following a recent batting practice prior to an International League game at Frontier Field.  “It... [Read the full story]

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Tampa’s Rich Baseball History: “It All Starts With Coaching”

July 28, 2014 by

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball … and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.” – Jacques Barzun Nothing suggests that Mr. Barzun, a Paris-born, American-raised historian and philosopher, ever changed his mind about that often referred to quote (it’s on... Read more of this article


Pumped Up Charges Against La Russa

July 28, 2014 by

There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More sad and troubling repercussions from the Steroid Era are contentions that La Russa’s Hall of Fame honor is hypocritical or unworthy. Many point out his successes are inextricably tied to the likes of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, and even Dennis Eckersley, with... Read more of this article


“The Greatest Tiger of Them All” returns to Detroit

July 27, 2014 by

1001 Main St. Suite 112N Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (650) 712-1879 Cell (650) 270-1829 normcoleman36@gmail.com www.tycobb367.com http://www.facebook.com/norm.coleman1 Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Norm Coleman August 10, 2014 Half Moon Bay, CA: Ty (The Georgia Peach) Cobb, “The Greatest Tiger of Them All” returns to Detroit at... Read more of this article


An Interview with a Batman who was also a Penguin: Ron Cey

July 26, 2014 by

Hey baseball fans! Who’s ready to read an interview with former Dodgers’ All Star third baseman, Ron Cey? I hope you are, but before you get the chance to read about a member of the 1981 World Series-winning Dodgers, let me tell you a little bit about Cey. Ronald Charles Cey (pronounced like “say”) played in the MLB from 1971-1987... Read more of this article


Catching Up With Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Kyle Snyder

July 25, 2014 by

The 2007 Boston Red Sox were a dominant team that seemingly breezed their way to 96 regular season victories, never relinquished first place in the strong American League East after April 18, and finished with a commanding World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies. That roster may have won it all that year but they don’t seem to have as much... Read more of this article


A Breakthrough: First Castro Regime-Approved Cuban Player Debuts in Can-Am League

July 24, 2014 by

The Can-Am League appears to have pulled off a major feat any professional league would like to duplicate. Culminating an effort that started about five years ago, the league’s Quebec Capitales have the first Cuban Government-sanctioned imported player since the Fidel Castro regime started decades ago.  More Cubans could be allowed to compete... Read more of this article


The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three‏

July 21, 2014 by

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to open its proverbial doors to three new members…Boston Red Sox fan favorite Luis Tiant, Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva and, for the first time, The Hall’s inaugural celebrity inductee, The San Diego Chicken. “Thank you to The Hall of Very Good™ for inducting me into the class of 2014... Read more of this article


What’s Behind the Texas Rangers’ Pre All-Star Break Collapse?

July 20, 2014 by

Since 2010, the Texas Rangers have never been far from the playoffs – until now. The Rangers made the World Series in 2010 and 2011, reached the one-game Wild Card round in 2012, and then lost a one-game tie-breaker playoff in 2013 to get into the Wild Card round. Barring a miracle comeback this season, however, the Rangers’ traveling secretary... Read more of this article


Veeck – As In Wreck

July 19, 2014 by

Book Review: Veeck – As In Wreck Bill Veeck would have turned 100 this year and assuredly would have had a lot to say. Veeck is remembered for owning the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox at various points from the 1940s to the 1970s and his autobiography, Veeck – As In Wreck, written with Ed Linn,... Read more of this article


All-Star Start Last Appearance for Tracy McGrady; Atlantic League Mound Visits to Shrink–Dramatically

July 18, 2014 by

Unlike the attention paid when Michael Jordan aborted his effort to play professional baseball, recent NBA star Tracy McGrady’s experiment to try pitching ended without great fanfare even though the Atlantic League gave him the rare platform of being the starting pitcher for host Sugar Land, TX in this week’s All-Star Game against the other... Read more of this article


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Frontier Story With a Curve

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An Interview With 1960s Yankees Minor Leaguer Ike Futch

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Ike Futch, who played second base, mostly, for a variety of Yankee minor league teams... 


Touring The Bases With…Barry Lyons

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A Mississippi native who starred at Delta State University, Barry Lyons was drafted... 


Off the Beaten Basepaths #7: Trappe, MD, Home Run Baker’s Home!

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With school out, many people in Baltimore and Washington will be traveling to Atlantic... 


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Hall of Fame

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There Should be No Debate about the Hall of Famer’s Induction on Sunday. More... 


If Not Jack Morris, Then Who?

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The sabermetric question that remains with Jack Morris left out of the Hall of Fame Jack... 


Branch Rickey: Utmost Loyalty or Vehement Dislike

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I have been enjoying the fine bio “Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious... 


SABR, Bud Fowler and a Taste of Cooperstown

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Last Thursday I made my way to Upstate New York for the fifth annual Frederick... 


My First Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Hey baseball fans! I am off this week because of spring break, so naturally I took... 


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Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

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ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed... 


Through the Eyes of Patriots Fan: “Hip, hip, Jorge!”

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Not only was it another beautiful evening at TD Bank park (8/17), it was also a game... 


From the Eyes of a Patriots Fan

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It was a picture perfect night for baseball on Friday (August 16th).  While... 


Stash for a Smash

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We are now into the Sweet Spot time period starting in May and going through June... 


“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

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