November 27, 2014

“A Million Dollar Deal”

November 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

It’s been almost 50 years since the Cincinnati Reds dealt Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles.  Here’s an article I wrote almost seven years ago that examines that historic trade. December 9, 1965: Reds right fielder Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. When Cincinnati Reds owner Bill DeWitt […]

Tales From the Deadball Era Fun For All

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When I learned that Mark Halfon’s Tales From the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History had been released I couldn’t wait to crack it open.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Rather than chronicle the Deadball Era (1901-1920) in chronological order, Halfon takes a different approach and […]

MLB All-Star Game In Memoriam 2014

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From my buddy Sully: “Fox couldn’t pay tribute to Tony Gwynn or any other baseball great who passed away recently. This video pays respect to the Hall of Famers, All Stars and other baseball stars who have died since the last All Star Game.” Enjoy!  

1932 All-Star Game: Simmons, Grove Carry Junior Loop to Win Over National League

May 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

SIMMONS, GROVE CARRY JUNIOR LOOP TO WIN OVER NATIONAL LEAGUE “Bucketfoot Al” Belts Three-Run Homer HOGAN WOWS FANS WITH LONG CLOUT PHILADELPHIA, July 12.—The Philadelphia Athletics gifted the Phillies Shibe Park for the afternoon so it’s no surprise that a trio of A’s carried the American League past the Nationals in today’s All-Star game by […]

1931 All-Star Game: Trio Leads American League To Victory Over Nationals

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TRIO LEADS AMERICAN LEAGUE TO VICTORY OVER NATIONALS Grove, Kress, Cronin Star For Juniors FERRELL BROTHERS FORM LATE-GAME BATTERY DETROIT, July 14.—In what can be described as a quick-paced and mostly clean contest, the American League edged the National League today at Detroit’s Navin Field by a count of 5 to 3, although the game […]

1930 All-Star Game: National League Outslugs Americans In Homer-Filled Contest

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NATIONAL LEAGUE OUTSLUGS AMERICANS IN HOMER-FILLED CONTEST Klein Swats Two Four-Baggers For Seniors  VANCE, WALKER COMBINE   FOR SIX HITLESS FRAMES BROOKLYN, July 8.—Phillies slugger Chuck Klein took advantage of a stiff breeze blowing toward Bedford Avenue and carried the National League’s offense on his back for the first three innings of the seniors’ 8 to […]

1929 All-Star Game: Junior Loop Wins Second Straight All-Star Tilt

March 29, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

JUNIOR LOOP WINS SECOND STRAIGHT ALL-STAR TILT, REGAINS LEAD IN SERIES Combs, Foxx Lead Swatsmiths  TEAMS COMBINE FOR 17  RUNS AND 32 SAFETIES ST. LOUIS, July 9.—The Americans and Nationals battled to a 5 to 5 tie through four and a half frames before the juniors pushed four more across the dish in the bottom […]

1928 All-Star Game: American League Embarrasses Nationals In Queen City Rout

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EMBARRASSES NATIONALS IN QUEEN CITY ROUT Manush Poles Out Four Hits AL HURLERS HOLD SENIORS TO THREE SAFETIES CINCINNATI, July 10.—A gray Cincinnati day became even darker for National League supporters when American League sluggers knocked Dazzy Vance from the hill in the second inning with an eight-run outburst that effectively ended the […]

1927 All-Star Game: Pitchers Dominate As National League Holds Off Junior Circuit

February 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

PITCHERS DOMINATE AS NATIONAL LEAGUE HOLDS OFF JUNIOR CIRCUIT Vance Fans Five AL Swatsmiths WANER BROTHERS LEAD SENIORS AT THE DISH WASHINGTON, July 12.—In what can be compared to a Shakespearean tragedy, some of the greatest sluggers to ever grace a ball diamond were forced to ply their trade in cavernous Griffith Stadium and the […]

1926 All-Star Game: National League Drubs Americans 11 to 5 In Sloppy Contest

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NATIONAL LEAGUE DRUBS AMERICANS 11 TO 5 IN SLOPPY CONTEST Herman and Blades Star SIX-RUN FOURTH PUTS GAME OUT OF REACH ST. LOUIS, July 13.—In a game marred by slapdash fielding and a bushel of free passes handed out by American League hurlers, the National League, led by Pirates skipper Bill McKechnie, tied up the […]

Retroactive All-Stars: Fun With Numbers

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With 13 retroactive All-Star games in the books over nine years (remember that 1916 and 1917 were three-game series), I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the outstanding and not-so-outstanding performances so far. If you’re looking for a hitter who has dominated the game’s elite pitchers, look no further […]

1925 All-Star Game: Junior Loop Shames Nationals In 19 to 5 Beating

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JUNIOR LOOP SHAMES NATIONALS IN 19 TO 5 BEATING Heilmann and Hale Contribute Four-Baggers in Fierce Assault RUETHER SUSPENSION UPHELD PHILADELPHIA, July 14.—As if the legion of walking wounded among American League players wasn’t large enough, junior circuit czar Ban Johnson dealt another blow by refusing to reinstate Washington Senators southpaw Dutch Ruether to good […]

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark regarding lawsuit filed against the MLBPA by Alex Rodriguez

January 13, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

New York, NY, Monday, January 13, 2014 … Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Tony Clark, today issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed by Alex Rodriguez against the MLBPA. “It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively […]

1924 All-Star Game: Senior Circuit Makes Short Work of Juniors In 6-1 Victory

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SENIOR CIRCUIT MAKES SHORT WORK OF JUNIORS IN 6-1VICTORY Fifth Inning Circuit Clouts Highlight Tilt Vance Leads NL Mound Brigade In Brilliance CHICAGO, July 8.—In a contest celebrated for the All-Star debut of young Cubs catcher Charley Hartnett, it was a trio of Brooklyn Robins that propelled the National League to a relatively effortless victory […]

1923 All-Star Game: National League Claws Way To Victory In Front Of Record Crowd

December 27, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CLAWS WAY TO VICTORY IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD Ninth Inning Rally Stuns Junior Circuit Williams Homers Twice, Traynor Belts Titanic Clout NEW YORK, July 10.—More than 75,000 patrons walked through the gates of Yankee Stadium today to watch the mid-summer battle between the American and National Leagues, and at least 25,000 more […]

Willie Mays Aikens is Finally “Safe at Home”

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It was October 18, 1980 and Kansas City’s slugging first baseman, Willie Mays Aikens, had just made history when he blasted his second homer of Game 4 of the World Series, becoming the first player to enjoy multiple two-homer games in the same Fall Classic.  Although the Royals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in six […]

1922 All-Star Game: American League Routs Seniors In 11-2 Drubbing

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AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUTS SENIORS IN 11-2 DRUBBING Junior Circuit Pounds Out 22 Safeties Williams Homers, Named Outstanding Performer PITTSBURGH, July 11.—The American League tallied in seven of nine innings today at Forbes Field and embarrassed the National League in front of 25,000 fans who were in full throat for the senior circuit before they realized […]

“Pages From Baseball’s Past” Is a Real Treat For Fans of All Ages

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve known Craig Wright for a few years now and have known of him since I read The Diamond Appraised when it came out almost 25 years ago, so I was thrilled to hear that he wrote a new book.  I’m also well aware of Wright’s work at his website “Pages From Baseball’s Past,” so […]

1921 All-Star Game: Players, Crowd Honor Chapman Before American League Earns Decisive Win

November 30, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

PLAYERS, CROWD HONOR CHAPMAN BEFORE AMERICAN LEAGUE EARNS DECISIVE WIN Teams Combine for 18 runs and 29 hits Speaker, Sisler, Gardner Lead The Way CLEVELAND, July 16.—A stirring tribute to the memory of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, the popular player felled by a Carl Mays pitch last August, was the highlight of today’s All-Star […]

Fantastic New Features and Data Coming Soon!

November 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve been a fan of Seamheads.com for any length of time you know that we boast some of the most comprehensive and well-researched databases on the Internet.  I’m thrilled to announce that we have some exciting updates coming that will enhance those databases even further. We’ll also be launching another groundbreaking database next year […]

1920 All-Star Game: American League Throws Haymaker and Knocks Out Senior Circuit

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AMERICAN LEAGUE THROWS HAYMAKER  AND KNOCKS OUT SENIOR CIRCUIT Ruth, O’Neill Provide Key Blows Only Williams Solves A.L. Hurlers BOSTON, July 17.—The American League came out strong in the first round of today’s match at Braves Field and before the senior circuit knew what had hit it it was staggered, bleary eyed and bereft of […]

1919 All-Star Game: National League Wins Nail-Biter, Survives Late Rally

October 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

NATIONAL LEAGUE HOLDS OFF JUNIOR CIRCUIT IN ANNUAL CONTEST OF GAME’S BEST Collins’ Three Hits Not Enough Winning Run Stranded At Second In Ninth BOSTON, July 19.—In what seasoned cranks will view as the most competitive All-Star game since its inception three years ago, the National League gamely staved off a late rally by the […]

1917 All-Star Series: Junior Circuit Exacts Revenge, Evens Series

October 16, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

AMERICAN LEAGUE BESTS SENIOR CIRCUIT IN EXTRA FRAMES Chapman Poles Five Safeties Speaker Scores Winning Run NEW YORK, July 13.—In a lineup loaded with the game’s biggest stars—from the peerless “Georgia Peach,” Ty Cobb, to Frank “Home Run” Baker to “Cocky” Eddie Collins—it was Indians shortstop Raymond Johnson Chapman that shone the brightest for the […]

1916 All-Star Series: National League Takes Two of Three

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JUNIORS DOMINATE SENIOR CIRCUIT IN FIRST BATTLE OF STARS Johnson, Ruth Nearly Unhittable Extra Base Hits Prove Fatal CHICAGO, July 14.—Never in the history of the game have so many stars gathered on one field to put their talents on display as was seen here today.  It was nearly five years ago that several stars […]

Final Rosters Set For 1916 Mid-Summer Exhibition!

September 28, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Voting has concluded for the upcoming three-game series that will pit the best of the National League against the best of the American League as selected by you, the fans!  Both rosters are loaded with talent and competition to prove which circuit is superior will be fierce. Since the loops began meeting in the world’s […]

Touring the Bases With…Gates Brown

September 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This was originally posted almost four years ago and is being re-posted in honor of Gates Brown, who died yesterday at the age of 74. My good friend Bob Lazzari, award-winning sports writer with the Connecticut Valley Times and NY Sports Day, has offered us fantastic material featured at his web sites, Bob Lazzari On […]

Cast Your Vote For the 1917 All-Stars!

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Voice of the Fan—YOU—will be heard! Here is your golden opportunity to cast your vote for the most deserving base ball players to play in the 1917 All-Star Series between the two great leagues, taking place July 13-15 at the spacious Polo Grounds in New York, N.Y. Voting is taking place right now.  The […]

Cast Your Vote For the 1916 All-Stars!

September 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

The Voice of the Fan Will Be Heard! Vote For Your 1916 Midseason All-Stars! The Greatest Baseball Games Ever Played in July! The 1916 All-Star Series, a three game extravaganza pitting the greatest base ball players the world has ever known against one another, will be played July 14 through July 16 at the palatial […]

Harvey vs. Scherzer is Like Deja Vu All Over Again

August 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tomorrow’s bout between the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers at Citi Field would most likely be ignored outside of New York and Michigan but for the anticipated match-up of two of the game’s best pitchers—24-year-old phenom Matt Harvey and 28-year-old all-but-guaranteed-to-win-the-AL Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer.  Granted the Tigers don’t have anything clinched yet, […]

Eight Ball in the Hot Corner Pocket…and Other Research Nuggets

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

August 30, 1915: George “Buck” Weaver is most known for being banned from baseball for life for having guilty knowledge of the 1919 World Series fix, which resulted in the banishment of eight White Sox players, including “Shoeless Joe” Jackson.  But that wasn’t the first time Weaver had experienced problems due to gambling. According to […]

Hardly a Miracle

August 12, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Even before the Boston Braves completed their historic comeback from a 15-game deficit on July 4 to overtake the New York Giants, win the National League pennant going away and sweep the heavily-favored Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series, manager George Stallings was being called the “Miracle Man.” After only 13 games, 10 of […]

DYNASTY League Baseball: Where Heroes Come Back To Life

April 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A while back I was invited to play in a DYNASTY League online baseball league with fellow baseball fanatics such as MLB Network’s Brian Kenny (1942 Cardinals), former National League All-Star Brian Jordan (1999 Braves), Steve Gardner, Senior Fantasy Editor at USA Today (1970 Orioles), Mike Wilner of Toronto’s The Fan 590 (1993 Blue Jays) […]

Projecting X: How To Forecast Baseball Player Performance

April 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn the secrets to projecting baseball player performance and dominate your fantasy draft!In Projecting X: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, FanGraphs expert Mike Podhorzer takes you on a journey through the process of projecting baseball player performance. As he walks you through an assortment of both basic and advanced metrics, citing various pieces of […]

Remembering Jennifer

March 2, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 42 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life […]

Remembering Jennifer

March 2, 2013 by · 31 Comments 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 42 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life […]

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