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Due To Darkness

March 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The 1922 World Series featured a rematch of the previous year’s championship series between the New York Giants and New York Yankees. The series also included one of the most controversial calls in World Series history, up to that point, in game two of the series. The entire series was being held at the Polo […]

Great PCL Series: 1944

January 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1944, the Pacific Coast League’s Governors’ Cup championship series would be an all-California affair between the regular season pennant winning Los Angeles Angels (99-70) and the San Francisco Seals (86-83). The two teams advanced to the Governors’ Cup following victories in their semi-final series. Los Angeles defeated the Portland Beavers four games to two […]

Great PCL Series: 1951

January 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The 1951 Pacific Coast League championship would be contested between the Seattle Rainiers and the Hollywood Stars, the circuit’s two top clubs during the ’51 regular season. The Rainiers, winners of the regular season pennant with a 99-68 record, advanced to the championship series after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 in the deciding game […]

Throwing No-Hitters in 1908

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Like the 2010 season, six no-hitters were thrown during the 1908 season. Here is a breakdown of all the no-no’s thrown during that season. On June 30th, Red Sox pitcher Cy Young, now 41 years of age, would have a renaissance of his youth. It would only take Young two hours to rack up his […]

Attempting to Change the Foul-Strike Rule

November 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the off-season of 1906, there was some discussion on whether or not to eliminate the rule in which foul balls were counted as strikes (like modern rules, in 1906, foul balls were counted as strikes for the first two strikes on a batter). Some people in the baseball world believed that the abolition of […]

The National League Expansion of 1886

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In January of 1886, the National League was still looking for the seventh and eighth members to fill their field of teams for the upcoming season. After the 1885 season, both the Buffalo Bisons and Providence Greys had been disbanded, and their players bought out by other National League clubs. On January 16th, a committee […]

Jim Lonborg: Coming Close

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On Wednesday, Don Larsen was joined by Roy Halladay as the only two pitchers ever to throw a no-hitter during the postseason in MLB history. Back in 1967, Larsen almost had company in that group. Jim Lonborg was having a fantastic season for the Boston Red Sox. The third-year pitcher lead the American League in […]

Part Three: The Story Of The 1888-1889 New York Giants

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The 1889 World Series would be a battle of the boroughs as the National League champion, New York Giants, would look to repeat as world champions against the American Association champion, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. As soon as the pennants in both leagues were decided, representatives from both squads sat down and laid down the ground […]

Part Two: The Story Of The 1888-1889 New York Giants

August 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Every player was smiling when the New York Giants departed the bus that had brought them home from St. Louis, where they had just captured the franchise’s first World Series. Even President John Day, who was feeling the effects of a flu he’d contracted on the trip, was in a talkative mood about the series. […]

Part One: The Story Of The 1888-1889 New York Giants

July 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

March 8, 1888 was the day the New York Giants arrived in Jacksonville, Florida to begin preparation for the upcoming National League season. The team, entering its sixth year of play in professional baseball, was coming off an 1887 season which saw them finish 4th in the National League. There was, however, plenty of reason […]

The Chronicle-Telegraph Cup

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Before the beginning of the modern day World Series in 1903, two attempts were made to establish a playoff system in baseball to determine a world champion. Between 1894 and 1897, the first and second place teams in the National League played off for the pennant in the Temple Cup before that format was eventually […]

Buying A Manager

“I came here with $100,000 to get a new manager and two new players for the Chicago club.” said Chicago Cubs President Charles H. Weeghman as he arrived in New York City for the annual National League baseball meetings of 1916. “I have in mind for a leader two men who have attained national prominence […]

Straight To The Show

April 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

After pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning of his major league debut, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake settled down and pitched seven innings, allowing only one run against the Chicago Cubs. Leake’s debut was a unique one; not only was it his major league debut, but the game doubled as his […]

Round One of the ’82 Draft

April 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to a 38-65 record in the strike-interrupted 1981 season, the Chicago Cubs would own the first overall selection in the 1982 June amateur draft. Here is a look into the first round of the ’82 draft and the players who were selected. 1st overall – Chicago Cubs select SS Shawon Dunston (Thomas Jefferson High […]

They Were Once Known As…

March 19, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Over the course of baseball history, many teams have made changes to their nicknames and plenty have stuck. The New York Highlanders officially switched over to the Yankees in 1913 and haven’t looked back. Neither have the Chicago Cubs, who were known as the Colts (1890-97) and Orphans (1898-1902) before changing to their current moniker. […]

PCL Opening Day: 1953

March 12, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

It was the opening of the baseball season in America. As major league teams wrapped up their respective spring trainings and prepared to throw their opening pitch of the 1953 season in a few weeks time, the Pacific Coast League was ready to start now. Warm west coast weather allowed the PCL season to start […]

A Hurler Who Hit Better Than The Rest

February 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A look at Louisville Colonels’ pitcher Guy Hecker’s 1886 season, when he became the first and only pitcher ever to lead a major league in batting. In the winter of 1885, it looked like a good bet that Guy Hecker would not be suiting up in a Louisville Colonel uniform for the 1886 season, a […]

A Texas-Sized Tilt

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The United States Baseball League

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A look at a quickly failed attempt to add a third major league in 1912.

The 1979 Baseball Winter Meetings

December 11, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

A day by day breakdown of the 1979 Baseball Winter Meetings in Toronto.

The 1911 Ticket Scandal

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What happened during the 1911 World Series that made Ban Johnson suggest the New York Giants be expelled from the National League?

The Debut of the DH

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The Road to 10,000 Wins

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The Battle of New York

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In the early-1920s, the American League’s New York Yankees and the National League’s New York Giants competed against each other in three consecutive World Series. Here is a look at the first championship battle between the two clubs that took place in 1921.

First Europeans to Play in the Majors

October 17, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Last year, I wrote an article on the first players to appear in the major leagues from certain countries. Here is a follow up to that piece on the first players from European countries to make major league appearances.

The ’46 Playoff For The NL Pennant

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The Louisville Athletics?

September 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

A look at Charles Finley’s attempt to move the Kansas City Athletics to Louisville before the start of the 1964 season.

Tough Week To Be An Ump

September 13, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

In 1901, National League umpire Bert Cunningham had a rough week on the job.

The Cuba Trip of 1911

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League-Wide Doubleheaders

August 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

A look at September 7th, 1903 when all sixteen major league teams played doubleheaders.

The Boss for One Day

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According to BaseballReference.com, thirteen different people have managed a major league team for just a single game. What separates six of those individuals from the Ted Turners of the baseball world is that they won their only game filling out a major league lineup card. Here is a quick look at those six managers:

The Trade Deadline: 1989

July 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As the trade deadline comes and goes today, here is a look at what happened in the week heading up to the non-waiver trade deadline 20 years ago in 1989. Among the ones being dealt were: a future 600 home run hitter, a popular White Sox slugger, and the previous year’s Cy Young award winner.

Addie Joss’ Benefit Game

July 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

98 years ago yesterday, the first ‘all-star game’ in the major league history took place. While not recognized as an official all-star game by Major League Baseball, the game was one of the first of its kind and featured the American League all-stars against the Cleveland Naps in a benefit game for the fallen Addie […]

The Attempt to Eliminate the IBB

July 19, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

In 1920, baseball’s rule makers took the first step to eliminate the spitball. They also made an attempt that year to abolish the intentional walk.

The Colonel Buys the Yanks

July 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Detailing the sale of the New York Yankees to Col. Jacob Ruppert in 1914.

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