July 22, 2014

The “All-Small Hall” Team Part Four (The Finale)

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! This is my last post about the “All-Small Hall” team! If you don’t know what the “All-Small Hall” team is, click here for the first post of this series that has an excellent explanation, click here for the second part of the series and click here for the third part. Anyway, it’s time to […]

The “All-Small Hall” Team Part Three

July 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! It’s time for the third installment of the series in which I talk about who is on my “All-Small Hall” team! In case you missed the first two posts of this series, click here for part one and click here for part two. Anyway, let’s get on with part three, shall we? […]

The “All-Small Hall” Team Part Two

July 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Today, I’m going to continue where I left off in my last post and talk more about the “All-Small Hall” team. In the last post, I talked about my pitcher and catcher, but now, it’s time to talk about the right side of the infield, the first baseman and second baseman. First Baseman: […]

Introduction to the “All-Small Hall” Team

July 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to tell you about my “All-Small Hall” team. I know what you’re thinking: what in the world is the “All-Small Hall” team? Well, my ASHT consists of players who were small in stature, but very big in terms of their performance. My restrictions on […]

I Didn’t Know That Mites Could Play Baseball

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The Chicago White Sox were not the best team in the 1950s, but they did have Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio. Then again, the ChiSox had another Hall of Fame middle infielder: Nellie Fox! In case you don’t know who he is, let me explain. Jacob Nelson “Nellie” Fox was an […]

The Duke (or El Duque) of New York, Not the Duke of York

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The 1998 Yankees are considered one of the best teams of all time, winning 114 games and, eventually, the World Series. They had a great offense, but they also had excellent starting pitching. Guys like Andy Pettitte, David Wells, Hideki Irabu, and David Cone propelled the Yankees to a season for the […]

The Chicken Man Sure Could Hit

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! One of my favorite things about baseball is the quirky superstitions that some players had. Click here to read my post of some of the greatest baseball superstitions of all time. One of my favorites on that list is Wade Boggs‘ tradition of eating a plate of fried chicken before every game. […]

The Coolest Gerbil That Wasn’t a Pet: Don Zimmer

June 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Recently, former baseball player, manager, and coach, Don Zimmer, passed away. Considering I have never talked about him, here is just a quick biography on Zimmer. So, Donald William “The Gerbil” Zimmer (he was called that because he resembled a gerbil) played in the MLB from 1954-1965 with the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, the […]

An Interview With Shadow Senator Paul Strauss

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have an interview for you today! It’s with Washington, D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss! I know what you’re thinking: what in the world is a Shadow Senator? Well, the District of Columbia is not a state, but the residents of Washington, D.C. want it to gain Statehood. So, Shadow Senators (of […]

Robin Roberts: I’m Talking About the Pitcher, Not the Newscaster

June 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the NL East right now, but they don’t have too much to sob about: they have a couple of great stars like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. This theme of playing badly, but having great players on the roster has been very recurring for […]

Book Review: Rally Caps, Rain Delays and Racing Sausages by Eric Kabakoff

June 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently read the book “Rally Caps, Rain Delays and Racing Sausages: A Baseball Fan’s Quest to See the Game from a Seat in Every Ballpark” by Eric Kabakoff and I wanted to share my thoughts with you about it. (Note: I will be referring to the book as RCRD&RCABFQTSTGFASIEB for short.) […]

My Trip to Rogers Centre, Home of the Toronto Blue Jays

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently went on a vacation with my family to the city of Toronto, Canada. Yes, we went to the CN Tower and Niagara Falls, but my favorite part of the trip was getting to see the Blue Jays play at Rogers Centre against the Cardinals. If you want to see the […]

An Interview with 1988 World Series Champ, Tim Leary

June 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have another interview for you today! It’s with former pitcher and member of the 1988 World Series-winning Dodgers, Tim Leary. Leary played for the Mets, Dodgers, Yankees, Mariners, Brewers, Rangers, and Reds in a 13-year career from 1981, 1983-1994. He won 78 games and lost 105. Leary’s best year was in […]

NJBM: Hideo Nomo

June 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just put up my latest post in the Kids’ Hot Korner section of New Jersey Baseball Magazine. This one is about Hideo Nomo, one of the greatest Japanese ballplayers in MLB history. If you want to read more about the man who changed many careers of Japanese baseball players forever, just […]

An Interview with Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall

June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently had the chance to interview President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Derrick Hall! Derrick was a really nice guy and I want to show you what answers he gave in response to my questions. But before I get to that, let me tell you a little bit about Derrick. […]

My Trip to the Chasing Dreams Exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History

May 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently visited the new baseball exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Chasing Dreams exhibit, and I was able to vlog at the Museum. So, if you want to see the video of my trip, just click here. Thanks for watching the video. I hope you […]

My Favorite Moment in Baseball History

May 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this on Baseball with Matt yet, but I do have a favorite moment in baseball history. If you know what my favorite World Series of all time is, that should give you a clue. My favorite moment in baseball history is…Joe Carter‘s walk-off World Series-winning […]

My Top Five Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famers

May 25, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! Previously, I’ve counted down my top five Hall of Famers from certain teams. So far, I’ve done the Red Sox and then the Cardinals. Today, I am continuing my trend of counting down my top Hall of Famers of a team as I count down my top five Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of […]

A Book Review of Battery Brothers by Steven Carman

May 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have a book review in store for you today! So, I don’t always read fiction baseball novels, but Battery Brothers (see pic of cover below) by Steven Carman seemed like an interesting book to review as soon as I read the short summary on the back cover. Battery Brothers (published by Elephant’s Bookshelf […]

The Winningest Manager in Red Sox History

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! In my last post, I talked about the winningest manager in Yankee history, Joe McCarthy. So, in order to placate all the Bostonians, today I will be talking about the winningest manager in Red Sox history: Hall of Famer Joe Cronin. Cronin played for the Pirates, Red Sox, and Washington Senators from […]

The Best Yankee Manager in Yankee History

May 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The New York Yankees are not only famous for their great players and teams, but they also have had a slew of great managers. Some include Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Billy Martin, and Joe Torre. However, today I want to talk about the Hall of Fame Yankee manager […]

An Interview with Mets Legend, Mookie Wilson!

May 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! On Saturday, I had the honor of talking with New York Mets’ 1986 World Series hero, Mookie Wilson, at a book store in Maplewood, New Jersey called Words (click here to go to the website for the store)! I only had the chance to ask him a few questions, because he was […]

This Pitching Amos Isn’t Too Famous

May 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Many Hall of Famers are unknown to most baseball fans because they either played in a completely different time period or they didn’t play on a popular team. One of these types is Hall of Fame pitcher Amos Rusie, a pitcher from the 1890s to the early 1900s who, for a part of […]

Gorgeous George Got the Job Done

April 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Probably the most famous streak in baseball history is Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game hitting streak in the summer of 1941. But did you know that there are a couple other Hall of Famers’ hitting streaks that almost top DiMaggio’s? Wee Willie Keeler had a 45-game hitting streak and coming in at a close […]

Some Big News on the Baseball History Front

April 26, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! As you all know, I love blogging about baseball history, no matter what the subject. I started blogging back in April 2012 and yesterday I actually put up my 250th career post!!  Thank you all for continuing to read and support my work. Well, a lot of you have asked me, what […]

France Has Bonaparte, Hollywood Has Dynamite, and Baseball Has Lajoie

April 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! All Hall of Famers have amazing statistics. But sometimes, a Hall of Famer is so great, that the team that he mainly played for was renamed after him. The only example of this in baseball history is the Cleveland Indians, who were called the Cleveland Naps from 1903-1914 because of none other […]

Book Review of 1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently had the honor of reading the book, “1967 Red Sox: The Impossible Dream Season” by Raymond Sinibaldi. The book talks about the Red Sox winning the 1967 pennant after a long and hard season, with four teams in contention for the pennant by the season’s final week. But the Red […]

ML”what would”B: What if the ’81 Strike Never Happened?

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just put up another ML”what would”B post on More Than A Fan. In every ML”what would”B alternative history post, I discuss what would have happened if a famous event in baseball history had gone differently than it did in reality. For my latest post, I write about what would have happened had […]

What’s in a (Stadium’s) Name?

April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Have you ever noticed that some of the names of the baseball stadiums of today’s times are named after companies? Well, back in the old days, stadiums were named after other things. With that, here are a few famous baseball stadiums from the 1900s with interesting names. Stadium Name: The Polo Grounds […]

Little Louie Packed a Big Punch

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Did you know that there is only one Hall of Famer born in the South American country of Venezuela? This shortstop enshrined in Cooperstown played for the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox from 1956-1973 and was elected into the Hall in 1984. His name is Luis Aparicio. 22 years after he […]

My Top Five Favorite Baseball Players in History

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’ve written lists about who should be on baseball’s Mt. Rushmore, who I think are the most underrated Hall of Famers of all time, my favorite uniforms, and more. But today’s list is going to be possibly my most important list in Baseball with Matt history. It is time for you to know… my all-time […]

A Winning Manager Who Knew Baseball Inside and Out

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The San Diego Padres play their first game of the 2014 MLB season today against the Dodgers, so I wanted to talk about the man who was their manager for their first World Series appearance in 1984. Dick Williams didn’t have the best playing career, but he was elected into the Baseball Hall […]

Top Five Predictions for MLB 2020

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Given the announcement of Derek Jeter‘s retirement after this season, one can conclude that he will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. Along with that, I believe there could be some other major MLB events in 2020. Here are my top five: #5: Mike Trout Wins his first MVP Award: In […]

The Arizonan Baseball Team Will Poison You Like A Snake

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball was today! I did not wake up at four o’clock in the morning to watch the game in Sydney, Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, but I still want to talk about one of the teams playing in the first game of the 2014 […]

Book Review: A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans!   I recently had the chance to read A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George F. Will, a book about Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The book was written around the time of the Stadium’s 100th anniversary. Overall, it was a very good book […]

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