December 11, 2018

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“Rooftop Ruppert” Jones and His 12-Year Ride in Major League Baseball

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Ruppert Jones has one of the coolest nicknames in baseball history; “Rooftop Ruppert.” This was due to his proclivity in hitting tape measure home runs in Tiger Stadium during his lone season with the Detroit Tigers in 1984. However, this is just one part of a greater 12-year major league career enjoyed by the former outfielder. The left-handed Jones was a voracious athlete growing up in Berkeley, California. He played baseball, basketball and football, and was good enough to earn scholarship offers to play wide receiver from major football powerhouses such as the University of Southern... [Read the full story]

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“Field of Dreams” Changed Dwier Brown’s Life

December 7, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Dwier Brown during rehearsals for the famous scene in “Field of Dreams” when Kevin Costner, at right, asks him if he wants to have a catch. Director Phil Alden Robinson is at left. As iconic moments go, it’s hard to beat the scene from Field of Dreams when Kevin Costner turns to Dwier Brown and, with the late James Horner’s Oscar-nominated score supplying the appropriately tearful mood, asks, “Hey Dad, you wanna have a catch?” “I didn’t understand the profundity of it,” recalls Brown, who served as the keynote speaker this past September at a minor league promotional baseball... [Read the full story]

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From the Archives: Touring the Bases with…Jim Bouton

October 28, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton ended his controversial book Ball Four with those lines in 1969 and the nation has been in his grip ever since. The book was a best seller and was named one of the “Books of the 20th Century” by the New York Public Library, but its success didn’t come without a price. When his career ended in 1970 (he made a brief comeback in 1978) the former Yankee hurler affectionately known as “Bulldog” was exiled... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

Minors

Principal Park: Despite City’s Size, Ballpark Has Big Impact

June 30, 2018 · by · Leave a Comment 

Minor league baseball a Des Moines, Iowa, staple at same location since 1947 Submitted by Steve Dunn Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. One of the more unique games in minor league history was played nearly 61 years later at Principal Park on Saturday, June 14, 2008. With widespread flooding in central Iowa, the Iowa Cubs and Nashville Sounds played a Triple A Pacific Coast League game that drew an official attendance of zero. “The only other... [Read the full story]

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“Field of Dreams” Changed Dwier Brown’s Life

December 7, 2018 by

Dwier Brown during rehearsals for the famous scene in “Field of Dreams” when Kevin Costner, at right, asks him if he wants to have a catch. Director Phil Alden Robinson is at left. As iconic moments go, it’s hard to beat the scene from Field of Dreams when Kevin Costner turns to Dwier Brown and, with the late James Horner’s Oscar-nominated... Read more of this article


The Baseball Hall of Fame Case for Fred McGriff

December 5, 2018 by

Voting for the 2019 class of the National Baseball Hall of Fame is due shortly. As always, there will be much debate over who should and shouldn’t get in, and a wheelbarrow load of whys. Contributing to this muck and mire is the following discussion of a player who is sure to get some votes, but equally certain to not receive nearly enough to reach... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues Database Update: East-West All-Star Games Added

November 28, 2018 by

We have now added 22 new games to the Negro Leagues Database – the 16 East-West All-Star games played annually at Comiskey Park in Chicago from 1933 through 1948, plus 6 ‘second all-star games’ that were played at various eastern ballparks (two at the Polo Grounds, two at Yankee Stadium, one at Griffith Stadium and one at Cleveland Stadium). Although... Read more of this article


Lots of Dollars But No Sense

November 26, 2018 by

Guess how much each member of the Boston Red Sox who was voted a full playoff share for winning the World Series is getting? Over $416,800. Not bad. Here’s what is bad: at a time when our national pastime is doing financially well, when each team is valued at more than $1.52 billion – that’s up 19 percent from 2016 — there are 641 retirees... Read more of this article


Boston Red Sox Radio Announcer Tim Neverett Discusses His Career and 2018 World Series

November 25, 2018 by

The Boston Red Sox enjoyed a magical 2018, winning 108 games in the regular season, on their way to steamrolling through the playoffs and defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. It was also one of their most entertaining seasons, as in retrospect they seemingly cruised to the title right from the start. While many fans showed up to cheer... Read more of this article


“Field of Dreams” is Still a Heavenly Movie…Even if Isn’t Always Faithful to Its Source Material

November 24, 2018 by

Moonlight Graham courtesy of artist Graig Kreindler Okay, so you know the real “Shoeless” Joe Jackson batted lefty and threw righty, but that Ray Liotta bats right-handed and throws with his left in Field of Dreams. And that he was semi-illiterate, rather than the raconteur Liotta played him as. Okay, so you know that the real Archie “Moonlight”... Read more of this article


The Road Less Traveled By…

November 14, 2018 by

The Washington Nationals have reached a familiar decision point. In 1969 Bowie Kuhn stood at a similar divergence. He had to chose between Bob Short’s desire to purchase the Washington Senators and almost certainly move them somewhere else, or go with a local ownership group of unknown ability to hold the fort. Bob Short came to Washington as... Read more of this article


Vance Law Discusses His Life In Baseball

November 14, 2018 by

Vance Law had access to big league baseball that most kids can only dream about. His father Vern had a 16-year major league career as a star pitcher. Not surprisingly, Vance went into the family business and his in the midst of a 40-year (and still going) baseball career. Vance has an 11-year career (1980-1991) playing in the majors for five different... Read more of this article


Three Free Agents That May Interest the Boston Red Sox This Off-Season

November 8, 2018 by

Now that the 2018 baseball season is over and Boston Red Sox players have retired to their couches and golf courses to enjoy the off-season, eyes shift to 2019. While the team will return an impressive core, there is always a desire to explore available players who may be able to improve on what is already in place. Let’s take a look at some available... Read more of this article


Whitey Ford, Chairman of the Board and the Greatest Living Yankee

October 21, 2018 by

There is something magical, lyrical even, about the man and his moniker. Whitey Ford. Chairman of the Board. For longtime Yankees fans, the native New Yorker – Ford was born in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens and will turn 90 on Oct. 21 – is not only the “Greatest Living Yankee,” he is as synonymous with October baseball in the Bronx as red,... Read more of this article


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