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A Look Back at When Babe Ruth Nearly Became the Detroit Tigers’ Player-Manager

July 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

By the end of the 1933 season, it was obvious that Babe Ruth didn’t have much left in the tank. He was coming off a campaign in which he had hit only 34 home runs, with 103 RBIs and a .301 batting average. While very good numbers for mere mortals, this was, after all, the […]

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 […]

The Best Tigers Team There Was

February 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Yesterday, it was my birthday! In honor of my birthday last year, I blogged about Alan Trammell, the only player born on my birthday who I think should be in the Hall of Fame. In honor of my birthday this year, I’m going to talk about the team that Trammell played for that […]

An Interview about the Cooperstown Concert with Music Producer Loren Harriet

February 11, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently had the honor of interviewing Loren Harriet, a producer of music and concerts for over two decades. Harriet has produced music for guys like former Yankee star Bernie Williams, current baseball pitcher Bronson Arroyo, horror writer Stephen King, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Tom Kenny, and so […]

A Man Who Could Lead a Team and an Army

February 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! A couple of days ago, it was Babe Ruth‘s birthday! However, considering I’ve blogged about him a number of times, today I will be telling you about one of his fellow Hall of Fame teammates. It’s not Lou Gehrig or Tony Lazzeri. It’s the Kentucky Colonel, Earle Combs! The Pebworth, Kentucky native played with just the Yankees […]

The AL Counterpart to Ralph Kiner

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans and happy new year! When the name “Hank” is said in a conversation about baseball, many times the name is followed by the surname “Aaron.” However, there is another Hank who played baseball and is enshrined in Cooperstown. This Hank could be compared to Ralph Kiner: both players had pretty short Hall of […]

Matt’s Anti-Dream Team

December 14, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! A while back, I wrote a post about my favorite players of all time at each position, my Dream Team. Recently, I’ve realized that a team is not a team without a rival. So, I’ve compiled a list of players that are rivals with one player specifically on my Dream Team at the […]

An Interview with Shoeless Joe Jackson (Sort of)

November 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans!I’m back with another interview! This time, it is with Shoeless Joe Jackson! I know what you are thinking: “How could you have gotten in touch with a ballplayer who died in 1951?” Well, my answer to you all is this: just like my Babe Ruth interview, a few days ago I sent in questions to Peter […]

The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I recently realized that I never did a post about the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum inductees. Now these inductees are not people who you probably recognize. Why? Well, for the first time since 1996, no one got into the Hall of Fame via the Baseball Writers’ Association of […]

The Man of a Great Hitting Class from Grants Pass

October 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The 1922 St. Louis Browns were one of the greatest teams in baseball history…. that didn’t make the playoffs. However, there were many bright spots on the team, one of them being the first player ever to hit over 30 homers and steal over 30 bases in the same season. I am […]

The King of Baseball

September 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As some of you know, Masahiro Tanaka won his 25th consecutive game pitched a couple days ago for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese professional baseball league, breaking the 75-year-old record that was held by Carl Hubbell, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Giants. Some of you might be asking […]

ML”what would”B: What if the Red Sox Had Lost the 2004 ALCS?

August 30, 2013 by · 1 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 wrote what would have happened if the […]

Through the Eyes of a Patriots Fan: The Infield Fly Rule and the Somerset Patriots

August 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The Infield Fly rule is defined in rule 2.00 by describing it, and then later on to explain the reason(s) the batter is out is stated with rule 6.05e.   I have been coaching for many years, starting with the T-ball level up to Babe Ruth League.  At one time I was also responsible for assigning […]

An Interview with Hal Steinbrenner

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Hey baseball fans! As many of you know, I am a die-hard Yankees fan, which would explain why I am so honored to have interviewed the man you are about to read about in the following paragraph. He has also been a lifelong Yankees fan, probably because of what his father did for a living. […]

Call to the Pen: The Great Lefty Gomez

June 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just put up my latest post for Fan Sided’s Call to the Pen. This one is about one of the best Yankee pitchers ever, Lefty Gomez. If you want to read more about this, just click here. I hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading it. Check back in a couple of days […]

Which Man Has Had the Best Overall Career in MLB History?

June 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

A blogging friend, Bill Miller, wrote about Walter Johnson’s hitting proficiency a while ago; it was something I had not known about. His post prompted me to come up with this question: Which man has had the best overall baseball career in MLB history, covering the roles of pitcher, position player and/or hitter, and manager? […]

My Favorite Hall of Fame Duos

June 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m sure you all know the dynamic duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. If you don’t, let me just tell you that they are a great Hall of Fame duo. Do you think they made my list of my top favorite Hall of Fame duos in baseball history? Read on and find […]

My Top Five Red Sox Hall of Famers of All Time

May 23, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! In case you don’t know, I’m a huge Yankees fan. That means that I am literally forced to hate the Red Sox. However, I don’t hate some of the Sox’s past players. In fact, by the end of this post, you will know my top five favorite Red Sox Hall of Famers […]

An Interview with Yankees Reporter Ken Davidoff

May 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans!I have a really cool interview for you today! It’s with BBWAA member, Ken Davidoff! “Ken Davidoff?” you ask. “Who is Ken Davidoff?” Well, if you read the following paragraph and interview, you will find out.Ken has been a member of the BBWAA since May 2001 (and was even its President).  He now […]

A Life Saved By a Beaning

April 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

During my travels through baseball history, I have joined many other historians in a fascination with so-called “cup of coffee” players who played just a game or two or a few in the major leagues, or sometimes only one inning. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham’s one inning captivated Ray Kinsella enough to make him a major part […]

Sweet 60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who have known me for longer than fifteen minutes, learn that I am a ‘Die hard’ Pittsburgh Pirates fan.  The 1971 team is my favorite Pirates’ team of all-time.  But I have a strange relationship with the 1960 version.  One might describe it as destiny, like the Pirates beating the New York Yankees […]

A Baseball with Matt Year in Review

April 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Happy blog-iversary! Yup, that’s right, folks; today is the one year anniversary of Baseball with Matt. I just want to thank all of my viewers, without whom I would have never gotten to this point. Anyway, in honor of this special day, I am going to give you all a year in […]

My First Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame

March 30, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! I am off this week because of spring break, so naturally I took a baseball-related vacation… to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York! If you can believe this, it was actually my first time there and it was AWESOME!!!!!! I had a lot of fun and […]

What Kind of Word is “Poosh”?

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Today is Babe Ruth‘s birthday! To be specific, he was born on February 6, 1895. So, if the Sultan of Swat were alive today, he would be 118 years old. Anyway, in honor of the Babe’s birthday, I’m going to tell you about one of his teammates who is in the Hall of […]

Whitey is Mighty

January 15, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! Today’s post is about one of my favorite players of all time. He is one of the only Yankee pitchers in the Hall of Fame, and he is considered one of the greatest clutch pitchers of all time. Ladies and gentleman, Whitey Ford! Edward “Whitey” Ford was the best pitcher on the great […]

My Visit to the Sports Immortals Museum

January 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! During the recent break, I went to Florida to visit my grandparents, Aron and Salome, and I visited the Sports Immortals Museum in Boca Raton, Florida. There, I got to look at 1% of the biggest collection of sports memorabilia in the world (the rest is in special storage vaults). Let me tell […]

Uh Oh, It’s Oh

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Happy New Year!!  Anyway, for today’s post, I will be blogging about a baseball player who never played in the states, but is one of the most popular international baseball players of all time. Sadaharu Oh played for the Yomiuri Giants from 1959-1980 in the professional Japanese baseball league. He originally was […]

Booming Batters

December 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Now that I’ve blogged about Proficient Pitchers nicknames (part one and part two), it’s time for the hitting nicknames. Here they are: The Splendid Splinter - Ted Williams Ted’s goal as a baseball player was that when he walked down a street, a dad would say to his son: ‘Son, there’s the best hitter that […]

Kid Blogger Interviews MLB’s Official Historian

December 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I just received the answers to the interview questions that I sent to…. John Thorn, the Official Historian for Major League Baseball! Thorn was appointed Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball by the Commissioner on March 1, 2011. He has written books like “Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame” and […]

El noveno juego sin hits ni carreras lanzado en Fenway Park. (The ninth no hitter hurled in Fenway Park)

June 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Para ser un catcher convertido en pitcher Earl Lawrence Wilson lo terminó haciendo bastante bien. El nativo de Ponchatoula, Louisiana (02 de octubre de 1934) tuvo una meritoria carrera como lanzador de Grandes Ligas. Agenció ocho temporadas con más de diez triunfos, alcanzó su tope con 22 victorias en 1967 cuando jugaba para los Tigres […]

The Clemens Verdict

June 20, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

The Clemens trial played out over the long weeks here in DC. Eight weeks is a lot of billable hours for a top tier criminal attorney. Roger Clemens may have been acquitted by a jury of his “peers,” but there are few in DC who show up for jury selection that could sustain an attorney […]

Yankee Stadium and the Lost Mystic

May 28, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Mystic relates to something essentially religious, one of two currents. One is Renaissance poetry, the other, the lyrical: the Mystic Fray Luis de León, the beautiful poem “Vida retirada”. In this conception, mystic might relate to something in mysterious character and even the occult. My son Sergio, who has not seen Yankees players more than […]

Banzai Babe Ruth: A Review

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter how popular the NFL or NBA becomes, baseball still holds the title of America’s pastime.  For over a century it has been seen as a way to connect Americans with fellow countrymen and those from abroad, but is that a true representation?  Baseball has also served as a backdrop to larger diplomatic and […]

Some Thoughts on Secondary Aspects of the Hall of Fame Voting Results

January 15, 2012 by · 10 Comments 

The 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame vote was recently announced, and only one player was elected, Barry Larkin. Fellow Seamheads author Andrew Martin wrote a good post dissecting this year’s vote. I’m not going to do the same, especially since I largely agree with his views: Larkin is marginal but I support his election; Bagwell and […]

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