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Stephen Peterson: Adversity Just Another Obstacle for Milwaukee Brewers’ Prospect

September 8, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Left-handed pitcher Stephen Peterson has been a scrapper throughout his baseball career. It has served him well so far, and with any luck it will help him one day make the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers. Out of high school, the southpaw opted to attend Marist University, but transferred to the University of Rhode […]

The Seventh Game of the 1926 World Series: Was it Hollywood or Reality?

August 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

I can still remember seeing the 1952 film “The Winning Team” starring Ronald Regan and Doris Day.  Of course my knowledge of Grover Cleveland Alexander was non-existent until then.  In fact, I might have checked with my father and asked if it were a true story.  Which he informed me that Alexander was one of […]

Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future […]

Nolan Sanburn: Oakland A’s Pitching Prospect Talks Baseball

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Oakland Athletics have displayed a knack for producing quality Major League pitching in recent years, with the likes of Tim Hudson, Trevor Cahill, A.J. Griffin and Sean Doolittle just to name a few. Young Nolan Sanburn is hoping he can be one of the next in line to emerge from their system. Sanburn is […]

Through the Eyes of a Somerset Patriots Fan

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A View from the Press Box Most Somerset Patriots fans are aware of the significance of June 7, 1999.  It was the team’s first home opener at their present ballpark.  This was after spending their 1998 inaugural season, on the road.  When the gates were lifted, it ushered in the fruition of Steve Kalafer’s vision […]

Tanner Murphy: Trying to Catch on with the Baltimore Orioles

April 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The Baltimore Orioles may appear to be set at catcher for the foreseeable future with Matt Wieters behind the plate, but in baseball it’s never a good idea to plan too far ahead. Like any smart team, Baltimore continues to cultivate catching prospects, with Tanner Murphy being one of the young players they are most […]

Touring the Bases With Buddy Biancalana

May 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Buddy Biancalana was a first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1978 who went on to have a major league career as a middle infielder. Used primarily as a utility player, Buddy had his greatest success was in the 1985 World Series when he played in all seven games and hit .278, […]

Book Review: 60’6″

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

                    60’6″: Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality, the debut novel from former college and semipro pitcher Mike Arsenault, is a portrait of a young man clinging to an impossible dream and wondering what lies beyond.  Arsenault uses baseball as his backdrop, but his story transcends the […]

Monument Dedication for Lou Criger

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday, June 3, 2012at 2:00 p.m.at RiverviewParkin Elkhart, Indiana, a monument will be dedicated to the life and baseball career of Lou Criger, with the public encouraged to attend.  The event is set for the 100th anniversary of his last big league game that he played, which wasJune 3, 1912 as a member of […]

A Tribute to Billy Sullivan

December 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

On October 14, 1906, despite being big underdogs, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series with a victory over the cross-town Chicago Cubs. With excitement still running high, many members of the World Champion White Sox traveled to a small Wisconsin town named Edgerton, to play against their local team. Billy Sullivan, the catcher […]

Ward Miller Dedication

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On a sunny afternoon Sunday August 21, 2011, on the grounds of the Lee County Courthouse in Dixon, Illinois a monument dedication was held for former resident and baseball player Ward Miller. Dixon resident and local baseball historian Mark Stach, addressed the crowd wearing a Chicago Cubs replica jersey, very similar to the one Ward […]

Bob Stephens: Minor League Pitcher and WWII Fighter Ace

June 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Stephens’ baseball career was interrupted by military service after just one season, but he wasn’t about to let that stop him from reaching for the sky. As a P-51 Mustang pilot, Stephens shot down 13 enemy fighters, attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel before his 24th birthday and served with the Air Force for 18 […]

Here We Go Again… Benders abound for the Bengals

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Back in the fall of 2009 Miguel Cabrera went on a bender the last weekend of the season and wound up in the drunk tank at the local jail here in Metro Detroit.  This story has already been told before and if you are interested in the details –just Google it.  The problem is that […]

Touring The Bases With…Jackie Kampf

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Jackie Kampf is the Marketing Assistant for the Montgomery Biscuits located in Montgomery, Alabama.  They have been an Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays since 2004 and are in the Southern League. SEAMHEADS: What does your job consist of? What are your responsibilities? JACKIE KAMPF: My title is Marketing Assistant for the Montgomery Biscuits.  My […]

The Meaning Behind the Number

August 26, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

“You keep playing… you never stop. Not until they tear the jersey from your back do you give up.” – Anonymous A friend once told me this when we were talking about his baseball career. His time was almost up. He’d been in the minor leagues for far too many years with no signs of […]

Baseball Industry Network to Meet for First Time in Boston

August 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Baseball Industry Network, founded by my friend and colleague Tyrone Brooks, who serves as Director of Baseball Operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be meeting for the first time on August 26 in Boston. From Tyrone: The Baseball Industry Network invites you to join us in Boston for the Baseball Industry Network Boston Meetup. To celebrate […]

Touring the Bases with…..Craig Wright

June 23, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Craig R. Wright was the first of what today would be called a “Sabermetrician” to be hired by a major league baseball team. He was the primary author of “The Diamond Appraised” (1989), and with Texas Rangers play-by-play announcer Eric Nadel has done a radio pre-game show called “A Page from Baseball Past” since 1984. […]

Brownsten Setting His Sights

May 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Memorial Day will find Cory Brownsten waiting on the NCAA. After finishing the season 38-18, Brownsten and his University of Pittsburgh Panther teammates fell short of earning an automatic berth to the Regionals of College World Series. The Panthers will have to wait and see if their resume is enough to earn an at-large bid […]

Lyman Bostock: What Might Have Been

March 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

What coulda been–a man taken from us WAY too soon…. It’s been 35 years since the very memorable 1975 baseball season–one that saw future Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver win Cy Young Awards, Frank Robinson become MLB’s first black manager, and another “no-no” thrown by Nolan Ryan. It also featured the Tigers […]

Lena Blackburne’s Playing Days

December 7, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

I first remember hearing of Lena Blackburne several years ago, when Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs went over to New Jersey to gather some river mud with Jim Bintliff, the head of Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud. But his name only stuck in my mind last year, when I saw his name on a list of […]