July 23, 2017

2014 World Series Wrap-Up: The Baseball Historian Notes for the Week of November 2

November 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2014 World Series! Although not all of the individual games were nail biters, Game 7 and the totality of the series made for great baseball. Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner (Don’t call me Bumgardner) was this year’s player to use the Fall Classic as his personal coming-out […]

Arguably the Best Second Baseman of his Era

March 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! There are three Hall of Famers from Puerto Rico. There was Roberto Clemente, the inspirational and excellent-hitting Pirate, Orlando Cepeda, the Baby Bull who played in St. Louis and San Francisco, and the most recently inducted Puerto Rican Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar! Alomar played for mainly the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Indians in his […]

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 […]

Baseball with Matt’s First Ever Analysis of a Poem

January 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before on Baseball with Matt: I’m going to analyze a poem! But don’t worry; the poem is about baseball. This poem is probably my favorite, because it captures the description of a player’s entire personality and career in only a few lines. I […]

The Pine Tar Game

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! A while back, I got the chance to interview Graig Nettles, a Yankee great and a member of the 300 home runs club. What I did not mention in that post was something he did that helped create one of the oddest, most interesting, and controversial moments not just in the history of […]

The Predecessors to Mariano Rivera

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Sadly (for Yankee fans) Mariano Rivera has finally called it quits after playing 19 seasons in the Bronx. In honor of him, I want to talk about other great relievers in Yankee history. Johnny Murphy Murphy was one of the first relievers in the live ball era and he did a pretty good job […]

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 […]

Cha-Cha Cha-Chas Into the Hall of Fame

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As some of you know, there are three Puerto Rican-born Hall of Famers in Cooperstown: Roberto Clemente, Roberto Alomar, and one other person. There are also three Hall of Fame position players who played for the 1962 San Francisco Giants pennant-winning squad: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and one other person. The “one other person” on both […]

The Terrific One

December 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Considering I just watched Anchorman 2 on the big screen, here is a little something about a famous Met who was born in the same state that Ron Burgundy reported the news (California). Ladies and gentleman, the Fresno, California native, Tom Seaver! George Thomas Seaver played with the Mets, Reds, White Sox, and […]

NJBM: Whitey Herzog

December 18, 2013 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 Whitey Herzog, one of the greatest managers in Missouri baseball history. If you want to read more about the man who invented Whiteyball, just click here. I hope you enjoy the post. […]

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 Graig Nettles

December 11, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have another interview today. This one is with All Star third baseman, Graig Nettles! But, before we get to the interview, let me tell you a little bit about one of the most familiar faces to Yankee fans from the 1970s. A native of San Diego, California, Nettles was a power-hitting third […]

An Interview with the Mayor of Cooperstown

December 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have another interview for you today! This interview is with someone who is very close to baseball, but does not currently have a job involving America’s pastime. Ladies and gentlemen: an interview with Cooperstown, New York Mayor Jeff Katz! But before I get to the interview, let me tell you a […]

If I Had a Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot 2014

December 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is now announced with a lot of stars’ names on the list for the first time. However, there are only five players on the list for the first time that I think deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. So, without further ado, let […]

Turkey Stearnes Should Not Be Eaten on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have an amazing holiday. Anyway, I was looking at the nicknames for Hall of Famers and I found that one HoFer has the nickname (wouldn’t you know it): Turkey. So, without further ado, here is a little bit about Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes! Norman acquired his unusual nickname at […]

An Allegorical Name to Remember

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! There are only 24 pitchers with at least 300 career wins, but there are only two who have won exactly 300. However, I will not be talking about Lefty Grove. Instead, I will be talking about the other exactly 300-game winner: Early Wynn! Just like his name states (and it is the name that […]

Pitchers Who Can Hit? WHAAAAAAATTTTTT?

November 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! Most pitchers in baseball history are meant for pitching (obviously). However, before the creation of the designated hitter rule in 1973, pitchers on every single team in the MLB had to have a pitcher somewhere in the lineup. Even though every American League team has to have a DH in the lineup […]

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 […]

ML”what would”B: What if Sandy Koufax Was Never Plagued With Arthritis?

November 12, 2013 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 wrote about what would have happened […]

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 Mad Dash

November 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans!As most of you probably know, the Boston Red Sox just won the World Series, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games. However, did you know that the Sox and Cards have squared off before in the World Series? Out of the 13 times the Sox have been to the Fall Classic, […]

So You Think You Can Name World Series Winners

October 31, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! I recently posted a video on YouTube. The video is of me trying to name all of the winners of every single World Series from 1903 (the first ever World Series). To see if I succeeded or not, click here. I hope you enjoy the video and check back in a few days […]

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 […]

NJBM: Billy Williams

October 25, 2013 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 Billy Williams, one of the great Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers in baseball history. If you want to read more about Billy, just click here. I hope you enjoy the article and […]

My Top Five Favorite Cardinals Hall of Famers

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! The 2013 World Series week has officially started! This year’s contenders are the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Considering that I’ve already done a top five favorite Red Sox HoFers post, I decided that the time is right to post my top five Cards Hall of Famers of all […]

An Interview with Trevor Hoffman

October 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have another interview for you today! It’s with the great former closer Trevor Hoffman! It was arranged and recorded by the really cool web site, Sqor.com. By the way, Sqor (www.sqor.com) is a new sports and social networking web site that brings athlete content to fans from over 1,200 professional and amateur athletes, […]

The Man with as Many Career Hits as Career Aches

October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Like I’ve mentioned many times before, some Hall of Famers never won a World Series ring, or even got a taste of playoff baseball. Naturally, a couple of teams with Hall of Famers without rings come to my mind when I hear this statement. For example, the Expos, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Angels, […]

Matt Nadel’s 2013 MLB Awards Predictions

October 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As you all know, I’ve started doing some vlog posts where I make different predictions.  Well, since the MLB regular season is now over, I have to make my predictions on who will win all the major MLB awards.  So, without further ado, please click here for a link to my latest vlog post, where […]

NJBM Kids’ Hot Korner: Ozzie Smith

October 8, 2013 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 Ozzie Smith, one of the greatest defensive shortstops ever and a Hall of Famer. If you want to read more about Ozzie, just click here.   Thanks for reading the article. I hope you […]

The Winner of the 2013 World Series Will Be…….

September 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As you all know, I normally blog about baseball history, but back on September 9th, after getting a lot of questions from readers, I decided to put up a vlog post on who I thought would make the playoffs.  Well, since the playoff picture is now pretty much set, I have to […]

Cast Your Vote For the 1917 All-Stars!

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Voice of the Fan—YOU—will be heard! Here is your golden opportunity to cast your vote for the most deserving base ball players to play in the 1917 All-Star Series between the two great leagues, taking place July 13-15 at the spacious Polo Grounds in New York, N.Y. Voting is taking place right now.  The […]

The Little Steam Engine with a Huge Legacy

September 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I’m sure you all know about who Cy Young is, the winningest pitcher in baseball history in a time when Major League Baseball was in its infancy. But there was a pitcher who might have been just as good and pitched even earlier than Cy did. He is in the Hall of Fame with […]

My Top Five Most Notorious Records in Baseball History

September 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hey baseball fans! There are some records in baseball history that everyone strives to break: Rickey Henderson‘s stolen bases and runs scored records, Nolan Ryan‘s strikeout record, or Cy Young‘s wins record. However, there are some records that no one would ever want to break. With that, I give you my top five most notorious records in baseball […]

Feliz Cumpleaños a Gaylord Perry

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As some of you know, I share a birthday with no Hall of Famers. The only person who is close to becoming one is Alan Trammell. However, the people celebrating a birthday tomorrow do have a Hall of Fame birthday buddy: Gaylord Perry! Perry played with the Giants, Indians, Rangers, Padres, Yankees, Braves, Mariners, […]

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