April 22, 2021

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 12th)

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Saturday, May 12th – The Detroit Stars visit the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Park. Here are the starting lineups: Detroit Stars1. Wade Johnston, LF2. Halley Harding, SS3. Turkey Stearnes, CF4. Ed Rile, 1B5. Hurley McNair, RF6. Ted Radcliffe, C7. Claude Johnson, 3B8. Bingo DeMoss, 2B9. Jack Marshall, P Chicago American Giants1. Jelly Gardner, CF2. […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 11th)

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Friday, May 11th – In a battle of the league’s southern teams, the Birmingham Black Barons visit the Memphis Red Sox at Lewis Field. Here are the starting lineups: Birmingham Black Barons1. George McAllister, 1B2. Ray Sheppard, 3B3. Roy Parnell, LF4. Sandy Thompson, CF5. Bill Perkins, C6. Reuben Jones, RF7. Dewitt Owens, SS8. Chuffy Alexander, […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 10th)

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Thursday, May 10th – No Games Scheduled Standings NNL:NNL                  W L RS RASt. Louis          9 1  83 43Detroit             7 3  92 64Chicago          4 2  22 26Memphis         5 5  46 57Cuban Stars  […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 9th)

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Wednesday, May 9th – It’s the Kansas City Monarchs vs. St. Louis Stars, for the 5th and final game of their series at Stars Park St. Louis. The Stars have won 3 of the first 4 games. Here are the starting lineups: Kansas City Monarchs1. LeRoy Taylor, RF2. Dink Mothell, 2B3. Newt Allen, SS4. George […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 8th)

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Tuesday, May 8th – It’s the Kansas City Monarchs vs. St. Louis Stars again, at Stars Park St. Louis. Here are the starting lineups: Kansas City Monarchs1. LeRoy Taylor, RF2. Dink Mothell, 2B3. Newt Allen, SS4. George Giles, 1B5. Newt Joseph, 3B6. Reginald Hopwood, LF7. Eddie Dwight, CF8. Frank Duncan, C9. Andy Cooper, P St. […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 7th)

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Monday, May 7th – The Kansas City Monarchs are off to a slow start in 1928, with a 3-4 record, including having just dropped the first two games of a series at St. Louis. The St. Louis Stars are a perfect 7-0 on their season opening homestand at Stars Park. Here are the starting lineups: […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 6th)

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Sunday, May 6th – A full slate of games across the country, including a double header between the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox at Maryland Park. Here are the starting lineups for Game #1: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants1. Ambrose Reid, LF2. Eggie Dallard, CF3. Oliver Marcell, 3B4. Dick Lundy, SS5. Milton […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 5th)

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  Saturday, May 5th – After a few days of non-league games, both leagues resume their schedules. The Birmingham Black Barons visit the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Park. Here are the starting lineups: Birmingham Black Barons:1. George McAllister, 1B2. Geechie Meredith, 2B3. Roy Parnell, LF4. Sandy Thompson, CF5. Ray Sheppard, 3B6. Poindexter Williams, C7. […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 2nd)

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Wednesday, May 2nd – The Kansas City Monarchs conclude their series with the Memphis Red Sox at Lewis Park. The series is tied at 2 game apiece. Here are the starting lineups: Kansas City Monarchs:1. Leroy Taylor. RF2. Dink Mothell, 2B3. Newt Allen, SS4. George Giles, 1B5. Eddie Dwight, CF6. New Joseph, 3B7. Frank Duncan, […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 1st)

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Tuesday, May 1st – The Kansas City Monarchs continue their series with the Memphis Red Sox at Lewis Park. Memphis won the opening game 6-3, and teams then split a double header on Sunday. Here are the starting lineups: Kansas City Monarchs:1. Eddie Dwight, CF2. Dink Mothell, LF3. Newt Allen, SS4. George Giles, 1B5. Bullet […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (April 30)

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Monday, April 29, 1928 – Birmingham Black Barons at St. Louis Stars. The Stars have won the first 2 games of the 5-game series. This was the only scheduled game of the day. Here are the starting lineups: Birmingham Black Barons1. George McAllister, 1B2. Chuffy Alexander, 3B3. Roy Parnell, LF4. Geechie Meredith, 2B5. Sandy Thompson, […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (April 29)

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It’s Sunday, April 29, 1928 – opening day for the Eastern Colored League. The Atlantic City Bacharach Giants, 1927 ECL champions, are visiting the New York Lincoln Giants, who finished 6th in the 7 team ECL, for a Sunday double-header at the Catholic Protectory Oval, the most hitter friendly ballpark in the Negro Leagues. Going […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928

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It’s Saturday, April 28, 1928 – opening day for the Negro National League. The Birmingham Black Barons, champions of the 2nd half of the 1927 NNL season, partially due to the addition of 20-year-old Satchel Paige from the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League, are at Stars Park to play the St. Louis […]

The Three-Batter Rule – There is a Better Way

April 21, 2020 by · 3 Comments 

When baseball resumes, the three-batter minimum rule for pitchers will be implemented. Under this rule, relief pitchers would be required to face at least three batters or to complete the half-inning before they could be taken out. The rule appears to be an attempt to address the related problems of pace of play and length […]

Minor League Players and Covid-19

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The MLB owners made the right call and sent the players home. When no one really knew how bad Covid-19 was going to be, MLB ownership got word that their players were at risk. They have invested millions in their teams and so like the billionaire class from which they spring, they moved to protect […]

THE 1942 MEXICAN LEAGUE SEASON

February 27, 2020 by · 1 Comment 

We’ve added data from the 1942 Mexican League, a season of 84-88 games that finished with three teams within two games of first place. Union Laguna de Torreon posted the best record (48-40) thanks to Martin Dihigo, who proved why he’s one of the greatest players in baseball history. The 37-year-old Dihigo not only led […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1932 Negro Southern League

January 27, 2020 by · 9 Comments 

In time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League next month, we’re happy to announce that we have achieved full coverage of all the traditional major Negro leagues from 1920 through 1948. The latest addition to the DB is the 1932 Negro Southern League, the only year that circuit was […]

Logan Darnell is On Professional Baseball’s Winding Path

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For players, professional baseball is a journey that takes many twists and turns. Neither the path nor the destination can ever be foretold. Someone who can attest to that is pitcher Logan Darnell, who has just completed the 10th year of a career filled with changes and achievements. The left-handed Darnell was a sixth-round draft choice of […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1926 Negro National League

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New in the DB: the 1926 Negro National League, once again based on the work of Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers, and the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group, with additions and edits by us. Along with the NNL playoffs and the 1926 World Series, the 1926 NNL takes its place alongside our compilation of the […]

Jack Spradlin: Lefty Pitcher Recalls His Professional Baseball Journey

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Jack Spradlin was a left-handed pitcher who played at just about every possible level of professional baseball except for the big leagues. By no means was that a failure, as he had a long and interesting career playing the game that he loves. On the radar of major league teams since high school, Spradlin was a […]

THE 1941 MEXICAN LEAGUE SEASON

November 17, 2019 by · 2 Comments 

Before the 1941 season began, the Mexican League consolidated, going from 7 teams down to only 6 teams. Although the number of Negro Leaguers decreased from 67 to 58, in percentage terms they increased from around 33% to 40% of the total player population. But this understates their impact, as in terms of At Bats, […]

No Way to Honor #42’s Memory

November 14, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

There are 626 retired men and their families who played Major League Baseball who are being denied pensions by both the league and the union representing the current players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA), because of an error the union committed 39 years ago. In order to avert a threatened 1980 walkout by […]

Dale Scott: The Umpire Experience

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Umpires are truly overlooked for their contributions to baseball. Their ability to arbitrate games and interpret rules is done at an amazingly high success rate. Even their humanity during times when they make mistakes, or at a minimum, decisions that not all agree with, can bring an exciting and unexpected element to the game. One […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1930 Negro National League

October 25, 2019 by · 1 Comment 

Check out the latest addition to the database, the 1930 Negro National League, based on the work of Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers, and the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group. Also part of this addition are games between NNL and eastern teams, especially the Homestead Grays, which gives a much fuller picture of the Grays’ […]

On Becoming National League Champions in 2019

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Victor Robles squeezes the ball into his glove as the man next to me shouts, “It’s an out, baby, it’s an out,” and the stadium erupts into pure animal joy. As the fireworks erupt and the fans explode, the center field gate swings open and a makeshift stage begins to move toward the infield as […]

Is 2019 the Post Season of the Pitcher?

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Whoever said it, the old mantra that pitching wins the World Series has an early lead in 2019, even in the modern game where the home run is the attention grabber, the defining moment that lifts everyone from their seats to track the flight of the ball as it heads toward the light standard. But […]

The Mexican Leagues are Here!

October 11, 2019 by · 2 Comments 

From its inception in 1924, thru the 1939 season, the Mexican League was basically a league of native Mexican semi-pro players, playing for their local teams. There were a few foreign imports that played in the league during those seasons, most notably Martin Dihigo, who left the New York Cubans after the 1936 season to […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1929 NNL

October 8, 2019 by · 4 Comments 

This week we’ve added the 1929 Negro National League to the database, where it joins the 1929 American Negro League (the east coast league) for a complete view of the black majors in that year. This update also includes the 1923 Harrisburg Giants and 1924–1925 Homestead Grays, both courtesy of Scott Simkus, along with new […]

Boston Red Sox 2019: What Went Right

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Thanks to social media and endless emails I receive from the Boston Globe, NESN, WEEI, and The Athletic Daily it’s clear everyone is still bewildered by what happened to a team that won a franchise-best 108 games last year, then steamrolled through the postseason only to follow it up with a third-place finish that found […]

The Chicago Black Sox: What Might Have Been

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The 1919 Chicago White Sox (aka Black Sox) were the one of the most famous and infamous teams of all time. After going 88-52 in the regular season, they rolled into the World Series to face off against the Cincinnati Reds as heavy favorites, but surprisingly looked clumsy and disinterested in the field; ultimately losing […]

Mookie Betts: Why the Boston Red Sox May Be About to Make a Big Mistake

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If recent reports are to be believed, the Boston Red Sox may be about to make a major mistake this upcoming offseason. At least it will be if they decide to part ways with their star right fielder, Mookie Betts. The Sox, coming off a dominant 108-win and World Series-winning 2018 season, belly flopped into 2019 with a […]

Ballpark

September 17, 2019 by · 1 Comment 

Ballpark, the excellent book on baseball architecture by Paul Goldberger, is a paean to those unique and very public edifices in which “America’s Pastime” is played. Goldberger’s history and physical description of so many of them is very much like barnstorming the country to see them, so aptly and lovingly described are they in his […]

Notes From the Davey Martinez Fan Club

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Davey Martinez, current manager of the Washington Nationals, is a case study in why catchers make such good managers. Be it Bruce Bochy, Kevin Cash, Joe Girardi or Mike Matheny, their years of sitting behind the plate and working with a pitching staff on an every day basis provided key insights into how to manage […]

Jamie Lavarnway- Ryan Lavarnway’s Partner in His Baseball Journey

September 14, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The life of a professional baseball player is a continuous roller coaster of ups and downs. Great successes, bitter disappointments, nomadic living and uncertain futures are all part of the experience. These are not just enjoyed and anguished over by the player; those closest to them are right next to them in the passenger seat […]

Author Charles Leerhsen and the Dramatic Way He Changed the Legacy of Baseball Legend Ty Cobb

September 1, 2019 by · 1 Comment 

Nearly a century after playing his final big-league game, outfielder Ty Cobb is still considered among the best players to ever set foot on a diamond. He also has one of the worst reputations, as a caustic and virulent racist, who succeeded despite erratic behavior and hatred. However, as author Charles Leerhsen discovered when writing his groundbreaking […]

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