The history of professional baseball is full of players with colorful personalities. Athletes like Mark Fidrych, Rickey Henderson, and Jose Lima have made the game of baseball entertaining throughout time. However, none might have been as quirky as Hall-of-Fame pitcher Rube Waddell. George “Rube” Waddell pitched in Major League Baseball during the turn of the 20th Century. In a career that spanned from 1897 to … Continue reading The Eccentric Life of Rube Waddell
During the broadcast of the MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins on August 24, 2020, Fox Sports Cleveland, the flagship television station for the Indians, ran the following infographic on former Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell: According to the unbelievable stat line, on that date 101 years prior, Caldwell was struck by lightning in the final inning of his Indians debut. Despite being … Continue reading Ray Caldwell: The Pitcher that Was Struck by Lightning
In February of 1992, America was infatuated with The Simpsons. The show was in its third season, and it was one of the highest-rated television series in the world. On February 20, they aired the 17th episode of that season, “Homer at the Bat” (spoilers ahead). In this episode, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant starts a slow-pitch softball team. Homer becomes the star of the … Continue reading Homer at the Bat: Which of Mr. Burns’ Teams Would’ve Been Better?
Joe DiMaggio is considered one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history. He played from 1936 to 1951 (as well as serving in the military between 1943 and 1945 due to World War II). He was named an all star every season of his career, won nine World Series titles, and won the American League MVP in 1939, 1941, and 1947. He finished … Continue reading Vince DiMaggio: The Oldest DiMaggio Brother
On April 26, 2020, Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) shared the following story on Twitter: He followed it up with this tweet: According to this article, a player by the name of “Wild Bill” Setley recalled an 1893 game in the Atlantic League between his team from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Setley remembered the game going to 11 innings tied 2-2 before his teammate, Mike Kilroy, … Continue reading Did a Baseball Game End with a Score of 2 1/2 to 2?
When people think of Wrigley Field, one image that pops into most of their minds is the ivy on the the outfield wall. When people think about the first black player to play in the American League, they think of Larry Doby. And when people think of some of the most disastrous promotions in Major League Baseball history, one that may come to mind before … Continue reading Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Most Groundbreaking Owner
In 1974, using his first calculator, 23-year-old Mark Sackler, then a radio broadcaster for WMMM in Westport, Connecticut, decided to pursue a statistics project for fun. He purchased a copy of the Baseball Encyclopedia, and he decided to see how many runs have been scored in Major League Baseball history. As the project progressed, Sackler realized the game was quickly approaching its one millionth run. … Continue reading Bob Watson and the Race to MLB’s One Millionth Run
Throughout the history of professional sports in the United States, there have been athletes that have tried acting once their athletic careers concluded. O.J. Simpson, prior to his legal troubles, was a staple in all three of the Naked Gun movies. Shaquille O’Neal has been in numerous movies since his retirement from the NBA, including Grown Ups 2, Blended, and The Lego Movie. After a … Continue reading Chuck Connors: The First Athlete-Turned-Actor
Larry Bird doesn’t need an introduction. He is considered one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. In 13 seasons, Bird was an all star twelve times. He was the 1979-80 Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP three straight seasons between 1983-84 and 1985-86. He was also a 3-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, winning the NBA Finals MVP twice. By the … Continue reading Larry Bird: The Greatest College Baseball Player Ever?
On April 16, 2007, one of the most famous fan incidents in the history of Fenway Park occurred. During a typical mid-April baseball game, what became known as “The Pizza Incident” took place in the stands of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. The Red Sox were playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the annual Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday day game. Red Sox batter … Continue reading The Pizza Incident at Fenway Park