Quote of the day

There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.

~Al Gallagher

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This day in baseball: Throws like a girl

On March 20, 1934, female golfer and Olympic track and field gold medalist Babe Didrikson pitched the first inning of the Philadelphia A’s spring training game against the Dodgers.  In the outing, Didrikson gave up no hits and only one walk at McCurdy Field.  Didrikson would also make appearances for the Indians and the Cardinals.

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“Talkin’ Baseball” (Chicago Cubs version), by Terry Cashman

The Chicago Cubs star in our next installment of the “Talkin’ Baseball” series.  This video features one fan’s experiences rooting for the Cubbies.  Enjoy, North Side fans!

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This day in baseball: The first professional league

The National Association of Professional Baseball Players was formed on March 17, 1871 at a convention held in New York City.  The convention, called by Henry Chadwick, marked the formation of baseball’s first official professional league.  Although the league only lasted until 1875, it outlined rules for championship series, player compensation, and paved the way for the formation of the National League.  The new National Association included the following new professional teams: Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, Troy Unions (New York), Cleveland Forest Cities, New York Mutuals, Philadelphia Athletics, Fort Wayne Kekiongas (Indiana), Rockford Forest Cities (Illinois), and Washington Olympics.

The Boston Red Stockings were baseball’s first professional team and members of the NAPBBP (19c Base Ball)


Quote of the day

I can do that (foul off pitches) intentionally. They were borderline. And I was trying to get the pitcher to make a mistake.

~Ichiro Suzuki

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Opening Day countdown

Only 8 days remain until Major League Baseball’s opening series in Australia!

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If you want to add a little spice to your wait — or you’re just feeling antsy — you can visit the MLB’s Opening Day blog for a fun look at some of baseball’s great Opening Day performances.  As the countdown continues, the number of days remaining are matched up with the jersey number of one of history’s players.  It’s a great way to learn about some baseball while waiting for the season!


“First Time At Third,” by Jacqueline Sweeney

This poem by Jacqueline Sweeney is quite amusing. Anyone who’s ever played third base can sympathize with the protagonist of this piece. It’s a position where you need to be on your toes, and over-excitement can cause this in anyone.

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First time at third
nothing but nerves.
He fist-whomps his glove,
tucks in his shirt,
kicks up the dirt
for the twenty-fifth time.

Gets in position
pumped up to win,
ump sweeps the plate.
Will it ever begin?

A quick-line drive!
He leaps for the sky.
His body’s an arrow,
glove aimed high.

What’s this?
He stumbles,
he tumbles to earth.
His glove is still empty,
face red as his shirt.

The game hasn’t started?
“Play Ball!” can be heard
and he’s tried to snag
a lowflying bird;
fastflying, linedriving
feathers and all.

How could he think
that a bird was a ball!