This day in baseball: A dubious record

On July 31, 1897, St. Louis pitcher John Grimes hit six batters in a single, nine-inning contest, thus establishing a Major League record.  After 1900, the most hit batsmen in a game is four, committed by multiple pitchers.  Grimes would only appear in three games with the Browns during his single-season career.

Quote of the day

There is a power to both patience and persistence. Baseball is a game of life. It’s not perfect, but it feels like it is. That’s the magic of it. We are responsible for giving it the respect that it deserves. Our sport is part of the American soul, and it’s ours to borrow just for while, to take care of it for a time, and then pass it on to the next generation.

~Joe Torre, from his 2014 Hall of Fame induction speech

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Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014!  The induction ceremony for these six greats took place yesterday in Cooperstown, New York.  Those inducted: 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and La Russa.  Having been witness to the Braves of the ’90s as I grew up, a part of me wishes fervently that I could have attended the ceremony.  Maddux and Glavine were masters of their craft, and it was always a treat to watch these pitchers pinpoint their pitches with remarkable accuracy.  These men were proof that one did not have to be big, strong, and bulky to be successful in professional sports, and that style, brains, and finesse, in many ways, counts for so much more than brawn.

Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Greg Maddux (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Infographic: Sudden Death

Here’s an interesting twist on the game: what if every game was played as if it were in extra innings right from the start?  That is, what if the winner was determined according to who scored first (with equal opportunities on offense, of course).  Craig Robinson explored this question, and what follows is a look at how the 2013 season would have shaped up had it been played by these rules.

Quote of the day

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

~Frederick B. Wilcox

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This day in baseball: Hitting for the tricycle

On July 24, 1931, Floyd “Babe” Herman hit for the cycle for the second time in just ten days.  This was the third time in Herman’s career that he had accomplished the feat, making him one of only three players in history to do so.  “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel have also hit for the cycle three times in their careers.

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“Talkin’ Baseball” (Atlanta Braves version), by Terry Cashman

I have this video queued up to start at Cashman’s tribute to the Braves, but it’s not the only song in the video.  If you wish to see and hear more of the video’s content, feel free to start at the beginning of it.  Enjoy!

All “Talkin’ Baseball” videos can be found here.

This day in baseball: Cobb steals the inning

In a game against the Red Sox on July 22, 1909, Detroit’s Ty Cobb stole three bases in a single inning.  This feat, occurring at Huntington Grounds in Boston, helped give the Tigers a 6-0 victory.


Quote of the day

If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.

~Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

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This day in baseball

On July 19, 1933, Rick and Wes Ferrell became the first set of brothers to hit home runs in the same game playing on opposing teams.  Rick’s homer came off a pitch thrown by his brother.

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Wesley and Rick Ferrell as Boston Red Sox (Baseball Hall of Fame)