This day in baseball: USA vs. Japan

The first game between an American and a Japanese professional baseball team was played on November 22, 1908.  In the game, the Reach All-Americans defeated Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0.

VintageBall.com

VintageBall.com


Quote of the day

Things could be worse.  Suppose your errors were counted and published everyday, like those of a baseball player.

~Unknown

New York Times


“The Clubhouse’s Haiku,” by Stephen Jones

It hasn’t even been a month yet, and I find myself counting down to Spring Training.  Stephen Jones captures this feeling quite aptly through this haiku, recently published on Bardball.

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My season . . . now done
My ballpark empty of life
My heart waits for Spring


This day in baseball: MVP dominance

On November 19, 2001, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) determined in a landslide vote to award the NL Most Valuable Player Award to Giants slugger Barry Bonds.  Bonds won 30 of 32 first place votes, winning his fourth career MVP award — the most by any single player to that point.  Bonds went on to accumulate a total of seven MVP awards in his career, which remains the most for any given player.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons


Quote of the day

‘God what an outfield,’ he says. ‘What a left field.’ He looks up at me, and I look down at him. ‘This must be heaven,’ he says.

‘No. It’s Iowa,’ I reply automatically. But then I feel the night rubbing softly against my face like cherry blossoms; look at the sleeping girl-child in my arms, her small hand curled around one of my fingers; think of the fierce warmth of the woman waiting for me in the house; inhale the fresh-cut grass small that seems locked in the air like permanent incense; and listen to the drone of the crowd, as below me Shoelss Joe Jackson tenses, watching the angle of the distant bat for a clue as to where the ball will be hit.

‘I think you’re right, Joe,’ I say, but softly enough not to disturb his concentration.

~W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe

Amazon

Amazon


Wrapping up “Talkin’ Baseball”

Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck finding what’s left of the “Talkin’ Baseball” series via YouTube videos.  But for anyone who’s interested, you can find the songs on iTunes:

American League

National League

Enjoy!

Terry Cashman (American Originals)

Terry Cashman (American Originals)


This day in baseball: The first trade

The first recorded trade in major league history took place on November 15, 1886 when the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association dealt rookie catcher Jack Boyle and $400 to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for outfielder Hugh Nicol.

Jack Boyle (Wikimedia Commons)

Jack Boyle (Wikimedia Commons)