This day in baseball: The sale of Ebbets Field

On October 30, 1956, the Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to a real estate developer, Marvin Kratter.  The sale of the ballpark was one of the early indications that it was nearing the end of its life, and some speculate that this move served as an early catalyst for the sale of the Dodgers to Los Angeles.  As part of the deal for the sale, club owner Walter O’Malley is given a three-year lease, with an option to stay two more years, until 1961.

Ebbets Field, 1955 (

The Kansas City Symphony challenges the New York Philharmonic

I think most folks who watched the ALCS knew that there was a bit of a rivalry taking place between the Toronto and Kansas City public libraries implementing the clever arrangement of book spines.

Now that the ALCS has ended and we have moved on to the World Series, another rivalry has sprouted, this time between the Kansas City Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.  According to Director Michael Stern, if the Mets win the World Series, the Symphony will send a barbecue lunch to the Philharmonic.  Furthermore, the Symphony will play “New York, New York” at a future performance while Stern wears a Mets jersey.

However, should the Royals win the Series, Stern challenges New York conductor Alan Gilbert to don a Royals jersey and play “Everything is Up to Date in Kansas City” at his next concert.  But Stern doesn’t stop there: “[W]e expect lunch, for everyone in the orchestra, New York’s finest bagels, cream cheese and lox.”

You can find the story from the Kansas City Star here.

Quote of the day

My father gave me a bat for Christmas. The first time I tried to play with it, it flew away.

~Rodney Dangerfield

“The Old-Fashioned Pitcher,” by George E. Phair

I discovered this piece in the book Baseball: A Literary Anthology, which contains not only poetry, but also short stories, articles, and excerpts from larger pieces, all having to do with the game of baseball.  We don’t get the opportunity to absorb many complete games pitched in the modern era of baseball.  Most managers hope for a mere five or six innings from their starting hurlers before turning the contest over to the hands of the bullpen.  While this approach does have its strategic benefits, especially if you happen to possess a strong collection of relievers, sometimes the old-fashioned complete game offers a gem to behold.


How dear to my heart was the old-fashioned hurler
who labored all day on the old village green.
He did not resemble the up-to-date twirler
who pitches four innings and ducks from the scene.
The up-to-date twirler I’’m not very strong for;
He has a queer habit of pulling up lame.
And that is the reason I hanker and long for
the pitcher who started and finished the game.

The old-fashioned pitcher,
The iron-armed pitcher,
The stout-hearted pitcher,
Who finished the game.

2015 World Series Schedule


News about the MLB playoffs has been absent from here, and a lot of that has to do with bit of superstition in me that worries that if I allow myself to get too excited about the Royals’ performance, I’ll jinx it.  On Friday night, I did worry that Fox’s pre-mature announcement of a Royals-Mets Series would curse Kansas City in the end, but fortunately, that was not the case.

So with fingers crossed that my bringing it up now won’t bring bad luck to the Royals, I thought I’d post the schedule planned for this year’s World Series.

Tuesday, Oct. 27
Game 1 — New York at Kansas City

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Game 2 — New York at Kansas City

Friday, Oct. 30
Game 3 — Kansas City at New York

Saturday, Oct. 31
Game 4 —Kansas City at New York

Sunday, Nov. 1
Game 5 — Kansas City at New York
*if necessary
* First pitch at 8:15 p.m. ET, pregame at 8 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Game 6 —New York at Kansas City
*if necessary

Wednesday, Nov 4
Game 7 — New York at Kansas City
*if necessary

xkcd: Play-By-Play

I haven’t been a regular follower of xkcd lately, but whenever I do make a point to catch up with the webcomic, I’m never disappointed.  A friend of mine brought the strip below to my attention, and I thought it was too good not to share.  I’m sure we have all had that experience while watching a ballgame of listening to some poor soul try to fumble through understanding the game, which can be simultaneously frustrating and endearing.  For me, the comic below highlights the fact that, if you step back and think about it, baseball is a pretty funny game.

The best part of this comic is the post-script joke, which is viewed by hovering your mouse over the comic.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to work on this page, so I strongly encourage you to view the original at the xkcd website to catch sight of the additional commentary.



Quote of the day

Many Fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.

~Christy Mathewson

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