This day in baseball: Mark Twain’s umbrella

On May 18, 1875, writer Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) attended a game between the Boston Red Stockings and the Hartford Dark Blues.  A record crowd of 10,000 fans attended the match-up between the two teams, both undefeated up to this point in the season.  The visiting Red Stockings defeated the Dark Blues, 10-5, led by captain and pitcher, Albert Goodwill “Al” Spalding.

During the game, a young boy snagged an umbrella belonging to Clemens when he stood up to root for the home team.  A couple days later, Clemens published the following notice in the Hartford Courant newspaper:

To the Public

TWO HUNDRED & FIVE DOLLARS REWARD–At the great baseball match on Tuesday, while I was engaged in hurrahing, a small boy walked off with an English-made brown silk UMBRELLA belonging to me, & forgot to bring it back. I will pay $5 for the return of that umbrella in good condition to my house on Farmington avenue. I do not want the boy (in an active state) but will pay two hundred dollars for his remains.
Samuel L. Clemens.

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Mark Twain (Library of Congress)


Quote of the day

I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they didn’t bring the scorebook to the game that day.

~ Cool Papa Bell

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Whose Line?: Baseball mound scene

I watched a lot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? when I was in high school and college.  Honestly, it’s a shame that the show didn’t last (in it’s original, U.S. form), because I do miss it sometimes.  I imagine the current run of the show is good as well, though I honestly haven’t taken the opportunity to check it out.  In any case, here’s an improvised scene from the show’s original run in which Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie pretend to be a baseball pitcher, catcher, and manager having an argument on the mound.


A League of Their Own reunion

Earlier this week, cast members from A League of Their Own got together for a little reunion baseball game.  The event was organized by Geena Davis, who played Dottie Hinson in the 1992 film.  The game took place at the Bentonville Film Festival, which Davis co-founded.

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Megan Cavanagh and Geena Davis (Getty Images)

Along with Davis, Megan Cavanagh, Anne Ramsey, Tracy Reiner, Ann Cusack, Freddie Simpson, and Patti Pelton all showed up to play.  The women were also joined by one of the original Rockford Peaches, Gina Casey.  Casey threw out the first pitch for the reunion game.

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Gina Casey (Gossip & Gab)

Through the Bentonville Film Festival, Geena Davis has focused on a message of female empowerment.  The message and plot of A League of Their Own fits right in with this theme!

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ABC News


Your salary vs. an MLB player’s salary

Here’s an interesting site I came across — and by interesting, I mean thought-provokingly depressing.

This site allows you to compare your salary to that of any MLB player during the 2013 season.  Not only that, but you can even break that player’s salary down per game, per at-bat, per hit, etc.  For example, in 2013, Derek Jeter earned $265,545 per at-bat.  The site further explains that at my current salary, it would take well over six years for me to earn that same amount.  It would take more than 16 years for me to earn what Alex Rodriguez earned per game.

It sure puts things in perspective.  Especially when you consider that the average U.S. firefighter’s salary is about $45,000, and the average U.S. police officer’s salary is $48,000.

Check it out here: http://www.osmguy.com/2014/03/salary-vs-mlb-players-salary-visualization/


Quote of the day

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.

~Jim Murray

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LA Times


Happy Mother’s Day

…to all the moms out there!  To those who play and to those who cheer us on, thank you for all you do!

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