Happy Halloween!

While I will actually be dressing as Professor McGonagall to give out candy tonight, there was one year a while back when I dressed up as a sandlot ballplayer.  I may have to consider something similar for next year.

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This day in baseball

On October 30, 1929, Cardinals coach Gabby Street became the team’s new manager, as Bill McKechnie left to manage the Boston Braves.  Street led the club to two National League pennants and a World Series championship in his first two seasons.

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Gabby Street (fineartamerica.com)


Quote of the day

If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.

~Lindsey Nelson

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Infographic: AL East logo history

I stumbled across this graphic in my random internet wanderings depicting a history of the logos and uniforms for the teams in the American League East.  I love how this graphic also gives an idea of just how long these teams have been around, relative to one another.

It looks tiny here, but click on the image to get to a larger version.

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Mound visit

I sometimes wonder if this actually happens.

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2016 World Series schedule

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Wow!  While most years I feel pretty neutral about the World Series (unless, of course, the Royals are in it), this year, I must confess, I will be rooting for the Cubs.  Part of the reason lies in the fact that they will be facing off against the Indians, and if the Royals can’t win the Series, then I would prefer that nobody else in the AL Central win it.  Also, the historian in me can’t help but get excited about the fact that, this year, I may have the opportunity to see a huge bit of baseball history.  True, both teams have had quite a World Series drought, but the one that Chicago finds itself up against is one of legendary proportions.  Go Cubs!

If you plan to follow along, Game 1 is slotted to take place on Tuesday night in Cleveland.  The schedule is as follows:

All first pitch times ET

Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 25: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 26: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 28: Indians at Cubs, 8:08 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 29: Indians at Cubs, 8:08 p.m.
Game 5*: Sunday, Oct. 30: Indians at Cubs, 8:15 p.m.
Game 6*: Tuesday, Nov. 1: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
Game 7*: Wednesday, Nov. 2: Cubs at Indians, 8:08 p.m.
*if necessary


Quote of the day

A World Series trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.

~Willie Stargell

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This day in baseball: Schilling’s shutout

On October 21, 1993, Curt Schilling became the first Phillies pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game.  Schilling shut down the Blue Jays, 2-0, giving up only five hits.

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“The Babe,” by The Baseball Project

Another great song from The Baseball Project.  This tune certainly does emphasize the larger-than-life quality that Babe Ruth’s legendary status took on.  And maybe it’s just because I’m still in the process of discovering these guys, but this one seems fairly mellow and soothing compared to what they usually put out.  I enjoy it.


Quote of the day

A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.

~Joe DiMaggio

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