This piece manages to create in me a sense of nostalgia, a touch of depression, and feelings of peace and hope all at the same time. It is short and sweet, and every time I read it, it evokes a different emotion entirely. Written by Marjorie Maddox, this poem was published in Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems in 2009.
Spring Training is underway, which means that the countdown to Opening Day is also in full swing! 37 days to go…
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.
Here’s a cool, old school panoramic of a Yale-Princeton game, dated July 2, 1904, found in the Library of Congress collection. The photo was contributed by R.H. Rose & Son, and the game took place in Princeton, New Jersey. I tried to find a box score or other details about the game, but didn’t have any success in doing so. However, if you go to the photo link here, you can zoom in and pan around the photo. In doing so, you can get some cool views, like this one:
On February 19, 1935, Lou Gehrig signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees for $30,000. The previous season, Gehrig hit .363, 49 homers, and led the American League with 165 RBIs.
We’ve all heard this bit of advice before. Here’s an interesting new way to think about it.
Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do?
~George Bernard Shaw
Not my favorite holiday, personally, but at least I have something else I love to celebrate!
On February 12, 1878, Harvard captain Fredrick Thayer received a patent for the first catcher’s mask. Thayer invented the mask for Harvard’s catcher, James Tyng, who apparently was a bit skittish, in spite of his talent. The mask was adapted from a fencing mask, with eyes holes that supported a series of pads made from animal skins. The catcher’s mask caught on quickly among pros and amateurs alike and was in wide use by the 1880s.