Here’s an infographic from FansEdge.com (created, I believe, in 2012) that displays the salary structures of athletes of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL pro sports leagues. I’m sure it’s no surprise that the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez pretty much blow the rest of the comparisons out of the water.
April 28, 1934 turned out to be a rough day for Tigers outfielder Leon Allen “Goose” Goslin. On this day, the future Hall of Famer ground into four consecutive double plays. Fortunately, Goslin’s offensive performance didn’t permeate the entire Tigers roster, as Detroit still defeated the Indians, 4-1.
Apparently, this is a thing! It’s fascinating, sometimes, the things we learn first thing in the morning.
Not only do we celebrate the Sultan of Swat, today, it is also National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, National Tell A Story Day, and National Prime Rib Day (I’m sure the Babe would have been thrilled to know that he shares a holiday with such a delicious dish). It would have been fun to post a picture of Ruth eating prime rib, but it seems I will instead have to settle for telling a Babe Ruth story:
Ruth, it turns out, was quite the reckless driver — which I suppose isn’t that much of a surprise when one considers the man’s temperament. Granted, in the 1920s, speed limits were nothing compared to what they are today, and the Babe managed to cull an impressive collection of speeding tickets, traffic violations, and automobile accidents.
Then, on June 8, 1921, Ruth was arrested in Manhattan for speeding (traveling at a whooping 26 miles per hour). It was his second arrest in a month, and he was sentenced to spend the rest of the day in jail in addition to a $100 fine. From his cell, Ruth requested his uniform and dressed for that day’s game. He was released 45 minutes after the game had started and sped off with an escort to join the rest of the Yankees.
People think we make $3 million or $4 million a year. They don’t realize that most of us only make $500,000.
This is a wonderfully succinct, yet broad sweeping look at the history of our national pastime. If you’re looking for an introduction to the development of this wonderful game, this is a great place to start. Even if you are familiar with the game and its past, this is still a refreshing review of the game.
The New York Mets won their first franchise game on April 23, 1962, their tenth game of the season. Jay Hook pitched a five-hit complete game as the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1, at Forbes Field. What’s more, they also broke the Pirates’ ten-game win streak with the victory.
Alright, my loyal readers — it seems that “Baseball Attic” is growing increasingly popular as a site name. (Google it. I promise it’s true.) Which is a shame, because I really did think I was being original with this one.
That being the case, I want to start brainstorming a new name for my blog, but at the moment, I am drawing a blank. So I am reaching out for ideas! As my readers are obviously the most familiar with the content I put out, I figured you would be a great resource for name suggestions. If you have an idea for something that would fit well here, please comment below. Thank you so much, and I look forward to reading your thoughts!