God, I love baseball.
~ from The Natural
The rule requiring National League batters to wear protective headgear went into effect in 1956, and the American League adopted a similar rule in 1958. However, a number of players began wearing various types of head protection prior to this. Athletics infielder Lamar Newsome, for example, wore a protective insert under his cap in 1939, as shown in the clipping below. Newsome’s insert was made of tape-reinforced felt, but subsequent versions of the insert would be made of lightweight plastic and would become popular with many players.
Here’s a fun rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” played on the ukulele by John Curtis. When I saw how long the video was, I honestly hoped this would include playing the verses, but that did not end up being the case. All the same, I enjoyed listening to this fun and upbeat cover thoroughly.
To replace the three-man National Commission, formerly governed by league presidents Ban Johnson and John Heydler and Reds owner Garry Herrmann, Kenesaw Mountain Landis became baseball’s first commissioner on January 21, 1921. After expressing initial reluctance, Landis accepted the job in November 1920 for seven years at a salary of $50,000, on condition he could remain on the federal bench.
I’ve only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better.
And getting closer! Only 25 days until Spring Training begins!
Let’s just hope number two doesn’t show up at a crucial moment in the game.