This day in baseball: Baker Bowl

The first game at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl was played on April 30, 1887. The ballpark was constructed by Phillies owners AJ Reach and John Rogers, costing about $80,000. With a capacity of about 12,500, the new field was considered state-of-the-art. In the stadium’s inaugural game, the Phillies beat the Giants, 19-10.

 

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Anime baseball

This short film by Corridor Digital takes our National Pastime a represents it with an Anime twist.  The driving idea behind this video (and, it appears, a few others that they’ve done) is: What happens when you take something normal and turn it into anime?

As a heads up, the plot, the dialogue, and the internal monologues throughout this clip are extremely cheesy, but then again, that’s half the fun.  I’m generally pretty indifferent to anime, but I must confess, I found this little spiel quite entertaining.


Davidson at the K

I wake up this morning, and one of the first things I see on Twitter is this:

Quite the accomplishment for Matt Davidson, for sure, especially when you consider that Kauffman Stadium is not the most home run-friendly ballpark in the league.

As a Royals fan, however, this is the kind of statistic one dreads to see making headlines.

Davidson has had three multi-home run games already this season, and all three of those games took place — you guessed it — at Kauffman Stadium.  And since the Royals and the White Sox are division rivals, Davidson will have six more games at the K (including today’s doubleheader) to add to his record.

Royals fans already knew this would be a long season.  Now we’re just throwing salt on the wound.

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Quote of the day

Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world.

~Bill Lee

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Pitching signs

Everybody’s watching.  It’s a good thing baseball employs super secret signal systems to ensure that important messages get out to everyone on the field.

 

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This day in baseball: White Stockings’ NL debut

The Chicago White Stockings, in their fifth season as a franchise, made their National League debut on April 25, 1876, winning 4-0 over the Grays at the Louisville Baseball Park in Kentucky. The White Stockings won the NL’s first championship during this season with a record of 52–14. The franchise would be also known as the Colts and the Orphans before becoming the Cubs in 1903.

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Infographic: Feats of Opening Day

This graphic by ESPN is from 2013, but still pretty interesting.  Opening Day feats never fail to capture the attention of baseball fans.

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