This day in baseball

The Chicago Colts (later know as the Cubs) of the National League established the record for most runs scored in a game by one team on June 29, 1897 when they destroyed the Louisville Colonels in a 36-7 rout.  The modern NL record would be set by the Cardinals in 1929 when they beat the Phillies, 28-6, at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl.

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1897 Lousiville Colonels (SABR)


“A Baseball Ballad,” Author unknown

Just as fair warning: this poem is pretty depressing.  Published in the Brooklyn Eagle in 1883, it describes a player who has passed away.  But wow, whoever he was (real or imagined), he sounded like quite the ballplayer.

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J. smith is dead. That fine young man
We ne’er shall see him more,
He was a member of our club
Since 1864.

His private virtues were immense,
His manner was free and bluff,
He wore a paper collar, and
Was never known to muff.

He rarely took a drink more strong
Then lemonade or pop ;
He hated drunkards, and was a
Magnificent shortstop.

His nose was Roman, and his eyes
Continually were peeled ;
He made a splended umpire, and
A beautiful left field.

His hair was red, and shingled close ;
Much sunburned was his face,
He never showered with more effect
Than on second base.

Being a man, he had his faults,
As likewise have we all ;
He felt a preference for the New
York regulation ball.

Though not a matrimonial man,
He dearly loved a match,
And, like his sisters, had but few
Superiors on the catch.

He had a noble mind, as eke
A very supple wrist ;
And when he pitched he gave the ball
His own peculiar twist.

Of politics and church affairs
He held restricted views ;
His feet were usually encased
In canvas, hob nailed shoes.

But he is gone. With ins and outs
Forever he is done ;
He broke his heart and hurt his spleen
In making a home run.

His body we have planted now,
His soul is in the sky ;
The angels reached from heaven down
And took him on the fly.


Quote of the day

You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of a man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.

~Roger Kahn

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New York Post


This day in baseball: Stealing the inning

Nationals catcher Eddie Ainsmith stole three bases in one inning on June 26, 1913 in a game against the Philadelphia Athletics at Griffith Stadium in Washington. After safely reaching base on a single in the bottom of the ninth, Ainsmith proceeded to steal second, third, and home. Unfortunately, Ainsmith’s efforts didn’t make much of a difference for his team as the A’s dominated the Nats, 10-3.

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Ainsmith (Wikimedia Commons)


Umpire at home

Might as well get in character, right?

Baseball umpire at home

Dave Coverly


“Baseball, Baby,” Johnny Darling

This song is a doo-wop tune about baseball that really isn’t about baseball, but rather an analogy for something else entirely.  I haven’t been able to find anything beyond this song about the Johnny Darling and Chorus group, but this is a catchy tune and a lot of fun to listen to.


Quote of the day

The next time someone whines that baseball doesn’t have enough action, you can do two things: first, explain the planning, strategizing, calculating, and deception that place before every pitch. Then quote Hall-of-Fame announcer Red Barber: “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.”

~Zack Hample

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