Quote of the day

Baseball is 50% from the neck up.

~Ted Williams

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Infographic: Baseball’s Differing Stadium Dimensions

I posted something similar to this a few years ago, but this infographic provides much more detail.  Created in 2015 by Louis J. Spirito, this graphic not only shows the shape of each ball field, but also goes into the heights of and distances to their outfield walls.

Click on the image to link to a larger version.

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This day in baseball: Mantle reaches 50

On September 18, 1956, the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle became just the eighth player in baseball history to hit 50 home runs in a season.  Mantle’s home run came in the top of the 11th inning off the White Sox’s Billy Pierce.  Whitey Ford and Bob Grim combined efforts to shut down Chicago in the bottom of the inning, thus sealing the American League pennant for the Yankees.

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“Joe DiMaggio Done It Again,” by Billy Bragg and Wilco

If you’re having a hard time waking up this morning, this song might help.  The tune is quite peppy and the lyrics are pretty amusing.


Quote of the day

You know, a lot of people say they didn’t want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow.

~Johnny Damon

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This day in baseball

On September 14, 1913, pitcher Larry Cheney of the Cubs gave up fourteen hits to the Giants.  In spite of this, Cheney managed to come out victorious, 7-0.  It was the first time in major league history that a team has been shut out even while collecting that many hits.

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Larry Cheney (Library of Congress)


Kennie T’s “Baseball song”

To be honest, I’d never heard of Kennie Thomas before this morning, but this video is pretty amusing.  The first three minutes is the parody song, the last 45 seconds are a bit of stand-up about coaching Little League.  The stand-up portion gets pretty crass, so just a bit of forewarning if that’s not your thing.