This day in baseball: Lavender stumps the Giants

In the first game of a doubleheader on August 31, 1915, Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender threw a no-hitter against the New York Giants, a 2–0 victory. He struck out eight batters and walked just one. On June 14 of the following year, again against the Giants, Lavender pitched a one-hitter, allowing only an infield single to Benny Kauff.

Jimmy Lavender 1912

Jimmy Lavender, 1912 (Library of Congress)


Baseball is hard

The last couple weeks at work have been pretty brutal for me, so the laughs I got from this video are very welcome.  I especially love how so many little kids will run after a ground ball like a football team after a fumble.  Thanks, AFV, for this amusing compilation.


Quote of the day

Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.

~Pat Conroy

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This day in baseball: Three times three

In the first game of a doubleheader played on August 27, 1938, the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, hit three consecutive triples against the Indians.  DiMaggio’s feat helped the Yankees en route to an 8-7 victory over Cleveland.

The box score for the game can be found here.

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New York Post


Tennis ball

Growing up, we frequently played using a tennis ball in the backyard.  It made things so much more interesting.

Calvin Hobbes tennis ball

Bill Watterson


Quote of the day

I would be lost without baseball. I don’t think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive.

~Roberto Clemente

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Infographic: Major League Home Runs, 1998-2012

I’m not sure what the original intention was behind this graphic by Hartwell.  If the idea was to use it for comparisons, it seems like an awkward way to lay it out.  If does look cool, though, so if that was the whole point, well… mission accomplished.

MLB Home Runs graphic