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.
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.
Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.
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.
Growing up, we frequently played using a tennis ball in the backyard. It made things so much more interesting.
I would be lost without baseball. I don’t think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive.
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.
This video from 2015 is fascinating to watch. What a job that must be for Matthews International, to have the privilege to make these plaques! The Hall of Fame is already a treat to visit, but the story behind the creation of the plaques makes it all the more awe-inspiring.
The longest hit streak in professional baseball history ended on August 20, 1919, when Joe Wilhoit of the Wichita Jobbers was held hitless by the Tulsa Oilers in the Western League. From June 14th to August 19th, 1919, Wilhoit went 153-for-297, giving him a .515 batting average en route to the record streak. The streak included four home runs, nine triples, and twenty-four doubles.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.