This day in baseball: Digging up a ploy

On September 17, 1900, Reds shortstop Tommy Corcoran left his position and began digging around the third base coaching box with his spikes at Philadelphia Park. The Reds captain ended up digging out a metal box containing an electrical device inside with attached wires. It was suspected that the device was being used by the Phillies in a sophisticated scheme to steal signs, though I’m curious as to what tipped off Corcoran to start digging.

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Tommy Corcoran (Wikipedia)


2013 Boston Red Sox poem

After the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, Dick Flavin, known as the poet laureate for the Red Sox, released this poem written in their honor.  I love this guy’s energy and sense of humor.  It’s a lot of fun to listen to him read it.


This day in baseball: Out confusion

In a game between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Stockings on September 14, 1872, the Athletics led 4-1 in the seventh inning with runners on first and second.  Fergy Malone popped up to shortstop George Wright, who caught the ball in his hat and then proceeded to throw the ball to third base.  The ball was then thrown to second base.  Wright claimed a double play has been completed, as a batter cannot be retired with a “hat catch,” and thus runners Cap Anson and Bob Reach should have been forced out.  This naturally caused some confusion, and ultimately , the umpire decided to give Malone another at bat, declaring nobody out on the play.  The Athletics won this game, 6-4.

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George Wright, 1872 (Wikipedia)


Quote of the day

I dunno. I never smoked any Astroturf.

~Tug McGraw, after being asked whether he preferred grass or Astroturf

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Wikipedia


“Baseball,” by Michael Franks

I know the phrase “smooth as butter” is incredibly cliché, but that is the only way I can describe the sound of this song.  This is the kind of tune that makes a person want to lean back on the stool at the bar and order a whiskey neat.


Third base

When you’re down a player but you can’t afford to take the forfeit…

third base comic


This day in baseball: Evers suspended

After swearing at umpire Mal Eason on September 10, 1914, Braves shortstop Johnny Evers wound up with a three-day suspension from baseball. Evers, however, insisted that he had been talking to the ball and not the umpire.

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Johnny Evers (Fenway Park Diaries)