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Teddy the Republican Batter

Theodore Roosevelt is well-known for the line, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” This cartoon takes that phrase and gives it a baseball twist. In it, Roosevelt is depicted as a baseball player on the field amongst other political figures. If you look closely, you can see the phrase “Honest & upright government” printed on the bat, while the ball bears the phrase “Trashy politics.”

The image was created in January 1903 for Puck magazine, a political satire publication printed in the early- to mid-1900s in New York City.

Teddy The Republican Batter - Transcendental Graphics

 (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)


This day in baseball: The end of the Philadelphia A’s

On October 28, 1954, major league owners voted against the sale of the Philadelphia Athletics to a hometown syndicate. A week later, the Mack family would sell controlling interest for the team to Arnold Johnson, who would then move the A’s to Kansas City.

kansas city athletics logo


Quote of the day

I don’t just think regular season. I think playoffs. World Series. That’s how I think.

~Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera


2021 World Series schedule

The 2021 World Series matchup is set! Beginning Tuesday, October 26th, the Astros and the Braves will be going head-to-head. All games will be broadcast on Fox, and the schedule is as follows:

DATEGAMETIME (ET)
Tues., Oct. 26Game 1 – Braves at Astros8:09 p.m.
Weds., Oct. 27Game 2 – Braves at Astros8:09 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 29Game 3 – Astros at Braves8:09 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30Game 4 – Astros at Braves8:09 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 31Game 5 (if needed) – Astros at Braves8:15 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 2Game 6 (if needed) – Braves at Astros8:09 p.m.
Weds., Nov. 3Game 7 (if needed) – Braves at Astros8:09 p.m.

World Series schedule 2021: Dates, start times, channels ...

This day in baseball: Athletics win the 1910 Series

On October 23, 1910, before a crowd of 27,374, Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs won his third game of the World Series to defeat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. The victory sealed the outcome of the Series, as the Athletics took the championship in five games. Eddie Collins had three hits, including two doubles, in that final game for the A’s.

Jack Coombs (Library of Congress)


Playing sports

This seems like a common theme among today’s youth. Admittedly, though, it is far easier to throw a curveball on MLB The Show than it is in real life.

Peanizles - Don Mathias comic


Quote of the day

In life, so many things are taken for granted, but one thing I can honestly say is that I took every day, enjoyed the game of putting on that uniform and playing the great game of baseball.

~Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs, August 1989. (Photo by Chuck Rydlewski/WireImage)


This day in baseball: Connie Mack retires

Having spent over five decades managing in the major leagues, Connie Mack retired as skipper of the Athletics on October 18, 1950. At the age of 87 years old , Mack left the game with the most wins and losses in the game’s history, compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record during his 50+ years as a manager. At the time of his retirement, Mack stated, “I’m not quitting because I’m getting old, I’m quitting because I think people want me to.”

connie mack

National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/Major League Baseball/Getty Images


This day in baseball: Bumpus Jones throws a no-hitter

Charles “Bumpus” Jones of the Cincinnati Reds threw a no-hitter in his first major league appearance on October 15, 1892, which also happened to be the last day of the season. Jones’s performance came against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Reds were victorious, 7–1. Jones gave up four walks in the outing, and an error led to an unearned run to prevent a shutout. Nevertheless, Jones became the first major league rookie to throw a no-hitter.

Bumpus Jones circa 1897-1898 with the Columbus Senators - SABR

Bumpus Jones, c.1897-1898 with the Columbus Senators (SABR)