Quote of the day

You can’t hit what you can’t see.

~Walter Johnson

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This day in baseball: Addie Joss’s perfect game

On October 2, 1908, Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps pitched a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox. Joss’s performance was the fourth perfect game in Major League Baseball history, and the second in American League history. Joss pitched in front of a crowd of 10,598 at League Park, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Addie Joss (Library of Congress)


No bean balls

That’s one way to draw an intentional walk.

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Charles Schulz


This day in baseball: Black Sox admissions

On September 28, 1920, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Joe Jackson, and Happy Felsch admitted to a grand jury that they had thrown the 1919 series in return for a bribe. The grand jury would indict eight White Sox players on charges of fixing previous season’s World Series against the Reds. The eight members involved in the Black Sox Scandal would go on to be cleared of the charges, but they would be banned for life from baseball by Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first commissioner.

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1919 Chicago White Sox (umkc.edu)


Quote of the day

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

~Satchel Paige

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Baseball 101: Road grays

Major League Baseball fans watching a ballgame today can usually differentiate between the away team and the home team due to the color of the teams’ uniforms. Most teams will wear white uniforms (or team-colored jerseys with white pants) when playing at home, whereas when a team is playing on the road, uniforms are typically gray.

Much of this has to do with history. Looking back in baseball history, traveling teams did not have time or access to laundry service to wash their clothes in the late 1800s. As a means to hide the dirt and the mud that would accumulate on the road, teams opted to wear gray uniforms. Over time, with the expansion of the laundromat industry and the ability of teams to bring along multiple uniforms, hiding dirt became less of an issue. It became simply a matter of tradition for teams to wear gray for away games.

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“Casey Bats Again,” by Disney

In 1946, Disney released an animated adaptation of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem, “Casey At the Bat.” The short film proved so popular that in 1954, Disney made a sequel,¬†Casey Bats Again, in which Casey’s nine daughters redeem his reputation.

I’m so glad we now live in a world where girls playing baseball is becoming more widely accepted and appreciated.


This day in baseball: Nick Maddox’s no-hitter

On September 20, 1907 at Exposition Park, Pittsburgh pitcher Nick Maddox tossed a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) to win, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirates hurler was the youngest pitcher and only the second¬†rookie to throw a no-hitter. Maddox’s feat would also be the last no-hitter thrown by a Pittsburgh pitcher until 1951, when Cliff Chambers threw one against the Braves.

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Nick Maddox, 1911 (Library of Congress)


Quote of the day

Roberto Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania.

~Vin Scully

Vin Scully

Vin Scully (AP Photo)


Priorities

This might win the award for the most wholesome thing of the day.

Admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a baseball comic. But it does put things in perspective, which I say counts for a lot.

Brian Crane

Brian Crane