Quote of the day

I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.

~Satchel Paige

Satchel Pitching 2

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34 days until Spring Training

It’s crazy to think we’re just over a month away.

76 days until Opening Day!


Last pitch

This will obviously never happen, but it does open up a lot of possibilities. Will Smith on the mound?  Judy Dench?  Tom Brady?

It does also raise the question: How do you know when it’s truly the last pitch?  Let’s say the score is tied in this bases-loaded scenario — the batter could hit a weak grounder, and then it’s on to extra innings.

So many possibilities.

Jesse Case


This day in baseball: Charles Stoneham dies

Charles Stoneham, the owner of the New York Giants baseball team, passed away on January 6, 1936.  Stoneham was the last remaining owner of the trio (along with John McGraw and Frank McQuade) that purchased the team in 1919.  He passed the team on to his son, Horace Stoneham, upon his death.  During his time as owner, Stoneham saw the Giants win the World Series in 1921, 1922 and 1933.

Frank McQuade - Charles Stoneham - John McGraw

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Quote of the day

We boys hailed his coming with delight because he would always join us on the lawn. I remember vividly how he ran, how long were his strides, how far his coattails stuck out behind.

~Written about Abraham Lincoln in an early childhood letter

 

The author of the letter unknown, but Lincoln was known to play baseball on the front lawn of the White House.  Lincoln even had a field, called the White Lot, constructed on White House property for ballgames.  This field hosted a number of games between the Potomac Club and the earliest incarnation of the Washington Nationals (both teams formed in 1859).  One more reason to love our 16th President!

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Abraham Lincoln, painting by George Peter Alexander Healy in 1869 (Wikipedia)


R.I.P. Don Larsen

Don Larsen is perhaps best known for pitching the only post-season perfect game in Major League Baseball history, accomplishing the feat in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.  He won the World Series MVP Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his pitching during that postseason.

Larsen was born on August 7, 1929 in Michigan City, Indiana.  He passed away in Hayden, Idaho yesterday, January 1, 2020 from of esophageal cancer.

Rest in peace.

 


Enter 2020

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year’s celebration, and I wish you all the best for 2020!  Go Royals!

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