This day in baseball: Double steal fiasco

On August 13, 1902, the Philadelphia A’s attempted a double steal against the Tigers.  Harry Davis took off from first base while Dave Fultz, the runner on third, waited for the Tigers to make the throw.  However, Detroit conceded second base to Davis, thus holding Fultz to third.

Not willing to give up the play so easily, Davis returned to first base on the next pitch.  He took off for second base again, this time drawing a throw.  Fultz managed to score from third on the throw, and Davis was called safe at second.

Davis was credited with just one stolen base out of the ordeal.

Harry H. Davis Philadelphia 1911

Harry Davis (Wikipedia)


Bubble gum

A little pro tip for outfielders.

peanuts baseball gum

Charles Schulz


Infographic: Mariano Rivera

This Tier10 infographic on Mariano Rivera is awesome.  Not only are there a lot of details and statistics about the man himself, you will also find instructions on how to make a cardboard baseball glove.

Click on the image to get to a larger version of the graphic.

exit-sandman--the-life-and-career-of-mariano-rivera infographic


Quote of the day

My dad’s a bodybuilder. My whole life I’ve been taught to train the hard way. I believe in earning strength, not buying it. My grandfather raised me old school: In baseball, you work for whatever you get.

~Gary Sheffield

Gary_Sheffield

Wikipedia


This day in baseball: Satch draws a crowd

The largest crowd ever to attend a minor league game, an audience of about 57,000, showed up on August 7, 1956 to watch 51-year-old Satchel Paige at the Orange Bowl.  Paige managed to hit a double and to earn the win, leading the Miami Marlins to victory over the Columbus Jets, 6-2.

paige


“Panda and the Freak,” The Baseball Project

It’s been a while since I last posted a Baseball Project song, so here’s a fun one about Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval.


Adjusting the strike zone

If he’d thought of it, I’m sure Eddie Gaedel would’ve tried this, too.

Calvin Hobbes

Bill Watterson