The World Series begins tonight! I think this will be an interesting one, featuring two old, old franchises currently located at opposite ends of the country. There’s going to be a lot of flying going on during this Series.
It could be an interesting Halloween night in Boston if this thing goes to Game Seven.
Full World Series schedule
|Game 1||Oct. 23||Tuesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
|Game 2||Oct. 24||Wednesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
|Game 3||Oct. 26||Friday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||LA|
|Game 4||Oct. 27||Saturday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||LA|
|Game 5*||Oct. 28||Sunday||Fox||8:15 p.m.||LA|
|Game 6*||Oct. 30||Tuesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
|Game 7*||Oct. 31||Wednesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
New York Giants rightfielder Ross Youngs passed away on October 22, 1927 of Brights disease. The future Hall of Famer had a career batting average of .322, having batted over .300 for seven straight seasons, including reaching an average of more than .350 twice. Youngs was also one of John McGraw’s favorite players, who said at Youngs’s funeral, “The game was never over with Youngs until the last man was out. He could do everything a ball player should do, and do it better than most players. As an outfielder he had no superiors, and he was the easiest man I ever knew to handle. In all his years with the Giants, he never caused one minute’s trouble for myself or the club. On top of all this, a gamer ballplayer than Youngs never played ball.”
People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws: Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and Mathematics cuts straight through that. Billy, of the twenty thousand notable players for us to consider, I believe that there’s a championship team of twenty five people that we can afford. Because everyone else in baseball undervalues them – like an island of misfit toys.
~Peter Brand, Moneyball
On October 16, 1909, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Tigers, 8-0, to win the World Series, four games to three. Rookie pitcher Babe Adams hurled a complete-game shutout in Game Seven, having also won Games One and Five.
Here’s a nice collection of trick plays to bring a smile to your face. Some of these plays are downright genius in their conception and flawless in their execution. Most took place at the major league level, but there are a handful of college ones in there, too.
The Boston Braves completed the first World Series sweep in baseball history on October 13, 1914. The Braves defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-1, to win the Series, four games to none.
The only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.