Quote of the day

I played my best everyday. You never know when someone may be seeing you play for the first time.

~Joe DiMaggio

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This day in baseball: Rogers Hornsby traded to Boston

Rogers Hornsby was traded from the New York Giants to the Boston Braves on January 10, 1928. Giants owner Charles Stoneham had grown weary of Hornsby’s abrasive manner and gambling habits, and opted to trade Hornsby for catching prospect Shanty Hogan and outfielder Jimmy Welsh. During Hornsby’s season in Boston, he led the major leagues in hitting with a .387 batting average plus a .498 on-base-percentage, all while managing the club.

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Rogers Hornsby (TIME Magazine cover, 9 July 1928)


This day in baseball: Charles Ebbets becomes president of the Dodgers

In the wake of the death of Charles H. Byrne, team secretary Charles Ebbets became president of the Bridegrooms (Dodgers) on January 4, 1898. The team’s future owner also managed the Brooklyn team for the last 110 games of the season, finishing tenth among the twelve teams of the National League.

Charles Ebbets, c. 1915 - Wikipedia

Charles Ebbets, c. 1915 (Wikipedia)


Quote of the day

There’s only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get angry. Get mad at the pitcher.

~Ted Williams

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Happy 2022!

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m not holding my breath for an end to the MLB lockout, but I will keep my fingers crossed that a resolution can be resolved in time to have something of a season. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and best wishes for a fulfilling 2022!


Buck O’Neil on Ty Cobb

I vaguely recall hearing a reference to Buck O’Neil’s thoughts on Ty Cobb at some point, but this might be the first time I’ve ever seen this interview. My hat’s off to Buck — I don’t think I could be nearly so forgiving and compassionate if it were me in his shoes. I’m so glad this man is finally going to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.


This day in baseball: Buddy Lewis awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Senators third baseman Buddy Lewis was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on December 28, 1944 for his service in the China Burma India Theater. During World War II, Lewis flew more than 500 missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces as a transport pilot. Lewis was released by the Army on July 20, 1945 and would return to baseball a week later.

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Buddy Lewis, 1939 (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Moises Alou signs with the Giants

On December 27, 2004, the San Francisco Giants signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The Cubs refused to offer arbitration and let Alou go following the 2004 season, citing numerous fights with umpires. Alou’s signing with San Francisco marked the second time he would be managed by his father, Felipe, who was also his skipper when playing with the Expos from 1992-1996.

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Moises Alou, 2005 (Wikipedia)


Quote of the day

That’s the beautiful thing about baseball. You can be any size and be successful.

~Andrew Benintendi

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Andrew Benintendi, 2021 (USA TODAY)


Where Are You Baseball

Here’s an amusing short parody of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas.” This gal, username Hey Sara, has an awesome voice and appears to have a few other videos on YouTube featuring her singing. The lyrics of this short tune align with what many MLB fans are thinking and feeling these days.