This day in baseball: First ever arbitration ruling

On February 11, 1974, Twins pitcher Dick Woodson won the first arbitration ruling in baseball history after becoming the first player to invoke the new free agency clause. Woodson asked for and was awarded $29,000 (I’ve also seen $30,000 cited as the figure), over the Twins’ offer of $23,000.

dick woodson autograph

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Carl Yastrzemski’s Hall of Fame speech

Carl Yastrzemski was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.  We don’t often think about the myriad of folks providing support behind the scenes for great athletes, but Yastrzemski does a phenomenal job of talking about just that here.


Quote of the day

Whether you’re trying to excel in athletics or in any other field, always practice. Look, listen, learn – and practice, practice, practice. There is no substitute for work, no shortcut to the top.

~Frank Robinson
Rest in peace, Mr. Robinson.

Frank Robinson

Baseball Hall of Fame


Another great season

May all our favorite shortstops perform better than Linus in the upcoming season.

Peanuts baseball infielders


This day in baseball: The Yankees’ future home

On February 6, 1921, the New York Yankees announced the purchase of a ten-acre plot of land from the estate of William Waldorf Astor.  The site, purchased for $675,000 and situated on the west side of the Bronx, would serve as the location of the new Yankee Stadium.  Construction of the new ballpark began in May 1922, and the Yankees would play their first game in the new stadium on April 18, 1923.

Yankee Stadium,1920s


One week until pitchers and catchers report

Almost there!

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Quote of the day

Players like rules.  If they didn’t have any rules, they wouldn’t have anything to break.

~Lee Walls