Q & A with 2015 Los Angeles Angels Hall of Fame Inductee Dean Chance by Rob Goldman

Goldman: What are your feelings about going into the Angels Hall of Fame this weekend? Chance: I feel great about it. I’ll be there with Eli Grba, Bobby Knoop, equipment man Bob Case, batboy Scotty Keene, and a few more who were there in the old days reliving all the memories of the Angels and the early 60’s.  Goldman: What are some of your favorite memories of those...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Flashback: Juan Marichal attacks John Roseboro with a bat

There are basebrawls, and then there are basebrawls. On this date in 1965, San Francisco Giants right-hander Juan Marichal attacked Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat. The assault opened a cut on Roseboro's head that would require stitches, and it led to a wild benches-clearing incident between the teams. So, what caused all this? The longtime rivals were battling...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucket list moment: Speaking about my Babe Ruth Called Shot book at Cooperstown

So I am walking through the various galleries at the Baseball Hall of Fame on a Wednesday morning, looking at Stan Musial’s locker and Sandy Koufax’s jersey, when all of the sudden I hear my name on the loud speaker. “Come hear author Ed Sherman talk about his book on Babe Ruth’s Called Shot in the Bullpen Theater at 1,” the voice said. Never in my wildest dreams did I...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson’s Best Strikeout Seasons

If Clayton Kershaw continues his torrid strikeout pace for the final two months of the season, he has an outside shot at becoming baseball’s first 300-strikeout pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling both whiffed over 300 for the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks. That was the Big Unit’s fifth consecutive season joining one of the more exclusive clubs in baseball. Since 1900...
Via Baseball Essential
24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Nearly 50 Year Streak Has Come to an End

   On September 9, 1965 the Chicago Cubs were no hit by Sandy Koufax. Since then, the Cubs have played 7,920 games without being no hit. That was not only the longest active streak in baseball without being no hit, it was the longest streak period. No other team was close. Alas, that streak came to an end today when Cole Hamels no hit the Cubs. I had the unfortunate pleasure of...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Hilarious Cubs Twitter Account Loses Mind As Cole Hamels Throws No-Hitter

Cole Hamels made history Saturday at Wrigley Field when he became the first pitcher to no-hit the Chicago Cubs since Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the team in 1965. The Chicago Cubs had recorded a hit in 7,920 consecutive games — or nearly 50 years — entering Saturday, the longest streak in Major League baseball history. One rabid Cubs fan devoted to bringing awareness...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Cole Hamels First Pitcher To No-Hits Cubs In Record 50 Years (Video)

7,920. That’s how many games the Chicago Cubs had played since last being no-hit by legendary Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, who tossed a perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965. The streak was the longest in baseball history, spanning nearly 50 years. Cole Hamels changed that Saturday. The Philadelphia Phillies’ left-handed ace pitched a gem of his own at Wrigley...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A Fond Farewell? Cole Hamels No-Hits Chicago Cubs

The last time the Chicago Cubs had a no-hitter thrown against them, by Sandy Koufax in 1965, they had Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ernie Banks in the heart of their lineup. Time will tell what the future holds for Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Chris Denorfia, but at least they’ve matched the Cubs legends in one regard: they’ve batter 3-4-5 in a game in which...
Via Baseball Essential
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez’s dominance of steroid era compares favorably to baseball’s best

Pedro Martinez takes his place among the greatest players off all-time Sunday when he’s inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who spent the bulk of his career with the Boston Red Sox, obviously is among the most dominant pitchers in the history of the game. We decided to take a look at just how dominant Martinez was in his era compared to other legendary...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Network talks with baseball’s greatest living players on Thursday

MLB Network suddenly announced a third new edition of MLB Network Presents this week, featuring a roundtable discussion with the Franchise Four Greatest Living Players, as announced prior to the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Bob Costas sat down with Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays to talk about their careers, each other, and some of their most memorable moments...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodger great Sandy Koufax throws out first pitch at 2015 All-Star Game

As part of the All-Star festivities on Tuesday in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball announced each team’s “Franchise Four.” The Franchise Four was the result of a fan vote to determine the greatest ballplayers in each team’s history. The Dodgers’ Franchise Four were Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson. The League also presented the four greatest...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds Franchise Four bring down the house in Cincinnati

Perhaps the loudest cheer at this year's MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati came before the game even started. The cheer was loud for Hall of Famer catcher Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, but when Pete Rose's name was announced Great American Ballpark erupted. Rose was given special permission to participate in the All-Star...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pete Rose receives ovation from crowd at ASG

Pete Rose certainly is not the most beloved sports figure out there, but in his hometown of Cincinnati, he just might be. The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held Tuesday at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, and before Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax tossed out the ceremonial first pitch, the league announced its 30 “Franchise Four” groupings — a team-by-team...
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Greinke enters ASG with lowest ERA in 100+ innings since 1968

  With eight scoreless innings on Thursday night, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to 35 2/3 innings. Over the course of those eight innings he moved past many Dodger greats who had scoreless streaks of over 30 innings, including Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela and Sandy Koufax. Ahead of Greinke now is teammate Clayton Kershaw who threw 41 scoreless...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Kershaw linked to Koufax, Johnson after 13 K performance

After his latest performance, Major League Baseball might be feeling a bit uncomfortable about the prospect of Clayton Kershaw not being in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young-winner turned in his first complete game shutout of the season on Wednesday.According to ESPN’s Mark Saxon, there was some doubt as to whether Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Inspiration for the Mets…from the Dodgers

As they prepare to face two of the NL’s best pitchers back-to-back in the lions den known as Dodger Stadium, the offensively starved Mets may be able to draw inspiration from…the Dodgers. But not these Dodgers. The Dodgers of 50 years ago. Let me of course stipulate that we have neither a Sandy Koufax nor a Don Drysdale, both of whom were in the prime of their careers when the...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Midnight Massacre

Not since 1957, when the Dodgers and the Giants vacated Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively, had baseball in New York City suffered an emotional blow equivalent to the impact on June 15, 1977, when the New York Mets committed an unpardonable sin in the eyes of the Flushing faithful by trading Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds. The Midnight Massacre. Seaver in another team...
Via The Sports Post
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

June 10, 1981: Charlie Hustle ties Stan the Man

It was a Wednesday at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Phillies were playing host to the Houston Astros. A forty-year-old Pete Rose led off the bottom of the first inning facing a thirty-four-year-old Nolan Ryan. Ryan, whose season was shortened to 21 starts, was arguably having his best year. His 1.69 ERA led the league, as did his 195 ERA+, 6.0 hits and 0...
Via Baseball Essential
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

As Amazing As They Are, Most No-hitters Are Flukes

On Tuesday, Giants rookie pitcher Chris Heston accomplished one of the greatest feats in baseball, throwing a no-hitter. This is amazing for him, considering he has made only twelve other starts in his career. That says something about no-hitters. While it may be tough to swallow, it is undeniably true. No-hitters do not indicate past or future success for pitchers. This is not to...
Via Baseball Essential
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnny Vander Meer and MLB’s Most Unbreakable Record

Baseball is filled with crazy statistics and ridiculous records. Some of these records set by the all time greats are so impressive that one might think they might never get broken (any pitching record set before 1920). But there is one record that stands above all other records in professional baseball, and its held by someone who you’ve probably never heard of. When the term...
Via Baseball Essential
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Review: "Pedro" by Michael Silverman and the man, Pedro Martínez.

Jorge CamargoContributing Writer"Pedro" was released last Monday.Compared to most of the fans of the 20th century, I am extremely young to say that I've been suffering as a member of the Red Sox Nation. I've seen the Red Sox win three World Series, pitch four no-hitters and the greatest clutch-hitter in Red Sox history perfom in October; but I must say that the most remarkable memories...
Via RedSoxLife
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday’s win feels like a watershed moment for the Mets

It’s easy to identify big moments late in the season or in the playoffs. But identifying watershed events in the first month of a baseball season is another matter entirely. It’s possible we witnessed one of those Monday night in Miami. Coming into the season, most people had the Mets and Marlins pretty much even. A fair summation of expectations were that these two teams...
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Maltz Museum Exhibit Uses Baseball as Prism to View U.S. History

In his book, “God’s Country and Mine,” historian Jacques Barzun said “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” In the 20th century, the story of baseball is the story of America: From the rise of cities that spawned the teams to the availability of leisure time for fans to watch the sport, to the way social changes in the game and...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Sorry oldtimers – Kershaw tops all Dodger pitchers

Fans of the game, specifically Dodger fans, more specifically older Dodger fans, of which I am one by the way, may not like what I’m about to write here, but Clayton Kershaw is already the greatest pitcher in Dodger history. Sorry members of the Sandy Koufax marching and chowder society. And yes, when it comes to post-season time, Kershaw has shown himself to be, well, mortal....
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Of The Best: A Look At The Twins Top World Series Performances

The Minnesota Twins past four years felt like college without the fun. Four years of the front office, like parents, boasting about the potential the team/kid possessed. Four years of a stagnant GPA/win total. Four years of increasing tolerance, be it of the alcohol variety, or for losing. School is out, as is our patience. Opening day always brings renewed optimism though. The...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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