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The Hall of Very Good™ Announces Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award Recipient

Monday, The Hall of Very Good™ added three members when it announced its Class of 2014.  Joining Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva and The San Diego Chicken in The Hall this summer will be the inaugural Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient. But, first…about Glenn Burke. From 1976-1979, Burke played parts of four seasons in the Majors, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers...
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Cooperstown Ready for Huge Weekend

Last year’s Hall of Fame class was a bummer.  Crowds were estimated at 2,500, but many reports numbered it might have even been in the hundreds. That’s not about to happen this year, as people are already making the pilgrimage to see managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre go in alongside first ballot guys Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine on Sunday.  Sure...
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Luis Tiant Mustache Facts

Once upon a time, I made it my mission on this earth to track down all the information I could about the facial hair of a certain former Milwaukee Brewers bullpen pitcher. From there, I investigated the intricacies of Tommy John’s Tommy John ligament.  When I was certain I had left no stone unturned, I turned my attention towards a shooting star named Sam Fuld. After years of...
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The Baseball Cards of Tony Oliva

The 1963 Topps set is most famous for Pete Rose’s rookie card, but this is a really good card too…all four players on this card (including the newly inducted Tony Oliva) went on to excellent Major League careers, with each man playing in over 1000 MLB games and hitting more than 100 home runs. In 1971 Oliva appeared in one of the first 3-D card sets ever made, for Kellogg...
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What They’re Saying About Tony Oliva

By all accounts, 2014 inductee into The Hall of Very Good Tony Oliva is a Hall of Fame-caliber guy both on and off the field.  And that’s probably why there’s no shortage of people talking about the lifetime Minnesota Twin. Dan Murphy from VoteTonyO:  “Tony Oliva’s fan club is extremely pleased whenever Tony’s contribution to the game is recognized by groups such as The...
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Talkin’ Tony Oliva with VoteTonyO

Sunday, Cooperstown will welcome a handful of new members…managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre and players Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine.  Absent, once again, from Hall of Fame induction weekend, is former Minnesota Twins great and 2014 Hall of Very Good inductee Tony Oliva. And that doesn’t sit well with Erin Murphy and the folks from VoteTonyO. HOVG: ...
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Talkin’ Baseball with Tony Oliva

Pop quiz, hotshot.  If 2014 Hall of Very Good inductee Tony Oliva didn’t had a bad knee, would he be in the Hall of Fame? Plenty think so. Consider this, from 1964-1971, the Minnesota Twins legend won three batting titles, collected nearly 1500 hits with a .313 batting average and hit an amazing 278 doubles.  Add to that eight straight All-Star appearances and two second place...
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The Baseball Cards of Luis Tiant

Without baseball cards, would baseball fans throughout the States might not know the majesty that was Luis Tiant’s signature Fu Manchu mustache?  It’s tough to say. But, thankfully…the majesty of Tiant’s lip sweater translates wonderfully to cardboard. Tiant has a nice rookie card, from 1965 Topps, featuring a unique “grip” photo. In 1967, Topps issued a Venezuelan...
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Josh Wilker on Luis Tiant

Carl Yastrzemski had heard cheers before. Just five years earlier, he’d led the Red Sox to a miracle pennant, setting his previously moribund home ballpark ablaze, but this new sound was different. Deeper, fuller, more intimate, more human, more alive. In 1972, Fenway Park turned into one gigantic heart, thumping out a pulse in the name of the gnomish, barrel-chested man at the...
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Dan Epstein on Luis Tiant

No one who saw Luis Tiant pitch will ever forget him. Man of a hundred windups, and a “good lookeeng sonafabeech” by his own estimation, ““El Tiante”” was one of the most charismatic players of his era — and with the possible exception of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, no pitcher of the 1970s was more fun to watch. Older- (and stouter-) looking than he actually was, Tiant...
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What They’re Saying About Luis Tiant

Should-be Hall of Famer Luis Tiant was on the shortlist to join Tommy John as part of The Hall of Very Good’s inaugural class two years ago, so including him this year was a no-brainer. Getting people to talk about his induction was even easier. Cardboard Gods author Josh Wilker:  “Luis Tiant was among the best pitchers of his time (the Hall of Fame comparison that comes up...
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The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Three

The Hall of Very Good™ is proud to open its proverbial doors to three new members…Boston Red Sox fan favorite Luis Tiant, Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva and, for the first time, The Hall’s inaugural celebrity inductee, The San Diego Chicken. “Thank you to The Hall of Very Good™ for inducting me into the class of 2014 alongside one of my best friends Tony Oliva and the...
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Mariano Rivera Jr. Heading Back to School

Last month, the New York Yankees drafted the son of legendary closer Mariano Rivera.  But, on Saturday, the team announced that the second generation hurler won’t be following in his father’s footsteps anytime soon. Yankees announced signings of their top 15 draft picks. 29th Rd pick Mariano Rivera Jr did not sign and will return to Iona College. — Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN...
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Chicago Bulls Signees Hit U.S. Cellular Field

Pop quiz, hot shot.  How do you truly know when your favorite basketball team has officially signed a big name free agent? Is it seeing their names across the ESPN Bottomline? Perhaps it’s that press conference where they hold up their new jerseys?!? Nope…it’s when they get that invite to hit the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the home team. Friday night...
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VIDEO: Metallica’s SportsCenter Outtakes

“Hey…wanna go follow Bob Ley around again?” Monday night, during the Home Run Derby, ESPN debuted their latest “This is SportsCenter” promo featuring Metallica.  And it was awesome. Now, and equally as entertaining…the worldwide leader in sports has released the outtakes.
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The All-Star In Memoriam You Didn’t Know You Needed

During Tuesday night’s All-Star Game plenty of fans waited, anxiously to see if there would be mention of the late Tony Gwynn. Surely, there was going to be something, right?  I mean, the 15-time All-Star passed away nearly a month to the day of this year’s Midsummer Classic.  But, alas, the game was over and there we were.  Empty. Social media blew up…how could FOX, much...
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Former Minor Leaguer Booted From Big Brother House

Feel free to insert your own “strikes out” pun here. After a unanimous vote, Devin Shepherd’s stay in the “Big Brother” house came to a sudden end Wednesday night. The former professional baseball player (and Dwayne Johnson lookalike) was facing certain eviction and, yup, after that 11-0 vote…he was gone.  But, hey, maybe starting three alliances (two of which included...
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Pete Rose Absolutely Kills It on Radio Show

Someone get this guy a podcast.  Now. Earlier this week, on the eve of the Major League All-Star Game, Pete Rose was in New York and stopped by “The Opie and Anthony Show” and, believe it or not…it didn’t take long to get into the Hall of Fame chatter. “Where you at with the Hall of Fame these days?” Rose was asked nearly right out the gate. “It’s in Cooperstown...
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Luke Scott Continues to Make Friends (Not Really)

I’m starting to get the impression Luke Scott has a hard time making friends. The former Major Leaguer who ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson once referred to as “a right-wing nut, a borderline racist and a loudmouth redneck ballplayer” has been released by the SK Wyverns for allegedly being “disrespectful” to coach Lee Man-soo. According to the Korean Times, the outfielder called...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

FOX Sports 1 Anchor Has to Eat Brat Dog on Air

Former outfielder Gabe Kapler is cut like a Greek God so, it’s understandable that dude’s a health food nut.  Conversely, his FOX Sports 1 co-anchor Frank Thomas is not. And apparently, prior to Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, the pair made a bet that involved food. If Thomas won, Kapler would have to eat a “Brat Dog”…a foot-long hot dog cooked inside a bacon-wrapped...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

“Now Batting…Number 2. Mister Noodle”

I, ummm…I have no words.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hall of Very Good™ Unveils New Award

Less than a week from the announcement of The Hall of Very Good™ Class of 2014 announcement comes this one.  In addition to three (yes, three…more on that later) inductees, The Hall will also be awarding the inaugural Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award. From 1976-1979, Burke played parts of four seasons in the Majors, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland...
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Metallica tries to move on after Mariano Rivera in ESPN spot

Twenty years ago, you would’ve never seen Metallica taking part in pre-game ceremonies at Yankee Stadium or taking batting practice with the San Francisco Giants. Then again, you would’ve never thought they’d cut their hair either. Is it possible the Roll Hall of Famers have seemingly mellowed out a touch as they’ve gotten older.  Consider this, they just appeared in an...
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Coach Kent Murphy Offers Up All-Star Advice

Monday night’s Home Run Derby will, without a doubt, include a number of memorable moonshots.  Absent from the festivities (again) will be our good friend, 46-time All-Star Coach Kent Murphy. The “Dean of Dingers” hit the YouTubes over the weekend with some advice on how to handle making your respective league’s All Star Game. And speaking of the Home Run Derby. We’re...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

KISS and MLB team up on t-shirt line for some reason

From condoms to caskets…the band KISS has put their name on seemingly everything.  But it’s this latest partnership that has people scratching their heads. Saturday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers announced that they’ve entered into a partnership with Major League Baseball for some reason and are selling t-shirts.  The limited edition shirts recreate the band’s 1975 “Dressed...
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