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HOVG REWIND: July 28, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1991 – Expos Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters beating the Blue Jays, 3-0. 2001 – Orioles outfielder Melvin...
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Could a Rookie of the Year Sequel be in the Works?

23 years ago, Henry Rowengartner helped the Chicago Cubs to a World Series victory. Now, nearly a quarter-century since “Rookie of the Year” hit the big screen, the film’s star, Thomas Ian Nicholas, disclosed that the movie could be getting a sequel in 2018…just in time for its 25th anniversary. “I went on (Facebook) and said ‘hey, just started filming Rookie of the Year...
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Cecil Cooperstown: Thomas Ian Nicholas

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at @gummyarts. ***** The Hall of Very Good™ Class of 2016 is presented by Out of the Park Developments, the creators...
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Taking on the Critics of Rookie of the Year

What follows are six reviews from six different people who had the testicular fortitude to criticize “Rookie of the Year”, starring our new BFFF Thomas Ian Nicholas. I have decided that all six of these people need a talking to.  So, below is me responding to the criticisms of the people I have deemed “The Silly Six”. It needs to be pointed out that this movie was made for...
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Cardboards Gods: Ross Grimsley

The following piece was written by Josh Wilker and originally appeared over at his site Cardboard Gods on June 25, 2010. Two nights ago, I punched a bag of pretzel nuggets. I needed to punch something but the thing I really wanted to punch, an air conditioning control box, would have broken if I’d punched it, and then I would have had to explain to my wife and then the landlord...
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Cooperstown Confidential: Ross Grimsley and the Swingin’ ‘70s

The following piece originally appeared over at The Hardball Times on May 21, 2010.  With all of the attention paid toward the best-selling biographies of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and George Steinbrenner, another worthy new book is being overshadowed. Terrifically titled Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s, the tome is the...
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Video: Dan Epstein Talks Ross Grimsley, Mustaches and Afros

“Rows. Fros. Anything Goes.” is more than just ad copy for the hair and scalp conditioner Sulfur-8…it is also one of the chapters in good friend of The Hall Dan Epstein’s book Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s. The video clip that follows…Epstein extolls the wonderousness that is Ross Grimsley.  And when you...
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Ross Grimsley Mustache Facts

“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.” – Confucius Now, I’m not sure if Confucius really uttered the words above…but I’m pretty sure it is true. Plenty has been said about 2016 Hall of Very Good inductee Ross Grimsley…but hardly nothing about his iconic mustache.  Here are 12 Mustache Facts that you might not have known. Ross Grimsley’s Mustache has...
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Cecil Cooperstown: Ross Grimsley

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at @gummyarts. ***** The Hall of Very Good™ Class of 2016 is presented by Out of the Park Developments, the creators...
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The Baseball Cards of Ross Grimsley

Like Bill Buckner, Ross Grimsley was a 1971 Topps All-Star-Rookie. Traded, from the Reds, who banned long hair and mustaches, to the Orioles, Grimsley was finally able to let his personality show. But you wouldn’t know it from his 1975 Topps card, in which Topps airbrushed an old Cincinnati photo even though he had pitched for Baltimore all year. Finally in 1976 Topps showed...
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Jose Canseco: A Life In Bizarre Baseball Culture

The most common player to appear in my Bizarre Baseball Culture feature is, as far as I can tell, Cal Ripken Jr. However, the person who perhaps most represents Bizarre Baseball Culture is a man who, to the best of my knowledge has never appeared in an official installment: Jose Canseco. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, given that this is a man who once had a home run bounce...
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HOVG REWIND: June 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1933 – Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak come to an end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals’ 19 year-old outfielder’s accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness in 1914. 1992 – In his 319th career victory...
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Cecil Cooperstown: Jose Canseco

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at @gummyarts. ***** The Hall of Very Good™ Class of 2016 is presented by Out of the Park Developments, the creators...
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An Open Letter to Jose Canseco

Dear Jose Canseco, When The HOVG asked me if I wanted to write an open letter to you, I jumped at the opportunity. We’ve never met, although you’ve responded to me on Twitter a few times, including wishing me a Happy Birthday (after I asked you to) and one time we actually made eye contact during Photo Day at an Oakland A’s game back in the early 90’s. You were my first sports...
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The Baseball Cards of Jose Canseco

There was probably no hotter player to collect from 1986, his rookie year, until 1989, when a certain Seattle rookie came up, then Jose Canseco. The Donruss rookie is probably the most iconic of Canseco’s. Not just because of the dirt-stache but that was the only set in 1986 to have a solo card of Canseco. (Fleer had him share a card with Eric Plunk while Topps relegated him to...
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Chasing Canseco – Best Day Ever

Jose Canseco. A baseball player who, at the pinnacle of the baseball card collecting craze was considered to be the best player on the planet.  With his violent swing, he was a hero to almost all baseball loving children, but with his eccentric off-the-field press, he transcended the baseball world, and became a pop culture icon, for better or for worse. Early in his career, it...
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David Wright Names Daughter After Shea Stadium

Reason number 289 why I love/hate the internet. Monday, the New York Mets announced (via Twitter, natch) that David and Molly Wright’s daughter Olivia Shea was born on Saturday. David and Molly Wright welcomed a baby girl, Olivia Shea Wright into the world on Saturday, July 23. #Mets pic.twitter.com/mI9oDPs9TA — New York Mets (@Mets) July 25, 2016 It didn’t take long until...
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HOVG REWIND: June 25, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1941 – On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41 year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when he beats Cleveland, 10-6, giving up 12 hits...
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With Billy Buck, It’s Still All (Very) Good

When Bill Buckner strode into the pavilion of the Corn Crib, home of the Frontier League Normal CornBelters, I was strangely star struck. I mean, I’d known most of the other former Cubs playing in that weekend’s Cubs-Cardinals Legends exhibition game from my fantasy camp experience two years before. Bobby Dernier had been my coach and had become a friend – I hung out with him...
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The Baseball Cards of Bill Buckner

On his 1970 Topps rookie card, 21-year-old Bill Buckner shared his “Dodgers Rookie Stars” card with 28-year-old Jack Jenkins, a rookie who had pitched in the major leagues seven years earlier. He was on another “rookie stars” card in 1971 and finally got his own card in 1972, where he was a 1971 Topps All-Star Rookie. He has a great Shea Stadium action shot in the legendary...
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The Tragedy of Bill Buckner

Keith Humphreys initially wrote this story for The Reality-Based Community In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, Dr. Watson warns Sherlock Holmes that a single high profile mistake will lead to the Great Detective’s “honoured career ending in irreparable failure and disgrace”. This is one of most terrible potential costs of fame...
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The Hall of Fame Case for Bill Buckner

David Krell initially wrote this story for The Sports Post “Little roller up along first. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!” Vin Scully’s broadcast of Mookie Wilson’s 10th inning ground ball in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series sends chills through the hearts of Red Sox Nation. Buckner, a journeyman baseball player, gained immortality...
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The Hall of Very Good™ Adds Four

The traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood, so it makes that The Hall of Very Good™ would induct a pair that were known to swing some serious lumber. In this, its fith year, The Hall of Very Good™ has opened its proverbial doors to three former players – baseball’s first 40/40 man JOSE CANSECO, lifetime .289 hitter BILL BUCKNER and the website’s “Jerry West”, pitcher...
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HOVG REWIND: July 24, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1983 – George Brett’s ninth inning homer putting the Royals ahead is disallowed when the umpires rule the third baseman used too much pine tar on his bat, a Marv Throneberry model. American League president Lee MacPhail will overrule the decision, and on August 18th the game resumes with the Royals beating the Yankees, 4...
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Cashing in on The Pine Tar Incident

Every time July 24 comes around, my attention turns to one thing. The Pine Tar Incident. MLB Rule 1.10(c) (aka the “Pine Tar Rule”) received national attention when Kansas City Royals great George Brett hit a go ahead two-run home run off New York Yankees closer Goose Gossage. Pretty sure we know how that played out. Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of that brief moment...
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