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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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Leslie Jones Live Tweets Her First Yankees Game

To say Leslie Jones has had a rough couple of weeks would be to put it mild. So when the need to unwind presented itself, the comedienne and star of “Saturday Night Live”  and “Ghostbusters” did what most of us would do…she went to a baseball game. Turns out, Saturday’s visit to Yankees Stadium to see New York play host to the San Francisco Giants was also her first...
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White Sox Fans Already Eulogizing Chris Sale

One of the biggest names heading into baseball’s trade deadline is Chris Sale. So when, just hours before game time, word came that the Chicago White Sox ace was being scratched from his start Saturday night…the internet responded accordingly. It's looking like Chris Sale has pitched his final game for the White Sox. God damn I am going to...
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Looking Ahead to the HOF Class of 2017

The wait is over. Sunday’s Hall of Fame Induction ceremony brings with it a number of questions…who will Ken Griffey Junior and Mike Piazza thank during their rightful coronations, where will John Rocker show up (and what will he say?) and, inevitably, who will be taking center stage in Cooperstown a year from now. Like in recent years, the ballot is going to be stacked, both...
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HOVG REWIND: July 23, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1962 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush. 1976 – Sadaharu Oh, joining Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron, becomes the third professional to...
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The HOVG Podcast: Greg Pryor

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the only player in baseball to have participated in both Disco Demolition Night and the Pine Tar Incident, Greg Pryor. From George Brett selling the pine tar bat to Gaylord Perry making t-shirts commemorating the event, Greg joins the boys to “celebrate” the 33rd anniversary of the Pine Tar Incident and to take them behind-the...
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HOVG REWIND: July 22, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1923 – Senators legend Walter Johnson fans Stan Coveleski to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. The milestone will not be reached again until Bob Gibson accomplishes the feat in 1974. 1986 – Due to a series of maneuvers by Mets’ manager Davey Johnson and the late-game ejections...
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HOVG REWIND: July 21, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1988 – The Yankees trade Jay Buhner, minor league prospect Rich Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers) to the Mariners in exchange for 33 year-old Ken Phelps. The one-sided deal will be immortalized on Seinfield by Frank Costanza, George’s dad, when he laments the Bronx Bombers’ poor judgment, “How could...
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HOVG REWIND: July 20, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – Hank Aaron hit his last big league homer off Angels’ hurler Dick Drago en route to a 6-2 Brewers’ win. The round tripper is ‘Hammerin’ Hank’s’ 755th and establishes the all-time major league record for career home runs. 1976 – Mark Fidrych throws his twelfth complete game in his 13th start of the season...
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Royals and Cubs Dominate Jersey Sales

When it comes to jersey sales…the Kansas City Royals are kings. Major League Baseball released a list of its best-selling jerseys for the first half of 2016 and four Royals (Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon) cracked the top 20. Last year, no Royals were among the league’s hottest sellers. Now, as exciting as it is that the defending World Series Champs...
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“Cool Guy” Piazza Speculates on Hall of Fame Facial Hair

A lot of the chatter heading into Hall of Fame Weekend surrounds which cap each of the newly inducted players will be wearing. This year, it’s pretty simple. Ken Griffey Junior will be going in as a member of the Seattle Mariners and Mike Piazza, he’ll be joining Tom Seaver as just the second member of the New York Mets. But when the catcher visited Jimmy Kimmel Monday night...
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HOVG REWIND: July 19, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1966 – In the first major league game to be played totally on artificial turf, Houston beats Philadelphia at the Astrodome, 8-2. Prior to this contest, the outfield consisted of painted dirt with only the infield covered with the new material created by Monsanto Company dubbed Astroturf. 1982 – Tony Gwynn doubles off of southpaw...
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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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