LATEST STORIES FROM HALL OF VERY GOOD

TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1967 – Tony Conigliaro’s left cheekbone is shattered by a fastball thrown by Angels’ hurler Jack Hamilton. The 22 year-old Red Sox slugger will miss the rest of 1967 and all next year, and will never come close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons. 1982 – At the Astrodome, Pete Rose becomes the...
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Signed Carlton Fisk jersey stolen from bar

Dumb question, but we’ve all been to that sports bar that has framed jerseys on the walls, right? Well…the Salt hill Pub was one of those places.Until recently.You see, up until a couple of weeks ago, the Hanover, New Hampshire, pub had a framed Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox jersey on display, but, well…you guessed it. The jersey, roughly 2½ by 3 feet in size, hung about six...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 16

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1948 – In the age 53, with his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York. 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at...
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Aaron Judge Rocks Korean Elbow Pad

If you blinked…you missed it. During this past weekend’s series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, some eagle-eyed fans noticed Aaron Judge stepping to the plate with a little Asian-inspired flair. The Bombers super rookie broke out a new elbow guard that said, of all things, “Super Rookie Judge”. While there’s no story out there (yet) about the “how...
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Two Phillies denied Players Weekend uniform requests

Players Weekend is just around the corner and, by now, you’ve sorted out the good from the bad and picked your favorites.Unfortunately for two members of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t get their nicknames on the back of their jerseys and had to opt for less imaginative ones.According to Philly.com, pitchers Zach Eflin and Hoby Milner requested to be known simply as “Led...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 12

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime1984 – Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. 1984 – When the first pitch of the game, thrown by Braves hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins...
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Jose Canseco calls out Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge had a first half the likes of which we haven’t seen in a while. Since the All-Star break? Not so much.Thankfully, Jose Canseco is here to remind us that, yes, the New York Yankees rookie can hit the ball a long way. Late Thursday night, the former slugger hit Twitter, basically challenging the should-be Rookie of the Year Judge to a home run hitting contest. Canseco...
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The Best Players Weekend Jerseys

By now, you’ve certainly heard all about the inaugural Players Weekend August 25-27. If not, Major League Baseball is allowing players to wear nicknames on the back of their bright, colorful jerseys as well as a patch with the name of someone who helped get them to where they are. Then…the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 10

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1929 – At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin’s first delivery in the second inning over the right field fence to record his 500th career home run. The Bambino has more than twice the number of round-trippers than the Phillies’ Cy Williams, who is number two on the all-time list with 237. 1991 – In only his...
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A’s and Giants Introduce Battle of the Bay Trophy

In 2010, Chicago Cubs and White Sox introduced the Crosstown Cup…an actual trophy that is awarded to the club that wins the annual matchup between the two teams. Sadly(?), no one really cares…much less, knows it even exists. “I honestly thought it was just kind of like bragging rights,” Sox catcher Kevan Smith said prior to the 2017 series. “I didn’t realize there was...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 4

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1982 – After driving in the winning run in the Mets 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood, who is traded to the Expos during the game, flies to Philadelphia and singles for Montreal to become the first player to have a hit for two different teams on the same day in different cities. The 30 year-old All-Star collects his two historic...
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Golf Digest Shows Off its Own Bat Flips

Alright. This is pretty awesome. Over on Twitter, the guys from Golf Digest ask the age-old question…what if golf had bat flips? The answer is pretty remarkable. Move over Batting Stance Guy…you’ve got some competition.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 31

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – The fifty-day old baseball strike is settled when the owners and players agree on a pooling system for the compensation of free agents. The All-Star game will mark the end of baseball’s first ever mid-season work stoppage. 1990 – At County Stadium, Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan gets his 300th victory, defeating the Brewers...
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Chicago Cubs to present 2016 World Series ring to Steve Bartman

The sentiment is nice and all, but…why?According to WGN, the Chicago Cubs will be presenting Steve Bartman with his own 2016 World Series Championship ring.“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs told WGN in a statement. “We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate...
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The Strangest Finds at The National: 2017 Edition

For generations, fathers have shared their love of baseball with their kids. In my house, it’s the same…but with a twist. You see, every other year, The National Sports Collectors Convention hits Rosemont, IL, and, again, my 13-year-old son (who is NOT a sports fan) will be in tow. “It’s like Comic-Con for sports nerds,” I tell him every year, “but this year…Jose Canseco...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 30

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer, and the first since 1927, to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player. 1973 – Jim Bibby, a 28 year-old Vietnam veteran, becomes the 14th rookie to throw...
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Shin-Soo Choo Honors Ivan Rodriguez

Nolan Ryan might be wearing a “T” cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, but Ivan Rodriguez is probably the first Texas Rangers player in the museum. So on the eve of Pudge’s induction, current Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo honored the team’s longtime catcher by changing up his hosiery. That’s right…that’s Choo wearing Pudge Rodriguez knee-high socks…and you can too thanks to Stance.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 29

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1988 – After his request for time-out isn’t granted by the home plate umpire Mike Reilly, Bo Jackson, despite not being set in the batter box when the pitch is delivered, recovers in time to hit a home run. The Royals left fielder’s fourth-inning three-run poke off Jeff Ballard contributes to Kansas City’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 28

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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 Mora...
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Aaron Judge Loses Tooth in Postgame Celebration

Call it the modern day shot heard ‘round the world. Following Brett Gardner’s walk off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, it was Aaron Judge feeling the pain. Simply put, the New York Yankees slugger was on the receiving end of a batting helmet to the grill. Ouch.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 27

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1984 – Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the ‘Georgia Peach’ to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year career with 3215 one-base hits. 1998 – Sammy Sosa hits his...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 26

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1948 – The Bambino makes his final public appearance at the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story. The ‘Sultan of Swat’ will die of throat cancer three weeks later. 1984 – In a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Expo first baseman Pete Rose singles for the 3,052nd time, tying him with Ty Cobb on the all...
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It is the Beginning of the End for Chief Wahoo?

Prior to the All-Star Game, Rob Manfred said he would be tabling any discussion of demanding the Cleveland Indians ditch their Chief Wahoo logo until after the season. Not wanting to wait until the baseball commissioner decides that a red-faced, smiling Native American might not be the best thing for a post-1950s America, Topps had started to phase out the thing. It’s true. When...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 25

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1966 – Red Sox great Ted Williams is inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his induction speech, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown. 1990 – Between games of a twin bill against Cincinnati on ‘Working Women’s Night’ at Jack Murphy Stadium, Roseanne Barr, the...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 24

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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, 4-3. 1993...
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