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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 29

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 2000 – At Yankee Stadium, Randy Velarde completes the tenth unassisted triple play in Major League history. With runners on first and second, Shane Spencer hits a line drive to the A’s second baseman, who catches the ball, tags out Jorge Posada coming from first base, and steps on second, tripling up Tino Martinez, who took off...
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Kevin Millar to Play One More Game?

The St. Paul Saints are in the midst of celebrating their 25th season of baseball and long the way, they’ve lined up a number of great promotions. One they might not have planned…former player (and current host of “Intentional Talk” on the MLB Network) Kevin Millar coming back for one more game. The 2004 World Series champion bookended his 12-year Major League run with stints...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 28

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1951 – After starting his career 0-for-12, Giants rookie Willie Mays gets his first hit, a 450-foot homer off Braves left-hander Warren Spahn. Ironically, it is the first of 18 home runs the ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit off the Hall of Fame hurler, the most he will hit off any one pitcher. 1980 – Lotte Orions outfielder Isao Harimoto...
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Rainiers Jerseys Designed by Fifth Grader

From Stars Wars-themed jerseys to those modeled after Saved by the Bell, jersey nights are nothing new for baseball teams. In Tacoma, the Triple-A Rainiers do it a little different. Each year, the Seattle Mariners top affiliate turns the designing over to grade schoolers. Seriously, they let kids take a crack at designing what the players are going to wear. “Our annual jersey...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 27

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – Major League Baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces the addition of Montreal to the circuit. San Diego is also awarded an expansion team. 1981 – After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 25

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1922 – After being called out for trying to stretch a single into double, Babe Ruth throws dirt the umpire’s eye, then goes after a heckler in the stands, and finishes his tirade by standing on the dugout roof calling the crowd “yellow” cowards. These actions will result in a one game suspension, a $200 fine, and will cost the...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 24

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 2000 – Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in one season, reaching the mark in 35 games. ‘Big Mac’ accomplishes the feat in six less contests than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998). 2002 – After a container is seen being dropped from a low-flying plane hitting and bouncing off the stadium...
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Yankees Unveil The Judge’s Chambers

At the beginning of the 2017 season, no one could’ve predicted that Gary Sanchez’s breakout rookie season would be continued by Aaron Judge. Seriously, the outfielder picked right up where his teammate left off…and now the New York Yankees are cashing in on the hype. Monday, the Bronx Bombers announced they were branding three rows in Section 104 as the “Judge’s Chambers”...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 23

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1991 – In front of a sparse Olympic Stadium crowd of 8,833, Tommy Greene, making his 15th start as a major leaguer, no-hits the Expos, 2-0. The Phillies right-hander joined the rotation replacing Danny Cox, who had suffered a pulled groin in his last start. 1991 – With his fourth inning swipe of second base at Shea Stadium, Andre...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 22

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1982 – In his last major league at bat, Mario Mendoza, who will become a minor league hitting instructor, reaches first on a fielder’s choice, ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder’s name will become infamous as players struggling at the plate will be described as performing below...
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Eric Thames Pops Up Ringside at WWE Event

When the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Chicago Cubs was officially rained out Saturday, Eric Thames did what any red-blooded American would do…he did the 14 miles drive from Wrigley Field to Allstate Arena to watch NXT Takeover. But here’s the thing. In the process, dude just might have become Enemy Number One in Chicago. You see, typically, you’ll find members of the...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 21

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1952 – Joe Nuxhall, best known for signing with Cincinnati in 1944 after attaining the permission of his parents and high school principal, returns to the Reds seven years after pitching two-thirds of an inning in his major league debut as a 15 year-old. The southpaw gives ups just one hit in the final three frames of the team’s...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 20

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston’s Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the ‘Spaceman’ suffers a separation of his left shoulder, greatly affecting the remainder of...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fans Attempting to Save Pitch

Noticeably absent when FOX unveiled their 2017 Fall lineup Monday in New York was “Pitch”. The hour-long drama centering around the Major League’s first female pitcher debuted last fall to critical praise and lofty expectations. It was given the boot after, seemingly, not living up to its expectations…averaging a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and just over 3 million viewers...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1956 – Mickey Mantle becomes all-time home run leader for switch hitters when he belts his 136th career round-tripper, a two-out homer in the top of the ninth that ties the score in the Yankees’ eventual extra inning 8-7 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. ‘The Mick’ will nearly quadruples the mark, extending the record to...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 17

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1945 – Every game on the American League schedule is rained out for the fourth consecutive day. 1961 – Roger Maris, en route to his record-breaking season of 61 home runs, hit his first round-tripper of the year at Yankee Stadium. The eighth inning homer off Pete Burnside, his fourth overall, doesn’t help when the Senators beat...
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HOVG Minisode: True or False with Ross Grimsley

It’s been 46 years since Ross Grimsley threw his first Major League pitch. Since then, the longtime hurler (and the last Montreal Expo to win 20 games) has been the subject of many rumors. From hair grease to allegations of witchcraft…it’s time to play “True or False” To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.
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Million Dollar Arm Winner to Try Wrestling?

In 2008, Rinku Singh beat out close to 37,000 competitors to win a shot at pitching in the Major Leagues. Now, the “Million Dollar Arm” winner (and the first Indian-born professional baseball player) has his sights set on another lofty goal…wrestling in the WWE. That’s right, Singh, now 28, was recently among the many trying out in Dubai for a professional wrestling contract...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 16

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1965 – Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19 year-old Orioles’ rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning. 1996 – In a 13-1 rout...
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Cubs Superfan Kicked Out of Wrigley Field

For decades, Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers called the bleachers at Wrigley Field home…but on April 19th, the Chicago Cubs evicted the superfan after, they say, he failed to produce a ticket. The 75-year-old denies any wrongdoing, but when pressed, neither Wickers or his friend (who claimed he had the pair’s e-tickets) could produce the proper documentation, virtual or ortherwise...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 15

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins his 56-game hitting streak with a hit against White Sox pitcher Edgar Smith. The Yankee outfielder will collect at least one hit in every game until July 17, when his unrivaled accomplishment, which captures the attention of a nation, is stopped in Cleveland with the help of outstanding defensive plays by...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 14

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1967 – Keeping a promise to his wife Merlyn, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, a shot into the lower deck into the right field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium. The ‘Commerce Comet’, now the sixth big leaguer to reach the milestone, hits the historic homer off Stu Miller, helping New York...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 13

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1958 – As a pinch-hitter, Stan Musial collects his 3000th hit in the sixth inning off Moe Drabowsky in the Cardinals’ 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘The Man’, the youngest player to reach the milestone, is the eighth major leaguer to accomplish the feat. 1993 – One day before his 40th birthday, George Brett hits...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 12

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1970 – At Wrigley Field only 5,264 fans see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is Frank Secory, one of the umpires of the 1953 contest in which Mr. Cub hit his first round-tripper. The second-inning line drive, hit off Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers,...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: May 11

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1996 – On ‘John Franco Day,’ the New York veteran reliever is ejected from the game, along with eight other players, as the result of participating in a fifth-inning bench-clearing brawl at Shea Stadium. Prior to the game the Mets celebrated their closer’s recent 300th career save, but his unavailability in the ninth leads to...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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