LATEST STORIES FROM HALL OF VERY GOOD

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...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cashing in on the Pine Tar Incident

Every time July 24 rolls around, the collective attention of Major League Baseball fans everywhere 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. And we all know how that played out. Hoping to...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: The Pine Tar Incident

In 1955, team owners were in a bind…they were losing too much money on baseballs that were stained and smudged with the pine tar being used on bats. To combat that loss, baseball implemented a rule…MLB Rule 1.10(c). It was a simple one really. Basically, you can treat your bat with anything to help “improve the grip”. But here’s the catch. That material cannot extend past...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 23

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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 hit 700...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Ice Cube Sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Already in the Windy City (his BIG 3 basketball league plays in Chicago Sunday), rapper-turned-actor/director Ice Cube hit Wrigley Field to try his hand at “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. And, well…it wasn’t the worst performance of the iconic tune. But, sadly, it was far from the best. It is awesome to see Ice Cube, a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, not wearing a Chicago...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 22

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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 of Darryl...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

FOR SALE: Tim Tebow Dirt

Tim Tebow is still employed as a professional baseball and what seemingly started as an obvious publicity stunt has somehow morphed into a reality And it isn’t just the New York Mets taking advantage of their Heisman Trophy winner-turned-leftfielder…everyone else is as well. That’s right, for a mere $50, fans of the Atlanta Braves Class-A Florida Fire Frogs can secure themselves...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 21

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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 you have...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 20

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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, a streak...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 19

TODAY IN BASEBALL 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...
Via Hall of Very Good
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Players Help Out Intern

You never know what you can believe on the internet, but, man…you’ve gotta hope the second half of this story is true. Following their 10-3 loss Saturday night at home against the Chicago Cubs, a member of the Baltimore Orioles grounds crew was, according to reports, jumped by four guys outside of Camden Yards. The quartet of baddies apparently made off with the intern’s phone...
Via Hall of Very Good
7 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1921 – At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankee slugger’s 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National...
Via Hall of Very Good
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Organist has Fun with Visiting Cubs

When Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski was brainstorming, trying to come up with some clever song choices for the visiting Chicago Cubs players, he had no idea they would ever reach beyond the walls of SunTrust Park. But, as you might have surmised, they did. When Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward came to plate for the first time, Kaminski (who grew up a fan of the 2016 World...
Via Hall of Very Good
8 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 17

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1941 – Thanks to the outstanding defensive work of Indians’ third baseman Ken Keltner, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium in front of 67,000 fans. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ who batted .408 during the stretch, will begin another streak that will last 17 games, extending the remarkable span...
Via Hall of Very Good
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonoma Stompers Pitcher Makes History

Twenty years ago, Ila Borders made history when she became the first woman to win a men’s professional baseball game. Saturday night in Sonoma, California…history was made again. With seven innings of one-run ball, Stacy Piagno led her Stompers to a 16-1 victory over the Pittsburg Diamonds and, in the process, joined Borders as one of only three women to get a “W” against...
Via Hall of Very Good
9 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 16

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1990 – Steve Lyons slides head first into first base to beat out a bunt. The play becomes memorable when the White Sox first baseman drops his pants to brush away the dirt inside his uniform in front of 14,770 startled fans at Tiger Stadium. 2003 – At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 15

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1901 – Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history in the modern era. The 20 year-old right-hander holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants’ 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis. 1993 – Cal Ripken, Jr. hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, breaking Ernie Banks’ record for the most...
Via Hall of Very Good
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Trump Hires Relative of Ty Cobb

From beating up a handicapped fan to his reputation as a virulent racist, Ty Cobb was, by all accounts, a piece of garbage. So it makes perfect sense he is now connected to Donald Trump. Friday, it was announced, Trump brought in veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb (yes…a distant cousin of baseball’s Ty Cobb) to oversee the White House’s handling of the investigations surrounding...
Via Hall of Very Good
11 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 14

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – Hank Aaron hits home run #500 off Mike McCormick, becoming the eighth major leaguer to reach this milestone. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’s three-run homer over the left center field fence proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Giants at Atlanta Stadium, 4-2. 2001 – Bobby Valentine wins his 1‚000th career game as a...
Via Hall of Very Good
12 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 13

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1971 – In a game which features six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis fourth-inning pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the NL, 6-4 in All-Star action. All the players who homer, J. Bench, H. Aaron, R. Clemente, F. Robinson...
Via Hall of Very Good
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sammy Sosa is Still Looking Different

What exactly is going on here? Sammy Sosa has experimented with his skin several times over the last few years and while no one really knows what he’s been doing to himself (some have speculated he’s bleaching his skin…others have suggested “skin rejuvenation”), one thing is for certain, dude looks different. This latest incarnation is a puzzler. The former slugger popped...
Via Hall of Very Good
13 days ago  |  Discuss

TODAY IN BASEBALL: July 12

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1979 – After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescent fans refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck’s promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco record, collecting the...
Via Hall of Very Good
14 days ago  |  Discuss
SITE INFORMATION
Hall of Very Good
"The Hall" follows baseball milestones, Cooperstown chatter and is a look at who should and shouldn't be honored as the greatest in baseball. After that...it gets totally sidetracked. So...step up to the plate and enjoy.
Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker