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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 27

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – Fernandomania continues to explode at Chavez Ravine when Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela pitches his fourth shutout in five starts. The 20 year-old Mexican southpaw, who is batting over .400, beats the Giants, 5-0 and lowers his ERA to a microscopic 0.20. 1996 – Barry Bonds joins his father and godfather, becoming...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 26

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1959 – Sadaharu Oh hits the first round-tripper of his world record 868 home runs. The Japanese first baseman will play his entire 22-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball. 1962 – Catcher Harry Chiti is traded to the Mets from the Indians for a player to be named later. In June...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 25

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – During the fourth inning of the game being played at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30 year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 24

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1923 – President Warren G. Harding, an avid baseball fan who likes to keep a scorecard at games, witnesses the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The chain-smoking Chief Executive is delighted to see Babe Ruth homer during the contest, but is disappointed the Senators drop the contest, 4-0. 1989 – Joining Reggie Jackson...
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Enough with the Babe Ruth Comparisons

If you ever find yourself questioning how important Babe Ruth is/was, consider this…it doesn’t matter who is talking, they’re bound to compare the best in their business to the baseball great. The latest offender? WWE. Considering they both might be the industry standard for both of their industries, comparing John Cena to Ruth is fine. Doing it on an annual basis…that...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 23

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1921 – Warren Spahn is born in Buffalo, New York. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, a mainstay with the Braves in the 1950’s, is named after Warren Harding, a right-hander who was just recently sworn in as the president of the United States. 1954 – At Busch Stadium, Hank Aaron hits the first of his 755 career home runs in his seventh...
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Cincinnati Reds Troll Cubs Fans

There really hasn’t been a rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds since forever, but that didn’t stop last year’s National League cellar dwellars from taking it upon themselves to poke the (baby) bear that is the World Series champions. During Friday night’s game, the Reds took some shots at anyone who dared to show up at Great American Ball Park donning...
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Cubs Continue to Dominate Jersey Sales

It would appear everyone wants a piece of the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs. Back to back. For the second-straight year, Kris Bryant is on top when it comes to jersey sales. But get this…last year’s National League MVP isn’t alone. Three of his Chicago Cubs teammates have four of the top five selling jerseys in all of baseball. Anthony Rizzo (2nd), Javier Baez (4th...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 21

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1967 – For the first time since LA opened their stadium in Chavez Ravine in 1962, the team is rained out at home. The postponement of their scheduled game against St. Louis ends a streak of 737 consecutive contests at Dodger Stadium without a washout. 1994 – At the Metrodome, switch-hitting DH Eddie Murray knocks a home run from...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 20

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1912 – After two days of rain, the first major league game is finally played at Fenway Park. The inaugural game is memorable with the Red Sox staging an eleven-inning walk-off victory over the New York Highlanders (Yankees), 7-6. 1973 – Four months after his death, Roberto Clemente, in a special election, is inducted into the Hall...
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Matt Szczur’s Painting Fetches $35K

Remember that painting of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant that teammate Matt Szczur did for charity? Well, the piece of art that immortalized the Chicago Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought sold Wednesday…fetching $35,000 for charity To put everything into perspective…that’s $35,000 more than you have ever thought about spending on a painting, much less one done by...
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FOR SALE: Andre Ethier’s Incredible Crib

Celebrities and athletes live in homes that defy logic. Let’s face it…there’s no way to describe most of them. And then there’s Andre Ethier’s crib. The 9,300-plus square foot home in suburban Phoenix is absolutely insane. It’s as if the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star’s house was modeled after what everyone thinks a multi-million dollar ballplayer’s place should look...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 19

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1972 – Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium PA system plays Pomp and Circumstance as the closer approaches the mound. Although the southpaw secures the last out of the team’s 3-2 victory over Milwaukee, the New York relief pitcher feels the song,...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 18

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1966 – Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills singles to center off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts, becoming the first batter to hit on artificial turf in a major league game. The Astrodome’s new playing surface, originally called Chemgrass by its manufacturer, the Monsanto Company, couldn’t be made quickly enough, so the season begins...
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TODAY IN BASEBALL: April 17

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime1956 – Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale and Frank Robinson play in their first Major League games, respectively, for the White Sox, Dodgers and Reds. It marks the first time that three future Hall of Famers have debuted on the same day. 2001 – Barry Bonds becomes the 17th major leaguer, as well as the fourth Giant, to join the 500 home...
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Hanley Ramirez Channels the Easter Bunny

Feel free to call Hanley Ramirez anything you want…just don’t suggest he’s not festive. Sunday, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter channeled his inner Easter Bunny to celebrate the holiday. So how did the whiskered-slugger do with his rabbit-inspired eye makeup? Not too shabby. Dude would go two-for-three with a walk during his team’s 7-5 victory. That said…Ramirez would...
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HOVG REWIND: April 16, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1940 – On Opening Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. The Chief Executive is not charged with a wild pitch as Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0. 1989 – Blue Jays third baseman Kelly Gruber becomes the first player to hit for the cycle in franchise...
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HOVG REWIND: April 15, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1947 – A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats, but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day...
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Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta Head to Primetime

Clearly not willing to sit back and let David Ross steal the limelight, Kris Bryant and Jake Arrieta are following in the footsteps of their former Chicago Cubs teammate. The reigning World Series champs (along with NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico) are set to appear in the season five finale of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” set to air May 16. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode...
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HOVG Rewind: April 12, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1960 – In the first game ever played at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, after Vice President Richard Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch, Giants’ starter Sam Jones three-hits the Cardinals, 3-1. During the third inning a protest is made by the umpires concerning the foul poles, which are discovered to be completely...
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HOVG Rewind: April 11, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1907 – The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans, growing tired of the team’s lackadaisical performance, begin throwing snowballs onto the playing field, disrupting the game. After he is hit by a frozen sphere, Bill Klem, the home plate umpire, decides enough is enough and forfeits...
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Zack Hample Reaches Milestone of Sorts

Say what you want about Zack Hample…dude’s got balls. More than 9,500 of them. The ballhawk caught his 9,500th ball during batting practice before Sunday’s Miami Marlins-New York Mets game. To put that in perspective…that’s 9,500 baseballs. Hample would end up with ten, raising his lifetime total to 9,505…1,373 of which came at Citi Field, just one of the 52 stadiums...
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Former Outfielder Otis Nixon is Missing

Longtime Major Leaguer Otis Nixon was expected at a suburban Atlanta golf course Saturday morning. According to police…he never showed up. Nixon’s girlfriend reported the former outfielder missing Sunday afternoon. Even though there’s no evidence of foul play, it’s hard not to remember Nixon’s past run-ins with the law. In 2013, the 17-year big league veteran was charged...
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HOVG Rewind: April 10, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – On Opening Day, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, playing the first game of his career while not wearing a Red Sox uniform, makes a dramatic return to Fenway, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. Chicago will tack on two more runs in the ninth, and will beat Boston, 5-3. 1985 – Cal Ripken...
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HOVG REWIND: April 9, 2017

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1963 – As a favor to former Indians infielder Johnny Berardino, now known as Johnny Beradino, who plays Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital, Yogi Berra makes a cameo appearance on the popular ABC soap opera. The Yankee legend, known for his paradoxical contradictions, plays the role of Dr. Lawrence Berra, a brain surgeon. 1990...
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