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Roger Maris Belt, MVP Award Stolen

Nearly 55 years ago, Sal Durante caught Roger Maris’ record-setting 61st home run. The 19-year-old would sell the ball for $5000 to a restaurant owner who, in turn, returned it to the New York Yankees slugger. Now, that ball (and the bat Maris used to hit it) resides in the Hall of Fame. Two items of Maris’ that never made it to Cooperstown…his 1960 American League MVP plaque...
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For Sale: Mike Trout’s Old Ride

Your average Mike Trout fan is going to show their appreciation in a variety of different ways…a replica Number 27 jersey on their back or, perhaps, a life-sized Fathead on their wall. The folks from Goldin Auction are hoping to attract more than just the “average” fan of the Los Angeles Angels superstar. On the auction block at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention...
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HOVG REWIND: July 30, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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David Denson is a Real Hero

This year’s Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient is an amazing young man. In the short time I have known David Denson, I have already developed an incredible amount of respect and admiration for him. Not just for how he has carried himself in the face of adversity, but for the person he is.  This power-hitting, 21-year-old Milwaukee Brewers prospect is the real deal....
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Your First Look at David Denson on the Record

As a first look into David Denson’s life, “On the Record” explores what it means to be a hero. Tackling the sports world isn’t the only thing he’s needed to overcome. In the face of tragedy, we explore what truly brought Denson to the game of baseball and what possibly saved his life. In the midst of doubting voices and self criticism, Denson has found his inner voice...
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David Denson is a Role Model

Courage. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. What is being brave? How do you face something difficult without having fear? I don’t believe that you can. I believe that you can be courageous even in the face of fear. You can face adversity with trepidation. David Denson exhibited courage in ways unseen...
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The Baseball Cards of David Denson

As an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, David Denson got a very nice autograph/jersey card produced by Leaf. Now, after four years in the minors, Denson appears on two big-time sets this year, Bowman Prospects and Topps Pro Debut. The Topps card notes that he is the first affiliated ballplayer to come out as gay while still active. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bo Rosny is The Hall of Very...
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The HOVG Podcast: David Denson

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with 2016 Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient David Denson. David joins the boys to talk about life in the Minor Leagues with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, that 515-foot home run he hit as a high school senior (which has been seen close to 1.3 million times on YouTube) and, of course, becoming the first active player within a...
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Jose Canseco Wants to do Survivor

One quick glance at Jose Canseco’s resume and it’s clear that dude has done it all. Now, the embattled former slugger has his sights set on something else…competing on “Survivor”. Because of course he does. I'd really like to be on Survivor – I would rule like lord of the flies. could everyone tweet Jeff probst and help convince him? Hug 4 u — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco...
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HOVG REWIND: July 28, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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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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Cecil Cooperstown: Thomas Ian Nicholas

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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Taking on the Critics of Rookie of the Year

What follows are six reviews from six different people who had the testicular fortitude to criticize “Rookie of the Year”, starring our new BFFF Thomas Ian Nicholas. I have decided that all six of these people need a talking to.  So, below is me responding to the criticisms of the people I have deemed “The Silly Six”. It needs to be pointed out that this movie was made for...
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Cardboards Gods: Ross Grimsley

The following piece was written by Josh Wilker and originally appeared over at his site Cardboard Gods on June 25, 2010. Two nights ago, I punched a bag of pretzel nuggets. I needed to punch something but the thing I really wanted to punch, an air conditioning control box, would have broken if I’d punched it, and then I would have had to explain to my wife and then the landlord...
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Cooperstown Confidential: Ross Grimsley and the Swingin’ ‘70s

The following piece originally appeared over at The Hardball Times on May 21, 2010.  With all of the attention paid toward the best-selling biographies of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and George Steinbrenner, another worthy new book is being overshadowed. Terrifically titled Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s, the tome is the...
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Video: Dan Epstein Talks Ross Grimsley, Mustaches and Afros

“Rows. Fros. Anything Goes.” is more than just ad copy for the hair and scalp conditioner Sulfur-8…it is also one of the chapters in good friend of The Hall Dan Epstein’s book Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s. The video clip that follows…Epstein extolls the wonderousness that is Ross Grimsley.  And when you...
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Ross Grimsley Mustache Facts

“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.” – Confucius Now, I’m not sure if Confucius really uttered the words above…but I’m pretty sure it is true. Plenty has been said about 2016 Hall of Very Good inductee Ross Grimsley…but hardly nothing about his iconic mustache.  Here are 12 Mustache Facts that you might not have known. Ross Grimsley’s Mustache has...
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Cecil Cooperstown: Ross Grimsley

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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The Baseball Cards of Ross Grimsley

Like Bill Buckner, Ross Grimsley was a 1971 Topps All-Star-Rookie. Traded, from the Reds, who banned long hair and mustaches, to the Orioles, Grimsley was finally able to let his personality show. But you wouldn’t know it from his 1975 Topps card, in which Topps airbrushed an old Cincinnati photo even though he had pitched for Baltimore all year. Finally in 1976 Topps showed...
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Jose Canseco: A Life In Bizarre Baseball Culture

The most common player to appear in my Bizarre Baseball Culture feature is, as far as I can tell, Cal Ripken Jr. However, the person who perhaps most represents Bizarre Baseball Culture is a man who, to the best of my knowledge has never appeared in an official installment: Jose Canseco. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, given that this is a man who once had a home run bounce...
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HOVG REWIND: June 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1933 – Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak come to an end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals’ 19 year-old outfielder’s accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness in 1914. 1992 – In his 319th career victory...
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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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