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HOVG REWIND: July 23, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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July 23, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Greg Pryor

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the only player in baseball to have participated in both Disco Demolition Night and the Pine Tar Incident, Greg Pryor. From George Brett selling the pine tar bat to Gaylord Perry making t-shirts commemorating the event, Greg joins the boys to “celebrate” the 33rd anniversary of the Pine Tar Incident and to take them behind-the-scenes...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: July 22, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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July 22, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: July 21, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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HOVG REWIND: July 20, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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 that...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Royals and Cubs Dominate Jersey Sales

When it comes to jersey sales…the Kansas City Royals are kings. Major League Baseball released a list of its best-selling jerseys for the first half of 2016 and four Royals (Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon) cracked the top 20. Last year, no Royals were among the league’s hottest sellers. Now, as exciting as it is that the defending World Series Champs have...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

“Cool Guy” Piazza Speculates on Hall of Fame Facial Hair

A lot of the chatter heading into Hall of Fame Weekend surrounds which cap each of the newly inducted players will be wearing. This year, it’s pretty simple. Ken Griffey Junior will be going in as a member of the Seattle Mariners and Mike Piazza, he’ll be joining Tom Seaver as just the second member of the New York Mets. But when the catcher visited Jimmy Kimmel Monday night, the...
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July 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pierre Dorion Speaks: Zibanejad/Brassard, Hoffman/Ceci RFA negotiations

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Senators Trade Zibanejad to the Rangers for Brassard

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HOVG REWIND: July 19, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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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 2: The Revenge...
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HOVG REWIND: July 18, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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HOVG REWIND: July 17, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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 of...
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July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Again, Kenny Powers is Not John Rocker

It’s been nearly three years since Kenny Powers threw his last pitch, but, still, here we are, again…talking about the fictional pitcher. In advance of his new HBO series, “Vice Principals” creator Jody Hill was asked about his, umm, previous show “Eastbound and Down”. Makes sense, right? Fortunately, Hill was able to put to rest something a ton of baseball fans believe to be true...
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July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: July 16, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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July 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco signs an Independent League contract

He’s baaaaaaack. Vowing never to say never, folks…Jose Canseco is back in organized baseball. Again. The 1988 American League MVP inked a deal with the Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific Association, the team announced on Friday. “It is historic because he is by far the highest everyday player to play in our league, and he is returning to the East Bay,” Diamonds general manager...
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HOVG REWIND: July 15, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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July 15, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Thomas Ian Nicholas

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Thomas Ian Nicholas. Thomas, best known to baseball fans as Henry Rowengartner, joins the boys to talk about “Rookie of the Year” (and his hopes for a sequel), the “American Pie” franchise, fronting the Thomas Nicholas Band and his first celebrity crush. Hold on…“Rookie of the Year 2”? Yeah. It might be happening! (Download The Hall...
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July 15, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: July 14, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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 manager...
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HOVG REWIND: July 13, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Rob Dibble Suggests Jose Altuve is on Steroids

It doesn’t matter what Major League Baseball does, as long as players are still getting popped for doing them…people are still going to suggest some are on steroids. That said, this take by former big leaguer Rob Dibble is a curious one. Yea Altuve was hitting 5 or 7 HRs a year, now he has 14 in 89 games? So No PEDs and No Juiced Balls…Please — Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) July 13...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie…Outta Nowhere!

Todd Frazier might have ended up a handful of home runs shy of winning his third-straight Home Run Derby and Chris Sale might have started the Midsummer Classic…but the Brett Lawrie might be having the best All-Star Break ever. Tuesday night, while his Southside teammates were in San Diego for the All-Star Game, Chicago White Sox second baseman was swimming it up with his wife Dana...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: July 12, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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HOVG REWIND: July 11, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1914 – Making his major league debut, Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth beats the Indians, 4-3. Duffy Lewis, a pinch hitter for the rookie southpaw, singles in the seventh, giving Boston and Ruth the victory. 1985 – Astros fireballer Nolan Ryan fans Mets left fielder Danny Heep for his 4000th career strikeout. The ‘Ryan Express’ doesn...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

FOR SALE: Unique Game Used Canseco Jersey

From time to time, it’s necessary to peruse eBay for unique and curious finds. This one most certainly qualifies as both. Yup. You are looking at a “game issued” and “possibly game used” New York Mets “CANSECO” jersey. Which Canseco? It doesn’t say. Then again…who needs details? Given neither Jose or Ozzie Canseco ever played for the New York Mets, the jersey would definitely be...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss
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