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Wisdom and Links: Bartolomania

“Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.” Those were words written by Red Smith in 1951 to describe Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”. They could also be used to describe the scene on...
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May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

That Time Ronnie Woo Woo Met Steve Bartman

If Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers is the unofficial mascot of the Chicago Cubs, Steve Bartman might just be the unofficial face of their failures. Prior to the team’s Game Six tilt against the then-Florida Marlins in 2003, Wickers spent time outside Wrigley Field with the man who would end up being the scourge of the franchise. That’s right, a mere three hours before Bartman would...
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May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 9, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1871 – Esteban Enrique ‘Steve’ Bellán becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a major league game. The 21 year-old Cuban plays the infield for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in a 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Stockings. 1984 – The first eight-hour major league game, which started last night before...
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May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 8, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1971 – Willie Mays (634) and Hank Aaron (604) both hit round-trippers in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 600 career homers go deep in the same game. 1992 – Astros southpaw Butch Henry becomes the first player to stroke an inside-the-park...
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May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 7, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1957 – Vic Power becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit both a leadoff and walkoff home run in the same game. The A’s first baseman, who went deep off Hal Brown leading off the game, ends the contest in the 10th frame with a round-tripper off the right-hander, giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Baltimore. 1999 –...
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May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 6, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1982 – Gaylord Perry becomes the 15th major league player to win his 300th victory when he beats the Yankees at the Kingdome, 7-3. The ‘Ancient Mariner’ will end his 22-year career with 314 victories. 1984 – Cal Ripken becomes the second Oriole player to hit for the cycle, joining Brooks Robinson, who accomplished the...
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May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with Chicago Cubs super fan Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers. Ronnie tell the boys about his early days as a fan watching games at the then-segregated Wrigley Field, his run-in with the one and only Steve Bartman and what it’s like to get his own bobblehead. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Woo Life: One...
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May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Donald Trump Was Scouted by the Phillies?

After Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday night, Donald Trump was, believe it or not…complimentary. “I have to tell you that I’ve competed all my life, all my life I’ve been in competitions,” The Donald told the crowd following the Indiana primary. “Whether it’s sports or business or, for ten months, politics…I have met some of the most incredible...
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May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 4, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – The Simon and Garfunkel tune “Mrs. Robinson” debuts on the Billboard’s Top 40. The song’s lyrics include the memorable question for the Yankees’ former center fielder, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” 2006 – At Detroit’s Comerica Park, Mike Napoli, on the...
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May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Stars Wars Character or Minor Leaguer?

Pop quiz, hotshot. Have you ever looked at a random list of names and tried to figure out which one is that of a “Star Wars” character and which one is a minor league baseball player? Well, you’re about to. Given it is Star Wars Day, I present to you…STAR WARS CHARACTER or MINOR LEAGUER. May the fourth force be with you. 1 – Is DASH WINNINGHAM a first baseman in the New...
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Stars Wars Character of Minor Leaguer? Answers!

Answers! 1 – DASH WINNINGHAM is a first baseman in the New York Mets organization. 2 – TREY VAVRA is an infielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. 3 – BREN DERLIN was the operations and security chief at Echo Base. 4 – SIKES ORVIS is a first baseman in the Chicago White Sox organization. 5 – BO WAY is an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels organization. 6 – MAX REBO...
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May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

David Ortiz to Play Himself in Movie

Let’s say you’re making a movie about the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and one of the scenes calls for you to re-create David Ortiz’s iconic “this is our ****ing city” moment…who do you get to play Big Papi? Chiwetel Ejiofor? Good choice, but, nope. Perhaps an ultra-bulked up Taye Diggs? Also…nope. You get the man himself. According to the Hollywood Reporter,...
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May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 3, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1963 – In his only at bat with the Orioles, Buster Narum goes deep off Cleveland southpaw Don Mossi. The 22 year-old Baltimore rookie hurler, who will be optioned to Triple-A Rochester in six days, will become the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season. 1980 – Ferguson Jenkins becomes only the fourth major...
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May 03, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 2, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1939 – Prior to a game with the Tigers in Detroit, Lou Gehrig tells his manager, Joe McCarthy, that he is benching himself “for the good of the team”. The Yankee legend’s record streak, which began in 1925, ends at 2,130 consecutive games. 1999 – Nike’s ‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’ commercial, starring Tom Glavine...
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May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Charlotte and Ric Flair Visit Chicago Cubs

It’s been a long time since the Chicago Cubs have been a champion on the field. Sunday…they were joined by two. 16-time World Champion Rick Flair and his daughter Charlotte, the reigning WWE Women’s champ, made a pit stop at Wrigley Field on their way to Sunday’s  pay-per-view in Rosemont. First order of business…the requisite clubhouse photo op with the championship belt...
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May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: May 1, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1951 – Becoming the first black to play for the White Sox, Minnie Minoso makes his debut, hitting a home run against the Yankees’ Vic Raschi in his first plate appearance for the club. The speedy outfielder, who previously played with the Cleveland Indians, bats .326 (173 hits) and leads the league in stolen bases and triples...
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May 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal Ripken’s Marriage Streak is No More

Years ago, it was rumored that Cal Ripken’s consecutive games streak was jeopardized by a rumored affair between Kevin Costner and Ripken’s wife Kelly. It was proven to be false. What isn’t false is this. After nearly thirty years of marriage (the couple got hitched in 1987), the Ripkens are no more. And, according to Terez Owens…it was Cal’s infidelity that ended it. However...
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April 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Warren G Botches Seventh Inning Stretch

When Warren G took over the Wrigley Field press box Friday, Chicago Cubs fans heard the greatest four words they’ll hear all season outside of “your World Champion Cubs”. “Cubbies fans…mount up!” It all went south after that. Yup. The “Regulator” himself botched “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and fans both at the ballpark and online let him know all about it....
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April 30, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 29, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1913 – Wearing White Sox uniforms, the Reds are defeated by the Cubs, 7-2, at Chicago’s West Side Park. Cincinnati forgot to pack uniforms and had to don those worn by their opponents’ crosstown rivals. 1996 – John Franco becomes the first left-hander to record 300 saves, allowing just a hit and no runs in the top of...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Rachel Balkovec

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the Houston Astros Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Rachel Balkovec. Rachel tells the boys how she got her start as Major League Baseball’s first female strength and conditioning coach, what exactly her job is, whether or not she misses playing softball and, for whatever reason, boy bands. (Download The Hall...
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April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 28, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1960 – At a night game against Cleveland, the White Sox unveil the ‘Monster’, their new exploding scoreboard at the Comiskey Park. The $300,000 brainchild of Chicago owner Bill Veeck will produce fireworks and accompanying sound effects whenever a home run is hit by a hometown player. 1961 – Five days past his 40th birthday...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Chip Caray Channels Grandfather Harry Caray

Heading into Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of an historic 15-game homerless drought. So when Freddie Freeman went deep in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox, the team’s play-by-play man Chip Caray got excited. How excited? He channeled his late grandfather, the legendary Harry Caray. Holy cow! The post Chip Caray Channels Grandfather Harry Caray...
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April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 27, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

FOR SALE: Make Baseball Fun Again Gear

Bryce Harper ruffled some feathers when he suggested, in a pre-season interview, that baseball was “tired”. The reigning National League MVP further snubbed his nose at his critics when he showed up for a postgame interview on Opening Day wearing a “Make Baseball Fun Again” cap. Now, the Washington Nationals are cashing in on supporting their star. Get ‘em while they...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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....
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April 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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