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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 03, 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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May 03, 2016  |  Discuss

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 03, 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 03, 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 02, 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 01, 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 01, 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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April 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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 28, 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 27, 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 27, 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 26, 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 26, 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 25, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 25, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Now Has His Own Cereal

When they unveiled the REGGIE! Bar in 1978, Reggie Jackson had already been in the league for eleven seasons and had already put up the lion’s share of what ended up a Hall of Fame career. Oh…and he was a World Series hero. In Chicago, they now have RizzOs. And let’s be honest, regardless of how well the Chicago Cubs are playing right now (and they are playing really, really...
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April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 24, 2016

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

HOVG REWIND: April 23, 2016

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

Brewers to Give Away Bob Uecker Alarm Clocks

The Milwaukee Brewers want to make sure you “get up” and out of bed on time. All fans who show up for the team’s July 10 game against the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a talking Bob Uecker alarm clock. That’s right…an alarm clock, decked out in Brewers blue and yellow, with the voice of “Mr. Baseball” himself. Seriously, if there is one way to get people to stop...
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April 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Cubs fan jailed following no-hitter celebration

No-hitters are cool, we get it. However…you’ve got to leave the celebration on the field. Following Jake Arrieta’s gem Thursday night in Cincinnati, an overzealous Chicago Cubs fan got into the postgame scrum and congratulated the pitcher. A fan wants in on celebrating with #Arrieta. pic.twitter.com/olDQMlEDvq — I Nevah Said Dat! (@RNs_Funhouse) April 22, 2016 Or...
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April 22, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 22, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1957 – Entering the game as a pinch runner, John Kennedy becomes the first black player to play with the Phillies, the last National League team to integrate. The former shortstop for the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs will bat only twice in the major leagues, striking out and reaching on an error. 1993 ...
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April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds No-Hit by Jake Arrieta

Even though the fell victim to Jake Arrieta throwing the first no-hitter of the season Thursday night, the Cincinnati Reds were able to find a positive in the 16-0 loss. RECAP: #Reds draw four walks vs. Cubs. pic.twitter.com/PSY5I3DyBB — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2016 Well played, fellas. Also finding time to tweet, the Los Angeles Dodgers who, as you might recall, got...
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April 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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