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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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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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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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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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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

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 25, 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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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 23, 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 23, 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, if...
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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 22, 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 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins (and Others) Pay Tribute to Prince

Prince fans across the nation are mourning the loss of the legendary pop icon. Seriously…dude even got his own #GoogleDoodle. But no city is feeling the loss more than Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. And even though the Minnesota Twins were on the road facing the Milwaukee Brewers, the team even got into the act by changing up their Twitter avatar and, and probably more impressive...
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April 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Trevor Story Signs Exclusive Deal with Topps

Welp…that was fast. After making history by hitting seven home runs in his first eight Major League games for the Colorado Rockies, Trevor Story has, again, made headlines. Wednesday, it was announced that the 23-year-old had already signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with Topps. “Trevor Story’s first week as a big leaguer was phenomenal,” said David Leiner, Topps Vice...
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April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 21, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Ten Things About Fenway Park

When the Boston Red Sox play host to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, it will mark the 104th anniversary of the team’s historic stadium.  You see, Fenway Park opened its doors April 20, 1912 against the New York Highlanders and beat the soon-to-be-renamed Yankees 7-6 in eleven innings. Here are ten things you might not have known about the historic park located at 4 Yawkey Way...
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April 20, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 20, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY 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...
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April 20, 2016  |  Discuss

That Time Some All-Stars Appeared On Fantasy Island

There are guys out there that will shell out thousands of dollars to suit up alongside some of their favorite baseball players. For working stiff Richard Delaney, all he had to do was channel Mr. Roarke and his plucky companion Tattoo. Confused as to what in the world that means? Then you obviously didn’t see that episode of “Fantasy Island” when Gary Burghoff played a dude...
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April 19, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 19, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime In 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...
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April 19, 2016  |  Discuss

WISDOM AND LINKS: The ’88 Orioles are never being matched

This week, one of baseball’s most infamous records once again withstood the test of time. That record, of course, is the 1988 Orioles’ miserable 0-21 start. With both the Braves and Twins winning on Friday, it’s guaranteed to survive another year. And it’ll probably survive a great deal many other years, because it seems as if it could be a record that will never be broken...
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April 18, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 18, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime In 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...
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April 18, 2016  |  Discuss

HOVG REWIND: April 17, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1956 – 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...
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