The Dirty Inning, Episode 22: Billy Southworth’s ladle of orangeade

Baseball Reference has unlocked a whole new wing of the Phillies Hall of Shame. On September 2, 1925, the Phillies played the second game of a double header. They didn’t play it well. John McGraw’s Giants burned through the Phillies pitching staff like 1920s industrial fire through a thread factory, hanging 24 runs on Philadelphia’s unremarkable hurlers. Thanks to Baseball Reference...
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The all-time World Series team

Since 1904, the World Series has loomed as not only the pinnacle event in Major League Baseball, but a premiere event in American culture. It is home many of the most memorable moments sports history, (The Catch, Babe Ruth calling his shot....) as well as the confirmation point for many of the great icons in the game (the birth of Mr. October....and Mr. November).And due to that...
October 19, 2017  |  Discuss

McGraw and McGillicuddy

One was pugnacious. The other, almost regal. When John Joseph McGraw took the field, he embraced baseball games as bouts, thus earning his nicknames Mugsy and Little Napoleon. When Cornelius McGillicuddy managed the Philadelphia Athletics, he wore a suit rather than a uniform. They were, certainly, opposites with a respect that ran deeper than the Hudson River. Connie Mack—McGillicuddy...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the 12 members of the San Francisco Giants with their names honored or numbers retired

Can you name the 12 members of the San Francisco Giants franchise with their names honored or numbers retired? Clue: The number retired or position with team (some players were with the team before individual numbers were introduced).
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Tragedy of Edgar McNabb

A murder-suicide in a Pittsburgh hotel in 1894 firmly occupies a place on the roster of baseball’s tragedies. It was the fatal result of a love affair between a major league pitcher and a baseball mogul’s wife. Edgar McNabb pitched for the 1893 Baltimore Orioles, a team that boasted future Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson. It was McNabb’s only season in the major...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to face Brooklyn in World Series

The 1920 World Series would feature two teams in search of their first championship. But unlike the Indians, who were making their first appearance in the Fall Classic, their opponent, the Brooklyn Dodgers, were making their second appearance in four years. The Dodgers had joined the National League in 1890, while Brooklyn was still its own city. The Dodgers – short for Trolley Dodgers...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Death of John McGraw

John McGraw was to baseball what Henry Ford was to the automobile. They did not invent their industries. They reinvented them. Straddling the line separating the 19th and 20th centuries, McGraw ended his career as a baseball player by performing the additional duties of manager, first with the Baltimore Orioles and then with the New York Giants. He was full of fire, brimstone, and...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in 1899, The Brooklyn Superbas Were Born

Today in the 1898-1899 offseason, a remarkable thing happened: as the ownership groups in Baltimore and Brooklyn swapped part shares in each other’s clubs, the Orioles effectively merged with the Dodgers, with the class of the two ballclubs going to Brooklyn and the dregs staying in Baltimore — with the exception of star Baltimore third baseman John McGraw, who refused to leave....
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Wezen-Ball: John McGraw & Christy Mathewson: Out-of-Copyright Authors by Larry Granillo

I'm always in awe of the digital age we live in. Everything is on demand and at your fingertips. Music, movies, television, video games - they can all be enjoyed anywhere you are almost instantly. Books are the same way, with all the various e-book readers on the market now. In fact, instantly downloadable electronic books are so prevalent that each and every one of us can even...
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January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Wezen-Ball: Standing at the Sphinx During the 1913-14 World Tour by Larry Granillo

In the winter of 1913/1914, Charles Comiskey sponsored a world tour of two ballclubs that would take them to four different continents. The clubs were Comiskey's White Sox and John McGraw's Giants. After a month of touring around the United States, the teams and their entourages (wives, etc.) sailed the seas, going from Japan to China to the Philippines to Australia to Sri Lanka...
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May 06, 2011  |  Discuss

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