Submitted by BTGrimes on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:00am
The Babe's debut
The Red Sox purchased the Babe from the Baltimore Orioles of the International League two days before.
Ruth didn't astonish the fans that first season. He made 4 appearances as a pitcher, three as a starter, finishing with a record of 2-1 and ERA of 5.67. He came to bat ten times, had two hits for a .200 batting average, 2 RBI, 1 run scored and struck out 4 times.
It didn't take long for Ruth to show star quality, though. He won 78 games as a pitcher the next four seasons. His hitting was even more impressive, forcing the Red Sox to put him in the outfield just about every game in 1919 and Ruth didn't disappoint, hitting 29 home runs and driving in 114 runs in 130 games.
Unfortunately for Red Sox fans, its owner needed money to finance a Broadway play. Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees after the 1919 season. And the rest is history.
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:00am
Don't blink, you'll miss it
Three outs, just like that with the ball never leaving Valentin's hands. Guess who leads off the bottom of the 6th, hero John Valentin. He homers, and the Red Sox come from behind to win 4-3.
When it's hit to the shortstop or 2nd baseman he usually grabs the line drive, steps on second and tags the runner coming from first. Once, the 2nd baseman first tagged the runner coming from 1st before stepping on second.
When it's hit to the first baseman - they're probably playing well off the line - they tag the runner leaving first, then step on second.
Twice triple plays ended games.
If you want to see an unassisted triple play, wait for there to be runners on first and second, no outs and if the batter hits a line drive, don't blink.
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 7:00am
The Luckiest Man
The suddenness of Gehrig's decline was shocking. He went from playing every single game for 14 years to never playing again. When Gehrig took himself out of the lineup on May 2nd 1939 he never got back in. Gehrig had 29 home runs, 114 runs batted in and 115 runs scored in his last full season - 1938, not his best year, but still quite good. The only stat that appeared to show decline was batting average. He hit .295. He hadn't hit under .300 in twelve seasons and hit .351 in 1937, .354 the year before that.
Clearly, Gehrig had lost a step, but he was 35 years old, so not unexpected. Gehrig's decline was clear in spring training 1939. His power had faded. He was hitting just .143 with no extra base hits when he took himself out of the lineup after eight games of the regular season.
A few weeks after asking out of the lineup Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with a rare, crippling, fatal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The sickness would become known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:56pm
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Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 9:00am
The real story of "Moonlight" Graham
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - It's the stuff of legend, except it's true. In the late innings of a game played today in baseball history (June 29, 1905), Archibald "Moonlight" Graham made his major league debut in right field for the New York Giants. They were playing the Brooklyn Superbas (today's Los Angeles Dodgers). The game ended a couple innings later with the Giants winning 11-1. Graham did not come to bat. He never got another chance.
"Moonlight" Graham was sent down to the minors after the game. Hze decided that at the age of 28 he had spent enough time in the minors. Rather than report to the Giants farm team, again, he called it a career. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham came oh so close to batting in a major league game, but it was not to be, until Hollywood came calling long after his death.
"Moonlight" Graham was a key character in the movie, Field of Dreams. The film was fiction, but the "Moonlight" Graham part, played by Burt Lancaster, was real. Well, most of it was real. Graham really did become a doctor in Chisholm, Minnesota, but the part about a young Archie Graham, played by Frank Whaley, living out his dream by coming to bat against the re-incarnated Black Sox remains a dream.
"Moonlight" Graham had a distinctly short, and let's be honest, insignificant, stint in the major leagues, until author W. P. Kinsella came across his statistics:
Archibald Moonlight Graham: Batting record
Kinsella was intrigued about a man who came so close to living out his dream that he put the character in his book of fiction, Shoeless Joe, which the movie, "Field of Dreams" is based on. Unfortunately, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham never found out how well known he became. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native died in Chisholm in 1965.
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