The Incident That Made Clubs to Allow Fans to Keep Caught Foul Balls

Back in the old days, even way before yours truly's days, it was a common thing to give back caught foul balls to the club they belonged to. One incident in 1922 made clubs change this policy. There was a time in which the ball in the game of baseball was a sacred artifact. Umpires …

Baseball Shorts: The Longest Perfect Relief Outing

Normally, relief outings last only a few innings with one exception: When a long man is brought in. In that case, a starting pitcher that didn't make the rotation, is sent to the mound because the actual starter's stuff isn't working. 114 years ago, something similar happened with a notable feat that the game ended …

Today in Baseball: Blacks Allowed to Buy Grandstand seats in St. Louis

For years, Black baseball fans were only allowed to get seats in the bleachers during MLB games. Slowly teams abandoned that policy. On this day in 1944, the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals are the last teams to integrate seating for fans. It won't come as a surprise that black baseball fans were discriminated as …

MLB should punish the Astros, but how about the Giants?

By now you will know that yours truly loathes MLB because they failed to punish those who were responsible for the Astros sign-stealing scandal. The greedy MLB owners rather protect their product than punishing those who participated in this scandal. Instead, they banned the Astros' GM and manager to save their face.  I am going …

Baseball Shorts: Curfews in MLB

For those Dutch baseball fans who thought, the curfew rule in the Dutch hoofdklasse is unique, forget about it. There was a time in MLB when curfews happened more often. But it wasn't a rule, it was merely an agreement between two teams. The curfew rule in the Dutch hoofdklasse prohibits to start a new …

Today in Baseball: Some DH Firsts

Today, 48 years ago, the designated hitter made its first appearance in the American League. On this day, there were some firsts regarding this newly created "position."On the Opening Day game in Boston between the Red Sox and the Yankees, Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees is the first designated hitter in the AL. In the …

Baseball Shorts: The Time, Baseball Games Did Not Last Nine Innings

Nowadays, we don't know any better. A baseball game lasts nine innings. Except in Europe and during international tournaments where games can last only seven innings due to the mercy-rule (with a ten-run difference). But there was a time in which there was no rule that baseball games had to last nine innings. Read on …

Baseball Shorts: The Player That Hit a Home Run In His First MLB At-Bat But Never Got One In The Rest Of His Career

Quite a long title for an item called baseball shorts... Anyhow, in this episode of baseball shorts, we will talk about a player who hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat, but never hit one afterward. We are talking about Hoyt Wilhelm, a famed knuckleballer. Old Sarge, as he was nicknamed, Made his …

The Time Baseball Was Played in front of 100,000 fans

We all may know that the opening game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Los Angeles Coliseum drew over 90,000 fans. But 22 years earlier, a baseball event drew even 100,000 spectators. And it wasn't even at American soil. On a summer day in August during the 1936 Olympics, baseball was a demonstration sport …

Today in Baseball: The Negro National League is born

Today 101 years ago, the Negro National League was born. The first solid Major Negro League that lasted for over a decade and really initiated Negro League Baseball. On this day in 1920, a group of eight midwestern team owners met at the YMCA in Kansas City (which explains why the Negro League Museum is …

Today in Baseball: John McGraw and Charles Comiskey honored by French Baseball Federation

During a world tour in which several European Countries were visited, the French Baseball Federation honors New Giants manager John McGraw and Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey with a medal for their efforts to promote the game of baseball in France. The Chicago White Sox (left) and the New York Giants during their 1924-1925 …

Today in Baseball: The First Ever Indoor Baseball Game.

Many think that the exhibition game that was played at the Astro Dome on April 9, 1965, was the first ever baseball game to be played indoors. Wrong. On Christmas Day 1888, 2,000 spectators watched the first ever indoor baseball game. An indoor baseball game in 1905 On this day 132 years ago, 2,000 fans …

Rare footage of Babe Ruth’s and Lou Gehrig’s barnstorming tour

Back in 1927, teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on a barnstorming tour in California. With their teams the Bustin' Babes and the Larrupin' Lou's they visited several towns and cities in California and in other states. In those days, MLB players did not earn the exorbitant amounts of today. Babe Ruth may have …

Baseball Shorts: Dugout Diplomacy

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to the term Dugout Diplomacy. The term refers to baseball being used as a tool to bridge a gap between two countries. A good example of this was the 1999 series that was played between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team. Orioles' owner Peter Angelos lobbied …

Today in Baseball / Baseball Shorts: No More Bouncing Home Runs

Today, ninety years ago, the rules committee made an important decision that would cut down the number of home runs in baseball. On this day in 1930, the rules committee decided that a ball that bounces into the stands will no longer be a home run but will become a ground-rule double. Babe Ruth's total …

Baseball Shorts: A colorful experiment that lasted less than a season

The seventies and the eighties were known for their colorful baseball uniforms. Take the 1979 Phillies for example with their all Crimson uniform. Or the colorful mishmash of the 1977-1984 Pittsburgh Pirates. But in 1882, it was even crazier than in the seventies. In that year, the National League adopted a rule that every position …

Today in Baseball: A first for Nolan Ryan

Today, thirty-two years ago, Nolan Ryan signed with the Texas Rangers. This signing is making him the first MLB player to have played with the original four expansion teams. Nolan Ryan, the Ageless Wonder Ryan broke into the Majors with the New York Mets (inaugural season in 1962), with whom he would win the 1969 …