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 …

Today in Baseball: Disco Demolition Night

Today, 41 years ago the Chicago White Sox hosted Disco Demolition Night. The promotion was initiated by a DJ from a local radio station. As the game of the night before was rained out, it was scheduled to take place after the promotion. Little was known about the disastrous effect this promotion would have. With …

Today in Baseball: Yankee Stadium opens its doors

Today, 97 years ago, the first official game was played at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox were beaten 4-1 thanks to a home run by Babe Ruth. After John McGraw of the New York Giants made clear he didn't want to Yankees to return to the Polo Grounds after the 1922 season, the Yankees …

Radical plan to continue with MLB season

According to CBS Miami, MLB is considering letting go of the plan of playing all games in Arizona. Instead, they want to follow the alignment of Spring Training. It would mean that clubs will play at their Spring Training Facility and they will only play the teams of that "League", Cactus or Grapefruit. In this …

Today in Baseball: Ebbets Field demolition starts

On this day, sixty years ago, a wrecking ball, adorned as a baseball, will start the demolition of the home of the former Ebbets Field. After forty-seven years, the legendary ballpark will be erased. The iconic ballpark was opened on April 9, 1913. In the previous years, Dodgers' owner Charlie Ebbets, bought pieces of land …

Renderings of downtown Kansas City ballpark presented

Yesterday, Kansas City-based design company Pendulum has presented its vision on a downtown ballpark in Kansas City. In the past months, there have been rumors about several locations in downtown Kansas City. But so far the club hasn't made a decision on leaving Kauffman Stadium. The renderings unveiled by Pendulum showed a 30,000 seater in …

Baseball Related Songs: “Tiger Stadium’s Lament” by Russ Franzen

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Tiger Stadium's Lament" performed by singer-songwriter and balladeer Russ Franzen. The nice part about this song is that it is written from the point of view of Tiger Stadium itself. As said in the prologue, Russ Franzen is a singer-songwriter and balladeer from the …

Today in baseball: Fenway Park collateral to the Yankees…

On this day a hundred years ago, the New York Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for "just" $100,000. But did you know that Fenway Park would also be part of the deal? According to the legend, financially strapped Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to generate money for his …

Today in baseball: Colt .45s become Astros

Today in 1964, the three-year-old National League expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s are about to move into their brand new home. The team will also change its name and the ballpark will carry that name too. After playing the first three seasons at Colt Stadium, which was made of bleachers stretching from foul pole …

Henderson (NV) makes pitch for MLB team

According to the Las Vegas-Review Journal, the Las Vegas suburb Henderson has made a pitch to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks to the city. The intention is that the D-Backs would be part of a ballpark development à la Suntrust Park and surrounding The Battery. As the Diamondbacks ownership has expressed its dissatisfaction with how Chase …

“Hit sign, win suit” a legacy of its own

Today, another little piece of baseball history, even though it is only baseball related. This blog post is about the famous Abe Stark sign at Ebbets Field, the former home of the former Brooklyn Dodgers. In the early days of baseball, many MLB parks looked like many MiLB parks look nowadays. The outfield walls were …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

2019 final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington

With a special logo, the Texas Rangers herald the final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington, the ballpark that was their home since 1994. According to Ballparkbiz.wordpress.com, the logo show on the picture below is slightly different than the logo the Rangers wear on their uniform. The actual logo mentions the name Globe Life …

Yawkey morse code to stay on Fenway Park’s scoreboard

Recently the Boston Red Sox ownership requested a name change for Yawkey Way, the street that runs next to Fenway Park which is named after one of the previous owners of the Bosox, Tom Yawkey. But despite this request, the club is not seeking to remove the name of Yawkey and his wife in Morse …

Cubs sued for lack of wheelchair room

A wheelchair-using Cubs fan has sued the Chicago Cubs for the lack of enough wheelchair space at Wrigley Field. According to David F. Cerda, the Wrigley Field renovations have eliminated or excluded some disabled accessible spaces at the Friedly Confines, thus violating federal law. Cerda, who is using a wheelchair since he was ten years old, …

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