Today in Baseball: An Inside-the-Park Home run at the Age of 42

It sounds almost unbelievable but it happened today 104 years ago. (Hall of) Fame(d) shortstop Honus Wagner hit his final round-tripper that happened to be an inside-the-park home run. In the fourth inning, Wagner goes deep off Reds' right-hander Elmer Knetzer in the team's 2-1 victory at Cincinnati's Redland Field. Even at the wrong side …

Ballparks around the world: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to one of those little gems that you will only find in the USA: Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the legend, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball and played the first game at the …

Baseball writers in limbo

Perhaps you have seen several HOF voting ballots on Facebook on Twitter lately. Several baseball writers and journalists, who are organized in the Baseball Writers Association of America, have put their ballot on the world wide web. For the first time,  you can see a heavy shift towards voting for several PED users. Voting for PED …

Griffey honored even more by M’s

Just days after he was voted into the Hall of Fame, the Mariners announced that they will retire Ken Griffey Jr's number. Griffey will be the first Mariner whose number will be retired. His nr. 24 will hang next to Jackie Robinson's 42. The event of retiring his number will take place on August 6. …

The case of closers and the HOF

With the upcoming Hall of Fame vote, I wrote this article for the Cuban baseball magazine Universo Beisbol. Closers and the  Baseball Hall of Fame; it always has been an issue. In general the baseball writers that vote for the players are rather conservative. How long did it take them to vote the first DH …

Is Jack Chesbro HOF worthy?

I bumped into a comment about Jack Chesbro, the famed pitcher that still holds one of the longest standing records in Major League Baseball. The comment claims that Chesbro was only elected to the HOF because of his 1904 season. Jack Chesbro was born as John Dwight Cheesbro on June 5 1874 in Houghtonvill, Massachusetts. …

Allowing Pete Rose to HOF will create a precedent

This morning I read at Fox Sports.com that the new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to open the door of Cooperstown for Pete Rose. Normally Pete Rose would have been a fix for the Hall of Fame, but in his role as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, he bet on games in which his …

Josh Gibson

I wrote the article below for the November edition of the Cuban baseball magazine "Universo Beisbol" . Hello baseball aficionados. Here is November’s editon of Yankeebiscuitfan’s World. This time a piece about a Negro League legend. Since I read a book about the Negro Leagues, I have been fascinated by him.                  …