Baseball Related Songs: “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” by Chuck Berry

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," performed by the father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry. The song Brown Eyed Handsome man was released in September 1956 as B-side of "Too Much Monkey Business." Partially, the song is a lament about the racial bias and segregation …

With elevating Negro Leagues, MLB is only trying to improve its own image

The other day, MLB commissioner Manfred announced that the Negro Leagues will be part of MLB history. Stats of former Negro League players will be included in those of MLB. While many applaud this move, I tend to say it is a bad one.  We all know that blacks were considered inferior by many whites, …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Today in baseball: World Series’ first perfect game

Today, sixty-three years ago, Don Larsen accomplished what no-one had ever done before: pitching the first perfect game in World Series history. Game five was a pitchers duel from both sides. Not only did Don Larsen not allow a hit, his opponent, Sal Maglie, allowed only five hits and issued two walks as he gave …

Today in baseball: Dodgers acquire Robinson’s contract

Today it is exactly 72 years ago that the Brooklyn Dodgers acquired the contract of Jackie Robinson. It would take five more days before Robinson would make his MLB debut. It was during an exhibition game against their AAA team, the Montreal Royals, where Robinson was playing after he signed a contract with the Dodgers …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

Today in baseball: 1970, Curt Flood files lawsuit vs MLB

Today in 1970, Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood, after refusing to report at Spring Training of the Philadelphia Phillies after he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals, filed a lawsuit against MLB's commissioner Bowie Kuhn and all 24 MLB teams. Flood's case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold …

Baseball related music: “Talkin’ baseball” by Terry Cashman

In today's edition of Baseball related music, we pay attention to "Talkin' baseball, sung by Terry Cashman. The song is describing the history of baseball from the 1950s to the beginning of the 80s. The song was released in 1981, the year the regular MLB season was shortened by a player strike. The song was …

Baseball related songs: “Subway” by Jim Nuzzo

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Subway by Jim Nuzzo. To many Dutch baseball fans (including myself) this will be an unknown song. The song is about the New York Subway Series, a name for the World Series between New York teams, which happened a lot during the golden age of …

Memphis Redbirds celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with special jersey

Next Saturday, April 15, it will be Jackie Robinson Day, the day that commemorates the day that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. The Memphis Redbirds will celebrate the day with a special jersey. Jackie Robinson debuted in the Majors on April 15, 1947. It was the start of a rough year for …

Musings on yesterday’s game in Cuba

Even though my mind wasn't really in baseball mode after the crap that happened in Brussels yesterday, I still wanted to see the historic game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays.  Overall the game itself wasn't that exciting as the Rays were too strong without really flexing their muscles. The result …

Minor League history: Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League was a class D league between 1937 and 1952. It grew out of a semi-pro league that ran from 1935 through 1936 and that carried the same name. Through the years it appeared to be a rather stable league as no team moved during a season. Only in 1951, the Tarboro …

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. …

Should Jackie Robinson’s statue be at Dodger Stadium?

Sixty years after Walter O'Malley traded Robinson to the arch rival of the Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers will erect a statue to honor Jackie Robinson. California-based sculptor Branly Cadet will create the Robinson statue ,which will be ten feet tall, around the theme, “Leveling the Playing Field.” With the help …

Toronto and Boston to play exhibition in Montreal in 2016

After two previous years in which the Toronto Blue Jays played a couple of exhibition games in Montreal, it looks like it starts to become a tradition for the Blue Jays to there before the regular season starts. Next year the Blue Jays will take on the Boston Red Sox to conclude the 2016 Spring …

Yankees by the numbers: one uniform number less to play with

Coming Friday, the Yankees will sign Bernie Williams to a minor league contract, after which he will retire as a Yankee. This will happen nine years after he played his final game with the American League team from New York. The Yankees will retire his number 51 one month later on May 24. The former …

Cardines Field in Newport, Rhodes Island

In my post about Rickwood Field I wrote that that was the oldes still standing ballpark in the US. Well, today I learned that that is not the case. I have made a correction. It is the oldest standing ballpark where professional baseball is played, even though it is only once per year. The (arguably) …

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