DiMaggio for Williams; the trade that never happened

There is a story floating around about a trade between the Yankees and the Red Sox back in the 1940s. Both owners would trade away their biggest star to the opponent. Eventually,  the trade never happened but it would have been something to see both Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams in the uniform of the …

Baseball related songs: “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Mrs. Robinson, performed by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, which was released in 1968. Originally the song appeared on the soundtrack of the movie "The Graduate", starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Bancroft played the character of Mrs. Robinson who tried to seduce her …

Baseball related songs: “We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "We didn't start the fire" performed by Billy Joel. This song describes the cause of history from 1949 until the late eighties. You may wonder why the song starts in 1949. Well, that's quite simple. It is Billy Joel's year of birth. Next to …

What’s a bigger accomplishment: A 56 game hitting streak or a .406 batting average?

Ever since Ted Williams hit .406 and Joe DiMaggio set a 56 game hitting streak, fans discuss what is the biggest accomplishment. Is it the .406 BA of the Splendid Splinter or is it the 56 game hitting streak of Joltin' Joe? Here is my take on it. In that magical season of 1941, both …

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 …

The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Lenny Randle

Former MLB player Lenny Randle was so kind to answer several questions in an interview. Lenny Had an extensive baseball career. He had a twelve-year MLB career, spent time with the Washington Senators AAA teams and went to Italy after his MLB career. In 1967 Lenny had the option to sign with the St. Louis …

Minor League History: Far West League

The Far West League saw the light in 1948 and was located mainly in California but also had two teams playing in Oregon and one in Nevada.  The league was rated as a class D league and lasted for four years before it folded. Cities represented: Eugene, OR Eugene Larks 1950-1951 Klamath Falls, OR Klamath Falls Gems …

Record of consecutive games hitting streak remains Joltin’ Joe’s

With the 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Jackie Bradley's 29-game hitting streak ended as the 26-year old center fielder of the Boston Red Sox went 0 for 4. With this win, the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak and the Red Sox ended an four-game winning streak. In the last thirty games Bradley jr. …

The unknown side of Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio or the Yankee Clipper or Joltin’ Joe, may be the most worshipped baseball player of all times after Babe Ruth. Known for his 56 game hitting streak in 1941, the year that Ted Williams was the last man to hit .400, and known for his marriage with Marilyn Monroe.  But Joe had a …

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 …

The Pacific Coast League

The Pacific Coast League is one the oldest still existing minor leagues. The league was    founded in 1903. Unlike the International League and the American Associaton, the Pacific Coast League ran its own business without the interference of MLB. Until 1958 there was no Major League baseball West of St. Louis, so the league was …