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 …

Baseball Shorts: Inside Baseball

In today's episode of "Baseball Shorts," we pay attention to the term Inside Baseball. One may think that the term has to do with modern day's sabermetrics, but in fact the term first was used in the late 1800s. John McGraw, the initiator of inside baseball The original meaning referred to a particular style of …

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 …

Baseball Shorts: The Oakland Athletics and their (White) Elephant

As a baseball fan, you will know the Oakland Athletics sport an elephant as their alternate logo on the sleeves of their jerseys. But where does it come from? Read on and you will learn. Since time immemorial, the Athletics ball club sport a (white) elephant as their (alternate) logo. But what is the link …

Baseball Shorts: The Baltimore Chop

No other term is linked more to the Baltimore Orioles of the old days and to the Deadball Era than the Baltimore Chop. This batting technique was refined by the Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s. In the Deadball Era, a period in which runs were not scored by a lot of home runs, every team …

The 1913/1914 Baseball World Tour

Shortly after the 1913 World Series, that was won by the Philadelphia Athletics with its A$100,000 infield, the owner of the Chicago White Sox, Charles Comiskey and the manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw, started a promotional tour around the globe. According to the legend, Charles Comiskey and John McGraw made the plan …

“Moonlight” Graham’s career not as dramatic as portrayed

If there is one player made famous by a novel and/or a movie, it must be Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. The obscure ballplayer played an important part in the novel "Shoeless Joe" and the movie that was made after the novel "Field of Dreams. Graham was made famous for his one game in the 1905 season …

The relationship between the Yankees and the cancelled World Series of 1904

Today 111 years ago, John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, announced that if the Giants would win the NL pennant, they would not play the American League champion. The Boston Americans/Pilgrims/Red Sox won the pennant of the Junior Circuit and the World Series were not played. What was the reason for this behaviour by the …

How the Orioles became the Yankees

Ever wondered how the New York Yankees came into exsitence? Believe it or not, but the club that would become the New York Yankees has it's origin in Baltimore. In 1900 the National League contracted from twelve teams to eight. Together with the Washington Senators, Louisville Colonels, St. Louis Perfectos, the Baltimore Orioles were dissolved. …