Rare footage of Babe Ruth’s and Lou Gehrig’s barnstorming tour

Back in 1927, teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on a barnstorming tour in California. With their teams the Bustin' Babes and the Larrupin' Lou's they visited several towns and cities in California and in other states. In those days, MLB players did not earn the exorbitant amounts of today. Babe Ruth may have …

Today in Baseball: Yankees keep Gehrig’s streak intact

Today 86 years ago, Yankees' first baseman Lou Gehrig wasn't really able to play due to what was then believed to be lumbago. Still, he was put on the lineup card to keep his streak alive. As Lou Gehrig was hit by "lumbago" the previous day, he wasn't able to play first base the following …

Baseball Shorts: Where does the word Barnstorming come from?

Some years ago, you could read a blog post about Barnstorming Tours. In that blog post it was explained what a barnstorming tour was but the origin of the word barnstorming was not explained. In this blog post it will. Barnstorming tours were a common thing in the 1920s and 1930s. Both Negro League teams …

Today in Baseball: Lou Gehrig plays his final game

Today eighty-one years ago, Lou Gehrig played the final game of his career. The ailing first baseman of the New York Yankees went 0-4. The Iron Horse had a sub-par season until now as he only managed to collect four hits. Two days later, a day after a day off, Gehrig took himself out of …

Today in baseball: Lou Gehrig starts his streak

Today, 94 years ago, Lou Gehrig started what would become a record-setting streak of consecutive games played. The star first baseman of the Bronx Bombers entered the game vs the Washington Senators as a pinch hitter (his only pinch-hit appearance in his career) for shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger. In the game, a 5-3 loss vs …

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 phenomenon “barnstorming tours”

The picture shown above made me realize that many Europeans are not aware of the phenomenon barnstorming tour. The two players shown are Satchel Paige (left) and Dizzy Dean. Before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947, black and white players never could face each during regular season games. In first half of the …

Will Gil Hodges finally be elected into the HOF?

Gil Hodges, the manager that guided the Mets to their very first World Series title during their miracle run of 1969 (sorry Cubs fans), will mostly be remembered as the first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers. With him the Dodgers won their only World Series as Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.           …