Baseball Shorts: Double Squeeze

In today's episode of "Baseball Shorts," we pay attention to the double squeeze. A rare form of offense that was mainly used by the 1913 Philadelphia Athletics. We all know what a squeeze play is: With a runner on third, the batter is laying down a bunt with the expectation to be thrown out at …

Today in Baseball: Detroit Tigers field amateur team

Today, 108 years ago, the Detroit Tigers fielded mainly an amateur team against the Athletics in Philadelphia. Why? Continue reading and you'll find out. What was the reason, the Tigers refused to play? Well, in a game vs the Highlanders in New York a few days earlier, Cobb was heckled by a Highlander fan. He …

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 …

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 …

Minor League history: How a dead guy won the PCL batting title

This is one of those special stories of the dead ball era. In 1912, Heinie Heitmuller of the Los Angeles Angels won the batting crown of the Pacific Coast League with a batting average of .335. Nothing special you would say. But this batting title had a bizarre twist. Heinie Heitmuller was a career minor leaguer, …

New Orleans to rebrand in 2017

Since their move from Denver in 1993, the New Orleans Zephyr always used the name of the club that moved from Denver, when the Rockies became the city's MLB representative. The Zephyr was a train in the Colorado area and that name was adopted by the Denver Bears in 1985. Before the team moved to …

Minor League history: Eastern Carolina League

There were two Eastern Carolina Leagues. Both operated in the Eastern part of North Carolina. The first run lasted from 1908 through 1910, the second lasted two years: 1928-1929. In both cases the league got a class D classification. 1908-1910 cities represented: Fayetteville, NC: Fayetteville Highlanders 1909-1910 Goldsboro, NC: Goldsboro Giants 1908-1910 Kinston, NC: Kinston …

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 …