Today in Baseball: Blacks Allowed to Buy Grandstand seats in St. Louis

For years, Black baseball fans were only allowed to get seats in the bleachers during MLB games. Slowly teams abandoned that policy. On this day in 1944, the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals are the last teams to integrate seating for fans. It won't come as a surprise that black baseball fans were discriminated as …

Baseball Shorts: World Series in Same Stadium

The 2020 World Series are played at Globe Life Field, the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers. With the Series played in the same ballpark, the 2020 World Series is the fourth of which all games are played in the same stadium. The very first World Series that was played in the same stadium was the …

Baseball Shorts: A no-hitter retroactively

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to a no-hitter that wasn't celebrated after the final out as it was only ruled a nono after the end of the game. On May 6, 1917, a scoring change by a panel of sportswriters after the game turned the game into a no-hitter. The panel …

Today in Baseball: MLB owners drive Bill Veeck away

Today, 67 years ago, six MLB owners but two voted against Bill Veeck's plan to move the ailing St. Louis Browns to Baltimore. This signaled the end of Veeck as the owner of the St. Louis Browns. Through the decades, the St. Louis Browns served as the doormat of the American League. In the 51 …

Today in baseball: First trade ever

In today's episode of Today in baseball, we pay attention to the very first trade in baseball. Today 133 years ago the Cincinnati Reds and the Saint Louis Browns were the first teams to do so. We write 1886, a time in which players were bought from other teams on a regular basis. But today, …

65 years ago Eddie Gaedel had his sole at bat

Today, 65 years ago, Eddie Gaedel had his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns as part of a publicity stunt of Browns owner Bill Veeck In a time in which the St. Louis Browns were a cellar dwellar and political correctness was still unknown to the world, Browns owner Bill Veeck looked for a …

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: Colonial League

The Colonial League had two runs. One in 1914 and 1915 and one from 1947 through mid-July 1950. The first run was unique as the Colonial League served as a kind of affiliated league for the outlawed Federal League in 1915, after the league started in 1914 as organized class C league in Massachusetts and …