Baseball Releated Songs: “Cooperstown” by The Felice Brothers

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to another little gem of a song: Cooperstown by The Felice Brothers. The Felice Brothers got a somewhat unusual start as they played in the Subway in NewYork City. Living in an apartment in Brooklyn, they would play at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village. Originally, the …

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 Related Songs: “The Park at the Corner” by Russ Franzen

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to another song written and performed by singer-songwriter Russ Franzen: "The Park at the Corner." Like "Tiger Stadium's Lament" this song is also about the former Tiger Stadium, aka Navin Field or Briggs Stadium. As written in the previous blog post about him, Russ Franzen …

Today in Baseball: Ty Cobb makes professional debut

Today 116 years ago, Ty Cobb made his first steps in professional baseball. On this day in 1904, the Georgia Peach debuted for the Augusta Tourists of the South Atlantic League (no ties with the current league that operates under the same name). At the age of 17, Cobb debuted for the Tourists with a …

Rose not reinstated. No HOF in near future

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that he has decided not to reinstate Pete Rose. This means that the ban that was implemented in 1989 after it was discovered that Rose betted on baseball games (even of his own team), will not be lifted. Pete Rose requested a lift of the ban in February of …