Long Overdue: Gil Hodges Finally in The HOF

Brooklyn rejoice!!! Gil Hodges has been voted into the Hall of Fame. It took him 52 years but finally, he is in. Gil Hodges is a Hall of Famer 49 years after his passing. Yesterday, the Hall of Fame's Golden Days Era Panel finally voted Gil Hodges in after Hodges appeared on various HOF ballots …

Baseball Related Songs: “Kingdome” by Lenny Randle

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to a real funky disco stomper. How much baseball related do you want it? A song about a ballpark sung by a former MLB player. The guy was literally a journeyman who became famous thanks to one special play he made at the Kingdome in …

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 …

Jack Lelivelt, a lesser-known baseball Dutchie

We Dutch like to refer to the Dutch heritage of baseball players in the US. You can think of Bert Blyleven or Reinie Wolters (both born in the Netherlands but learned the game in the USA). You can also think of Win Remmerswaal, who learned the game in his country of birth. But there is …

Minor League history: Oswego Netherlands

A special piece of Minor League history today. Since this is a blog, mainly about Dutch baseball, the club in today's limelight is a perfect fit for this blog: the Oswego Netherlands of the Canadian-American League. The Oswego Netherlands was named after the local Netherlands Milk and Ice Cream Company. The team was one of …

Baseball related music: “Talkin’ baseball” by Terry Cashman

In today's edition of Baseball related music, we pay attention to "Talkin' baseball, sung by Terry Cashman. The song is describing the history of baseball from the 1950s to the beginning of the 80s. The song was released in 1981, the year the regular MLB season was shortened by a player strike. The song was …

Adam Laroche’s retirement is a fishy tale

I guess that you all have heard about the retirement of Chicago White Sox' DH Adam Laroche. Some hazy stories surrounds this sudden retirement. Both parties, the White Sox and LaRoche tell a version of the story that doesn't quite match the other. In 2015, Adam Laroche signed a two year deal with the White …

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 …

Biloxi Shuckers will host parent club in exhibition

The Milwaukee Brewers' AA farm team, the Biloxi Shuckers will host the parent club in an exhibtion game on April 2nd 2016. The Brewers will make a detour to the Gulf Coast town on their way home from their Cactus League Spring Training facility in Maryvale AZ. The brand new affiliate of the Brewers, previously …

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. …

Walter O’Malley, a visionair or a fraud?

I wrote the following piece for my monthly colum in the Cuban baseball magazine Universo Beisbol. In this piece I want to share my point of view on the move of the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Over the years, the LA press and especially the O’Malley family have re-written history in favour of Walter O’Malley. …

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