Tag Archives: Baseball

October 30, 1919

On October 30, 1919 the Baseball Presidents of the American League and the National League called for the universal abolishment of the spitball. They said it gave an unfair advantage to the pitcher and was considered yucky. They agreed to … Continue reading

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October 20, 1982

On October 20, 1982, Billy Martin was fired as the manager/head coach of the Oakland A’s. Sports writers commented that Mr. Martin had now been fired six times as the manager by five different baseball teams. They remarked that… Continue reading

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July 21, 1959

On July 21, 1959, the Boston Red Sox became the last Major League baseball team to integrate and use a black player, Jerry “Pumpsie” Green. It had become apparent, even to the most racist of team owners and managers, that denying… Continue reading

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July 17, 1914

On July 17, 1914, the New York Giants were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates and neither team could put the other away. Finally after almost four hours, in the 21st inning, the Giants scored two runs to go up 3 to 1. In the bottom… Continue reading

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July 7, 1914

On July 7, 1914, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles, Jack Dunn, offered to sell 19 year-old, and future Hall of Famer, Babe Ruth as well as pitcher Ernie Shore and catcher Ben Egan to Connie Mack, the owner of the… Continue reading

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July 6, 1932

On July 6, 1932, Chicago Cubs baseball player, Billy Jurges, learned what happens when you dated crazy. His ex-girlfriend, Violet Valli, a singer/showgirl talked her way into his room at the Hotel Carlos in Chicago. Jurges had… Continue reading

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May 8, 1961

On May 8, 1961, native New Yorkers selected a name for their new National League baseball team. They chose the Mets, which was short for Metropolitans. If like the majority of the world and you think “Mets” lacks any sort … Continue reading

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May 2, 1923

On May 2, 1923, Washington Senator, Walter Johnson pitched his 100th shutout, beating the New York Yankees 3-0. A pitcher records a shutout when he pitches the entire game and does not allow the opposing team to score. Walter Johnson … Continue reading

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April 25, 1962

On April 25, 1962, the Cleveland Indians baseball team traded catcher Harry Chiti to the new expansion team, the New York Mets for a player to be named later. On June 15, 1962, 51 days later, the New York Mets … Continue reading

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April 19, 1960

On April 19, 1960, baseball uniforms began displaying players’ names on the back. This made it much easier for Philadelphia fans to boo and curse the opposing teams’ players, as well as their own when they really screwed up. New … Continue reading

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