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Al Spearman - Side armed sinkerball pitcher

There is no dispute that Alvin “Al” Spearman was born August 26 in Chicago, Illinois. However, where most records show 1931 as the year, some conflicting information says 1926. 335 more words

African American History

Baseball History: Dan Bankhead's MLB Debut

Dan Bankhead didn’t have a good outing as a pitcher in his historic major league debut on Aug. 26, 1947.

Bankhead had just been signed by Brooklyn two days before giving up eight runs on 10 hits to the Pittsburgh Pirates in relief of Dodgers starter… 323 more words

Baseball History

"Choo-Choo" Coleman experienced both a baseball sunset and new dawn

The on field statistics of Clarence “Choo-Choo” Coleman; born August 25, 1937 in Orlando, Florida, do not make his baseball career anything special. But it is the timing of when he played and the teams in which he was on that draws interest when his name is mentioned. 389 more words

Negro League Baseball

A Mets Anniversary, of Sorts

Sometimes,  coincidences have a way of falling into your lap.

A little while ago, I was replying to a comment on the fine baseball blog, … 549 more words


Photo of the Day:1936 Negro League East-West All-Star Game on August 23, 1936

My photo of the day comes from the 1936 Negro League East-West All-Star Game held 79 years ago today at Comiskey Park, Chicago. The above picture is one of “Team East”, which included Negro League legends Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson and Cool Papa Bell. 16 more words


50 years ago today was one of the scariest days in baseball history

With today being the 50th anniversary of the infamous fight between the Dodgers and the Giants in which Juan Marichal swung repeatedly at and eventually hit John Roseboro with a bat, I am reminded of the first time I read about this brawl in my childhood.   357 more words


Baseball History: Grover Cleveland Alexander

It was 100 years ago and the Philadelphia Phillies were on the way to their initial appearance in the World Series.

The Phillies took the lead for good after back-to-back wins by… 669 more words

Baseball History