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A Random Tribute to Rube Waddell: A Real Piece of Work

George Edward Waddell was a small town Pennsylvania farm boy when minor league scouts recognized his ability to throw lightning. Before long, he’d attracted a nickname (“the Rube”) and he was hurling fastballs in the minors. 493 more words

MLB

#MCM: Jimmie Foxx

Jimmie,

Would you be interested in becoming a professional ball player? If you are, contact me.

Signed,

John Franklin Baker

It was fitting the Hall of Fame career of slugging first baseman…

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MLB

"Some Players seem Terribly Stupid"

Henry Beach Needham was a journalist and fiction writer, best known for being a long-time friend, and occasional biographer of President Theodore Roosevelt.  In 1906, he approached… 575 more words

Babe Ruth was good, but not quite that good

Impossible to tell which intern is in charge of ESPN’s baseball twitter feed this morning, but apparently someone’s asleep at the switch.

Note the second tweet, posted around 9:45 a.m.: “On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his first HR. 158 more words

History

More Notes On Teams That Won 3 Straight League Pennants

In a previous post regarding teams that won as many as three consecutive pennants, I cited the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals denied a great Philadelphia Athletics’ team a third straight title by beating them in the 1931 World Series. 217 more words

Thoughts On The Great (1929-1931) Philadelphia Athletics

While the vaunted New York Yankees of the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig era, had a far longer run of greatness, thus for history sake are rightfully considered better, few teams including those Yankees could match the (1929-1931) Philadelphia Athletics’ teams. 150 more words

More Notes On 3 Or More Consecutive Pennant Winning Teams

In an earlier post, two teams that each won three consecutive pennants with an overlap, the (1906-1908) Chicago Cubs and the (1907-1909) Detroit Tigers.

Today a look at two glory teams with all-time great managers who at least began their pennant streaks in the 1920’s. 146 more words