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August 1919: A Tiger with a hard slide, Yankee catcher fails to tag the unknown runner:
Five minutes after tuning in lateyou knew all the important stuff:score, inning, situation, pitchers,key plays, game summary,(the Tiges [like tikes with a hard g]scored first on Kaline’ssacrifice fly in the third,but the Bosox took the lead intheir half of the inningwith…
The last time Boston and Pittsburgh had the best records in their respective leagues on July 4, they wore these uniforms because it was 1903. They would later meet in the first World Series when the Beaneaters (or Pilgrims or Americans) defeated the Pirates five games to three*.
Stat courtesy Elias via Pat Hughes on WGN radio
Images courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s fantastic site, “Dressed to the Nines”.
* Yeah 9-game World Series!
|—||Rube Marquard - 1971 on the eve of his induction into Cooperstown|
Alex Rodriguez after Kyle Wren (son of Atlanta GM Frank Wren) sent a bunt down the third base line on the first pitch of A-Rod’s first game with the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs. . Rodriguez’s throw was late and off target.
"Wren said he knew A-Rod would be there and planned the bunt that way."
Mariano Rivera presented with his gift from the Minnesota Twins - ‘The Chair of Broken Dreams.’ The spindles of the chair are made out of bats broken by Rivera throughout his career.
Of all the gifts I’ve seen organizations present Rivera, this is definitely the most clever and well-thought out and definitely beats a couple bottles of dirt, *cough* Detroit, *cough.*
The idea for the chair originated with manager Ron Gardenhire
(Photo by Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Ladies and gentlemen,
News came down one day that a certain General McGee wanted to go duck hunting with Buchser and [Ted] Williams. What do you do when a general calls? You ask what time he wants to go.
The general, who arrived with his own shotgun, turned out to be a good guy, an old hunter from Virginia. His aide, a major, also arrived. Turned out to be some Ivy Leaguer from Harvard or someplace. Not a good guy. An asshole.
The hunters spread out in separate blinds. Buchser was at one end of the line. The general and major were in the middle. Williams was at the other end. The ducks appeared in the sky. The major jumped up and shouted, “There they are, General. Shoot ‘em.” The ducks flew away.
"We told the major you couldn’t do that," Buchser says. "I don’t think he listened. Ted was really pissed off."
The ducks appeared again. The major jumped up again. “General, there they are. Shoot ‘em.” The ducks disappeared again.
Williams stood up. He was holding his shotgun.
"Major," he said, "if you do that again, I’ll blow your fucken head off."
"The general got all upset at that," Buchser says. "He made Ted go sit in the jeep. That was the end of Ted’s hunting for the day. Ted was all upset."
Excerpt from Leigh Montville’s Ted Williams: The biography of an American hero.