June 20: Lesson in Attendance

June 20: Lesson in Attendance JUNE 20, 1948 | CLEVELAND, OHIO – Guess which team set the regular season attendance record on this date in 1948 (the dateline kind of gives it away)? It wasn’t the New York Yankees or some other storied franchise. It was the Cleveland Indians. The Indians drew 82,781 fans to…

June 27: HS to “the show”

June 27: HS to “the show” JUNE 27, 1973 | ARLINGTON, TEXAS – The Texas Rangers had their biggest crowd of the season on this date in 1973 to watch an 18-year old pitcher make his major league debut. David Clyde graduated from Houston’s Westchester High School just a few weeks earlier. The last time…

May 8: Plot Against Jackie Robinson?

May 8: Plot Against Jackie Robinson? MAY 8, 1947 | BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – On this date in 1947 the sports editor of the New York Herald Tribune claimed to have uncovered a plot to put Jackie Robinson back behind the color barrier. Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers three weeks earlier.…

March 19: Tragedy at Cubs Camp

March 19: Tragedy at Cubs Camp MARCH 19, 1965 | MESA, ARIZONA – Tragedy struck the Chicago Cubs this date in 1965. Cubs’ announcer Jack Quinlan was killed in a car accident on the outskirts of Mesa, Arizona where the Cubs were training. He was just 38. The accident occurred late in the evening when…

MARCH 26: Little Louie’s career ends

MARCH 26: Little Louie’s career ends WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA, MARCH 26, 1974. All good things must come to an end, and on this date in 1974 it was the 18-year Hall of Fame career of shortstop Luis Aparicio. “Little Louie” – 5’9″, 160 lb. – was given his walking papers by Boston Red Sox manager Darrell…

March 21-Fidrych here, then gone

March 21-Fidrych here, then gone MARCH 21, 1977, LAKELAND, FLORIDA – When Detroit Tiger pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych twisted his knee shagging fly balls on this date in 1977 it seemed a minor bump in the road for the 1976 rookie of the year. He was expected to miss his next start. Unfortunately, what…

March 16: beaten at own game

March 16: beaten at own game MARCH 16, 2006 | ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – In a shocker, Mexico eliminated the United States from the first World Baseball Classic on this date in 2006. With the likes of Alex Rodriquez, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon and Vernon Wells on the U-S team Mexico beat the Americans 2-1 in Anaheim.…

MARCH 15: Spring Training Muncie?

MARCH 15: Spring Training Muncie? FRENCH LICK, INDIANA, MARCH 15, 1945. Several spring training camps opened on this date in 1945, but not in the hot-spots you’d expect. The country was still in the midst of World War II. Travel restrictions forced teams to train close to home. Indiana became a hot-spot: New York Yankees –…

MARCH 5 – YANKS SWAP WIVES

MARCH 5 – YANKS SWAP WIVES MARCH 5, 1973 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – On this date New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and  Mike Kekich dropped a bombshell on spring training camp on this date. They announced to the world that they had swapped wives… and kids and a poodle and a terrier. “It wasn’t…

MARCH 1: MICKEY MANTLE RETIRES

MARCH 1: MICKEY MANTLE RETIRES MARCH 1, 1969 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A sports icon of the 1950’s and 60’s retired on this date.  Mickey Mantle made the announcement at the spring training home of the New York Yankees, ending an 18-year career. It’s remarkable it lasted that long considering “Mick” endured a variety of injuries, mostly…