Feb 14: So hard to predict

Feb 14: So hard to predict FEBRUARY 14, 2013 | FLORIDA & ARIZONA – It being mid February, 2013, spring training was starting all over Florida and Arizona, so too were the predictions. Below are BleacherReport.com‘s  MVP (most valuable player), Cy Young and Rookie of the Year (ROY) award predictions for the 2013 regular season. How accurate…

AUG 12: Baseball in Berlin

AUG 12: Baseball in Berlin AUGUST 12, 1936 | BERLIN, GERMANY – The largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game, up to that point, saw a “demonstration” game at the summer Olympics in Berlin on this date in 1936. In excess of 90,000 spectators saw two teams of amateurs both from the U.S., play…

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 –…