July 1 – DiMaggio drama

July 1 – DiMaggio drama July 1, 1941 NEW YORK, NEW YORK – New York Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio got hits in his 43rd and 44th consecutive games on this date in 1941. This tied him with Wee Willie Keeler who held the 44 consecutive game hit streak since 1897. To add to the DiMaggio…

DEC 1: Image change

DEC 1: Image change DECEMBER 1, 1964 | HOUSTON, TEXAS • The Houston “Colt .45s” officially became the “Astros” on this date in 1964. It was quite a change in image, from a symbol of the old west to the city’s modern image as home to NASA and the space program. The new name coincided with…

Nov 8: It’s the Shirts!

Nov 8: It’s the Shirts! NOVEMBER 8, 2007 | ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ road to the 2008 World Series started on this date in 2007. More than 7,000 fans showed up at Straub Park in St. Petersburg on a Thursday in November to usher in the age of the Rays,…

Nov 4: Tale of 2 franchises

Nov 4: Tale of 2 franchises NOVEMBER 4, 2016 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Chicago Cubs were welcomed home by the millions on this date in 2016 after winning their first World Series Championship in 108 years. How long is 108 years? Well, the last time the Cubs were the last team standing was 1908.…

NOV 3: Holy cow!

NOV 3: Holy cow! NOVEMBER 3, 1968 | ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Harry Caray came close to packing it in long before he became the colorful play-by-play man for the Chicago Cubs. He was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while trying to cross a St. Louis street on this date in 1968. Caray was the…

Nov 2: CBS buys Yankees

Nov 2: CBS buys Yankees NOVEMBER 2, 1964 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK – CBS, the broadcasting company, became principle owner of the New York Yankees on this date in 1964. It paid $11.2 million for the privilege. That much wouldn’t pay for the restrooms in today’s Yankee Stadium. According to Forbes magazine, as of March 2016, the Yankee franchise is…

Nov 1: Most MVPs

Nov 1: Most MVPs NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Most Valuable Player awards have been awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) since 1931. The players who’ve won the award the most in the American League were Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Alex Rodriquez. All were 3-time MVP winners. And all, except Foxx,…

Oct 27: The 7 game World Series

Oct 27: The 7 game World Series OCTOBER 27, 2019 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Aren’t 7 game World Series more fun? They were an infrequent occurrence for a few years. From 1989 to 2010 (21 seasons) only 4 World Series went the full 7 games. There were more sweeps (7) than 7-game World Series. It’s…

OCT 29: “You’re out!”

OCT 29: “You’re out!” OCTOBER 29, 1979 | ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY | Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays began work as a greeter for an Atlantic City Casino on this date in 1979, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspended him from the game. Kuhn had given the former New York and San Francisco Giant’s star an ultimatum; if he took the casino job…

Oct 16: It’s the shoes

Oct 16: It’s the shoes OCTOBER 16, 1969 – NEW YORK, NEW YORK • A good reason to shine your shoes; it could help you win a World Series, as it did on this date in 1969. It was game 5 between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets. The Mets, in only in their 8th year of existence, led…