NOV 27: Winning all the trophies

NOV 27: Winning all the trophies NOVEMBER 27, 1956 | NEW YORK, NY – When Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe won the Cy Young award on this date in 1956 he became the only player in major league baseball history to win all 3 major post-season awards: Rookie of the Year (1949), Cy Young Award…

Dec. 18: Charlie, Oh!

Dec. 18: Charlie, Oh! DECEMBER 18, 1973 | NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – The shenanigans of one time Oakland A’s owner  Charlie O. Finley were entertaining even during the offseason – though not to many of those closest to him. Finley’s manager, at the helm when the A’s won two World Series in a…

Dec 17 – Then there was one

Dec 17 – Then there was one DECEMBER 17, 1891 – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – The National League (NL) was the only “major” league left standing on this date in 1891 when the American Association (AA) folded. The National League announced at its winter meetings in Indianapolis that four AA teams, the Baltimore Orioles (today’s New York Yankees), St. Louis Browns (today’s Baltimore Orioles), Louisville Colonels (defunct)…

Dec 14 – Star with an *

Dec 14 – Star with an * DECEMBER 14, 1985 | HOUSTON, TEXAS – The Man who broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record died of lymphatic cancer on this date in 1985. Roger Maris was just 51 years old. Maris and New York Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle gave most baseball fans one of the most exciting summers in baseball…

DEC 9 – DiMaggio autograph seeker

DEC 9 – DiMaggio autograph seeker DECEMBER 9, 1987 | WASHINGTON, D.C. • New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio gave thousands of autographs during and after his Hall of Fame career, but Joltin Joe was an autograph seeker on this date in 1987. DiMaggio sent a baseball to the White House where President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev were meeting.…

DEC 8 – Yanks trade HR king

DEC 8 – Yanks trade HR king DECEMBER 8, 1966 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK  •  On this date in 1966 Roger Maris, the man who broke Babe Ruth‘s single season home run record less than five years earlier, was traded from the New York Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals for light-hitting infielder Charley Smith. The Yankees had just endured its first last place…

DEC 3 – Names can hurt

DEC 3 – Names can hurt DECEMBER 3, 2001| HOUSTON, TEXAS • Despite the biggest bankruptcy filing in U-S history Enron Corporation made it known on this date in 2001 that it intended to keep the naming rights to the home of the Houston Astros – Enron Field. This created a sticky situation for Astros…

MAY 7- Pitcher’s worst nightmare

MAY 7- Pitcher’s worst nightmare MAY 7, 1957 | CLEVELAND, OHIO – A pitcher’s worst nightmare happened to a promising 23-year old Cleveland Indians starter on this date in 1957. There was one out in the top of the first when Herb Score was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat…

Aug 18: Conigliaro Beaned!

Aug 18: Conigliaro Beaned! AUGUST 18, 1967 | BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Tony Conigilaro was living his dream – playing for his hometown Boston Red Sox, and playing well. Only 22-years old, he was the youngest American League player to reach the 100-home run mark. But the dream, and his cheekbone, was shattered the night of…

JAN 7-Tony Conigliaro: Heartbreak kid

JAN 7-Tony Conigliaro: Heartbreak kid TODAY IN BASEBALL TAKES US BACK TO REVERE, MASSACHUSETTS JANUARY 7, 1945. Tony Conigilaro was born on this date outside Boston. He grew up to realize what most Boston area kids can only dream about — play for the Red Sox. Conigliaro debuted with his hometown team at age 19. He…