This day in baseball

In Game 5 of the 1988 World Series, Orel Hershiser keeps the A’s to a meager four singles.  The 5-1 victory becomes the final game of the series as the Dodgers clinch the World Championship.  The Dodgers pitcher also won Game 2 of the series and is named Most Valuable Player.

LA Times

LA Times


Quote of the day

Any minute, any day, some players may break a long standing record. That’s one of the fascinations about the game, the unexpected surprises.

~Connie Mack

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/Major League Baseball/Getty Images


“My Oh My,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

You don’t see a lot of hip hop songs about baseball, but this one by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is pretty good.  This elegy for legendary Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus was performed at Safeco Field after Niehaus’ death in 2010.


This day in baseball

In spite of a 99-63 record for the season, on October 17, 1964, the New York Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra.  The Yankees had lost the 1964 World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.

Deadspin


Quote of the day

Baseball has done more to move America in the right direction than all the professional patriots with their billions of cheap words.

~Monte Irvin

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons


This day in baseball: The greatest home run of all time

On October 13, 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates squared off against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series at Forbes Field.  Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 9-9 and belted a game-winning walk-off home run against Yankee hurler Ralph Terry.  It remains the only Game 7 World Series walk-off home run in baseball history.


“Home,” Ken Burns

At the kickoff of the the 2010 World Series, Ken Burns narrated the poem “Home” for the MLB.  It’s one of those videos that makes you feel pretty nostalgic about baseball.  Enjoy.


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