Opening Day for Major League Baseball is less than two weeks away, the weather is steadily getting warmer, and I’m developing spring fever. In celebration, here is the closing theme song of that old show, “This Week in Baseball,” called “Gathering Crowds,” composed by John Scott. There are no lyrics, just an orchestra. Relax and enjoy…. baseball is upon us!
On March 7, 1941, during Spring Training, Brooklyn Dodgers Pee Wee Reese and Joe “Ducky” Medwick both slipped plastic inserts inside their caps during an exhibition game. The previous year, in 1940, both men had missed playing time do to injury after being hit by pitches. This is believed to be the first instance of players wearing protective headgear when going up to bat. Major League Baseball would not make helmets mandatory until 1971.
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.
I love this. I really believe that the perception of baseball as a dying sport in American culture is little more than an illusion. The challenge lies in making the sport compatible with the changes in technology.
Unlike the modern tradition of naming ballparks after corporate sponsors (e.g. Busch Stadium, Safeco Field, U.S. Cellular Field, etc.), in 1959, San Francisco held a Name-the-Park contest to rename what was then called Bay View Stadium. On March 3rd, the winning entry was announced: Candlestick Park. The name served to describe the shape of the rocks found in the area known as Candlestick Point.
I have to confess, it is getting a bit more difficult to find these videos the more teams I cross off the list. But I’ll keep it going, and maybe eventually, I’ll find them all! Today’s installment: the New York Mets. Enjoy!
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I’m throwing twice as hard as I ever did. The ball’s just not getting there as fast.