This day in baseball

Dodgers pitcher Harry McIntire pitched 10.2 innings of no-hit baseball against the Pirates on August 1, 1906.  He then gave up a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey and would go on to lose the game 1-0 on an unearned run.

Harry McIntire with the Reds (Wikimedia Commons)

Harry McIntire with the Reds (Wikimedia Commons)


Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction speech

The video is a bit long, but I promise it is worth the time to watch it.  If you need something to do on this Friday (or this weekend!), grab yourself a hot dog and a beer, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy this Hall of Fame induction speech from one of baseball’s greatest pitchers.  Inducted this past weekend and full of charisma and enthusiasm, it’s difficult not to root for Pedro Martinez, regardless of who your hometown team might be.


Infographic: Retired Numbers

An infographic from Flip Flop Fly Ball depicting retired jersey numbers around the league.  Enjoy!info-retirednumbers3


Quote of the day

In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.

~Tom Seaver

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons


Charlie Brown’s favorite bat

I’m dragging pretty bad on this early Monday morning, so I figured, why not start with a laugh?  Few cartoons are able to treat baseball in the same manner as Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang…

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2015 Hall of Fame Weekend

The Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducting four new members into its ranks later today: Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez.  Looking at the pictures featuring these gentlemen, it sure is strange to see them all looking so young again.

Head and shoulders of Seattle Mariners Randy Johnson 1994 (Baseball HOF)

Head and shoulders of Seattle Mariners Randy Johnson 1994 (Baseball HOF)

Head and shoulders of Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez, May 2, 1999 in Oakland (Baseball HOF)

Head and shoulders of Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez, May 2, 1999 in Oakland (Baseball HOF)

Head and shoulders of Houston Astros Craig Biggio, 1991 (Baseball HOF)

Head and shoulders of Houston Astros Craig Biggio, 1991 (Baseball HOF)

John Smotlz of the Atlanta Braves 1994. (Baseball HOF)

John Smotlz of the Atlanta Braves 1994. (Baseball HOF)

Nevertheless, one can hardly argue that the initiation of each of these players into the Hall is well-deserved.  While the celebration has been going on all weekend for this ceremony, the formal induction ceremony and the delivery of speeches by these four men will be taking place today, beginning at 1:30 eastern time.  You can find complete details about the proceedings here.


This day in baseball: Rucker dominates the Cardinals

On July 24, 1909, Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Superbas struck out 16 Cardinal batters as Brooklyn defeated St. Louis, 1-0.  Rucker asserted that he actually collected 17 K’s that day, but a careless official scorer forgot to record one of them.  The southpaw finished the year second in the National League with 200 strikeouts (some sources say 201 strikeouts), in spite of Brooklyn’s dismal 55-98 season record.

New Georgia Encyclopedia

New Georgia Encyclopedia


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