Monthly Archives: May 2013

Padres retire #35

On May 9, 1997 the San Diego Padres honored left-handed pitcher Randy Jones with a ceremony to retire his number, 35. A major milestone took place in 1976. He had become the first player in the Padres franchise to win the Cy Young award which is given to the best pitcher in the American League as well […]

Ali indicted

On May 8, 1967 Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., more commonly known as Mohammad Ali was formally charged because of his decision dodge the draft during the Vietnam War. His refusal to join his piers in combat caught the the eye of the law as well as the public media. He originally used is Islamic faith […]

Russia allowed to compete in Helsinki Games

After years of tension and war the Soviet Union was banned from the Olympics starting after the 1912 games and ending on May 7, 1951.  The country was permitted to be a part of the 1952 Helsinki games in Finland. Russia rejoining the world in celebration was a big deal, and the world treated it as such. The Olympic team from representing the […]

Kerry Wood and the 20K game

As a life long Cubs fan I remember this game being a big deal, even if I was only seven years old. I remember watching the game on the family television, and seeing the newspaper the next day so this is an exciting post for me. This was the beginning of a new era for the team that […]

A True All-American Baseball player

May 5, 1884 Charles Albert Bender, commonly called Chief, was born in Crow Wing Country, Minnesota. He would go on to be the only Native American baseball player to be inducted into the hall of fame after his 1953 induction. When people think of discrimination in baseball they think of Jackie Robinson, and the 1960s, […]

Phillies take Braves in…20?

On May 4, 1973 the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Atlanta Braves at Veteran’s Stadium in a game that would last 20 innings. The 10,000 fans sat through a measly five hours and 16 minutes. The winning pitcher, Jim Lonborg was on the mound for the last two innings of the game. He only let one hit through, but no […]

Joe DiMaggio plays with the Yankees

Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr., also known as Joe “The Yankee Clipper” DiMaggio played in his first baseball game with the major league on May 3, 1936 at age 21. Playing with the New York Yankees in the historic game was against the St. Louis Browns, DiMaggio had three hits contributed to the 14-5 win. As […]