Category Baseball

Shoeless Jo indicted

On October 22, 1920, eight players on the Chicago White Sox and five gamblers were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy and fraud. One of the players was 32-year-ols Shoeless Joe Jackson who spent five seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The nickname was given to him after he took his uncomfortable shoes off for […]

The “Called Shot”

On October 1, 1932, Babe Ruth walked to the batter’s box in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field, after receiving the first two strikes he pointed towards the bleachers and hit the ball out of the park. This became known as the ‘called shot.’ The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs were playing game three of […]

The last at bat for Ted Williams

On September 28, 1960, Ted Williams stepped up for his last career at bat, resulting in his 521st and final home run and a 5-4 Boston Red Sox home victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The final swing of the bat for Williams came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jack Fischer delivered the pitch […]

Roger Clemens 3K K

On July 5, 1998, Toronto Blue Jay, Roger Clemens became the 11th pitcher to record his 3,000th strike outin a 2-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Devil Ray’s left fielder Randy Winn walked up to the plate with two outs and nobody on. He struck out swinging to give Clemens to the 3,000 club. The […]

Lou Gehrig as Tarzan

On February 24, 1937, New York Yankee superstar Lou Gehrig did a screen test to play the role of Tarzan in the movies. High school and college athletics prevented Gehrig from getting a chance to try other activities. Since he had a little free time, he figured, why not. He could face the cameras and […]

Country music+baseball=Garth Brooks!

On February 23,  1999, country music star, Garth Brooks, had a life long dream brought to life as he stepped onto the field with the San Diego Padres to play professional baseball for a day. Brooks did not decide to play professional baseball  for the publicity or for money. He did it to raise money for […]

The Catchers Mask Patent

On January 12, 1878,  Frederick W. Thayer, Harvard baseball manager, patented the baseball catchers mask. The Harvard baseball player modified a fencing helmet to give catchers the opportunity to  get closer to the plate without worrying about having their faces rearranged by a bat. Catchers were getting closer to the plate to help with throwing […]