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info_outline Game 6 1967 World Series St Louis vs Boston Full Radio Broadcast 05/01/2020
Game 6 1967 World Series St Louis vs Boston Full Radio Broadcast Pivotal Game 6 matched rookie Gary Waslewski (2–2, 3.21) who had only pitched in twelve regular season games, versus one-year wonder Dick Hughes (16–6, 2.67) who pitched three seasons, winning only twice more in 1968 before retiring due to arm problems. Rico Petrocelli gave the Red Sox an early lead with a second inning blast over the Green Monster in left field. St. Louis came back with two runs in the top of the third when Julián Javier hit a lead-off double off that same Green Monster. After retiring the next two batters, Waslewski gave up a single to Lou Brock, scoring Javier. Then after a Brock steal, Curt Flood singled to left, scoring Brock. In the Sox half of the fourth, Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith, and Rico Petrocelli would all go long setting a new World Series record with three home runs in the same inning. A demoralized Hughes wouldn't finish the inning and Ron Willis would be summoned from the bullpen to get the last out, an Elston Howard groundout to third. Waslewski was very workmanlike, but started to tire in the sixth inning when, after giving up two walks, was replaced by John Wyatt who would get out of the jam retiring Mike Shannon on a popup to short and Javier on a fly to short right. The Cards would come back and hit Wyatt hard in the seventh. After pinch-hitter Bobby Tolan walked, Lou Brock hit a homer into the right-center field bleachers. Flood and Maris hit long fly-outs to center but their hits stayed in the park to end the inning, St. Louis had tied the score at four apiece. The Red Sox would send ten batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning and regain the lead. Elston Howard would lead off making both the first and last outs but four runs would cross the plate in-between. After all was said and done, the Cardinals would send four pitchers to the mound in the inning and when Hal Woodeshick would come into pitch the eighth, a Series record would be tied with eight (8) pitchers used also setting a two team record of eleven pitchers used. St. Louis had one more good chance to win the game loading the bases in the eighth, but highlighted by a great Yastrzemski catch in left-center, the Cards couldn't push one across and wouldn't score again going quietly in the ninth; with Gary Bell pitching the last two innings for the save. The Red Sox survived to play another day and the Series was now tied at three games apiece. Wyatt took the win and Jack Lamabe, who was the first pitcher for the Cardinals in the eighth, would be given the loss.
info_outline World Series Ace Stan Coveleski 04/27/2020
World Series Ace Stan Coveleski Using a fluttering spitball that dove sharply and broke inside on lefties and righties, Stan Coveleski helped two unlikely teams to the World Series. He won three games in the 1920 Series — the first championship for Cleveland, and in 1925 he helped the Senators to the World Series in his first year with that club, winning 20 games. He consistently topped 275 innings pitched and was a valuable pitcher well into his mid-thirties. Coveleski learned the spitter while in the minors in 1913-1915, earning a permanent spot in the big leagues in 1916 when the Indians bought his contract. A longtime resident of South Bend, Indiana, the ballfield in that college town bears his name. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Stan's Page - 1920 Season - Eugene Murdock Collection - https://cdm16014.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4014coll27/search/searchterm/Eugene+Converse+Murdock+interviewed/field/descri/mode/exact/conn/and/order/title
info_outline Tom Seaver ties record fanning 19 Padres Full Radio Broadcast 04/22/2020
Tom Seaver ties record fanning 19 Padres Full Radio Broadcast On April 22, 1970 — Tom Seaver of the New York Mets strikes out the last ten batters he faces in a 2 – 1 victory against the San Diego Padres. Seaver gives up only two hits and finishes with a total of 19 strikeouts, tying Steve Carlton’s major league record. Tom Seaver Page - Shea Stadium - Events on April 22 - 1970 Events - Source: https://archive.org/classicmlbbaseballradio
info_outline Ted Williams manages his first game - Full Broadcast 04/07/2020
Ted Williams manages his first game - Full Broadcast On April 7, 1969, At Washington’s RFK Stadium, Ted Williams makes his managerial debut for the Washington Senators, in front of President Nixon and a crowd of 45,113, a franchise attendance record for Opening Day. The Commander-in-Chief throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Williams loses his first game to the New York Yankees, 8-4, on Opening Day at RFK Stadium. Williams will manage the Senators for three seasons, before moving with the team to Texas in 1972. Read More on Ted Williams - April 7 Events - Source -
info_outline Mickey Cochrane World Series Walk Off 04/06/2020
Mickey Cochrane World Series Walk Off Listen to the highlights of Game 6 of the 1935 World Series Featuring Mickey Cochrane on his Birthday! The son of Northern Irish immigrant John Cochrane and Scottish immigrant Sadie Campbell, Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane was born on April 6, 1903 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Mickey Cochrane is considered by many historians of the game to be the finest receiver to play in the major leagues during the first half of the 20th century. An exceptional line-drive hitter, Cochrane posted the highest lifetime batting average (.320) and on-base percentage (.419) of any catcher with more than 5,000 career at-bats. An outstanding team leader as well, Cochrane played for five pennant-winning teams and three world championship squads in his 13 major league seasons. He helped lead Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics to three straight pennants and two world championships from 1929 to 1931, before piloting the Detroit Tigers to back-to-back pennants in 1934 and 1935, and to victory in the 1935 World Series as the team's player-manager.
info_outline Tom Seaver signs with the Mets and 3 years later pulls off a Miracle 04/03/2020
Tom Seaver signs with the Mets and 3 years later pulls off a Miracle Check out the broadcast of the 1969 World Series!
info_outline Luke Appling - Old Aches and Pains April 2 04/02/2020
Luke Appling - Old Aches and Pains April 2 Happy Birthday, Luke Appling! Born in High Point, North Carolina on April 2, 1907, Lucius Benjamin Appling moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his family as a child. After graduating from Fulton High School, where he played baseball and football, Appling attended Oglethorpe College in Georgia for two years. Appling starred on the university's baseball team, while also playing fullback on the football team, before leaving school during his sophomore year to pursue a career in professional baseball. He signed a contract with the Southern League Atlanta Crackers in 1929 and spent one year with the team, experiencing success at the plate but also committing 42 errors in only 104 games at shortstop. Despite his early difficulties in the field, Appling remained determined to make a successful career out of playing shortstop. He later recalled, "My Daddy was lefthanded, and I was lefthanded when I was little. In fact, I was lefthanded all the way to high school. Then I switched over to righthanded 'cause I wanted to play shortstop." Check out his page - Hall of Fame Interview - An interview of Luke Appling that was conducted by Rod Roberts on the behalf of the Baseball Hall of Fame on April 10, 1987 in Greenville, South Carolina. Content of the interview includes: Side Two -- Track 1 - On breaking a finger in 1930, working out at 10 a.m. fielding 154 ground balls, 32 pop-ups plus batting practice; having arthritis (00:00:00 to 00:01:36) Track 2 - On playing 21 seasons until 1950; manager Paul Richards wanting him to stay; Appling managing in Memphis (00:01:36 to 00:02:33) Track 3 - On barnstorming with Mickey Harris and (Birdie?) Tebbetts; Appling talking to Yankees Casey Stengel and Phil Rizzuto (00:02:33 to 00:04:24) Track 4 - On watching the Cubs play in World Series and playing against them in spring training; good catchers (Mickey) Cochrane, (Bill) Dickey (00:04:24 to 00:05:29) Track 5 - Interviewer Roberts talking about Leo Durocher picking a fantasy team; more on Cochrane and Dickey; Tebbetts being a good catcher (00:05:29 to 00:06:59) Track 6 - On good first basemen Jimmie Foxx, (Hank) Greenberg, Moose Skowron (00:06:59 to 00:07:58) Track 7 - On good second basemen (Tony) Lazzeri, Charlie Gehringer; (Gil?) Gordon; (Bobby) Doerr (00:07:58 to 00:09:11) Track 8 - On good third basemen Ossie Bluege, Pie Traynor (00:09:11 to 00:10:03) Track 9 - On good shortstops Joe Cronin, (Phil) Rizzuto, a player from the Browns, (Luis) Aparicio, Marty Marion; Appling playing with older brother Johnny “Red” Marion; Marty getting Appling’s #4; shortstops need to be intelligent and learn the hitters and the pitchers; giving signs in the field; (Ted) Kazanski and Joe Lonnett using word signs; knowing Tommy Bridges curve ball; Mule Haas talking about the curve ball (00:10:03 to 00:16:52) Track 11 - On good outfielders (Joe) DiMaggio, (Ted?) Williams as a great hitter, DiMaggio’s brother a good fielder, on seeing Babe Ruth play (00:17:27 to 00:18:48) Track 12 - On Babe Ruth’s character; on changes in the game and equipment; Appling liking Spaulding featherweight shoes with spikes, getting custom shoes for $25 a pair; always changing shoes; putting feet on metal vibrator after games, still using it (00:18:48 to 00:22:57) Track 13 - On people who should be in Hall of Fame; on writers changing too rapidly; Appling being surprised at being voted into Hall of Fame; (Lefty) Grove being fast pitcher (00:22:57 to 00:25:38) Track 14 - On pitchers throwing at batters, formerly fair game, now not being allowed; hitter (?) Murphy (00:25:38 to 00:28:50) Track 15 - Interviewer Roberts taking photos of Appling; Appling enjoying the game (tape runs out) (00:28:50 to 00:30:35) Bonura never getting married; dating Comiskey’s daughter (00:00:0 to 00:02:20) Track 2 - On Jimmy Dykes; on hit, run and steal signs; hitting plate with the bat as a sign; talking to the catcher about signs; batting practice in Yankee Stadium; catcher (George) Dickey; slider pitcher (?) Shea; watching the pitcher carefully to anticipate the pitch; underhanded pitchers; first manager for Atlanta Crackers told him he’d better remember what he said the first time (00:02:20 to 00:09:55) Track 3 - On Chicago paying to get Al Simmons, Jake Miller, Mule Haas, all at once from Philadelphia; on signing high school kids (00:09:55 to 00:12:14) Track 4 - On Simmons; on Philadelphia hecklers (00:12:14 to 00:14:03) Track 5 - On outfielder Frenchy Bordagaray; traded to Brooklyn; Jackie Hayes losing his eye, irrigating sinuses and possibly damaging eyes; eventually losing sight in both eyes; outfielder Moose Solters going blind (00:14:03 to 00:16:28) Track 6 - On center fielder Jocko Conlan becoming an umpire (00:16:28 to 00:17:20) Track 7 - On Muddy Ruel, dad-gum-it expression (00:17:20 to 00:17:48) Track 8 - On Monty Stratton, pitcher; being good friends with Lyons, “Gander” nickname; buying pistol in El Paso to shoot pheasants; shooting jackrabbits; Stratton shot himself in the leg, lost the leg and nearly died (00:17:48 to 00:21:17) Track 9 - On Lou Brissie being wounded in the war (00:21:17 to 00:21:45) Track 10 - On greatest day in baseball being when he was elected to Hall of Fame; on Red Ruffing, getting his kneecap busted by Sloan Vernon "George" Washington, left-handed hitter (00:21:45 to 00:24:07) Track 11 - Greatest fielding, (Bob) Feller was pitching, Sam West caught line drive in right-center (00:24:07 to 00:25:58) Track 12 - On George Case; fastest runner hard to say; player Ossie (?); on going against (Lefty) Grove pitching; Appling getting a couple of hits; pinch-hitter came up; getting ribbed in spring training (tape runs out) (00:25:58 to 00:30:11) The copyright for this item is held by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. NBHoF welcomes you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by intellectual property law and with proper acknowledgement.
info_outline The Big E Opens - Enron Field 03/31/2020
The Big E Opens - Enron Field On March 30 , 2000 — Enron Field officially opens with a 6-5 exhibition win over the A.L. Champion New York Yankees, paralleling the feat that occurred when the Astrodome opened in 1965. Daryle Ward’s two-run homer caps a four-run eighth-inning rally to open up the Astros’ new home in style. Enron Field - https://thisdayinbaseball.com/tag/enron-field/ Jeff Bagwell - https://thisdayinbaseball.com/tag/jeff-bagwell/ Roger Clemens - https://thisdayinbaseball.com/tag/roger-clemens/ Strat O Matic Day 5 replay - Only 1 team remains undefeated!
info_outline Future Gas House Gang Coach Clyde “Buzzy” Wares gets traded for a Stadium and Dizzy Dean 03/28/2020
Future Gas House Gang Coach Clyde “Buzzy” Wares gets traded for a Stadium and Dizzy Dean On March 28, 1913, the St. Louis Browns make an unusual “trade,” sending infielder Clyde “Buzzy” Wares to the Montgomery Rebels a minor league team in exchange for the rental of a stadium. The Montgomery Rebels will allow the Browns to use their stadium during spring training-rent free. he Southern Association Class-A team will return the 26 year-old infielder to St. Louis later in the season. He will debut on September 15, 1913 vs. BOS and he goes 0-1. Wares will play part of the 1913 and 1914 season in St Louis and hang around in the minors until 1920. The Browns didn’t tell Wares about the deal until the last minute. When the manager called Buzzy into his office on the last day of spring training, Wares thought it was to tell him he had made the team with his strong play. However, skipper, George Stovall informed Wares that he was staying in Montgomery, telling him “You’re the payment for our grounds rental.” He played over 250 games of Montgomery. Wares will later rejoin the Cardinals as a coach for the Gas House Gang teams. Also on the Show - Dizzy Dean talking about Frankie Frisch and the Strat O Matic replay - Day 3
info_outline March 26 -Mantle Hits a 600 Foot Blast 03/26/2020
March 26 -Mantle Hits a 600 Foot Blast On March 26, 1951 —– In an exhibition game at the University of Southern California, Mickey Mantle propels a home run estimated at 654 to 660 feet. The shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. Mantle has two homers, a bases-loaded triple, and drives in seven runs as the Yankees flunk the Trojans, 15 – 1. Listen to Mickey talk New York, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, DiMaggio and Maris. Additionally, I will highlight today's Strat O Matic simulation of the 2020 season.
info_outline George Sisler talks Babe Ruth March 24 03/24/2020
George Sisler talks Babe Ruth March 24 George Sisler never played on a pennant winner and he wasn't a slugger, but in spite of that he earned a reputation as the best first baseman in the first 30 years of the 20th century. The greatest player in St. Louis Browns' history, he twice batted over .400, and his 257 hits in 1920 remain a modern major league record. That same year, the lefty-swinging Sisler hit in 41 consecutive games, an American League record that stood until surpassed by Joe DiMaggio. Sisler, who attended the University of Michigan, where he played for Branch Rickey, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. Listen to him talk about Babe Ruth. Learn more about Sisler - Events on March 24 -
info_outline Spring Training 1939 - Yankees vs Reds on March 15 03/22/2020
Spring Training 1939 - Yankees vs Reds on March 15 Today is a special 3 inning game form 1939 Spring Training, New York vs Cincinnati. Featuring Ernie Lombardi, Lefty Gomez, and many other all-time greats! You can also check out all the other events on March 15 - there are 48 events, 55 Birthdays, 16 Passings and more.
info_outline Roberto Clemente Elected Into the Hall of Fame 03/20/2020
Roberto Clemente Elected Into the Hall of Fame On March 20, 1973 — Roberto Clemente becomes the first Hispanic American to gain election to the Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers Association of America announces the results of a special ballot, with Clemente receiving 393 of 424 votes.
info_outline Richie Ashburn - On Tops Sports Radio March 19 03/19/2020
Richie Ashburn - On Tops Sports Radio March 19 On March 19, 1927 --- Don Richard (Richie) Ashburn is born in Tilden, Nebraska. A five-time All-Star, Ashburn will be a solid center fielder and a solid hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies. He will hit over .300 during 9 of his 15 major league seasons, twice capturing the National League batting title and conclude his career with a .308 lifetime average. Following his playing career, he will call Phillies games for more than three decades. Ashburn will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee in 1995. Check out his interview on the Tops Sports Radio Network! Visit Ashburn - https://thisdayinbaseball.com/1927-don-richard-richie-ashburn-is-born-in-tilden-nebraska-a-five-time-all-star-ashburn-will-be-a-solid-center-fielder-and-a-solid-hitter-for-the-philade/
info_outline 1934 All Star Game Radio Broadcast - Hear Hubbell strikeout 5 straight Hall of Famers 03/19/2020
1934 All Star Game Radio Broadcast - Hear Hubbell strikeout 5 straight Hall of Famers Full Box Score: https://thisdayinbaseball.com/carl-hubbell-strikes-out-five-consecutive-future-hall-of-famers/
info_outline Babe Ruth 570 foot St Patrick's Day Blast 03/17/2020
Babe Ruth 570 foot St Patrick's Day Blast March 17, 1918: A young Babe Ruth, still primarily a pitcher, slugs a pair of home runs during a spring training game at Whittington Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The second long ball is thought to be the first 500-plus foot blast in baseball history. The Herculean shot— was later measured at 573 feet—the distance from home plate to the pond's center.
info_outline Ty Cobb almost gets traded March 16 03/16/2020
Ty Cobb almost gets traded March 16 On March 16, 1907 -- After watching Ty Cobb quarrel with a black groundskeeper and with teammate Charlie Schmidt, Tiger manager Hugh Jennings was tired of dealing with Cobb's abrasive behavior and tries to deal him to the Cleveland Naps for outfielder Elmer Flick.
info_outline Elixir of Brown-Sequard - Pud Galvin passes away 1902 03/08/2020
Elixir of Brown-Sequard - Pud Galvin passes away 1902 On March 7, 1902 — Hall of Famer James (Pud) Galvin dies at the age of 45. Galvin won 361 games over a 14-year career, placing him in a tie for sixth on the all-time list for most wins. In 1883 and 1884, Galvin won a combined 92 games. In 1884 his WAR was over 17+ which ranks 3rd highest all-time.
info_outline Lefty Grove March 6 03/06/2020
Lefty Grove March 6 Lefty Grove was Born on March 6 in Lonaconing, Maryland, Grove was a sandlot star in the Baltimore area during the 1910s. Grove didn't play organized baseball until he was 19 years old. In 1920, His performance attracted the attention of Jack Dunn, Sr. (1872–1928), twho also discovered Babe Ruth. Here is an interview that is long but worth the listen by Eugene Murdock on July 18, 1974 in Norwalk, Ohio
info_outline Mel Ott - World Series At Bats March 2 03/03/2020
Mel Ott - World Series At Bats March 2 On March 2, 1909, future Hall of Famer, Mel Ott is born in Gretna, Louisiana. Known as “Master Melvin,” Ott will make his major league debut with the New York Giants as a 17-year-old boy wonder 1926. He will quickly become a fan favorite. Using an unorthodox batting style in which he lifted his right foot prior to impact, Ott will hit 511 home runs.
info_outline CYO Ends relationship with Dodgers because of Leo Durocher March 1 03/01/2020
CYO Ends relationship with Dodgers because of Leo Durocher March 1 On March 1, 1947 — Father Vincent Powell announces the diocese’s Catholic Youth Organization will no longer participate in the Dodgers’ Knothole Club, stating the church cannot continue to have their youngsters associated with the team’s manager, Leo Durocher. The monsignor, who has been the director of the local CYO since 1940, believes the Brooklyn skipper “represents an example in complete contradiction” to the faith’s moral teachings.
info_outline Koufax and Drysdale Holdout February 28 1966 03/01/2020
Koufax and Drysdale Holdout February 28 1966 On February 28, 1966 — Refusing to report to spring training, Los Angeles Dodger pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin their joint holdout, asking for a $1 million, three-year contract, to be divided equally between them. lthough the deal didn’t happen, On March 30, Drysdale and Koufax will end their holdouts, with each signing one-year contracts worth under $150,000. Koufax however will become the highest paid player in the game.
info_outline Duke Snider Passes Away February 27 02/28/2020
Duke Snider Passes Away February 27 February 27, 2011 — The “Duke of Flatbush”, Hall of Famer Duke Snider dies in Escondido, CA at age 84. Snider was a power-hitting centerfielder for the great Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s and is immortalized in Terry Cashman’s song “Willie, Mickey and the Duke”.
info_outline Babe Ruth released February 26 02/28/2020
Babe Ruth released February 26 On February 26, 1935, the New York Yankees release longtime star outfielder Babe Ruth, freeing him to sign a $20,000 contract with the National League’s Boston Braves. Ruth’s new contract with the Braves also gives him a share of the team’s profits. In 1934, Ruth had endured one of his worst seasons with the Yankees, at least by his lofty standards, with a .288 batting average, 22 home runs, and 84 RBIs.
info_outline Smoky Joe gets Sold to Cleveland February 24 02/25/2020
Smoky Joe gets Sold to Cleveland February 24 On February 24, 1917 – – Smoky Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, is sold by the Boston Red Sox to Cleveland for $15,000. He will become an outfielder after one last, losing start on the mound, and will play five more years.
info_outline Walter Johnson and The Silver Dollar - February 22 02/22/2020
Walter Johnson and The Silver Dollar - February 22 On February 22, 1936, Walter Johnson fires a silver dollar over the Rappahannock River, estimated to be a 386-foot toss.