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Pete Gray One-Armed Ballplayer During the Second World War, most able-bodied young American males were in the armed forces. That left the old and the infirmed to play pro baseball. The most obvious example of this was Pete Gray who played in 77 games in his lone major league season for the St. Louis Browns. The one-armed outfielder batted .218 in 1945.
Tags: Pete  Gray  one-armed  ballplayer 
Added: 14th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ripleys Believe It Or Not Ripley's Believe It Or Not was a regular feature in newspapers for many decades. Its creator, Robert Ripley, hoped to be a professional baseball player but an arm injury ended that dream. Instead, Ripley decided to write about sports. He compiled some odd sports facts and presented them in cartoon form. Ripley intended to call it Champs & Chumps, but settled on Believe It Or Not so he could go beyond sports. His first cartoon panel premiered in the New York Globe on December 19, 1918. At one point, there were 80 million loyal readers of Believe It Or Not in daily newspapers. Much of Ripley's research was done by Norbert Pearlroth. For 52 years, Pearlroth spent 10 hours per day, six days a week in the New York Public Library searching for obscure facts and trivia for Ripley's cartoons!
Tags: Ripleys  Believe  It  Or  Not 
Added: 29th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Babe Ruth Walter Johnson 1942 During the Second World War, retired baseball greats Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson made an appearance at a charity game at New York's Yankee Stadium. (Of course the climax was Ruth hitting one of Johnson's pitches over the right field fence.)
Tags: Babe  Ruth  Walter  Johnson  baseball 
Added: 13th May 2008
Views: 2499
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Posted By: Lava1964
Unassisted Triple Play This is the rarest feat in baseball: On May 12, 2008, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians makes an unassisted triple play against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was only the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. A Cleveland player had not achieved this feat in the regular season since 1909.
Tags: Asdrubal  Cabrera  unassisted  triple  play 
Added: 13th May 2008
Views: 3489
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Posted By: Lava1964
1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, champions of the Negro National League, are considered one of the greatest baseball teams ever assembled. Five Hall-of-Famers played on that club: Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Judy Johnson, Cool Papa Bell, and Oscar Charleston. Nodody can say for certain how the Crawfords would have fared against major league teams, but it's safe to assume they were better than the Pittsburgh Pirates that year. The Pirates were a fourth-place club in 1935.
Tags: 1935  Pittsburgh  Crawfords 
Added: 6th February 2008
Views: 1669
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Posted By: Lava1964
Moses Walker Predated Jackie Robinson Everybody knows that Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player, right? Wrong--by 63 years! Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker, a barehanded catcher, played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association way back in 1884 when the AA was a major league. Walker's presence on the team created considerable controversy. Walker was subjected to death threats and snubbed by his own teammates. His brother Welday joined the team for a while too, appearing in five games as an outfielder. However, with owners, players and fans all showing open hostility toward blacks, the major league moguls made a 'gentleman's agreement' not to sign any more black players after 1884. This tacit pact stood until Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day 1947.
Tags: Moses  Fleetwood  Walker 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Billy Ripken Baseball Card Obscenity Fleer's 1989 baseball card of Billy Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles had an unusual feature: an obscenity on the handle of his bat. For years Ripken blamed a playful teammate for scribbling the naughty message on his bat just before the photo was taken. In 2009 Ripken fessed up, saying he had written the message on his batting practice bat to distinguish it from his game bats. He had just finished taking BP at Fenway Park when the Fleer photographer snapped this photo. When this error became public knowledge, Fleer reissued Ripken's card several different times, with the offending message blacked out or obscured in a different manner. Predictably, the original 'error card' is much in demand by collectors.
Tags: Billy  Ripken  baseball  card  error 
Added: 10th February 2008
Views: 2384
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Posted By: Lava1964
Roger Clemens tabloid headline Okay, maybe this is my favorite newspaper headline. (For those of you who aren't baseball fans, Roger Clemens is accused of taking human growth hormone injections in his posterior.)
Tags: Roger  Clemens  steroid  headline 
Added: 12th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ironic Steve Garvey SI Cover 'Is Steve Garvey Really Too Good To Be True?' asked the cover of Sports Illustrated in its 1982 baseball preview issue. Garvey, the Los Angeles Dodgers' popular first baseman, had spent years carefully cultivating a squeaky clean image that abruptly disintegrated the following year. He and wife Cyndy endured a scandalous public divorce in which Garvey's trysts with other women were exposed. Must have been that SI cover jinx!
Tags: Steve  Garvey  Si  cover 
Added: 20th February 2008
Views: 1502
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Posted By: Lava1964
Featured Member - Marty I am one of six boys my mom and dad raised. Grew up in southeastern Michigan. Back then ya couldn't keep us in the house. No computers or cable TV, We made our own fun. Football, Baseball, Hockey, We even made our own Ice Rink every year. Went into the army 1980, thought gonna get drafted,wanted to get in before. Reagan just got into office The Hostages, Remember? Met my beautiful wife in the service. Lived in Germany a couple years,had such a great time. Been married going on 26 years. Lots of rough times but thats made us appreciate the good times. Did various jobs over the years. Cooked in lots of restaurants loved it but hated the hours. Weekends nights Holidays, Aargh. Just recently moved into our own Home, Own it! Such a Blessing, goes to show ya Do good, good things will come your way. To be included in the profiles of members is an honor to me. Such great people here! Thanks Steve for the Invite! Life Is Good!
Tags: Featured  Member  -  Marty 
Added: 2nd May 2008
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