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Honus Wagner baseball card The most valuable sports card in the world features Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner. Printed by the American Tobacco Company in 1910, the card is quite rare. Only about 60 are known to exist. Their scarcity can be attributed to Wagner himself. A non-smoker, Wagner objected to his likeness being used to promote tobacco. The company acquiesced to Wagner's wishes and withdrew the card from production--but not before a number had entered the market. The most splendid example of the Wagner Card sold at auction in February 2007 for $2.35 million.
Tags: Honus  Wagner  baseball  card 
Added: 22nd November 2007
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Eddie Gaedel Midget Pinch Hitter Probably my favorite sports story is the day a midget, Eddie Gaedel, batted in a major league game. The date was August 19, 1951. The lacklustre St. Louis Browns were hosting the Detroit Tigers in a Sunday doubleheader. Browns' owner Bill Veeck promised that anyone who bought a ticket would see a memorable sight. He was right. Gaedel, all 3'7" of him, took part in a brewery promotion between games. Gaedel, clad it a batboy's uniform bearing the number 1/8 and carrying a toy bat, made baseball history in the first inning of the second game when he batted for outfielder Frank Saucier. Bob Cain, the Detroit pitcher, nearly doubled over in laughter at the sight of Gaedel and walked him on four pitches--all of them high. Once Gaedel trotted down to first base he was replaced by pinch runner Jim Delsing. Gaedel's picture appeared in virtually every newspaper in North America the next day. That same day American League president Will Harridge banned midgets from baseball. Most of the players involved in the stunt relished their connection to it. Jim Delsing said, 'A lot of guys have hit 50 home runs in a season, but I'm the only guy who ever ran for a midget.'
Tags: Eddie  Gaedel  baseball 
Added: 22nd November 2007
Views: 4438
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Posted By: Lava1964
Funny MLB commercial Funny commercial advertising Major League Baseball. As a baseball nut, I totally understand the concept.
Tags: MLB  commercial 
Added: 1st December 2007
Views: 1643
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jose Canseco baseball blooper Watch Jose Canseco of the Texas Rangers commit a classic baseball blunder against the Cleveland Indians.
Tags: Jose  Canseco  blooper 
Added: 6th December 2007
Views: 16326
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Posted By: Lava1964
Field of Dreams Final Scene 'Hey, Dad, do you want to have a catch?' There's something about baseball and its generational link to fathers and sons. Most guys are too macho to admit it, but this final scene from Field Of Dreams (1988) usually gets to them.
Tags: Field  of  Dreams  catch  scene 
Added: 8th December 2007
Views: 6993
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Posted By: Lava1964
1931 World Series Program This attractive baseball program is from the 1931 World Series. That Fall Classic was a rematch of the 1930 World Series. It pitted the Philadelphia Athletics versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The A's had won the World Series in 1929 and 1930, but the Cards took the '31 tilt in seven games. According to the hand-written notation, this program is from Game Five which was played on October 7 at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. The Cardinals only had one major lineup change from 1930: a 27-year-old rookie outfielder named Pepper Martin. Had there been a World Series MVP award in 1931, Martin would have won it. He led the Cards in several offensive categories--including stolen bases. Martin also made a crucial running catch to snuff out a ninth-inning Philadelphia rally in Game Seven. This was the last World Series appearance by the Philadelphia A's. The next time the Athletics appeared in a World Series was in 1972 when they were the Oakland A's.
Tags: 1931  World  Series  program  baseball 
Added: 25th November 2009
Views: 2162
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Posted By: Lava1964
Babe Ruth in Fancy Curves In 1932 Babe Ruth appeared in a series of short films designed to teach baseball fundamentals and promote the sport. In Fancy Curves, the Babe teaches the finer points of the game to a group of sorority sisters. I'm sure the Babe enjoyed the female companionship of the babes.
Tags: Babe  Ruth  Fancy  Curves 
Added: 15th December 2007
Views: 2236
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lou Gehrig Farewell Speech From Ken Burns' excellent Baseball documentary series, actual newsreel footage of Lou Gehrig's 'lucky guy' farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
Tags: Lou  Gehrig  baseball  farewell  speech  ALS 
Added: 16th March 2009
Views: 6465
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Posted By: Lava1964
Triple Play From a minor league game in Memphis, one of baseball's rarest feats: A triple play! (Batter strikes out, runner caught stealing at second base, runner caught stealing at the plate.)
Tags: triple  play 
Added: 23rd December 2007
Views: 1589
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Posted By: Lava1964
Branch Rickey on Whats My Line Branch Rickey, one of baseball's greatest minds, was a mystery challenger on What's My Line on September 13, 1959. Rickey had twice revolutionized the game: He introduced the farm system in the 1920s. He also signed Jackie Robinson to a contract, effectively racially integrating the major leagues. Rickey's proposed Continental Baseball League never got off the ground, but it did prompt the exisitng major leagues to grant expansion franchises.
Tags: Branch  Rickey  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 8th March 2009
Views: 1597
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Posted By: Lava1964

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