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Willie Mickey and The Duke One of the best sports songs ever written! (I was really tempted to slot this clip into the 1950s since it is mainly about that decade's three great outfielders. But Terry Cashman recorded it in 1981, so the 1980s is where it rightfully belongs.)
Tags: Willie  Mickey  Duke 
Added: 6th October 2007
Views: 7017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Joe DiMaggio on Whats My Line One of baseball's all-time greats, retired Yankee oufielder Joe DiMaggio, appeared as a mystery challenger on What's My Line on September 18, 1955.
Tags: Joe  DiMaggio  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 8th October 2007
Views: 2200
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Posted By: Lava1964
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: 4439
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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: 2164
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Posted By: Lava1964
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
Views: 1789
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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
Views: 1839
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Posted By: Lava1964
Pizza and Little League I love this old commercial for Pizza Hut, a Little League right fielder finds himself unexpectedly the hero of the game!
Tags: pizza  hut  little  league  right  fielder 
Added: 23rd February 2008
Views: 1513
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Posted By: Naomi
Ex-Yanks star and broadcaster Bobby Murcer dies at 62 Bobby Murcer, a five-time All-Star outfielder who spent nearly four decades with the New York Yankees as a player, executive and announcer, has died. He was 62. The Yankees said Murcer died Saturday due to complications from brain cancer. He was surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the team said.
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Added: 12th July 2008
Views: 1212
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Posted By: Cliffy
Bobby Murcer on Whats My Line From May 1971, New York Yankees outfielder Bobby Murcer is a mystery challenger on the syndicated version of What's My Line. (Murcer recently passed away at age 62.)
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Bobby  Murcer 
Added: 16th July 2008
Views: 980
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Posted By: Lava1964
Indentify This Disgraced Ballplayer This unspectacular outfielder spent 13 seasons in the major leagues and three seasons in Japan. He probably won't be best remembered for anything he did on the diamond, though. Who is he?
Tags: who  is  he 
Added: 18th June 2009
Views: 909
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Posted By: Lava1964

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