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South End Grounds - Boston This is a photo of one of the great ballparks of the 19th century: South End Grounds, the home of Boston's National League club. Having a short distance to both foul poles and a vast center field, the park opened to great acclaim on May 25, 1888. It was actually the second of three ballparks to bear that name. Nearly six years later, on May 15, 1894, the mostly wooden park burned to the ground during a game. (Police placed the blame on kids playing with matches under the bleachers.) Another 117 buildings in the neighborhood also were destroyed in the fire. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has a fabulous computerized 'virtual exhibit' on this ballpark based on photographic evidence.
Tags: baseball  South  End  Grounds  Boston 
Added: 19th May 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lyman Bostock Tragedy Lyman Bostock, who was gunned down by a complete stranger in 1978, was the only active major league baseball player to be murdered during a season. This ESPN feature tells the tragic story.
Tags: Lyman  Bostock  baseball  tragedy 
Added: 11th June 2009
Views: 1226
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Posted By: Lava1964
Funny Minor League Baseball Ejection Manager Phillip Wellman of the AA Mississippi Braves got tossed from a game in Chattanooga during the 2007 season and had this memorable reaction...
Tags: baseball  ejection 
Added: 17th June 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Veteran Newsman Walter Cronkite Reported Gravely Ill There are reports that veteran newsman Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. The 92-year-old former anchor of "The CBS Evening News," who has been ailing for some time, has reportedly taken a turn for the worse, according to TVNewser and other online sites. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco had no comment on Friday. Bob Schieffer said, "All of us are praying for the best, and our thoughts are with Walter's family." The host of CBS'"Face the Nation" and a longtime Cronkite colleague, Schieffer noted that he had no current news on Cronkite's condition. The face of CBS News for more than two decades, Cronkite was named "the most trusted man in America" in a 1972 "trust index" survey, and he ended each broadcast with the reassuring signoff, "And that's the way it is." He left the "Evening News" anchor desk in 1981, but after that kept a busy schedule both in journalistic and other activities. For 24 years, he served as onsite host for New Year's Day telecasts by the Vienna Philharmonic until ill health forced him to bow out earlier this year.
Tags: walter  cronkite  cbs  evening  news  newsmen 
Added: 19th June 2009
Views: 1198
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Posted By: Naomi
Joe Garagiola on Whats My Line From the syndicated version of What's My Line circa 1969, likable television personality Joe Garagiola is a mystery guest. A former major league catcher (of mediocre ability) Garagiola was a longtime baseball broadcaster on NBC's Game of the Week. He also was a mainstay of The Today Show. Garagiola was also a fairly decent game show host.
Tags: Joe  Garagiola  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 27th July 2009
Views: 1171
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bill Lee Postgame Interview 1979 Bill (Spaceman) Lee of the Montreal Expos is interviewed on the field after pitching a shutout versus the Philadelphia Phillies at Olympic Stadium on May 30, 1979. The quirky, free-spirited Lee had grown a beard after being acquired by the Expos. Lee was an integral part of the three Expos clubs (1979, 1980, and 1981) that came oh so close to winning the National League pennant.
Tags: Bill  Lee  baseball  interview  Montreal  Expos 
Added: 28th July 2009
Views: 1791
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Posted By: Lava1964
Viktor Tikhonov - USSR Hockey Coach One of the most familiar faces of Soviet Union hockey was the dour puss of coach Viktor Tikhonov who ran the Central Red Army club team and the Soviet National team with an iron fist and almost unchecked success for 20 years. Tikhonov was born on June 4, 1930. As a player, Tikhonov was a defenceman with the Soviet Air Force and Dynamo Moscow clubs, but he wasn't well known internationally until he became the head coach of both the Central Red Army team and the Soviet Union's national team in 1977. At one point Red Army won 13 consecutive Soviet Elite League titles--which isn't all that surprising considering Tikhonov had the authority of a Red Army general and could immediately draft any player into the armed forces if he showed promise. The USSR won eight IIHF world titles under Tikhonov plus Olympic gold medals in 1984, 1988 and 1992. The USSR's national team also won the 1979 Challenge Cup and 1981 Canada Cup. Tikhonov had power over his players' lives and used it to control every aspect of his team. They routinely trained together for 50 weeks per year while living in army barracks. Canadian hockey great Phil Esposito said the so-called Soviet "amateurs" were more professional than NHL players. Humorless and ruthless, Tikhonov was known for his dictatorial coaching style. He exercised control over his players' lives. His expected absolute obedience--or else. His players quietly called him "the last Stalinist." With tongue-in-cheek humor, western media often referred to Tikhonov as "Chuckles." Tikhonov constantly feared his players would defect if they ever got the slightest chance. Anyone he merely suspected of defecting would be left off teams planning to travel outside the Iron Curtain. In 1991, for instance, he cut Pavel Bure, Valeri Zelepukin, Evgeny Davydov, and Vladimir Konstantinov just before the 1991 Canada Cup. All of them had been drafted by NHL teams, and Tikhonov suspected they were flight risks. Even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tikhonov stayed on as the national team coach of Russia for a few more years, but the newer players rebelled against his harsh authoritarian ways. Tikhonov mellowed slighty before going into retirement in 1996. After his retirement, Tikhonov lobbied the Russian government for more attention and better financing for the national team. His grandson plays on the current Russian national squad. Tikhonov died in November 2014.
Tags: hockey  coach  USSR  Viktor  Tikhonov 
Added: 19th February 2014
Views: 897
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tim Wilson - Church League Softball Fistfight Comedic singer Tim Wilson, who died on February 26, 2014 of a heart attack at the age of 52, was famous for his original irreverent tunes. Here he performs the amusing Church League Softball Fistfight.
Tags: Tim  Wilson  Church  League  Softball  Fistfight 
Added: 4th March 2014
Views: 809
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Posted By: Lava1964
Balloon-Style Chest Protectors Baseball umpires wore variations of the outside chest protector for about 80 years. In the major leagues, National League umpires made the transistion to inside protectors several years before their American League counterparts. The result was that NL umps generally called lower strikes because they tended to squat lower behind the catcher. After 1977, the American League mandated that all new arbiters wear inside protectors, but veteran umps could retain their balloons. The last umpire in the big leagues to wear an outside protector was Jerry Neudecker. He retired after the 1985 season.
Tags: umpires  balloon  chest  protector 
Added: 13th August 2009
Views: 8972
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Posted By: Lava1964
Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Sports Photo The agony of defeat! This is one of the great sports photos ever taken. The despondent baseball player hiding his face is Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Ralph Branca who had just surrendered Bobby Thomson's famous home run that gave the New York Giants the 1951 National League pennant. The other Dodger is Cookie Lavagetto.
Tags: baseball  photo  Ralph  Branca 
Added: 13th August 2009
Views: 3535
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Posted By: Lava1964

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