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BEST 2008 April Fools Joke Kyle Kendrick traded to Japan -Best 2008 April Fools joke: watch as baseball pitcher Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies gets an early April Fools joke, as he is made to believe that he's being traded to a Japanese baseball team in exchange for a player named "Kobayashi Iwamura". People were in on the prank at all levels, from his fellow players to his agent and even the team's assistant general manager...(Special thanks to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia for the video. www.comcastsportsnet.com)
Tags: hotdog  eater  japan  clearwater  philadelphia  IF  TRUE  Then  Maybe  Tampa  Bay  Rays  Might  Of  Won  The    World  Series  Kyle  Kendrick 
Added: 1st April 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
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
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jonathan Papelbon Riverdance This clip always makes me laugh: Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox, one of baseball's scariest relief pitchers, celebrates his team's winning the 2007 American League championship with his version of an Irish jig.
Tags: Papelbon  Riverdance 
Added: 11th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
NY Met Sign Man Passes Today At 83 Before the heavy-metal intros for relief pitchers, before the JumboTron and even the electronic scoreboard, there was Karl Ehrhardt and his signs at Shea Stadium. Dubbed the "Sign Man of Shea," Ehrhardt captured the moods of Mets fans in the 1960s and '70s with thousands of handmade placards. For players who made errors, one read: "BUM." After a clutch Mets hit: "WUNNERFUL." And upon the last out of the 1969 World Series, which the Mets won: "THERE ARE NO WORDS." Ehrhardt died from natural causes in his Glen Oaks, Queens, home on Monday, his family said. He was 83.
Tags: NY  Met  Sign  Man  Passes  Today  At  83 
Added: 10th February 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Lava Quiz 1927 It's back...by popular demand...the next Lava Quiz! This one deals with the year 1927. Turn back the clock 81 years and give it a try. 1. Who was president of the United States? 2. Who was on the British throne? 3. Gene Tunney defended his world heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey. Who won the fight and why is it so famous? 4. This infamous resident of Fall River, Massachusetts died. Her gravestone simply says 'Lizbeth.' Who was she? 5. The Academy Awards were created. What film won the Oscar for best picture? 6. These two anarchists were executed for a 1921 crime that many people believed they did not commit. Name them. 7. Babe Ruth broke his own record of 59 home runs for a season by swatting 60. Who was the pitcher who surrendered Ruth's historic 60th home run? 8. Charles Lindbergh made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. He did so to win a prize. What was the name of the prize and how much money did Lindbergh win? 9. Gutzon Borglum began work on this project on October 4, 1927. What was the project? 10. She was arrested for violating morals laws by appearing in a show called 'Sex' and making suggestive comments. Name her.
Tags: Lava  Quiz  1927 
Added: 14th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sidd Finch Hoax 1985 On April 1, 1985, Sports Illustrated perpetrated a classic journalistic hoax as an April Fools joke. George Plimpton authored a feature story titled 'The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.' It was about a mysterious rookie pitcher who was the talk of the New York Mets' spring training camp. The story said Finch was a French horn player and part mystic, who, through studying yoga, could throw a baseball 168 miles per hour. He pitched wearing a heavy work boot on his right foot while he wore nothing on his left foot. SI got more than 2,000 letters, many from baseball fans who fell for Plimpton's tale. The teaser for the story was the giveaway: 'He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd's deciding about yoga...' If you write the first letter from each of the words you get 'HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY.'
Tags: Sports  Illustrated  Sidd  Finch  Hoax 
Added: 14th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forbes Field Picturesque Forbes Field was the home ballpark of the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909 to 1970. It was one of the first modern type ballparks made wholly of steel and concrete. It also was the first to have telephones in the press box and elevators. The first player to smack a home run over the double-decked right field grandstand was Babe Ruth in 1935. Undoubtedly the most famous home run in Forbes Field's history was socked by Bill Mazeroski to win the 1960 World Series. Every October 13, Pirate fans gather at the former site of Forbes Field (which has been absorbed by the University of Pittsburgh) to listen to the broadcast of that famous game on its anniversary. One strange fact about Forbes Field: Despite it being considered a pitcher's ballpark, a no-hitter was never thrown there.
Tags: Forbes  Field  Pittburgh  Pirates  baseball 
Added: 28th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Walter Johnson One of my all-time favorite baseball players: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators. The scouting report on Johnson's blazing fastball noted, 'You can't hit what you can't see.' Once Johnson pitched three complete-game shutouts in a single weekend. For years his lifetime total of 3,508 strikeouts seemed insurmountable. Johnson retired in 1927. It took nearly 50 years for another pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts. Johnson became a beloved baseball figure--largely because he had the misfortune to spend his entire career with the lowly Senators. In 1924, when Johnson finally got to pitch in a World Series at age 36, the public rejoiced when he won the seventh and decisive game to give Washington its only World Series triumph.
Tags: Walter  Johnson  baseball 
Added: 17th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dan Quisenberry One of my favorite baseball personalities was the quotable Dan Quisenberry, ace relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals--when the Royals had a good team. The submarine-style hurler recorded 244 career saves, but he was most fondly remembered for his offbeat sense of humor. One year in the Royals' press guide he listed his hobby as 'tinfoil chewing' and said his favorite thing about baseball was 'no homework.' Regarding baseball salaries, Quisenberry said, 'No man is worth another, and none is worth more than $12.95.' On the future, he noted, 'I've seen the future, and it's much like the present, only longer.' Diagnosed with brain cancer in 1998, Quisenberry was typically philosophical: 'I've had so many good things happen to me. So why not me?' He died later that same year at age 45.
Tags: Dan  Quisenberry  baseball 
Added: 23rd July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1919 Black Sox The 1919 Chicago White Sox--known to baseball historians as the Black Sox--were bribed by gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series that autumn to the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds took the best-of-nine series five games to three. The two best pitchers on White Sox accounted for all five losses: Eddie Cicotte lost two games and Lefty Williams lost three. Eight members of the team were eventually banned from baseball for life when the details of the scandal broke in 1920.
Tags: baseball  Black  Sox  scandal 
Added: 20th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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