On This Day in Baseball History

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I probably saw him a little earlier than that, sometime in the '70s. I think it may have even been in my hometown, which was was small (15,000 people) but had a few softball leagues.

Striking out those six guys is pretty amazing, even if two of them weren't big bats.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:22 (one year ago) link

mickey mantle announced his retirement 50 years ago today

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 March 2019 01:59 (one year ago) link

1973 - New York Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson make a stunning declaration. The left-handers announce that they have traded wives, children, and family dogs. The announcement sends shock waves through the baseball world and beyond.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:07 (one year ago) link

things that sound like clickhole oral histories of the yankees but aren't

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:09 (one year ago) link

iirc one of the (new) couples is still together

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:16 (one year ago) link

i remember that event

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:38 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

...Vlad Guerrero Jr. debuted.

clemenza, Friday, 26 April 2019 19:42 (one year ago) link

4-30-1996, Pirates Jeff King joined Andre Dawson and Willie McCovey as the only players in baseball history to homer twice in the same inning twice. pic.twitter.com/AJAFDTT7dK

— Scott F (@TheFrizz87) April 30, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:19 (one year ago) link

On this day in 1991, Rickey Henderson set the record for career stolen bases. Then, after that, he played in more games than Vince Coleman did in his entire career

— Patrick Dubuque (@euqubud) May 1, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:35 (one year ago) link

Three years ago today, the impossible happened. #BigSexy pic.twitter.com/YaonHUSrOq

— New York Mets (@Mets) May 7, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:26 (one year ago) link

Announcer: "As soon as he hit it, he dropped the bat; and he never watched it leave the park"
cut to: Bart jogging up first base line, holding bat & looking into stands

francisF, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:49 (one year ago) link

It's Lee Elia Day (Observed) in Chicago

audio NSFW, obviously

Today our friends at @NiseiLounge celebrate a great day in baseball, a few days late of the anniversary. Proceeds will benefit gene research in honor of Rich Hill’s late son. Elia himself recently signed balls for charity in a sanitized way. https://t.co/b4HG6oaK3Z

— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) May 9, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:06 (one year ago) link

8th year anniversary of this amazing double play by one of the worst defensive shortstops ever:


frogbs, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:01 (one year ago) link

one month passes...


Twenty years ago, Bobby Valentine snuck back into the dugout and woke up the Mets: https://t.co/RDpykKts8j pic.twitter.com/HHyT6cUqpR

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) June 10, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:04 (one year ago) link

On this day in 1914, Montreal Royals pitcher Bob Couchman threw a ball over the center field fence in anger but time hadn't been called so three runs scored. (From: The Baltimore Sun) pic.twitter.com/Sx7syDPaLt

— Minor League Stories (@MinorsTeamNames) June 11, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:28 (one year ago) link

#OTD 50 years ago, President Nixon sees Reggie Jackson, 23, hit 2 homers to lift the @Athletics over the Senators. Nixon stayed the entire game and wrote to Jax: “I have nothing but the highest admiration for your performance on the night I saw you.” @dick_nixon @dougherty_jesse pic.twitter.com/ktUt7mhSkC

— fred frommer (@ffrommer) June 11, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

45 years ago today, Nolan Ryan threw 235 pitches and struck out 19 batters over 13 innings. 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/vp11K0eyHI

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 14, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 14 June 2019 17:29 (one year ago) link

only 18 pitches per inning, probably <10 walks

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:09 (one year ago) link

18 years ago today, Lloyd McClendon stole 1st base.

Literally. pic.twitter.com/IiavVGUWX0

— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 26, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:26 (one year ago) link

I missed that Bob Horner post above. Blue Jays management, please consider.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:06 (one year ago) link

born 65 years ago today:

  • andre dawson, who hit .186/.238/.237 in 15 playoff games
  • neil tennant, who wrote 'my october symphony'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:28 (one year ago) link

50 Years Ago Today: “They’re On The Moon" ~ Yankee Stadium fans are notified that Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin have landed safely on the lunar surface! (Washington Senators vs. New York #Yankees - July 20, 1969) #MLB #History #Apollo11 #Apollo50th pic.twitter.com/a2hIZeY4Cw

— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) July 20, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 July 2019 16:02 (one year ago) link

Happy 15th anniversary to Varitek's glove and A-Rod's face. https://t.co/9ifjGgCgqS

— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) July 24, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:00 (one year ago) link

we were so young then

#OTD-07/26/2012: In his major league debut, Matt Harvey tossed 5.1 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on the road. He allowed three hits, three walks & struck out 11 on 106 pitches.

The 11 strikeouts are a #Mets record in a debut.@Mets @MetsMerized #LGM pic.twitter.com/3nPVlBu4Z7

— Mathew Brownstein (@MBrownstein89) July 26, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 26 July 2019 19:03 (one year ago) link

No one would have faulted Tug McGraw for not believing after the Mets dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Cardinals on August 5, 1973. Had a playoff odds calculator existed 46 years ago, it would have computed the Mets' chances of making the postseason at somewhere between nil and a stone cold impossibility. In the first game, Tom Seaver took a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, despite giving up just two earned runs over seven innings. Jm McAndrew couldn't stop the Redbirds in the nightcap, either, falling 4-1. The two losses left the Mets 12 games under .500 and 11.5 games behind the leader of the NL East with just 54 left to play. Less than two months later, the team was in first place for the first time since the beginning of April, thanks to an incredible stretch run that saw them win just under 65% of their remaining games.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 August 2019 15:34 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

100 years ago today, Joe Wilhoit's 69-game hitting streak for @MiLB Wichita Jobbers came to an end on August 20, 1919. His streak remains the longest in baseball history. Read his #SABR bio: https://t.co/MpDeuDUCfD pic.twitter.com/AzgAIg6oOK

— SABR (@sabr) August 20, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:05 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

yesterday, 63rd anniv of Don Larsen

today, 23rd anniv of Jeffrey Maier

NYY heroes who both rode in the victory parades

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:40 (nine months ago) link

110 years ago today the pirates beat the tigers to win the 1909 world series, sending pittsburgh sunday post writers into ecstasies of eloquence



mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:20 (nine months ago) link

no picaroon banner, no credibility

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 19:17 (nine months ago) link

i had to look that up

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 20:18 (nine months ago) link

best beloved Willie McGee turns 61 today <3


mookieproof, Saturday, 2 November 2019 04:39 (nine months ago) link

of whom Cosell said in the '82 WS "he looks like E.T."


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 November 2019 04:46 (nine months ago) link

at this point i most remember cosell for calling eagles wide receiver harold carmichael 'The Angular One'

which is an incredible nickname

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 November 2019 04:51 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

the negro national league was formed 100 years ago today

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:35 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

Happy Birthday, @BobbyValentine! The 1970 PCL MVP and longtime MLB manager turns the big 7️⃣-0️⃣ today. 🥳🎂 #GoSpo pic.twitter.com/yEEu9W75TJ

— Spokane Indians (@spokaneindians) May 13, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:03 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

27 years ago today, Bratwurst, Italian and Polish ran from left field to home plate in the first ever Sausage Race! pic.twitter.com/50PY0BCZOf

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 27, 2020

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 June 2020 22:29 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fifty years ago this week, President Nixon enjoyed the 1970 All-Star baseball game, where he threw out the honorary first pitch!

Today, we are dreaming of the day we can all #playball again and enjoy America's pastime with friends! ⚾ pic.twitter.com/u13qSzDEcF

— Richard Nixon Foundation (@nixonfoundation) July 13, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 July 2020 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

cursed tweets

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

Happy 98th Birthday, Rachel Robinson! pic.twitter.com/U5Z9PcwNE8

— John Thorn (@thorn_john) July 19, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 19 July 2020 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

missed it

July 22, 1966: Ron Swoboda learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message. Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple's first child, at 12:02 a.m. (et). pic.twitter.com/KloLrgHaUI

— Mets Rewind (@metsrewind) July 22, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:30 (one week ago) link


Rickey Henderson: 0 AB, 4 BBs, 4 Runs, 5 SBs

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 21:42 (five days ago) link

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