MLB History


OTD in Baseball History: Athletics SWEEP the Giants in the 1989 World Series

My favorite day in baseball history: Game 4 of the 1989 World Series This day in baseball history in 1989 was the greatest day of my entire life. I was eight years old and it’s an entire series that I will never forget, the 1989 World Series. I know it’s hard to say it was the best day of my life, given the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake that devastated both San Francisco and Oakland. My heart goes out to every single person who wa injured or lost someone they loved that day but this series meant the world to me. […]


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OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!

This day is an HUGE one in the history of Major League Baseball. It is the day that the Chicago Cubs were officially cursed.  A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to watch game four of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Murphy’s stench was bothering the fans surrounding William “Billy Goat” Sianis. They were eventually forced to leave in the fourth inning, even though Sianis had bought two box seats – one for him and one for Murphy. Needless to say, Sianis was not pleased. There are different accounts […]


OTD in Baseball History: Bo Jackson hits his first MLB HR

Hey everyone nice enough to read my blog! 🙂 I know I’ve been missing in action the past week or so! I just wanted to let you know that I had some home/family stuff that needed to be dealt with but that I am definitely back with some OTD in Baseball History (see below!) for ya!  But just so you know, you can expect my regular daily posts from FRSN’s Today’s Knuckleball, beginning with a new piece on A’s rookie Jharel Cotton, as well as pieces written exclusively for this blog on a daily basis once again so you can keep […]

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Strikeouts are Sexy and Scherzer knows it! 1

A brief history of pitchers with 20 strikeout games Strikeouts are sexy. Well at least according to the Washington Nationals’ star pitcher Max Scherzer. He would know too. On Wednesday night Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tigers during a nine-inning game. “Tonight, at the end of the night, was a special night,” Scherzer said. “Because, I mean, the strikeouts are sexy. And to be able to punch out 20 — it’s sexy.” He tied the MLB record for most K’s in a nine-inning game. The only other people to do so are Roger “The Rocket” Clemens, who accomplished the feat […]


What is the definition of a real sports dynasty? 1

What does a real MLB dynasty look like?   I’ve been wanting to write this piece for forever – I’ve started and I’ve stopped but this picture is an inspiration to finally write the story I need to write. The “even year” San Francisco Giants are NOT a dynasty and the above picture illustrates that, but I have examples beyond that, that help prove my point. DEFINITION OF A DYNASTY: According to the dictionary this is the definition of a dynasty: a succession of rulers who are members of the same family the period during which a certain family reigns That can be […]

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The lone Montreal Expo left standing: Bartolo Colon

In the already legendary career of Bartolo Colon, why wouldn’t he be the last Expo left? This shouldn’t be too surprising. You know me and what I am going to say next, right? Oh yeah ….  #TEAMBARTOLO!! I know, I know … that’s what I always say, but quite honestly this is a miraculous thing. I mean it’s miraculous that he’s still dominant at 42. It’s miraculous that he’s still playing at 42. It’s insane that he had eight hits for the New York Mets last season at age 41 (and having always been on the chubby side) – a […]


Mending ties with Cuba begins with baseball

Rays to play exhibition game in Cuba  The Tampa Bay Rays and even President Obama will be in Cuba later this month while the Rays take on the Cuban National team.  Something of this magnitude that has not occurred in almost 20 years, when the Baltimore Orioles played an exciting two-games series there in 1999. And even then President Clinton was not in attendance. We are honored that @POTUS plans to attend the @raysbaseball game in Havana, Cuba, on March 22. pic.twitter.com/NFPZFL07Hf — MLB (@MLB) March 2, 2016 President Obama tweeted back expressing his enthusiasm. Play ball! https://t.co/S4DhVYa4Ef — President […]

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Jessica Mendoza gets a full-time spot on Sunday Night Baseball

Jessica Mendoza continues to make history If you watch baseball you may remember the name Jessica Mendoza. She became the first female analyst when she took over for Curt Schilling on a Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN. She made history again when she was in the booth for the New York Yankees and Houston Astros one-game Wild Card playoff. Mendoza was an Olympic Gold Medalist and silver medalist who attended Stanford University. She began calling softball games for ESPN in 2007. She’s faced a lot of resistance from men on social media and elsewhere, who don’t want a woman calling […]


It’s time to accept the designated hitter as a legitimate position 4

Is the designated hitter a legitimate position in baseball? As baseball continues to evolve, even purists need to adjust to change. It’s doing so more quickly than it has in the past. Everyone involved with the game needs to learn to agree and keep up, which includes the argument of the designated hitter. The designated hitter position has been around for 43 years and people still debate whether or not the rule should exist. With all the changes that happened so quickly over the past 15 to 20 years, why is this the one that no one can agree on? […]

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2015 Baseball “Firsts”

Baseball still has “firsts” Baseball has been around for a very long time and has an extremely rich history. In fact, the first reference to the game was made in law that prohibited it being played near the town meeting hall of Pittsfield, MA. That law was enacted in 1792. The New York Knickerbockers were the first team, founded on September 23, 1845 and the first game played under rules that are similar to those today took place in 1846, as the Knickerbockers took on a team that called themselves the “New York Nine”. The first baseball league, the National […]