Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Baseball Birthday...Bugs Bunny

                   Today is a very special Happy Baseball Birthday! 









75 years ago, July 27, 1940,  our favorite hare, Bugs Bunny, was born.



Bugs loved the game of baseball, and, as youll see, was pretty darn good at it.










Of course, as a baseball fan, the best Bugs is always going to be Baseball Bugs.










My favorite All-Time Bugs Bunny quote..."one, two, three strikes yer' out...one, two, three strikes yer' out...one, two, three strikes yer' out!"






Happy Baseball Birthday! Bugs Bunny!






Play Ball!




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame 2015...Pedro Martinez

Congratulations to former big league pitcher Pedro Martinez on being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.





Baseball Hall of Fame 2015...Randy Johnson

Congratulations to former big league pitcher Randy Johnson, "The Big Unit," on his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 





Baseball Hall of Fame 2015... John Smoltz

Congratulations to former big league pitcher, John Smoltz  now a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.





Badeball Hall of Fame 2015... Craig Biggio

Congratulations to former big league ballplayer Craig Biggio, now a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.







Friday, July 24, 2015

Hall of Fame 2015

It's that time of year on the baseball calendar, the time for baseball's greatest players to be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.







Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Craig Biggio will be inducted on Sunday afternoon in the small New York village of Cooperstown.




I've  been to Cooperstown twice, both times while I was in the Navy, stationed in Newport,  Rhode Island.




If you've never been, and you're a baseball  fan, go, believe me, its worth tgtthe trip.



I'd love to go to a HOFWeekend once in my lifetime.




Maybe when Miguel Cabrera goes into the HOF wearing the Olde English D.




Enjoy your baseball weekend everyone.




Play Ball!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy National Hot Dog Day 2015!

Nothing goes together quite like baseball and a hot dog an the ballpark.



Happy National Hot Dog Day! baseball fans!




Play Ball!







Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Baseball Birthday...Mike Illitch

A quick Happy Baseball Birthday! to one time minor league ballplayer and the current owner of the Detroit Tigers, Mike Illitch. 










Mike and the Illitch family purchased the Tigers in 1992, and has spent a ton of money on the franchise, and investing in the Motor City, including building Comerica Park, the home of the Tigers since 2000.












Many fans, myself included, were upset by the Tigers abandonment of historic Tiger Stadium, but Comerica Park is a beautiful ballpark, and a terrific place to watch baseball.







Mr.Illitch grew up in Motown loving the game of baseball and his beloved Tigers, dreaming, like we all did, of wearing the Olde English D and playing for the Tigers.







The Tigers had a rough go of it for a long time after Mr. Illitch purchased the Tigers, posting a losing season every year for 13 straight years, including a American League record 119 losses in 2003, before shocking baseball fans in 2006 with an A.L. Championship.






The Tigers have won 4 consecutive A.L. Central Division Titles,  2011-12-13-14, have been to three straight A.L. Championship Series, 2011-12-13, and made another trip to the World Series in 2012.











Mr. Illitch is also the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.






Happy Baseball Birthday! Mr. Illitch!



Go Tigers! 



PLAY BALL! 




July 20, 1976... The Final Home Run Has Landed.

On July 20th, 1976, at old County Stadium in Milwaukee, Henry Louis Aaron, playing in his final big league season for the Brewers, hit career home run number 755.









That home run, off California Angels pitcher Dick Drago, would be the last home run ever hit by the Hall of Fame slugger who began his big league career in the City of Milwaukee 22 years earlier.









As a kid learing about baseball's history, the numbers 755, 714, and 660 were sacred... Hank Aaron, 755... Babe Ruth,  714...and Willie Mays, 660... every kid new those three hallowed baseball numbers.





Many baseball fans, myself included, still think of Hank Aaron as the Home Run King of baseball. 










Hank Aaron smacked 13 homers as a rookie for the Braves in 1954, and 10 his final year in 1976.






In 23 big league seasons, '54-'76, Hank Aaron never hit fewer than those 10 homers in a single season.







Congratulations  Hank on the anniversary of your 755th big league home run, and on  your 23 year Hall of Fame career.




Play Ball!



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happy Baseball Birthday... Jason Stark

Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday! to one of the best baseball writers in America, Jason Stark of ESPN.








Jason Stark is one of the most knowledgeable and funniest baseball writers I've ever read and listened to.




When I was working in the restaurant business one of my favorite things was listening to Jason talk baseball on Sunday mornings as I prepared to open up the store.





If you love baseball,  and baseball trivia, then Jason Stark is your guy.





He routinely goes on the Mike & Mike show every week to do the best, most unusual baseball trivia around.




Jason is a talented writer, and the author of several books on our National Pastime.










Here's Jason's blog...



Jason even has his own Baseball Reference page...



If you're on Twitter, follow Jason at @jaysonst



Happy Baseball Birthday! Jason Stark!




Play Ball!