Saturday, December 29, 2012

'42' Official Trailer [HD]: The Real Life Story Of Jackie Robinson, Base...

I'm really looking forward to watching this movie about Jackie Robinson.

The movie is schedule for release in April 2013.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle...Costanza?

I love watching TV.

I love watching baseball on TV.

The two came together brilliantly on the comedy Seinfeld.

Jerry Seinfeld, a real life New York Mets fan, incorporated his love of the Mets by wearing his Mets cap on the show, talking about the Mets infield on the NY Subway...with a naked guy, and becoming friends with Mets 1st Baseman Keith Hernandez.

This is my favorite Seinfeld episode ever, where Jerry meets the former Mets player, and the reaction he gets from Kramer and Newman.

Another classic baseball themed Seinfeld has Elaine, from Baltimore, getting thrown out of a game at Yankee Stadium because she wore her Orioles cap in the owners box seats.

Some of the best of all the baseball Seinfeld shows involved George Costanza, from his inability of get Keith Hernandez to go to the unemployment office to help him, to George's years as the Yankees assistant to the travelling secretary.

I'm a sports fan member over at the web site Fan and once wrote this quiz on baseball and Seinfeld.

Today Seinfeld was honored as the #1 Comedy of All-Time on TV, a poll done by a 60 Minuets/Vanity Fair Magazine poll.

Over at they have compiled a list of every New York connected baseball person to appear or be mentioned on Seinfeld.

Thanks to Jimmy Trania and his daily Hot Clicks post for the link to Joe Sports fan and for continuing to write about the world of sports and it's unusual side every day on

Sunday, December 2, 2012

These guys should be in the baseball Hall of Fame

Every year over at Baseball Past and Graham Womack does a project on the best players NOT in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

I have participated again this year.

We vote for 50 BEST players NOT in the Hall of Fame, and then YES, or NO, for the Hall of Fame.

Here's my ballot of the players I listed on my ballot with a "Y" for induction.

Yes. I voted for my hero, Bill Freehan, and some other deserving Detroit Tigers, like Jack Morris.

I also didn't think Denny McLain or Willie Horton belonged in the HOF, and they played for the Tigers, so there.

My YES votes are...

Bill Freehan
Dale Murphy
Tim Raines
Jack Morris
Allan Trammell
Lou Whitaker
Mickey Lolich
Joe Torre
Don Mattingly
Harold Baines
Jeff Bagwell
Charlie Bennett
Curt Flood
Gil Hodges
"Shoeless" Joe Jackso
Thurman Munson
Mike Piazza
Fernando Valenzuela
Roger Maris
Orel Hershiser
Curt Schilling
Jim Kaat
Pepper Martin
Edgar Martinez
Lefty O'Doul
Buck O'Neil
Steve Garvey
Fred Lynn
Marty Marion
Minnie Minoso
Sadahara Oh

There are only 31 names listed above.

I listed 19 other ballplayers in the 50 BEST not in the HOF, but I don't believe they belong in the HOF.

While I believe that Pete Rose, baseball's All-Time leader in hits, Barry Bonds, baseball's All-Time leader in home runs, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Raphael Palmiero were great players, they do not, in my opinion, deserve to be in baseball's greatest shrine.

The steroid era in baseball has distorted hallowed records, and in the case of Rose, he violated baseball's highest rule, that of honor.

Before you ask me about Joe Jackson, I believe that while Jackson knew about the 1919 Black Sox fix, he played as hard as he could, in every at bat, in every play, and in every game.

Pete Rose would be in the HOF had he not, as the Manager of the Cincinnati Reds, bet on baseball, and his own team.

As for Sadahara Oh, he's the greatest player in Japanese baseball history, at least until Ichiro Suzuki retires, and I've always believed he deserved to be in the baseball HOF.

That's my list,

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Play Ball!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sad day in baseball

There is no joy in Mudville...the Twinkie has struck out.

Today it was announced that Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Cupcakes, Fruit Pies, and....Baseballs, is going out of business.

Read the story here.

Every spring, around the time for baseball season to begin, I'd always by some of the baseballs, sometimes an entire box, to celebrate opening day.

Baseballs were delicious cream filled cake treats that had the vanilla icing formed in the shape of baseball's, complete with the red icing stitches.

Back in the day Hostess even produced collectible baseball cards for kids.

So today I will go out into the streets, in search of one more box of baseballs, savoring each tasty cake, like, well, it's the last baseball to be found.

Mighty Hostess has struck out.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today's a famous day in baseball history

Thanks to Kevin Kaduk of Big League Stew/Yahoo Sports for his article today on a historic baseball anniversary.

126 years ago today, Nov. 15th, 1886, the first ever big league baseball trade was made, between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the St. Louis Browns.

As I've said many times, you never know when you'll learn something new about the great game of baseball.

Thanks to Mr. Kaduk, I learned something new today about baseball.

Read his story here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

More BBA Awards...and I don't agree

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance  has revealed the complete list for it's 2012 big league baseball season awards/

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers finished 1st in the American League voting for the Walter Johnson Award, as the league's best pitcher.

Verlander also finished 1st in 2011.

In the National League, New York Mets knuckle baller R.A. Dickey is the choice of the BBA writers.

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrell and Fernando Rodney, of the Tampa Bay Rays, were chosen for the annual Goose Gossage Award, for top reliever in their respective leagues.

The Willie Mays Award, the BBA's Rookie of the Year, went to the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper in the N.L., and Mike Trout, of the L A Angels of Anaheim, in the A.L.

Yesterday the BBA released the voting for the Stan Musial Award, for league MVP's in the American and National League.

In the N.L. the Mays Award goes to catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.

Here's where I got mad.

In the A.L., the BBA Members chose Trout, over the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera.

Look, the writers are allowed to vote for the players they believe should win each award, I get that, but the Musial vote by the BBA is more proof that the majority of baseball fans are becoming dumb...SABRmetrics dumb.

Cabrera was the best player in baseball in 2012.

If your a baseball fan, and you voted for Trout, then you have your head buried so far into the SABRmetrics numbers that I suggest you must never watch a single baseball game.

Cabrera's Triple Crown season, in which the Tigers 3rd baseman led the American League in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in, was the first Triple Crown in 45 years....45 years!

I like Mike Trout, he was a fantastic player in 2012, and he's the clear choice as my A.L. ROY, my pick for the BBA's Mays Award.

That doesn't, however, mean he deserves to be awarded as the best player in baseball.

I suggest bloggers stop watching just the baseball highlights on ESPN, MLB Network, or on the Internet.

They should actually try watching baseball games, learn the game's a damn book, and understand how baseball is's been pretty much the same game for a hundred years, or so.

Play Ball!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Freehan's Five Gold Gloves

As most of you know my favorite big league baseball player, ever, of all time, is Bill Freehan, catcher for the Detroit Tigers, from 1961, '63-76.

Before I started this blog I created Freehan's Five Gold Gloves.

The blog was started so I could write about baseball, Freehan, and the Tigers.

Sometime after that  I found Blogger, and decided to create this blog, John's Big League Baseball Blog.

John'a Big League Baseball Blog is mostly a general baseball blog, because I found so many blogs about the Tigers, it seemed better to write about the sport in general, it's history, players, teams, etc.

Freehan's Five Gold Gloves is so named because Freehan won FIVE CONSECUTIVE  Gold Glove Awards, from 1965-1969.

I'm going to begin to write about Freehan more and more on FFGG, posts such as a Freehan stat of the day, baseball card of the day, some articles, and news on my favorite player.

How many lifetime home runs did Bill Freehan hit in his 15 year career with the Tigers?

Find out over at FFGG and check out the site.

Thank You, and Play Ball!

BBA Managers of the Year

In a recent post I revealed my picks for the Baseball Bloggers Association awards for the 2012 big league baseball season.

My selections can be found in this post.

The first winner announced is the Connie Mack Award, for the Manager of the Year in both the American and National Leagues.

Davey Johnson, the skipper of the Washington Nationals, is the National League recipient of the BBA Mack Award.

Johnson guided the Nats to their 1st ever N.L. East Division Title, and the club's 1st ever playoff berth since the team moved from Montreal, in 2005.

In the A.L., Bob Melvin, the manager of the Oakland Athletics, Connie Mack's old team (via Philadelphia, Kansas City and then Oakland), is the Mack Award winner.

The A's played light's out baseball after the All-Star break, beating out the 2 time defending A.L. Champion Texas Rangers for the A.L. West Division Title.

Just like Connie Mack, both managers also played in the big leagues.

Johnson most notably starred as a 2nd baseman for Earl Weaver's Oriole's in the late 1960s- early 1970's, but is also known as one of three Atlanta Braves who belted 40+ home runs in 1973.

Johnson, playing 2nd base, clubbed 43 home runs that year.

First baseman Darrell Evans hit 41 homers, and Hammerin' Hank Aaron hit 40.

Melvin made it to the big league with the Detroit Tigers in 1985, but I seem to always remember him as a catcher for the San Francisco Giants, in the late 1980's.

Congratulations to both Mack winners, Johnson, and Melvin, as well as all the managers who were nominated by the 232 members of the BBA.

Connie Mack was one of baseball's best managers, serving as the manager of the old Philadelphia Athletics, for 50 years.

Mack started as player/manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1884.

In 1901 Mack became manager of the Athletics in the new upstart American League, a job he held until the end of the 1950 season.

Staring in 1902, through 1914, Mack's A's were a dominating  American League club, winning 6 A.L. Pennants, including 3 World Series Titles, in 1910, 1911, and 1913.

The Athletics also won the World Series in 1929, and 1930.

Mack was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The World Series, TV, and Me.

The World Series starts tonight, Game 1, the Detroit Tigers at the San Francisco Giants.

For me it will be my 44th consecutive year watching baseball's grandest stage, the Fall Classic.

I got off to a terrific start watching the World Series on TV, as in 1968, my Detroit Tigers, led by Denny McLain, Mickey Lolich, Al Kaline, Jim Northrup, Bill Freehan, and Willie Horton, beat the St. Louis Cardinals, in 7 games.

The Tigers came back from a 3-1 deficit, winning the final 2 games at old Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The final out?

The Cards catcher, Tim McCarver, poped out to my hero, Tigers catcher, Bill Freehan, who caught the foul pop, turned around, and jumped into the waiting arms of World Series MVP Mickey Lolich.

Yes, that Tim McCarver is the same Tim McCarver that will be in the booth tonight for FOX Sports.

As a baseball fan I've always made it a priority to watch the World Series, no matter the teams, no matter the circumstances.

In my 4 years in the US Navy, 1985-89, I still managed to watch every series.

The most memorable?

While cruising off the East Coast of Jacksonville, a bunch of us sat in the Mess Decks, watching Game 6 of the 1986 Series, as the Mets Gary Carter, down to his, and the New York Mets last strike vs. the Boston Red Sox, singled to left field  in the bottom of the 9th, starting an unbelievable comeback the led the Mets to an eventual win.

The next night the Mets, down 3-0 to Boston, came back, again, to win the team's 2nd WS.

I've been to one WS game, in 1992, between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, in Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium.

I was rooting for the Braves, of course, because, after all, I still hadn't forgiven the Twins for beating the Tigers in the 1987 ALCS.

To this day, I still don't like the Twins.

When the Tigers aren't involved, I tend to root for American League teams, but not always.

I couldn't root for the 1972-74 Oaklnad A's.

They beat the Tigers in the American League Championship Series that year, 3 games to 2, so I had to root for the Cincinnati Reds, of course.

I liked the Reds, in part, because my Grandmother Sharp also liked the Reds, especially Johnny Bench.

Just 2 year earlier, in 1970, the Reds played the Baltimore Orioles.

I wanted the Reds to win, that is, until a beautiful young nurse, my nurse, said I should root for the Orioles, the American League team, because, she said, the Tigers played n the A.L.

Brooks Robinson gained one more fan that year, as from my hospital bed, I watched every single game of the 1970 WS, rooting for the Birds, because I was a 10 year old boy with a crush on a nurse.

The A's beat the Reds, and then beat the Mets in '73, and the Dodgers in '74.

In 1975, I saw, in my opinion, the best WS played in my lifetime.

The Reds defeated the Red Sox, in 7 games.

The series was back and forth, full of amazing plays, weather delays, and game winning heroics.

Game 6, played in Boston's famed Fenway Park, was the class of the series.

Carlton Fisk, the BoSox catcher, hit a game winning HR off the left field foul pole, sending the series to Game 7.

Pete Rose, the Reds 3rd Baseman, has always said it's the single greatest game he's ever played in.

The Reds won Game 7, repeated as champs in '76, and cemented themselves as the National League Team of the `70s, the "Big Red Machine."

The World Series began in 1903, two years after the American League started playing baseball opposite of the National League, which began playing in 1876.

That 1st World Series was the start of something huge, as the young Junior Circuit defeated the established NL, with the then Boston Pilgrims (later the Red Sox), beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, behind a guy named Cy Young.

For me, watching the World Series is part of being a baseball fan, something you just have to watch.

Great teams, great players, playing in front of a national TV audience, in a best of 7, to the winner goes the trophy, is as good as it gets in sports.

The best that baseball has to offer, the Fall Classic, has always been special to me.

From Bill Freehan blocking home plate against Lou Brock in '68, the Miracle Mets in '69, the Amazing A's, the Big Red Machine, the "We Are Family" Pirtaes, and the Lasorda Dodgers, baseball has given me great memories as a fan.

From the days of the great Curt Gowdey, Joe Garagiola, and Tony Kubek, to the present day of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, watching the World Series on TV has been a yearly must see for me.

Tonight's game will come on TV at 8 pm, Eastern Time, and end sometime around midnight, a far cry from the day games that we watched as kids, until 1971, when the first World Series night game, between the Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, was played.

To me, the money of TV, and the late night games that sometimes last past midnight, has caused baseball problems it may never overcome.

Young fans simply cannot, or aren't allowed, to stay up and watch TV past 9 or 10 pm at night.

I think baseball should, in it's next TV deal, require any network to include 2 day World Series games, so children who are baseball fans, or those who may become fans, could watch the games.

That's the problem for baseball.

It's about the kids, boys and girls, who might like playing baseball, but may have just a few chances to watch baseball games, and, because of late night post season games, never get to see World Series games.

So, it's time for another big league baseball World Series, baseball's finest hour.

I hope you enjoy the series...unless your a Giants fan.

Play Ball!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series!

For the 11th time in their 111 years of playing big league baseball in Detroit, the Tigers, the team I've loved for 45 years, are going to the World Series.

The Tigers won their 11th American League Pennant tonight, sweeping the New York Yankees, pounding the Pinstripes, 8-1.

From the days of Charlie Bennett and Bennett Park, Ty Cobb, Wahoo Sam Crawford,Ty Cobb, and Navin Field, the Tigers have always made their mark in American League history.

The Tigers went to three consecutive World Series, 1907-08-09, the 1st big league team to do so.

Over 42,000 fans waited out a one day rain delay to watch the Tigers add one more memorable moment to their lives.

The Tigers have been my favorite baseball team since I learned about baseball in the mid 1960's, and I couldn't be prouder of my team, a bunch of guys who never quit during the 2012 regular season.

The Tigers will face either the Giants, or the Cardinals, in the World Series, starting next Wednesday.

In 1934 & 1935 the Tigers went to back to back World Series, winning the the City of Detroit's 1st ever World Series Title, in '35, beating the Chicago Cubs.

Those great Tigers teams were known as the "G-Men," of Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Goose Goslin.

The Tigers are having a year for all fans to celebrate in 2012.

The Tigers signed free agent first baseman Prince Fielder.

Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown, leading the A.L. in HRs, RBI, and batting average.

The Cabrera Triple Crown was the 1st Triple Crown in the big leagues since 1967.

The Tigers won their second straight American League Central Division Championship.

Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were #1 & #2 in strikeouts this year in the A.L.

The Tigers are going to the World Series, the team's second trip to the Fall Classic under GM Dave Dombrowski and Manager Jim Leyland.

Over 3 Million fans went to Tigers games this year at Comerica Park.

The Tigers went to the World Series in 1940, and in 1945, behind a big HR from Hank Greenberg, beat the Cubs for the club's 2nd WS Championship.

In this day and age fans want instant wins, instant gratification.

Some fans just don't understand how hard it is to win baseball games, how hard these guys work.

Justin Verlander, the Tigers ACE pitcher, works hard, as does Cabrera, Fielder, Avila, Jackson, and yes, Jim Leyland, who has done a terrific job in his 7 years as manager of the Tigers.

The Tigers won their 3rd World Series in 1968, their 4th in 1984.

Those were great Tigers teams, and this pennant winning ball club belongs right there with other Tigers WS teams.

Tigers fans should take a deep breath, take a good look at what they have in a baseball team that plays hard every day, and made it back to the World Series,

In 2006 Leyland led the Tigers, a team who lost 119 games in 2003, to a 95 win season, an A.L. Pennant, and a World Series appearance.

The Detroit Tigers are the 2012 American League Champions.

Play Ball!

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Annual Baseball Blogger Alliance Awards Ballot

It's that time of the year again baseball fans, time to submit my annual ballot for the best of the best, the best managers, rookies, pitchers, and sluggers, for the 2012 big league baseball season.

This ballot contains my annual selections as a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, a group of terrific baseball fans across the country, who write about their love of our National Pastime.

First, I'll give a list of my selections, then I'll have a few words on the selection of my pick for the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player Award, and my views on baseball in general, in relation to my selection.

So, here they are, my picks for the best of baseball, 2012.

Connie Mack Award( Manager of the Year)

American League... 1st place...Bob Melvin, Oakland A's
                           2nd place...Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
                           3rd place...Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers

National League... 1st place...Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals
                           2nd place...Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants
                           3rd place... Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals.

Willie Mays Award( Rookie of the Year)

American League... 1.Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2. Yoenis Cespedes. Oakland A's 3. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

National League... 1. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals 2. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds, 3. Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks.

Goose Gossage( Top Relief Pitcher)

American League... 1. Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles 2. Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays 3. Grant Balfour, Oakland A's.

National League... 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves 2. Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates 3. Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals

Walter Johnson Award( Best Pitcher)

American League... 1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers 2. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees 3. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays.

National League... 1. R.A. Dickey, New York Mets 2. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals 3. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants.

Stan Musial Award( Most Valuable Player)

American League... 1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers 2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees.

National League... 1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 2. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates.

OK, those are my picks for the best of baseball in 2012.

Now, on to the raging debate across the baseball world, the argument of who should be the American League MVP.

The fact that this is a debate, is, simply put, ridiculous.

Professional baseball began in 1869, when a select team of fantastic ball players, called the Cincinatti Red Stockings, became the very first team to pay their players for playing baseball.

In 1876, the National League began playing baseball, and in 1901, the American League joined the fun.

In 136 years, since the start of the NL, only fourteen players have led either the NL, or the AL, in the three most important offensive numbers in baseball.

Batting Average, Home Runs, and Runs Batted In are the premier offensive numbers of baseball.

Baseball's hallowed Triple Crown, leading the league in all three offensive categories, places a ball player in rare company, an elite level in the grandest sport.

What Miguel Cabrera accomplished this season in the A. L., winning the Triple Crown, is all the information any fan, media member, or sandlot ball player needs to know.

The best player in baseball, period, in 2012, was the man who, after the Detroit Tigers signed free agent 1B Prince Fielder before the season, selflessly agreed to move form first to third base.

That man was Miguel Cabrera.

Mike Trout, my selection as the Rookie of the Year in the A.L., had a fantastic season, energizing the Angels team upon his arrival, setting rookie records along the way.

Trout was a great player in 2012.

However, he wasn't great enough.

Cabrera led the American League in the following offensive stats in 2012...

Batting Average .330
Home Runs 44
RBI 139
Slugging % .606

Cabrera was also 2nd in hits, with 205, trailing only the Yankees Derek Jeter, scored 109 runs, second only to Trout, smacked 40 doubles, and even stole 4 bases.

This debate, between Cabrera and Trout has, for the most part, been created by a group of supposed baseball fans who have created silly, ridiculous numbers like WAR, BABIP, and OPS.

Oh, by the way, Cabrera led all of baseball in OPS, .999.

The movement of these new stats, is, in my opinion, hurting baseball.


Simply put, they mean nothing, in the long run, when you're watching baseball.

In baseball, you throw the ball, hit the ball, and catch the ball.

I don't need made up stats to tell me who the best player are.

There isn't a better player playing baseball in 2012 that are better than Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, or Ted Williams.

Hank Aaaron hit 755 legitimate home runs, and I didn't need to know his OPS when I watched him, or Willie Mays, play baseball.

These silly stats are amazing to me.


This stat, Wins Above Replacement, is suppose to show you a players value is he replaced another player.


Here's what I know.

If someone other than Miguel Carera played 3rd base for the Detroit Tigers this year, not only would the Tigers not be in the playoffs, they'd have a losing record.

Another of these new stats is BABIP.

Batting Average of Balls In Play?

Say what?

Quiz...what's someone's batting average if he never puts the ball in play?

A... ZERO  B... ZERO C... ZERO D... ZERO E... All of the above ZEROS.

Why all the negative remarks about the new stats?

Because the people trying to make a statement for Trout can't measure up the traditional stats and make Trout the MVP.

The baseball media, and a lot of baseball bloggers, have fallen in love with the sabremetricians, trying to analyze baseball for something other than what it is.

Baseball's numbers are what separate the sport form the others, and WAR, OPS, and WHIP are simply stats made up by people who most likely don't watch a lot of baseball, or are simply trying to come up with some wild stat to make a name for themselves.

Ty Cobb won 12 batting titles, and to this date, his .366 lifetime batting average is still the best in baseball history.

In 2012, Miguel Cabrera hit more home runs, drove in more runs, and had a higher batting average than any other player in the American League.

That's why he's the American League Most Valuable Player.

Play Ball!



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One At Bat

Baseball has had it's problems the past decade or so, but last night's Mets-Marlins game in Miami is proof once again that the game we' be loved since our days as kids playing catch still holds a special place in our hearts.

The story of Adam Greenberg and his quest to make a childhood dream come true took center stage in the heat of pennant race baseball, even if the teams involved in the game were finishing up diss appointing seasons.

As a rookie with the Cubs in 2005, Greenberg saw just one pitch on the game, a pitch that hit Adam flush on the head, ending his big league baseball dreams.

Seven years of bouncing around spring training and the minors never diminished Greenberg's hope of   one more at bat, one more chance at baseball, one more chance to be a big leaguer, to flip the pages of the Baseball Encyclopedia, stopping at Greenberg, Adam, and pointing to the name, as his son, or daughter looks on with a big smile.

We were all cheering on Adam, hoping for the sound of ball on bat.

That sound never came, as Greenberg struck out against the Mets R. A. Dickey.

Greenberg took his cuts thought, going down swinging, as hard as he could, just in case he hit the ball.

Baseball produces moments like Adam Greenberg's as a salute to every little kid who's ever wanted to be Ty Cobb, or Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, or Cal Ripken.

Or maybe, just maybe, they are dreaming of being Adam Greenberg.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Post #200 for John's Big League Baseball Blog

This is my 200th post here on my baseball blog.

I wish I could write more, but sometimes my health just doesn't allow it.

Hopefully the future will have me writing more about the greatest sport ever invented, the grand game of baseball.

I didn't really know what I should write about on this 200th edition of the blog.

I thought about several things, but nothing seemed to be worthy of such a milestone.

So, I decided, after some deliberation, that I'd just name the first 200 baseball things  that come to my mind when I write this.

Yes, there will probably be a lot of old school baseball, and yes, there will be a lot of stuff about my beloved Detroit Tigers.

It's just a list.

If you would like to leave a list...feel free to in the comment section of this post.

1. The Baseball Hall of Fame
2. Cincinnati Red Stockings
3. Detroit Tigers
4. Tyrus Raymond Cobb
5. The World Series
6. Al Kaline, Mr. Tiger
7. Big Ed Delahanty
8. Lou Gehrig, The Iron Horse
9. The Box Score
10. The Sporting News
11. Bill boyhood hero...#11 for the Detroit Tigers
12. Tampa Bay Rays
13. Miami Marlins
14. Mike Schmidt
15. Jacksonville Suns
16. Whitey Ford
17. Babe Ruth, The "Sultan of Swat"
18. Brooklyn Dodgers
19. Ebbetts Field
20. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
21. Ernie Harwell
22. Jack Brickhouse
23. Harry Carey
24. Willie Mays, The "Say Hey Kid"
25. Tony Conigliaro
26. Radio play by play
27. Honus Wagner
28. New York Highlanders
29. Boston Pilgrims
30. Dale Murphy, NL MVP '82-'83
31. Carlos Pena
32. "The Corner"...Tiger Stadium...Briggs Stadium...Navin Field...Bennett Park
33. Comerica Park
34. Louisville Slugger
35. Justin Verlander
36. Doc Medich
37. Pittsburgh Pirates
38. Crosley Field
39. The "Olde English" "D" of the Detroit Tigers
40. Billy Chapel
41. Tom Seaver
42. Jackie Robinson
43 1/8 Eddie Gadel
44. Hank Aaron
45. Joe Maddon
46. Jim Leyland
47. Jack Morris
48. Sandy Koufax
49. Johnny Vander Meer
50. Benny Agbayani
51. NBC Game of the Week
52. Joe Garagiola
53. Don Drysdale
54. Curt Gowdey
55. Orel Hershiser
56. The Polo Grounds
57. John McGraw
58. The 1919 Chicago Black Sox
59. Joe DiMaggio
60. Joe Jackson
61. Little League Baseball
62. The Sandlot
63. A League of Their Own
64. Spalding Baseballs
65. Rawlings Gold Gloves
66. The Negro Leagues
67. "Cool Papa" Bell
68. Kansas City Monarch
69. Pittsburgh Crawfords
70. Detroit Stars
71. Satchell Page
72. Carlton "Pudge" Fisk
73. Rusty Staub
74. Oakland A's
75. 755 Home Runs by Hammerin' Hank Aaron
76. The "Vet" in Phialdelphia
77. The All Star Game
78. Don Larson
79. The "Shot Heard 'Round the World."
80. Double Play ball
81. Nolan Ryan
82. Denton True "Cy" Young
83. The "Cy Young Award."
84. Stolen Base
85. The Home Run
86. Intentional Walk
87. Atlanta Crackers
88. Lansing Lugnuts
89. Walk Off Home Run
90. No-Hitter
91. Perfect Game
92. Armando Galaraga..."28 Out" Perfect Game
93. Charlie Hough
94. R. A. Dickey
95. The Knuckleball
96. Phil Niekro
97. Joe Niekro
98. The Houston Astrodome
99. Peter Gammons
100. Baseball's Centennial...1869-1969
101. Cap Anson
102. Biking 4
103. The "Tools of Ingnorance." (Cather's Equipment)
104. The Toledo MudHens
105. The Slider
106. Tinkers to Evers to Chance
107. Cecil Fielder..."Big Daddy"
108. Prince Fielder
109. Miguel Cabrera
110. Baseball Cards
111. Topps Baseball Cards
112. The "Dead Ball Era"
113. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
114. Kalamazoo Lassies
115. Divisional Play
116. Baseball Expansion
117. Bud Selig
118. Kennesaw Mountain Landis
119. College Baseball World Series
120. Pee Wee Reese
121. Bull Durham
122. Crash Davis
123. Kevin Costner
124. Bob Uecker..."Mr. Baseball"
125. Derek Jeter
126. Major League...and ML 2...and ML Back to the Minors
127. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
128. Keeping Score...HBP...HR...E-9...FC
129. Brooks Robinson
130. Ernie Broligo
131. Lou Brock
132. Ball Caps
133. Home Plate
134. "Sittin' in the Cat Bird Seat"...Mel Barber, Voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers
135. Mickey Cochrane
136. Mickey Mantle
137. California Angels
138. San Diego Padres
139. Dick Williams
140. Ozzie Smith, "The Wizzard of OZ"
141. Happy Chandler
142. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
143. Tim Kurkjian
144. Jimmy Wynn The "Toy Cannon"
145. Barry Larkin
146. The Designated Hitter
147. Pine Tar
148. Rosin Bag
149. The Pennant Race
150.  Upper Deck seats
151. Washington Senators
152. Barry Bonds
153. Steroids in Baseball
154. Mark McGwire
155. Jose Canseco
156. The "$100,000" Infield...1910 Philadelphia A's
157. "Wahoo" Sam Crawford
158. Charlie Bennett
159. 1909 Honus Wagner Tobacco Card
160. The 'Miracle Mets'
161. Yaz
162. Doubleheaders...REAL Doubleheaders
163. Napoleon Lajoie
164. The Silver Slugger Award
165. Hot Dogs at the Ballpark
166. Eddie Matthews
167. Warren Spahn
168. Catching a foul ball at the ballpark
169. Playing catch
170. The "Junior Circuit"... American League
171. The "Senior Circuit"...The National League
172. Dizzy Dean
173. The "Gashouse Gang"
174. Scorcards & Programs
175. Getting run into a "Pickle"
176. "Pepper"
177. The National Pastime
178. Baseball Bloggers
179. Enos "Country" Slaughter
180. Centerfield Scoreboard
181. "Centerfield" by John Fogerty
182. Bullpen
183.7th inning Stretch
184. Lead-off hitter
185. Tommy John
186. "Tommy John" Surgery
187. Charlie Gehringer
188. MVP Award
189. The Sinker
190. The Screwball
191. Fernando Valenzuela
192. Ted Williams..."The Splendid Splinter"
193. The Natural
194. Roy Hobbs
195. The " Homer in the Gloaming"
196. Wrigley Field
197. Seattle Pilots
198. The Batters Box
199. Stealing Home
200. Cracker Jacks

So, there it is, 200 things about our National Pastime, baseball.

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