Trout nets big deal

March 28, 2014  Mike Trout and the Anaheim Angels announce an extension of 6 years worth $144.5 million. Trout was entering his fourth season with Angels. The Angels like many people in baseball witnessed a young superstar player in the making. He was twice the runner up in MVP voting. Trout won the BBWAA “Jackie…

Kingdome dethroned

March 26, 2000, The Kingdome in Seattle, WA is brought to the ground. The Kingdome was named after King county and the residents that lived within it’s borders. Though the Kingdome was demolished in 2000 it would not be until 2015 for the bond on the stadium to be paid off in full. Seattle’s first…

Johnson’s Fowl Ball

March 24, 2001, Randy Johnson makes a pitch during a spring training game that goes fowl. The pitch never makes it to the plate as it is intercepted by a bird which instantly explodes into a feathery cloud.

Daffy inks a deal

March 24th, 1936, Paul Dean resigns to play with the St. Louis Cardinals. Paul and his brother Jay were better known as “Daffy” and Dizzy”. In the Abbott and Costello turn-of-the-century burlesque sketch “Who’s on First” their nicknames are part of the word play. Paul Dean had already been successful while playing with the Cardinals…

Japan wins 2nd classic

March 23, 2009, the second World Baseball Classic concludes in extra innings. Japan captures second consecutive tournament victory 5-3 over South Korea. Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki brings two runs home in the tenth inning with a single. Ichiro Suzuki has a combined four hits to lead his team. The winning pitcher is Yu Darvish. For the…

100?

In 124 seasons of Major League Baseball their have been 23 seasons when more than one team won more than 100 games. In those 23 seasons five times three teams won 100 games. Each time only two teams won 100 games in the same league. There has never been three 100 game winners in the…

Great Cubs

March 18, 2009, The Chicago Cubs announce they will retire Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins number 31. The two players had Hall of Fame careers. Each came to prominence with the Cubs before moving on to other teams. Each came back to the Cubs later in their careers. They are two of the four pitchers…

Ty the Terrible

March 17, 1907, The owner of the Detroit Tigers Frank Navin tries in vane to trade Ty Cobb. The day before Cobb made a vicious attack on the groundskeepers wife. The story of the attack was that the groundskeeper and Cobb had known each other for years. The groundskeeper was overly friendly with Cobb who…

Boston or Milwaukee?

March 17, 1953, The Milwaukee County Board offers the use of their ballpark to the Boston Braves for $1000.00. The deal is for two years at this rate. The city receives five percent of the gate revenue and a majority of the concession sales through three years. The Boston Braves become the Milwaukee Braves with…

Good Bye to “The Mick”

The Mick says good bye: On March 1, 1969, “The Commerce Comet” leaves the game. Mickey Mantle was arguably one of the greatest baseball players. In his announcement he said he can no longer “Hit when he needs to”. His legend grows bigger than his tape measure home runs. Scouts called him the greatest prospect…

Mighty Casey

The Mighty Casey: On February 23, 1934, Casey Stengel begins his managing career. The Hall of Fame managing career of Casey Stengel begins with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Brooklyn Dodgers were coming off of a very bad season and turned to the former player. Stengel was nine years removed from his playing days when he…

A Big Trade

A Big Trade: On February 21,1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs conducted a huge trade. Why you should catch this transaction? This trade was not only for players, but for rights to the city of Los Angeles. In the trade the Dodgers received the franchise, property and territorial rights to Los Angeles of the…