Past Time: Ruth Opens the House that He Built

On April 18, 1923 -- 95 years ago today -- Yankee Stadium opened its gates for the first game in its storied history. In the third inning, Babe Ruth took Howard Ehmke (the same from our previous post on 4/16) deep for a three-run home run, the first homer in the stadium's history.  74,200 fans …

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Past Time: The Little Known Controversy of Howard Ehmke

Many fans of baseball history know the accomplishment of Johnny Vander Meer.  In 1938, Vander Meer pitched no-hitters in two consecutive starts, the second of which was Ebbets Field's first night game.  This is a well known and revered baseball statistic, one many think can never be duplicated. However, one pitcher was a controversial call …

Past Time: Hammerin’ Hank and the Wayward Pilots

April 8th has a very important place in baseball history. Coming to bat in Atlanta's home opener, Hank Aaron took Al Downing deep for his 715th home run, passing the immortal Babe Ruth and claiming his place as the baseball's all-time home run king.  Aaron, whom Mickey Mantle once called the "best player of (his) …

Past Time: The Doctor Sneaks In

On April 6, 1984, a 19-year-old pitching phenom sat in his hotel room, eager to make his Major League debut. So antsy was this pitcher that he didn't wait for the team bus to the Astrodome. Instead, he walked, and found himself at the gates much too early. And so, unable to contain his excitement …

Opening Day 2018!

It's the color. The brilliant blue sky towers over a canvas of green.  Smooth brown infields with pristine chalk baselines serve as barriers on a plateau of the divine.  The lines stretch across the great outfield, some marked by a grid of green and darker green, some without pattern, emerald and vast and begging the ageless …

Past Time: The Unconventional Career of Hoyt Wilhelm

Maybe you've heard of Hoyt Wilhelm.   If not, we've got your back.  And even if you have, maybe you don't know his story, one which does not follow the beaten path from his first plate appearance to his final season. James Hoyt Wilhelm was a knuckleball pitcher who came to the big leagues in 1952 …

Past Time: The Two Hardest Strikeouts in History

I grew up idolizing Don Mattingly.  I always love talking about his career strikeouts.  In 7,003 official at-bats, Donnie Baseball only struck out 444 times, or once every 15.77 AB's. As amazing as that seems, he is far from the hardest batter to strike out in history.  In fact, his 15.77 is actually tied for 265th …