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 …

25 Best Hitters of the Free Agent Era: #18 Derek Jeter

We continue our countdown of the 25 Best Hitters of the Free Agent Era.  The rest of the posts can be found here. De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter! For the foreseeable future, that chant will echo off the walls of the concrete jungle known as New York City.  Derek Jeter is a legend in Yankee lore, and …

Gray Expectations: Sonny Gray to the Yankees

Sonny Gray has joined the New York Yankees, where expectations are always high. With the waiver deadline fast approaching, the Yankees and Athletics pulled the trigger. In one of those rare deals that appears on the surface to be a win for both sides, the Oakland Athletics have parted ways with their 27-year-old starter.  They …

My Son’s First Baseball Game!

The Friday before Father's Day, my wife surprised me with tickets to the Yankees-A's game.  That night we went to the Oakland Coliseum to take in the game. But the significance of this particular game cannot be understated, as we took our son Ezekiel to his first ever ballgame, on my first ever Father's Day! …