Yesterday, arguably the greatest hitter in the history of baseball, would have turned 91.
His baseball career is legendary and well chronicled. As fascinating as he was on the field, he seemed to be equally captivating off the field. To learn more about the man and not just the player, we turn to baseball aficionado and historian David Halberstam. In case you are not familar with him, Halberstam has written a number of excellent books on history and baseball. These include October 1964 (about the 1964 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals) and Summer of '49 (about the 1949 pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox.). If you are a fan of baseball and have not read these books, we recommend that you do so.
Williams was a hero of Halberstam's and he recounts for us the day that they spent together.
Happy 91st to a man who, by all accounts, earned the right to be called a hero.
You've been asking for this one Browns fans...
This 1986 Bernie Kosar Browns jersey been out of our rotation for awhile and we're so glad to be bringing it back.
1986 was Bernie Kosar's second year in the NFL. He led the Browns to a first place finish in the AFC Central for the second consecutive season. They went on to beat the Jets in the divisional series but lost to the Broncos in the Conference Championship.
Just in case that Brady Quinn doesn't work out, you can always count on Bernie.
The NFL is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the AFL this season. We're getting in on the celebration with these awesome retro style tees. Don't miss out.
They're available now at your favorite Mitchell & Ness retailer.
It was seventy years ago today that Major League Baseball made it's television debut. On August 26, 1939, NBC television aired the first game on W2XBS, an experimental network broadcasting out of New York. The game took place at Ebbets Field between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. It was a doubleheader, but only the first game, which the Reds won 5 - 2, was televised.
The announcer for the game was Red Barber. Barber was the play by play man for the Dodgers at the time. He worked the game alone and handled all of the ads by holding up the products, discussing their virtues, putting them down and going back to play by play. There were two cameras used for the game, one on the ground and one in the upper deck.
Since were only approximately 500 television sets in use at the time and because the signal only reached within a 50 mile radius, very few people actually saw the first braoadcast.
Red Barber continued on as the Dodgers broadcaster until 1953. He moved to the Yankees and retired from broadcasting baseball in 1966. NBC continued to air Major League Baseball games periodically from the 1940's through 2000.
Red Barber interviewing Leo Durocher after the game
On August 25, 1985 Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher to get 20 wins in one season. Gooden was born on November 16, 1964 making him only 20 years old when he reached this pitching milestone.
The game was played at Shea Stadium against the San Diego Padres. Gooden was on the mound for six innings giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and striking out 4. Relief pitcher Roger McDowell replaced Gooden in the seventh and pitched the final three innings.
On the offensive side, 8/25 was a great day for another Mets superstar, Darryl Strawberry. At the plate Strawberry went 3 for 3 with 3 runs, 3 hits, 4 RBI's and one HR. The final score was 9 - 3.
The Mets finshed second in 1985 with a record of 98 - 64. The young pitching phenom finished the season with a record of 24 - 4 and won the Cy Young Award. He also won the pitching Triple Crown with 24 wins, an ERA of 1.53 and 268 strike outs.
Not bad for a twenty year old.