38 years ago today, Roberto Clemente became the 11th member of the 3,000 hit club. In the last game of the regular season in 1972, Clemente stepped into the batters box for what would be his last at-bat of the season. He stepped in against New York Mets’ pitcher Jon Matlack and crushed a no-out double to left field. 3 batters later, Clemente would be knocked in by catcher Manny Sanguillen for the game's winning run. The Pirates would go on to beat the Mets 5-0 in the game, but Clemente’s 3,000 hit and 1,416th run scored would end up being the last of his career.
Clemente would pass away on New Years Eve of 1972 in a plane crash off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He remains the only player in the 3,000 hit club (currently 27 members) to hit his 3,000 hit in his last at bat. In his 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, Clemente had a career batting average of .317, was selected to 15 all-star games, won 12 Gold Gloves, won 2 World Championships (in 1960 and 1971), and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. He accomplished all of these feats with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente’s number #21 jersey is retired by the team, but Mitchell & Ness brought it out of retirement in his honor.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3 - 0 so it's the perfect time to check out some of the brand new Steelers jerseys that we just got in. We have couple guys that we've never made before, along with the re-stocking of some old classics.
So what do you think Steeler fans? Will your guys beat Baltimore this week to go to 4 - 0?
"The dumber a pitcher is, the better. When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he's in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup and I did pretty good." - Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean would enter the big leagues at 20 years of age on September 28, 1930 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Seventeen years later he would play his final game on that same date, departing from the Major Leagues on September 28, 1947.
Four years after making his debut his younger brother Paul dean would join him as a Cardinal on April 18, 1934 and would remain as Dizzy's teammate until 1938 when Dizzy was traded to the Chicago Cubs.
Over the past month, Mitchell & Ness started launching their Fall/Holiday 2010 Lifestyle Collections proving once again we are the experts at making the classic modern and turning what's old new again. The collections include a wide array of garment washed and distressed fleece hoodies, henleys, track jackets, and vintage tees designed for both the true fan and vintage connoisseur. Retro NFL and NBA satin jackets with embroidered twill logos match back to snapback hats. Our ultra soft, garment washed corduroy NFL jackets with chenille embroidered logos have a vintage look and feel of a garment worn thirty years ago.
Knit scarves and canvas bags are new additions to the the Mitchell & Ness offering this Fall/Holiday season.
The inspiration for our MLB collection originated from our authentic wool flannel jersey fabrication and has been translated into modern menswear silhouettes. A wool flannel track jacket includes epaulettes at the shoulders, button flap side pockets, and chainstitch embroidered logos. In addition, we put a spin on the MLB varsity jacket, and we constructed it with a wool flannel body, satin sleeves and embroidered felt team logos.
And, of course, Mitchell & Ness didn't forget about the ladies. Our new Women's Fall/Holiday 2010 Collection offers a new perspective to licensed womenswear. Similar to our menswear collections, the women's collection offers comfy, garment washed vintage fleece, in addition to track jackets and vintage tee shirt silhouettes.
*View the full collection at www.mitchellandness.com.
*Check back soon -- Additional styles to become available in October/November.
Today marks a historical day in New York sports history. 53 years ago today, the Brooklyn Dodgers played its final game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY. That Fall, the Dodgers would pack up and move across the country to Los Angeles, abandoning its home. The move came only two years after winning the World Championship.
It was on April 9th, 1913 that Ebbets Field officially opened. The stadium was named after the team’s original club owner, Charlie Ebbets. The stadium’s first game was a match between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers would open up Ebbets Field on a sour note by losing to the Phils 0-1. Over the next 44 years, the Brooklyn Dodgers would win 7 pennants (including 4 in 5 years from ’52 to ’56) and 1 World Championship at Ebbets Field. The ballpark would also host the MLB All-Star Game in 1949. However, with the team’s success in the early 50s, the Dodgers’ fan base was quickly out growing Ebbets Fields.
The Dodgers’ club owner, Walter O’Malley, was eager to find a new home for his club in Brooklyn. He quickly found one in Atlantic Yards on the site of an old market. This new land would have enough room for an expanded stadium and additional parking. When O’Malley approached the city about the move, he ran into some opposition. The New York Building Commissioner, Robert Moses, wanted to move the team to Queens instead of keeping it in Brooklyn. O’Malley refused and Moses followed suit. When neither man backed down, O’Malley began publicly shopping his team to other cities. Los Angeles quickly emerged as the favorite and before the end of the 1957 season, O’Malley committed to moving the franchise to Los Angeles for the start of the 1958 season. To add insult to injury, O’Malley even convinced the owner of the New York Giants to move his team to San Francisco in an effort to keep the rivalry going.
On September 24th, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers faced off against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final game at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers would win 2-0 in front of 6,700 fans on a five-hitter performance from Danny McDevitt. Ebbets Field would be torn down roughly 2 years later.