On September 20, 1957 the San Francisco Giants played their last game at Seals Stadium. Seals Stadium stood in San Francisco from 1931 through 1959 and served as the home of the San Francisco Giants for two seasons. On April 7, 1931, the Seals Stadium opened to be home for the Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals and Missions. Built of steel and concrete with a capacity of 18,600, the stadium had no roof over the grandstands due to San Francisco's lack of rainfall during the summertime.
A separate uncovered bleacher section was added to the stadium's left field when the New York Giants moved to the city in 1958. The New York Giants played at Seals Stadium for two years while Candlestick park was under construction. Seals Stadium was demolished in 1959 and many of the seats and light stanchions were reused at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.
1947, and September 19th in particular, was a big year for Major League Baseball. In the 78 years of the league leading up to 1947, the color of your skin was a determining factor for whether or not you could play for a professional team in Major League Baseball. But just before the start of the 1947 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers broke down that color barrier and called up Jackie Robinson from their AAA affiliate (the Montreal Royals). And before a home crowd of over 26,000 fans, Robinson made his Major League debut and changed the game of baseball forever.
In his rookie campaign, Robinson hit .297 in 151 games for the Dodgers. He led the league with 29 stolen bases and scored 125 runs (a career high). His amazing rookie production helped lead his team to a World Series appearance against the Yankees. The storybook start to Robinson's career was slightly blemished when Yankees won the '47 World Series in seven games, however, Robinson’s production over the course of that infamous season would earn him a distinguished honor.
From 1940-1946, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) selected one player from each league as the Rookie of the Year. However, this award was regional and not recognized by the league. That changed in 1947. MLB decided to take this Rookie of the Year award and make it a nationally recognized honor given to just one player in the entire league. Because of his immediate impact with the Dodgers, on September 19th, 1947, MLB awarded its first Rookie of the Year award to Jackie Robinson. So over the course of just one season, Jackie Robinson managed to desegregate America’s pastime, win the Rookie of the Year award and validate his existence and his race's existence in Major League Baseball. That is an amazing rookie performance.
With the first day of what feels like the true arrival of fall football weather we thought it would only be fitting to showcase the new NFL Playmaker Hoody!
Happy 50th Birthday to former NFL Quarterback Dan Marino. Born in Pittsburgh, PA back in 1961, Marino attended the University of Pittsburgh and started all 4 years for the Pitt Panthers. Upon graduating in 1983, Marino was selected 27th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The ’83 draft would prove to be a QB heavy draft as 2 other future Hall of Famers were also selected in the 1st round, Jim Kelly and John Elway.
In his first season, Marino would not be named the starter for the Dolphins until week 6, but Marino would end the season as the starting quarterback for the AFC in the Pro Bowl. In his sophomore campaign, Marino would set the single season record for passing yards at 5,084 (a record he still holds today). Over the course of his seventeen career seasons (all with the Dolphins), Marino would break 34 NFL records, many of which he still holds on to. Over his career, Marino threw for 61,361 total yards and 420 TDs. He was voted as the league’s MVP and offensive player of the year in 1984, and be selected to the NFL Pro Bowl 9 times. The only blemish on Marino’s record is his lack of Super Bowl rings. Despite not winning a Super Bowl, his exemplary play over his career earned him the #25 slot on NFL.com’s All-time Top Player ranking in 2009. Since retiring, his #13 jersey has been retired by the Dolphins. Happy 50th Dan!
Starting in the late 1970's and continuing into the 80's, the Houston Astros issued a sweater to their players and staff for them to wear in the dugout. Have you ever seen it?
This light weight acrylic sweater was originally worn as a snap front and later changed to a zip front. During this time a couple other teams issued sweaters (Braves, White Sox), but they didn't look as cool as the Astros version.
We haven't made it in 10+ years.
What do you think about it? Do you like it? Should we bring it back?