Last night the St. Louis Cardinals forced a game 7 in the 2011 World Series Championship against the Texas Rangers. This is the first time there has been a game 7 since 2002 when the Anaheim Angels beat the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were able to extend the series with a 2 RBI, game-tying triple in the bottom of the 9th and a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th (both hits from third baseman David Freese). If game 7 is anything like game 6, this World Series could go down in history as one of the most exciting series ever. First pitch is 8:05 pm tonight on Fox. One thing that got lost in the shuffle of last night’s extra inning heroics was the play by play call made by Joe Buck. Mitchell & Ness loves the history of baseball and we couldn’t help but notice Buck’s choice of words for the walk off homer.
Back in 1991, Jack Buck, Joe Buck’s father, called the World Series matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 11th inning (noticing a trend?), Kirby Puckett smacked a walk-off homerun for the Twins to force a game 7. Immediately after Puckett made contact, Jack Buck said “We’ll see you tomorrow night!” And as David Freese started his trot out of batter’s box, Joe Buck said, you guessed it, “We’ll see you tomorrow night!” Not to many people have the opportunity to pay homage to your father like that, and we thought it was pretty cool.
With last week’s announcement of the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class, we thought it prudent to honor the anniversary of two of Major League Baseball’s greatest alumni. Today marks the anniversary of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s and Frank Robinson’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction. On January 13th, 1982, Aaron and Robinson became the 12th and 13th members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was both players’ first year of eligibility. Aaron was only 9 votes shy of being the first unanimous selection in National Baseball Hall of Fame history.
Aaron was a 25 time All-Star, and the only season Aaron wasn’t an All-Star in his career was his final year in the Majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a career .305 hitter and finished his career with 755 home runs, 3,771 hits and 2,297 runs batted in (a Major League record). He holds the record for most consecutive seasons of having 150 or more hits with seven. He won the National League MVP and the World Series Championship in 1957. His # 44 jersey has been retired by both the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Frank Robinson was a 14 time All-Star. He was a career .294 hitter and finished his career with 586 home runs, 2,943 hits and 1,812 runs batted in. Robinson is only 1 of 14 players to win the Batting Triple Crown (when a player leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in). He won two World Series Championships with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 (he won the AL MVP and the World Series MVP that same season) and in 1970. His # 20 jersey is retired by both the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles. Robinson also became the first full-time African American Manager in Major League Baseball history in 1975 when he took over as manager for the Cleveland Indians.
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We are thrilled to announce that now have the rights to make Dale Murphy's jerseys again. After our facebook survey last week we got to work on signing some of the players that you requested and "Murph" was the first one to sign on the dotted line.
Here's a quick re-cap of Mr. Murphy's accomplishments:
- Atlanta Braves 1976 - 90
- Philadelphia Phillies 1990 - 92
- Colorado Rockies 1993
- Seven Time All Star
- Two time National League MVP
- Five time Gold Glove Winner
- 1st in the league in games played, 4 times
So we're going to get started on making Dale's jerseys. The first one will appear in early 2011, in time for the start of the baseball season. Where do we start?
(this is a mesh batting practice jersey)
Or is there something else you'd like to see? Let us know?