April 8th in Baseball

Today marks the anniversary of several events in Major League Baseball, most of which, have racial significance as related to human rights in the United States.  We found it interesting that so much happened on April 8th in baseball over the years, starting in 1968 in honor of a man who spent nearly his entire life working as an activist and leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement.

                  

Famous for being a civil rights activist, Nobel Peace prize winner and delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speach, Martin Luther King, Jr. is respected as a human rights icon.  His work has aided many Americans to reach their full potential, even after his death.  Following his assassination on April 4, 1968, opening day of baseball was postponed since it was scheduled for April 8th, one day prior to King's funeral. 

 

On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron, in front of a Braves' record crowd of 53,775, hit his 715th career home run off of Al Downing to pass Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run leader.

 

 

Exactly one year after Aaron's 715th home run, Frank Robinson became the first black man to manage a major league team.  He debuted as the Cleveland Indians' player/manager and homered in his first at-bat.  The Indians went on to win the game, 5-3 over the New York Yankees.

 

 On this day, back in 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager Al Campanis was fired after making discriminatory and racially-insensitive comments when speaking about black ball-players during an interview with Ted Koppel on Nightline.   Interestingly enough, Campanis was a former teammate of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

 

 

 

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Coming Soon...

We shared the new Philadelphia Phillies 1980 World Champions BPs with you last week. Here are some other teams that will be coming in soon as well!

 

 

 

 

April 6, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Pre Season Predictions

You can't walk past a newsstand these days without seeing the smiling faces of the boys of summer Every sports publication imaginable is predicting who will win the pennant, who will be the home run king and whose fans will suffer through another long, hot summer.  This tradition of pre-season prognostication has been going on for ages.  While we were checking out a few of this year's editions, we decided to take a look back at some predictions from the past.

Earlier today we pulled out this gem from 1956.

It's the baseball edition of a magazine called True, The Man's MagazineHere's their predictions for the 1956 baseball season.

So how'd the folks at True do?  Here's the way the season finished:

American League:

1. Yankees

2. Indians

3. White Sox

4. Red Sox

5. Tigers

6. Orioles

7. Senators

8. KC Athletics

Three for eight.  Not too impressive.

National League:

1. Dodgers

2. Braves

3. Reds

4. Cardinals

5. Phillies

6. Giants

7. Pirates

8. Cubs

Three for eight again.  Not a great year for predictions.

A couple other facts from the 1956 baseball season -

World Series Champions - Yankees

MVP - Mickey Mantle

Cy Young Winner - Don Newcombe

Rookie of the Year - Luis Aparicio

We'll show you predictions from another year in a couple of days, but for now it's your turn. 

Let's start in the west - tell us who you think will win the AL West & NL West?

In case you're wondering, a quick survey of the M&N offices has the Angles and Dodgers at the top.

 

March 15, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Something for the Dodgers fans

We're speechelss.  We'll leave it up to our faithful readers to comment on this gem.


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Saying Goodbye to Ebbets Field

Built by Dodger owner Charlie Ebbets, fans entered through one of twelve turnstiles to find themselves standing in a grand marble rotunda and would look up only to see a chandelier with twleve baseball bat "arms" holding twelve baseball lamps. After finding their seats fans could follow the official scorer's decision by turning to look at the Schaefer Beer sign in right centerfield where the "h" lit up for a hit and the "e" lit up for an error.

 

Ebbets was the field that not only hosted the 1949 All-Star Game and nine Fall Classics, but was also the very field that Jackie Robinson first stepped upon as the first African American Major League Baseball player.  Sadly for fans, on September 24, 1957 the Brooklyn Dodgers played their final game at Ebbets Field defeating the Pirates.

 

Ebbets Field - 1957

 

"The Fall of Ebbets"

 

Ebbets Field was a special place
From the excitement of the pennant race

To the agony of losing to the Yankees
But all of Brooklyn cried on their hankies

When the home they called heaven
Was lost in 1957

 

Before they left, it was all going well
The Dodgers were doing kind of swell

In the fall of '55
The whole city was alive

None had a clue that the home they called heaven
Would be lost in 1957

 

That year they finally got over that hump
They finally broke out of the slump

They won a championship for the very first time
They all celebrated from sunrise to bedtime

They finally beat the Yankees in a best-of-seven
Two years before 1957

 

The very next fall, Gil, Campy, and the Duke
Proved that the past year was no fluke

They tasted very little of defeat
They were thinking of repeat

It came down to another game seven
In the place they called heaven

 

They lost and heaven began to crumble
To third place the Dodgers stumble

Then, broke the sad, sad story
That Ebbets would no longer see glory

Everyone knew that the home they called heaven
Would eventually be lost in 1957

 

One final game at Ebbets Field
Even then the Dodgers refused to yield

And with that final victory
Brooklyn baseball was history

Every Brooklynite filled heaven
All knowing it would be gone after 1957

 

Now, it's time to say good-bye
No Brooklynite had a dry eye

The Dodgers had just left town
Leaving Brooklyn with a frown

Brooklyn knew that the home they called heaven
Would soon be no more after 1957

 

Time for heaven to fall
Look out here comes the wrecking ball

With mighty blows from a steel bubble
Ebbets Field became rubble

No more was the home they called heaven
To the ground it went after 1957.

 

Written By: Ridzky A. Riyadi

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/stadium/stadiume.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

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