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As we remember this, the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy France in WW2, we also honor baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Leon Day who took part in the allied landing. Berra would be wounded in the hand from enemy fire and later receive the Purple Heart.
"The freedoms we enjoy, the freedoms we take so much for granted, the freedoms we so often trifle with were bought not by the gold of our millionaires, nor altogether the genius of our scientists, nor the sacrifices of the people at home, but primarily by the blood, sweat and agony of those who on this day we honor-those who died that we might live." ~ Reverend Billy Graham
All-Star voting begins as MLB passes a third of the season mark.
RIP Rodger Craig former pitcher and manager who was 93. He won two World Series with the Dodgers and one with the Cardinals. He managed the Giants for seven seasons winning the pennant in 1989, San Francisco's first since 1962.
MLB honored Lou Gehrig on June 2, with the third annual "Lou Gehrig Day." Consider a donation at
The Pirates own baseball's longest winning streak at 6 games.
The pitch clock has shortened baseball games by an average of 26 minutes.
CHASING HISTORY: Marlins 2B Luis Arraez is flirting with .400 after the first 61 games, hitting .399 as of Tuesday. Arraez won the AL batting title last year with the Twins. If he hangs on and does so again this year with Miami, he will be the first player to win consecutive titles, one in each league, since 1900 (the AL's first year).
Red Sox place Chris Sale on the IL again and the Nats shut down a rehabbing Stephen Strasburg.
Congratulations to Liam Hendriks who recently returned to the mound after beating cancer and earning his first win of 2023 on Sunday, National Cancer Survivors Day. MLB supports
DID YOU KNOW? ~ Reds pitcher Ian Gibaut's father Russel was a first-class cricket player in England.
Pirate's OF Jack Suwinski hit two home runs into McCovey Cove Monday (5/29). he is the first player to do so since Barry Bonds in 2002.
The Texas Rangers lead the AL West by 3.5 games and they lead the league with a +153 run differential.
The Mets Pete Alonzo becomes baseball's first hitter with 20 HR. He is on pace for 60.
Congratulations to Craig Kimbrel on earning his 400th save. The Philly closer is the eighth closer to reach the mark.
"Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood. ~ Bill Murray
This week on "Where's Gary Sanchez now?" The Padres are the latest team to claim the former Yankee All-Star.
DID YOU KNOW? ~ "Old Hoss" Radburn pitched 11 seasons and in the five he pitched for the Providence Grays he won an astounding 194 games? He won 60 games in 1884 for the Grays, still a record for wins in a season!
HOF'er and Twin Tony Oliva would bat .323 in 1964, making him the first rookie to win a batting title.
Congrats to Yankee pitcher Gerrit Cole on reaching the 2000 strikeout milestone. The 32 year old is the third fastest to do so and the 87th all-time to reach the mark.
"Pair-up in threes." ~ Yogi Berra
Cub Mike Morel hit 9 home runs in his first 12 games. Only 3 other players have done so with Mike Schmidt the only one to hit 11 in his first dozen games of a season.
The Cincinnati Reds have played in 9 ballparks, more than any other team.
RIP to Rick Hummel, best known for his writing with the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Rick was inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after winning the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Rick covered the Cardinals for 50 years and served as president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). He was so respected in baseball circles that he was known as "The Commish."
Congratulations to former pitcher Al Leiter on being elected to the Mets Hall of Fame.
The Rays started 21-4 at home this season. Only the 1978 Red Sox, at 22-3, were better thru the first 25.
The Orioles debut their City Connect unis.
"All of his saves have come in relief appearances." ~ Ralph Kiner
Dodger Freddie Freeman hit a grand slam for his 300th career home run in May.
Congratulations to Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen on earning his 400th career save, the seventh most in MLB history.
At 26.4 years of age, Cleveland is the youngest team in baseball.
The entire A.L. East is .500 or over the only division in baseball that is.
MLB spends an estimated 10 million dollars on baseballs a year.
RIP Vida Blue, 73. If you would like to learn more about this three-time World Series champion look for the article about his life entitled "Vida" in our "Archives" section (link below).
If a catcher is called for batter interference he is charged with an error.
Can you name the 3 players with 10 Gold Gloves and 500 home runs? Answer at the bottom...
The United States Navy has commissioned the USS Cooperstown, named after the village that is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and in honor of the 70 baseball Hall of Famers who served during war-time. Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Johnny Bench spoke at the ceremony. The littoral combat ship's motto is "America's Away Team."
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces a major expansion. Keep smiling Buck!
"I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it." ~ Rogers Hornsby
RIP to Cardinal Hall of Famer and broadcast legend Mike Shannon, he was 83. Shannon retired at the end of the 2021 season after 50-years calling Cardinal games. A native of St. Louis, Shannon won three NL Pennants and two World Series, '64 and '67, in his nine years playing with the home town Red Birds. Have a "Cold frosty" up there Mike!
"Baseball is dull only to dull minds." ~ Red Barber
DID YOU KNOW: The Houston Astros were first called the Colt 45's and played in Colt Stadium for three seasons before the World Famous Houston Astro Dome was built? Colt Stadium is the only stadium to be "sent down to the minors" as it was disassembled and used by two Mexican League teams. Colt Stadium is the only stadium to be used in two countries by three professional teams.
"I don't want my name to be presented to the public as an Indian, but as a pitcher." ~ Chief Bender
The 5-23 A's set a new MLB record in April, 28 games to start the season without a starter earning a win.
According to Denver Police, the man who tackled Rockies mascot "Dinger" has turned himself in. Dinger was dancing on top of the home team's dugout between innings at the time of the incident shocking many fans. Dinger is doing fine.
Babe Ruth used a 50-ounce bat, the heaviest ever turned at Louisville Slugger.
Twins great and HOF'er Rod Carew stole home 17 times, the most in the expansion era (1961). Ty Cobb's 50 are the most all-time.
"When I started to throw the ball back to the pitcher harder than he was throwing it to me, we switched positions." ~ Bert Blyleven
In 1907 NY Giants fans forced their team to forfeit to the Phillies on Opening Day due to a snowball fight spilling onto the field.
"All I remember about my wedding day is the Cubs lost a double-header." ~ George Will
Saturday, April 8, The Rocket City Trash Pandas (AA) pitched a no-hitter and lost. In the first game, of a seven inning doubleheader, the Chattanooga Lookouts scored all seven of their runs in the seventh (and final) inning without the benefit of a hit. Four walks, four hit by pitch, a wild pitch and an error did all the damage. The Lookouts would win 7-5 without registering a hit. How's that for a box score?
Trivia answer: Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Ken Griffey Jr..
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Baseball Calendar 2023


London Series ~ St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs for two games at London Stadium.


All-Star Week from Seattle!


MLB Draft held during All-Star Week.


Little League Classic in Williamsport PA. The fifth LLC will feature the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.


Roberto Clemente Day!
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