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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 17

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 17 TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1948 – An estimated crowd of 100,000 fans passes by the body of Babe Ruth, which is on display at Yankee Stadium. After the funeral in two days at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the ‘Bambino’ will be buried in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York. 1986 – The Reds player-manager Pete Rose makes his final major league plate appearance, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of a 9-5 loss to the Padres at Riverfront Stadium, The all-time...

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Signed Carlton Fisk Jersey Stolen From Bar

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Signed Carlton Fisk Jersey Stolen From Bar Dumb question, but we’ve all been to that sports bar that has framed jerseys on the walls, right? Well…the Salt hill Pub was one of those places. Until recently. You see, up until a couple of weeks ago, the Hanover, New Hampshire, pub had a framed Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox jersey on display, but, well…you guessed it. The jersey, roughly 2½ by 3 feet in size, hung about six feet up on the wall near the bar. It was given to co-owner Josh Touhy...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 16

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 16 TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime [embedded content] 1948 – In the age 53, with his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York. 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the newsstands. The inaugural cover of the innovative new magazine features a Mark Kauffman photo...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 15

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 15 TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1989 – In his second start after coming back from cancer surgery, left-hander Dave Dravecky breaks his arm when he throws a wild pitch to Tim Raines in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 33 year-old Youngstown, Ohio native, who will be credited with the win, collapses to the ground, clutching his left arm in severe pain after the humerus bone snaps midway between his shoulder and elbow, with the sound of...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 14

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 14 TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – Dave Kingman’s home run, a monstrous blast estimated to have travelled 515 feet, is, and will remain, the longest round-tripper ever hit in the 44-year history of Shea Stadium. Kong’s tape-measure home run, a solo shot over the left-center wall, comes in the fourth inning off Larry Christenson in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia. 1993 – The Yankees retire Reggie Jackson’s uniform number 44. ‘Mr. October’, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, played as an embattled...

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Aaron Judge Rocks Korean Elbow Pad

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Aaron Judge Rocks Korean Elbow Pad If you blinked…you missed it. During this past weekend’s series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, some eagle-eyed fans noticed Aaron Judge stepping to the plate with a little Asian-inspired flair. The Bombers super rookie broke out a new elbow guard that said, of all things, “Super Rookie Judge”. While there’s no story out there (yet) about the “how” and “why” surrounding Judge’s new gear, speculation among some fans is that the piece of body armor might be a gift from his brother....

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Two Phillies Denied Players Weekend Uniform Requests

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Two Phillies Denied Players Weekend Uniform Requests Players Weekend is just around the corner and, by now, you’ve sorted out the good from the bad and picked your favorites. Unfortunately for two members of the Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t get their nicknames on the back of their jerseys and had to opt for less imaginative ones. According to Philly.com, pitchers Zach Eflin and Hoby Milner requested to be known simply as “Led Zeflin” and “Hoby Wan Kenobi” but were shot down due to, of all things…copyright issues. But here’s the worst part, neither...

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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 13

TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1979 – Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp’s pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40 year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth Major Leaguer to reach the coveted plateau. 1987 – Billy Williams joins Ernie Banks as the second Cubs player to be honored by having his uniform number (26) being retired by the team....

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TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 12

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good TODAY IN BASEBALL: August 12 TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime 1984 – Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. [embedded content] 1984 – When the first pitch of the game, thrown by Braves hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins, the stage is set for a literal ‘slugfest’. The benches empty for the first fight of the game in the second inning when...

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Jose Canseco Calls Out Aaron Judge

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good Jose Canseco Calls Out Aaron Judge Aaron Judge had a first half the likes of which we haven’t seen in a while. Since the All-Star break? Not so much. Thankfully, Jose Canseco is here to remind us that, yes, the New York Yankees rookie can hit the ball a long way. Late Thursday night, the former slugger hit Twitter, basically challenging the should-be Rookie of the Year Judge to a home run hitting contest. Aaron judge in batting practice hitting a ball off of the bottom of the Jumbotron so what I the...

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The HOVG Podcast: Barry Levenson

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good The HOVG Podcast: Barry Levenson This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen are joined by Barry Levenson. The curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum talks to the boys about how (and why) he started the museum, dispenses some advice on what mustard pairs the best with what tubed meat, shares his special relationship with former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas and answers the age-old question…is a hot dog a sandwich. Lastly, make sure you stick around for the Poupon U. fight song! (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over...

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The Best Players Weekend Jerseys

The Sports Daily > Hall of Very Good The Best Players Weekend Jerseys By now, you’ve certainly heard all about the inaugural Players Weekend August 25-27. If not, Major League Baseball is allowing players to wear nicknames on the back of their bright, colorful jerseys as well as a patch with the name of someone who helped get them to where they are. Then…the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately, some players are not capable of having fun. Some went with boring nicknames. Others...

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