Archive | January, 2015

Today in Baseball History – January 31st

January 31, 1961

Houston voters approve a bond to finance a domed stadium. The Houston Astrodome (now called Reliant Astrodome) would break ground in 1962 and open 3 years later. It would be the home of the Houston Astros until 1999.

Born on this day:

1919 Jackie Robinson

1931 Ernie Banks

1947 Nolan Ryan

Died on this day:

1956 Buck Weaver

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College: Baseball America Releases 2015 Preseason Top 25

Baseball America has released its preseason Top 25 for the upcoming 2015 college baseball season. At the top is the defending NCAA College World Series champion Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy is one of three SEC teams in the top 10 this year and five in the top 15.

A couple teams from Texas come in at their highest preseason ranking ever as Houston starts the year out at No. 3 and Texas Tech opens the year at No. 5. The third spot matches the highest Houston has ever been preseason or otherwise.

Three other schools make their first ever appearance in the BA Preseason Top 25. Maryland comes in at No. 16 in its first year  in the Big Ten. Kennesaw State opens up at No. 19 and rounding out the Top 25 is Liberty.

Baseball America Preseason Top 25

2015 Rank, Team, 2014 Record, Final 2014 Rank
1. Vanderbilt, 51-21, 1
2. LSU, 46-16, 22
3. Houston, 48-18, 11
4. Virginia, 53-16, 2
5. Texas Tech, 45-21, 9
6. Florida, 40-23, 18
7. Texas Christian, 48-18, 5
8. Oklahoma State, 48-18, 10
9. Miami, 44-19, 23
10. Texas, 46-21, 4
11. UCLA, 25-30, NR
12. Louisville, 50-17, 6
13. South Carolina, 44-18, 25
14. Mississippi State, 39-24, NR
15. Rice, 42-20, NR
16. Maryland, 40-23, 14
17. North Carolina, 35-27, NR
18. Arizona State, 33-24, NR
19. Kennesaw State, 40-24, 16
20. Oregon, 44-20, NR
21. Florida State, 43-17, 19
22. Central Florida, 36-23, NR
23. Cal State Fullerton, 34-24, NR
24. Clemson, 36-25, NR
25. Liberty, 41-18, NR

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Today in Baseball History – January 30th

January 30, 1948

General manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and former pitcher Herb Pennock collapses in a New York hotel and dies later at the hospital. Shortly after his death, he is elected to the Hall of Fame.

Pennock won 240 games for 3 different teams between 1912 and 1934. He won 4 World Series titles with the New York Yankees.

Born on this day:

1943 Davey Johnson

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Out of the Park Baseball 16 Now Licensed by MLB

Out of the Park Baseball 16 is nearing release and it is going to be the best one yet. If you have never played the game before it is simply the best simulation game on the market.

The OOTP 16 version will finally be licensed by MLB and Minor League Baseball meaning there are more features including official logos, uniforms, and more including historical logos. A release will be made to include the opening day rosters for 2015 once they have been finalized.

Not only that but the international side of the game is getting better as well. The new version will include leagues from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cuba, Mexico, Netherlands, and Italy. This year, OOTP 16 is adding the Australian Baseball League along with several independent leagues in the US and Japan.

Some other enhancements include short term and long term goals for managers. Managers might have both “win now” and “win later” goals to achieve in order to keep your job.

The finance and coaching systems are improved as well. Finances will be more in depth to include things like season ticket sales and coaches will now have personalities.

There are so many upgrades to the game that is will clearly be the best version yet, and that is saying quite a bit because the older versions were awesome.

Here are a few screenshots from the new game:

 

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Premier 12: Japan Announces it will form Dream Team

With the Premier 12 making its debut this coming November in Japan and Taiwan, a few teams are not taking this for granted and going all out to make an impact.

Former big leaguer Carlos Guillen has been named the manager for the No. 10 ranked Venezuela club. His first big test at the helm will be the inaugural Premier 12 event.

Another big announcement came down today when Samurai Japan leader Hiroki Kokubo announced he will form a dream team with Japan’s biggest names to compete. The tournament will take place from November 8-21.

The even will be the first of its kind with the top 12 ranking international teams invited to the tournament. Competing will be: No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 5 Netherlands, No. 6 Dominican Republic, No. 7 Canada, No. 8 South Korea, No. 9 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Venezuela, No. 11 Italy, and No. 12 Mexico. The event will give away millions in US$ prize money and also the most world ranking points of any international event.

The semifinals and finals of the event will be hosted by Japan at the Tokyo Dome. Who will come out on top remains to be seen but it will definitely be worth watching.

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Italy: Great Article on the Career of New Nettuno Manager Lenny Randle

It was announced late last year that former MLB player Lenny Randle will take over at the helm of Nettuno this coming season. Randle is no stranger to Italy having played for Nettuno back in the early 1980s after being released by the Seattle Mariners.

Randle’s story is one that has definitely been interesting. But I feel it is better to let me let Bruce Markusen tell it. Here is an article that Bruce wrote for the HardballTimes.com that is a fascinating read on how the world of Lenny Randle was turned upside down. But in the end he came out okay and continues to do good in the baseball world.

Card Corner Plus: The Redemption of Lenny Randle

Also here is a bonus video. One that I found was a great look at Italian baseball in the early 1980s. It’s brief but good and includes Lenny Randle as well. So take a look and enjoy and don’t forget to read Markusen’s article because it is a good one.

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Japan Replaces USA in 2015 World Port Tournament

Team USA has pulled out of the biannual World Port Tournament for 2015. Due to a full schedule Team USA has decided it will not participate. Japan will replace them in Rotterdam for the biannual event.

The four other teams participating will be the host Netherlands, Curacao, Cuba, and Chinese Taipei. The 2015 tournament will take place in Rotterdam from June 18-26.

This will be only Japan’s third time in the tournament that has been dominated by Cuba over the years. However, the hosts have won two of the last three events including 2013.

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USA: ABCA Officially Supports Pitch Smart

Press Release USA Baseball

The American Baseball Coaches Association board of directors votes unanimously

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday that the ABCA is officially supporting USA Baseball and MLB’s joint youth arm care safety initiative, Pitch Smart. The announcement follows the ABCA’s board of directors unanimously voting in favor of supporting the initiative that was launched in late 2014.

“Major League Baseball is pleased that the ABCA has endorsed the Pitch Smart pitching safety program,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who received the 2015 ABCA Honor Award on January 4, 2015 at the ABCA Convention. “Keeping pitchers healthy should be a common goal of everyone in baseball. Pitch Smart is a great example of the entire baseball community, professional and amateur, coming together to make our game better.”

The Association is involved in numerous programs that promote the integrity of the profession and the development of the game of baseball, and, each January, the ABCA hosts the largest baseball convention in the world. Approximately 4,000 coaches attend the convention, which is held at various locations around the country. The 2015 iteration was attended by commissioner, Rob Manfred, as he continues to further engage the amateur baseball community.

“With its endorsement of Pitch Smart, it is clear that the American Baseball Coaches Association is making player health and safety a priority in everything it does,” said USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. “It is the support of the ABCA and other organizations that confirms our belief that baseball has united in protecting our young athletes.”

The ABCA is committed to the success and growth of baseball through youth baseball. In the past 12 years, thousands of young people have gone through ABCA sponsored youth clinics. Each year, several hundred young players attend ABCA clinics in Montgomery, Alabama; Lewiston, Idaho; and Grand Junction, Colorado.

“The ABCA is proud to endorse Pitch Smart along with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball,” said ABCA executive director, Craig Keilitz. “Education is one of our organization’s cornerstones and the health and safety of our young players is a major priority. Pitch Smart provides clear guidelines for our coaches, particularly those who are new to the profession, and we look forward to being involved in the further development of this initiative for years to come.”

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 24 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.

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USA Baseball Forms Golden Spikes Award Committee

Press Release USA Baseball

13-man selection committee will be responsible for identifying candidates for the nation’s premier amateur baseball award

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced today the formation of the Golden Spikes Award committee that will select the watch lists and semifinalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.

“As the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award continues to grow, it is important to have the top voices in the game assist in the process of honoring amateur athletes,” said Cody Wilcoxson, USA Baseball’s director of communications, who oversees the Golden Spikes Award for the organization. “The committee members are all dedicated to their coverage and support of the amateur game, and their presence on the committee continues to make the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award the preeminent amateur honor.”

In aggregate, the committee members have more than 250 years of playing, coaching, scouting and reporting experience in amateur baseball. The group includes six former NCAA college baseball players, three of which played in the College World Series, and two committee members that coached teams to the College World Series.

The committee is responsible for selecting the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preliminary list and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists.

Once the committee selects the semifinalists for the award, USA Baseball will have its Golden Spikes Award voting committee, comprised of past USA Baseball national team coaches and media, USA Baseball’s board of directors, members of the media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and past winners of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total, vote for the finalists and, eventually, the winner of the prestigious award.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award in 2015. Beginning with the semifinalists on May 22, amateur baseball fans all across the country are encouraged to vote for their favorite candidate on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. On Tuesday, June 2, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.

Since 2013, the presentation of the award is held each summer in Los Angeles is partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. The finalists for the award and their families are honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner following the presentation of the trophy.

The members of the Golden Spikes Award committee are:

  • Jim Callis, senior writer for MLB.com, draft and prospect expert who has been covering the amateur baseball landscape since 1988
  • Eric Campbell, USA Baseball’s general manager of national teams, former head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy has selected national team athletes for USA Baseball since 2000
  • Shaun Cole, USA Baseball’s director of the 18U National Team, responsible for the selection of the USA Baseball 18U National Team after five seasons as pitching coach at the University of Arizona, a 2012 NCAA national champion
  • Justin Dedeaux, Rod Dedeaux Foundation board of directors, former coach and player at the University of Southern California, a 1963 NCAA national champion
  • Aaron Fitt, editor and national writer for D1Baseball.com, has covered the college baseball beat since 2004
  • Nick Herfordt, Division II, Division III and NAIA correspondent for Perfect Game USA, founder of College Baseball Lineup and the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year Award
  • Tim Kay, USA Baseball’s director of video scouting, provides scouting analysis for national team selection after previously working in advanced scouting for the Washington Nationals
  • John Manuel, editor-in-chief for Baseball America, has covered all levels of baseball for the publication since 1996
  • Jonathan Mayo, senior writer for MLB.com, has served as a draft and prospect expert for MLB.com since 1999
  • Ben McDonald, winner of the 1989 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, college baseball hall of fame class of 2008, currently serves as color analyst for ESPN college baseball broadcasts
  • Kyle Peterson, baseball analyst for ESPN, has covered college based since 2003, recognized as the 1995 and 1997 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, played in two College World Series at Stanford
  • Nathan Rode, national supervisor for Prep Baseball Report, has covered high school baseball and the MLB First-Year Player Draft since 2007
  • Kendall Rogers, national writer and editor for D1Baseball.com, has covered college baseball since 2000

The anticipated timeline for the committee’s announcements is:

  • Tuesday, February 10: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 50-man preseason watch list
  • Thursday, April 9: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 60-man midseason watch list
  • Thursday, May 7: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 30-man preliminary list
  • Friday, May 22: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, voting begins
  • Friday, May 29: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists voting ends
  • Tuesday, June 3: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists, voting begins
  • Friday, June 12: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends
  • Tuesday, June 23: 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

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Italy: Baseball and Softball Federation Unveils New Logo

The Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) has unveiled a new logo via Twitter for 2015.

What do you think?

Here is a look at the old one and new one.

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China: Two Players Selected for MLB Development Academy

One of the hardest places to find information on baseball has been China. I wanted to share this story from William Chu over at his blog Chinese Baseball.

It is about two futures prospects selected for the MLB Development Academy.

He also links to a story (great photos) of a coach training players with very little resources. Check them both out here at Chinese Baseball blog.

I look forward to seeing what else William can unearth about Chinese baseball.

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Teams Set for 2015 Caribbean Series in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The 2015 Caribbean Series will begin in just a few short days in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The series will be held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium which may be familiar to many of you since the Montreal Expos played part of their home games there in 2003 and 2004 before moving to Washington D.C. It has also hosted many other events including parts of the World Baseball Classic and a regular season series between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins in 2010.

The tournament will follow the format with two phases. The first phase will last from February 2-6 and consist of a single round-robin competition. The standings will then be decided after this round and the fifth placed team will be eliminated. The top four will continue on to play a semifinal and final round the following two days.

The field is set and ready to go. Here are the teams that will be participating in this years Caribbean Series.

Mexico – Tomateros de Culiacan – Culiacan has not been here for eleven years but they return after defeating the Charros de Jalisco in the championship. They are looking for their third Series championship having won in 2002 and 1996.

Dominican Republic – Gigantes del Cibao – This is their first Dominican championship having finished as runner-ups three separate times. They look to bring the title back to the Dominican after a two year absence.

Cuba – Vegueros de Pinar del Rio – The Vegueros won the Cuban National Series 53 last year. The league runs too long for the current champion to participate in the Caribbean Series, so last year’s winner competes. This was their fourth Cuban championship.

Puerto Rico – Cangrejeros de Santurce – The Cangrejeros will host the tournament in their home park after winning their thirteenth championship. They have won five Caribbean Series titles including the last for their country in 2000.

Venezuela – Caribes de Anzoategui – The Caribes swept through the LVBP winning every phase to earn a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they last competed in 2011. They are looking for their first Caribbean Series championship and the first for Venezuela since 2009.

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Update: Field O’Dreams Baseball Field Being Built in Ireland

Almost two years ago we helped spread the word of the Field O’Dreams project in Ireland to help build the first proper baseball facility in the country. I am glad to report back to you today that the project is still underway and the field is in the process of being built.

We here at BaseballdeWorld are always wanting to see the game grow in countries where it has not been a big sport. To do so things like fields need to be built. That is why this project was one I was very interested in. I contacted John Fitzgerald over at the Baseball United Foundation who was helping run the Field O’Dreams project and he responded with some photos of the field being built.

Here is the progress of the field project. They raised over $2,500 and that helped the project reach the funds needed through the matching funds of the Irish government. Click on a photo to view it larger. If you would like to donate, you can do so at the Baseball United Foundation page. The work John continues to do is something we should all stand behind and support for the good of the game we all love. You can also find the Baseball United Foundation on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

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Today in Baseball History – January 29th

January 29, 1958

Three time NL MVP Roy Campanella is paralyzed in a car accident cutting his career short. The future Hall of Famer was an 8-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped them win the 1955 World Series.

Campanella hit 242 home runs over his 10 year career. He got his start with the Washington Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues in 1937.

Born on this day:

1880 “Sleepy” Bill Burns

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Today in Baseball History – January 28th

January 28, 1949

The New York Giants sign their first black players in Monte Irvin and Ford Smith, both from the negro leagues.

Monte Irvin would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. He would play 8 seasons in the big leagues hitting 99 home runs. Pitcher Ford Smith would never make the big league club spending his 6 years in the minors.

Born on this day:

1898 Chief Yellow Horse

1934 Bill White

1975 Jermaine Dye

1974 Magglio Ordonez

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Today in Baseball History – January 27th

January 27, 1966

Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W. Roller rules that the Milwaukee Braves must stay or the National League must promise the state an expansion team for the 1966 season.

January 27, 1982

Philadelphia trades veteran shortstop Larry Bowa and minor leaguer Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Bowa and DeJesus will go onto to have a few more productive seasons, while Sandberg becomes a hall of fame second baseman.

Born on this day:

1968 Eric Wedge

1969 Phil Plantier

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Today in Baseball History – January 26th

January 26, 1932

William Wrigley Jr., the namesake of Wrigley Field and owner of the Chicago Cubs, died at age 70. Wrigley started a company selling soap and baking powder, but when he started including gum with each purchase the gum soon become more popular. He bought a minority stake in the Cubs in 1916 and was majority owner by 1921.

The Wrigley family would own the Cubs for another 60 years until they were sold to the Tribune Company in 1981.

Born on this day:

1935 Bob Uecker

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MLB: New Commissioner Manfred Open to Eliminating Defensive Shifts

Okay commissioner Manfred, let’s slow down and take a deep breath. I like the idea of speeding up the game. No it will never be basketball or hockey. Baseball is a talking sport. That is one of the beauties of it. To be able to reflect and talk with people around you during a game. It adds to the drama. That doesn’t mean it can’t be sped up some. When I lived in Korea I saw games with time limits between innings and I really liked it. There was a clock on the scoreboard and you had two minutes. Things like this can be used to speed up games.

But, let’s not go talking about eliminating defensive shifts. If you want to add more offense to the game, that is not the way to go about it in my opinion. Apparently the people who are playing the game feel there is enough offense or they would do something else. There is a simple way to go about changing it, if the teams want to, bunt. A few hits the other way or bunts laid down will stop the shifts. The players are up there trying to hit home runs because that is what they are paid to do. This is why they continue to hit into the shift.

If you want to change it, start emphasizing something other than just a home run. When people realize that a few hits the other way, or bunts that way, will stop those shifts. I don’t feel that the game should be regulated like this. I think it is a terrible step in the wrong direction. I know it is only talk for now and only a thought, but it is a bad one.

Continue working on speeding up the game, but don’t force teams into things like this. I’m actually looking forward to what the new commish can accomplish.

Here is the interview on ESPN where Manfred talked about eliminating the shifts.

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Today in Baseball History – January 25th

January 25, 1974

Ray Kroc, businessman and founder of McDonald’s Corporation, bought the San Diego Padres for a reported $12 million. Kroc owned the team until his death in 1984.

January 25, 1978

The San Diego Padres traded Dave Tomlin and cash to the Texas Rangers for pitcher Gaylord Perry. Perry, then 40, had pitched 3 solid years in Texas, but would win 21 games for the Padres and win the NL Cy Young Award. Tomlin would never pitch for Texas as he was sold to Cincinnati before the 1978 season.

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Today in Baseball History – January 24th

January 24, 1939

George Sisler, Willie Keeler, and Eddie Collins are elected to the Hall of Fame.

George Sisler played 15 seasons, mostly with the St. Louis Browns. In 1920, he set the record for hits in a season with 257 which stood until 2004. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .340 and 2,812 hits. He won 2 batting titles (1920, 1922) and won the 1922 AL MVP. During the 1922 season he has a 41-game hitting streak.

“Wee Willie” Keeler was an outfielder who played around the turn of the century. He finished his career with a .341 batting average and 2,932 hits. He had 8 200+ hit seasons and won 2 batting titles. He is famous for his advice to other hitters – “Keep your eye clear, and hit ’em where they ain’t.”

Eddie Collins finished his career with 3,315 hits. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He won 4 World Series titles (3 with Philly and 1 with Chicago), he was the 1914 AL MVP, and is 10th on the all-time hit list.

Born on this day:

1964 Rob Dibble

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Today in Baseball History – January 23rd

January 23, 1950

The Associated Press chooses the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves as the greatest sports upset of the 20th century. At one point the Braves were 16 games under .500 (12-28). However, even with the dreadful start, the Braves steamrolled through the later part of the schedule to outdistance the Giants by more than 10 games. They finished the season on a tear with a record of 68-19 after July 4th. They would go on to sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

January 23, 1975

In his final year of eligibility, Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame. He received a single vote more than the minimum to receive the call. Kiner hit 369 home runs over his injury shortened 10-year career. During that time he led the NL in home runs 7 times and was a 6-time All-Star selection.

January 23, 1979

The BBWAA elects Willie Mays to the Hall of Fame. Mays garnered 409 of 432 votes (94.7%). The 24-time All-Star hit 660 home runs over the course of his career. He won a World Series title in 1954, was a 2-time MVP (1954, 1965), was the 1951 NL ROY, and was named to MLB’s All-Century Team in 1999.

Born on this day:

1970 Mark Wohlers

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Today in Baseball History – January 22nd

January 22, 1929

The New York Yankees announce they will put numbers on the back of their uniforms. The numbers were based on the batting order. All AL teams will use them by 1931 and all NL teams by 1933.

January 22, 1982

Reggie Jackson signs a free agent contract with the California Angels for nearly $1 million a year ending his run with the New York Yankees where he played the previous 5 seasons. Jackson would have a huge year in 1982 hitting 39 home runs and driving in 101.

Died on this day:

2001 Tommie Agee

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Today in Baseball History – January 21st

January 21, 1953

In his first year of eligibility, Joe DiMaggio is not elected into the Hall of Fame. Instead Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are elected.

Dizzy Dean was best known for leading the St. Louis Cardinals “Gashouse Gang” in 1934 to a World Series title. That year he went 30-7 with 25 complete games including 7 shutouts. Dean would win the NL MVP that year.

Dean’s career would be shortened due to injury. He was hit by a line drive in his toe, breaking it. Coming back too soon he tried to change his motion in order to not land too hard on his toe. This wound up hurting his arm and he lost his fastball.

Dean won 150 games during his career and has his #17 retired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Al Simmons played for two decades for 7 different teams hitting 307 home runs. He was a 3-time All-Star and won 2 World Series titles with Connie Mack‘s Philadelphia Athletics.

Born on this day:

1946 Johnny Oates

1969 Rusty Greer

1979 Byung-Hyun Kim

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Today in Baseball History – January 20th

January 20, 1871

The Boston Red Stockings are born establishing the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports. The team would eventually become today’s Atlanta Braves.

January 20, 1966

The BBWAA elects Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. He is the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941) and hit 521 home runs for the Boston Red Sox over his 22-year career. He was also a 19-time All-Star, won the AL MVP twice (1946, 1949), won 6 batting titles, and was the triple crown winner twice.

In 1999, he was named to MLB’s All-Century Team and is considered one of the greatest hitters of all-time.

Born on this day:

1964 Ozzie Guillen

1975 David Eckstein

Died on this day:

1997 Curt Flood

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