THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL April 24: David Ortiz jersey buried in Yankee Stadium by Red Sox fan

As incredible as it sounds, the insanely intense, nearly century-old Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was brought to an even higher level of animosity — some might say absurdity — in the spring of 2008 when a rabid Boston fan tried to put a hex on the Bombers to make up for all those years living under the Curse of the Bambino. As construction crews were busy building a brand new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx across the street from the old one, one worker deviously decided to counteract the Yanks’ perennial postseason luck by secretly dropping a magic charm into a

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THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL April 23: Cuban icon Connie Marrero dies at 102

He pitched in the Major Leagues for only five seasons with the hapless Washington Senators of the 1950s, retired with a losing record, and was as derided by opposing hitters for his junkball repertoire as much as he delighted fans with his colorful personality. Yet despite being a baseball history footnote, the death of Conrado “Connie” Marrero on April 23, 2014 was widely covered — the Cuban-born righthander, who died in Havana two days shy of his 103rd birthday, was the oldest living former major leaguer at the time. Standing just 5-feet, 5-inches tall and built like a fire hydrant,

By |April 17th, 2024|On This Day|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL April 22: A-Rod starts a rare triple-killing

It’s easy to forget Alex Rodriguez was a pretty good shortstop before being traded to the Yankees, but he wasn’t a bad third baseman, either.  On this day in 2010, A-Rod and the rest of New York’s infield made a dazzling play look easy, pulling off a perfect 5-4-3, around-the-horn triple play against the A’s in Oakland. In the bottom of the sixth inning with the A’s leading 4-2 and C.C. Sabathia on the mound, Rodriguez, playing close to the bag with runners on first and second and no outs, fielded a hot-smash grounder, stepped on third for one out

By |April 17th, 2024|On This Day|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL April 21: Rafael Furcal hits 3 triples in one game

Rafael Furcal, the speedy Atlanta Braves shortstop who was named Rookie of the Year in 2000, put his wheels to work on April 21, 2002.  On that day, the Dominican-born blazer scored a rare trifecta: He tied a Major League record by hitting three three-baggers in one game. Furcal, who went 3-for-5, scored all three times he was on base, sparking a 4-2 home victory against the Florida Marlins. The last player before him to hit a trio of triples in one game was White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson in 1995. The last Braves player to do it was Danny

By |April 16th, 2024|On This Day|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL April 16: Last call for Juan Marichal

No one realized it then, but April 16, 1975 was the last time baseball fans would get to see a baseball giant’s trademark high leg kick and whipsaw delivery. On that day, right-hander Juan Marichal put a cap on his 16-year Hall of Fame career when he appeared in his final game — for his longtime rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dominican Dandy, 37, who won all but five of his 243 victories with the San Francisco Giants, had signed with the Dodgers before the start of the 1975 season after a mediocre year with the Red Sox.  It was

By |April 15th, 2024|On This Day|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL: April 1 Lou Piniella traded to the Royals, becomes a star

Highlights from this day in baseball history: Sweet Lou's honey of a trade, Pujols' hot spring, A-Rod's meh first day, and more ... NO CLUE ABOUT SWEET LOU 1969: After acquiring him from the Indians, new expansion team the Seattle Pilots don’t bother to give 25-year-old minor league outfielder Lou Piniella a shot at the bigs, trading him to fellow expansion club the Kansas City Royals for two marginal players just before the start of the season. Piniella, whose family is from Spain and was dubbed “Sweet Lou” for his fiery temper as well as his smooth right-handed stroke, would

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THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL Oct. 21: Alfonso Soriano’s 9th-inning blast pushes Yankees to brink of 2001 World Series

The 2001 Seattle Mariners won a record 116 regular season games that season — and then ran right into the buzzsaw that was the Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s and early 2000s. On this day in béisbol, Oct. 21, 2001, New York took a commanding 3-1 lead in the ALCS against Seattle thanks to some stellar pitching and late-inning heroics at The Stadium. By the top of the 8th inning of a scoreless nail-biter, Yankees starter Roger Clemens had only given up one hit in five innings while reliever Ramiro Mendoza had held the Mariners hitless over two innings

By |October 21st, 2022|On This Day|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL Oct. 20: Javier Baez moves Cubs to brink of 2016 World Series

Javier Baez was 23 and a rising star in 2016 when he split time playing second, third and shortstop for the Cubs, making a very good, very young team even better.  On this day in béisbol, Oct. 20, 2016, Chicago was on its way to reversing a World Series drought of more than a century as they battled the Dodgers in the NCLS — and Baez was on his way to his first defining moment in the national spotlight. The native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, smacked a bases-loaded double in the 8th inning of an eventual 8-4 win in Game 5

By |October 20th, 2022|On This Day|
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