By now, your email inbox has probably been overflowing with promotional emails telling you that the once in a lifetime deals on Cyber Monday were actually extended to Tuesday. It’s a real good trick, you marketing agencies, you.
Turns out, that’s how Major League Baseball works. Yesterday, with everyone back to work following the Thanksgiving holiday, a deluge of transactions were made. And now, today, they’ve continued. Here’s the catchall on the craziness that’s happened in the last 48 hours, in convenient little capsules.
It was exhausting:
Jacoby Ellsbury signs with the Yankees for 7 years, $153 million. Oh man, remember at the beginning of the offseason, all the talk was about the Yankees getting under the luxury tax and that this was going to be a new brand of Yankee baseball? Not even a week into December and arguably the two best free agents on the market (and assuming the Yankees re-sign Cano, they’ll have the top three), are now with the team following Brian McCann’s signing.
Jacoby Ellsbury wondering how long Red Sox fans will boo him now that he signed a 7 year/$153 million deal with the New York Yankees.
BBWAA Releases Ridiculously Crowded HOF Ballot | FanGraphs Baseball -
Today, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America has released the official 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot, and because the organization did not induct a single
The Big Hurt
and for mere entertainment purposes…
Obit of the Day: Inaugural Member of the AAGPBL
Mary Nesbitt Wisham was playing baseball with a men’s team in Chattanooga, Tennessee when a scout invited her to tryout for a new women’s baseball league. The 18-year-old high schooler took a train to Wrigley Field, one of only 280 women in the country invited to attend.
Mrs. Wisham was one of the first 60 players selected to play in the inaugural season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). And what a season it was for her and her Racine Belles. A left-handed pitcher with a impressive knuckleball*, Mrs. Wisham pitched 47 games and won 26 of them against only 13 losses, earning a spot on the AAGPBL’s first all-star team. The Belles would go on to win the first-ever AAGPBL championship, defeating the Kenosha Comets three games to none.
Switching off between the mound and first base during her first three seasons, she was a dual threat. Between 1943 and 1945, she won 65 games while posting a 2.43 earned run average. She also led the league in batting in 1945 with a .319 average.
She took the 1946 season off after marrying Vester Wisham, the Racine Belles’ bus driver, but was coaxed back in 1947 with the promise of a $500 bonus (about $5200 today).
When she returned she joined the Peoria Redwings, an expansion team that joined the league in 1946. Her best season was 1948 when she hit .292, with 24 doubles and 64 stolen bases leading the Redwings to their only winning season and playoff appearance.
After another season off in 1949 (OOTD could not determine the reason), Mrs. Wisham returned for 1950 season but only played in 49 games - while hitting .340. She was pregnant with her first child and retired from the game.
After leaving the AAGPBL, Mrs. Wisham became a school bus driver in Putnam County, Florida. She continued to play in softball leagues. In 1975 she and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wisham, were players on the Kentucky state championship team and would end up finishing ninth in the women’s fastpitch national championship. Mary Nesbitt Wisham was 50 years old at the time.
Mrs. Wisham, who never considered herself a part of history (“I never give it a thought. I was just thrilled to death because I love to play ball and did pretty well I thought.”) died on November 17, 2013 at the age of 88.
Sources: news4jax.com, staugustine.com, firstcoastnews.com, themastersfuneralhomes.com, aagpbl.org, baseball-reference.com, and Wikipedia
(Image of Mary Nesbitt Wisham as a member of the Peoria Redwings, circa 1947-1950, is courtesy of AAGPBL.org)
Other members of the AAGPBL featured on Obit of the Day:
"Pepper" Paire Davis
Doris Sams - Threw a perfect game
Orioles 60th anniversary patch.
They moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season after spending half a century as the St. Louis Browns.
Courtesy @TylerKepner who believes the stars represent the O’s 3 World Series wins - very World Cup of them.
2 years, $23 million
Zito and Hudson - back together in the Bay Area.
Happy 49th, Doctor K.
Batkid save Lou Seal.
That is all.
Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig fishing
Saturday Evening Post
“He developed several hobbies that helped him to pass the time.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Photo: Fishing For History: The History of Fishing & Fishing Tackle
Granderson rejects Yankees offer, plans to meet the Mets - Metsblog -
MEET THE METS,
MEET THE METS,
Step right up and greet the Mets!
Bring your kiddies,
bring your wife;
Guaranteed to have the time of your life
While you were out, watching Thor 2 and thinking it was freakin’ awesome, baseball things still happened. Not many, unfortunately, but they still did.
What you may have missed:
The Cardinals and Rockies are discussing a Troy Tulowitzki trade. I might be wrong, but if the Cardinals get Tulo, they may become the Baseball Highlander.
William Tasker looks at the obscure batting awards of 2013. Vernon Wells hit infield flies 20% of the time!
Jose Offerman, who injured and ended the career of Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, is nowhere to be found as the federal case moves forward.
Ken Griffey Jr has an Instagram account. It’s the best. When he’s not posting pictures of shoes.
Jesse Knutson made something special: The Seattle Mariners GM Choose Your Own Adventure story. I don’t think you can win any way though…
Cubs name Rick Renteria manager. Supposedly he’s fun, but also mean. Or something. I skimmed the article.
Oh, Hollywood. Thanks to your reluctance to make the best things, we missed out on the Ben Stiller - Mike Piazza film, Go To Hell, Mike Piazza. I will never forgive the man who didn’t greenlight this.
And over in this neck of the woods, we handed out baseball’s technical awards and looked at the unfortunate advertisements in a 1965 Yankees scorecard,
oldtimefamilybaseball makes the off-season bearable
Jack Morris Says His ERA Would've Been Lower If Someone Just Asked Him -
In other news, managers are banging their heads thinking “If only I had ASKED Jack to give up only two runs a game, I was so STUPID!”
Kent Hrbek was later quoted as saying that he would have hit .330 if only a manager had said please.Btw Morris’ lifetime ERA was 3.90.
The Pala Reservation Baseball team. They made a splendid record the past season. ca. 1925
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we would like to share just some of the remarkable pieces of Native American history of tribes in southern California and Arizona. All of these records come from our holdings of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75).
And the bronze medal in the Boston mayoral race goes to...David Ortiz! -
Mike Napoli will be doing tequila shots at The Fours from 4-6 to celebrate.