obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: The Oldest Living Major League Baseball Player
Conrado “Connie” Marrero played all of five seasons of major league baseball. Pitching for the woeful Washington Senators, Mr. Marrero compiled a 39-40 career won-loss record, but earned a spot on the 1951 American League All-Star team and even a 1952 MVP vote.
Unusual for baseball, Mr. Marrero was a 39-year-old rookie in 1950 having coming up from the Havana Cubans where he won the Florida International League MVP going 25-8 and pitching a league-record 44 scoreless innings.
He was proud of his rural upbringing and was nicknamed “El Guajiro de Laberinto,” “The Peasant from Leberinto” during his years playing in Cuban amateur and professional leagues. Squat, stading at only five feet, five inches tall and weighing 158 pounds, Mr. Marrero was known for his mix of sliders and curves.
Mr. Marrero’s major league career ended after the 1954 season when he was the oldest active player at age 43. He returned to Cuba where he managed the Havana Sugar Kings of the Cuban League. When Fidel Castro took control in 1959, Mr. Marrero remained in Cuba and lived out the remainder of his life there. 
In 1999 when the Baltimore Orioles came to Cuba for an exhibition series against the Cuban national team, Mr. Marrero threw out the first pitch. 
Conrado Marrero died on April 23, 2014 at the age of 102 - two days shy of his 103rd birthday. Upon Mr. Marrero’s death, veteran infielder Mike Sandlock is now the oldest living ex-major leaguer at 98.
Sources: CBSSports.com, Wikipedia, and Baseball-Reference.com
(Image 1953 Topps card of Conrado “Connie” Marrero is copyright of Topps, Inc. and courtesy of goldenagebaseballcards.com)

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: The Oldest Living Major League Baseball Player

Conrado “Connie” Marrero played all of five seasons of major league baseball. Pitching for the woeful Washington Senators, Mr. Marrero compiled a 39-40 career won-loss record, but earned a spot on the 1951 American League All-Star team and even a 1952 MVP vote.

Unusual for baseball, Mr. Marrero was a 39-year-old rookie in 1950 having coming up from the Havana Cubans where he won the Florida International League MVP going 25-8 and pitching a league-record 44 scoreless innings.

He was proud of his rural upbringing and was nicknamed “El Guajiro de Laberinto,” “The Peasant from Leberinto” during his years playing in Cuban amateur and professional leagues. Squat, stading at only five feet, five inches tall and weighing 158 pounds, Mr. Marrero was known for his mix of sliders and curves.

Mr. Marrero’s major league career ended after the 1954 season when he was the oldest active player at age 43. He returned to Cuba where he managed the Havana Sugar Kings of the Cuban League. When Fidel Castro took control in 1959, Mr. Marrero remained in Cuba and lived out the remainder of his life there. 

In 1999 when the Baltimore Orioles came to Cuba for an exhibition series against the Cuban national team, Mr. Marrero threw out the first pitch. 

Conrado Marrero died on April 23, 2014 at the age of 102 - two days shy of his 103rd birthday. Upon Mr. Marrero’s death, veteran infielder Mike Sandlock is now the oldest living ex-major leaguer at 98.

Sources: CBSSports.com, Wikipedia, and Baseball-Reference.com

(Image 1953 Topps card of Conrado “Connie” Marrero is copyright of Topps, Inc. and courtesy of goldenagebaseballcards.com)

The next stadium to celebrate its 100th anniversary?

Dodgers Stadium….in 2062.

Cubs in Chi-Feds uniforms and D’backs in Kansas City Packers uniforms.

Screenshots from WGN-TV

bobbycaputo:

Striking Photos of Early 20th-Century Baseball Players in Motion

William M. Vander Weyde, a photographer working in New York, made these images of baseball players mid-swing, -run, -hit, or -throw in 1904.

The George Eastman House, which holds many of Vander Weyde’s negatives, has posted a selection of his images on Flickr. “His photographs are strong and exciting and show a rejection of traditional ideas of composition, content, and style,” the curator writes.

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That center photo.

Weeghman Park, April 23, 1914

Kansas City Federals (Packers) vs. Chicago Federals (Whales)

Final score: Chicago - 9, Kansas City - 1

Winning pitcher: Claude Hendrix, 9 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 SO

Losing pitcher: Chief Johnson, 2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 SO

First batter: Chet Chadbourne, left field, Kansas City

First home run: Art Wilson, catcher, Chicago, 2nd inning

Attendance: 21,000

Time of game: 1:55

Images:

Top, outside of Weeghman Park, May 1914, courtesy chicagonow.com

Middle, Weeghman Park interior, May 1914, courtesy of wikimedia.org

Bottom, panoramic photo take from the left field corner on April 23, 1914, Weeghman Park opening day, courtesy of touyou.com

Game notes are courtesy of retrosheet.org

If you hit 500 home runs and no one cares did it make a sound?

Albert Pujols hit home runs 499 and 500 last night and the reaction is rather “ho-hum.” Here’s a reminder as to why.

Number of hitters reaching 500 home runs by decade:

1920s - 1 (Babe Ruth)

1930s - 0

1940s - 2 (Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott)

1950s - 0

1960s - 5 (Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Matthews, Hank Aaron)

1970s - 4 (Ernie Banks, Harmon KIllebrew, Frank Robinson, Willie McCovey)

1980s - 2 (Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt)

1990s - 2 (Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire)

2000s - 9 (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey, Jr., Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield

2010s - 1 (Albert Pujols)

You can say what you want about PED users but diluting the importance of 500 home runs was the biggest impact. And we can also stop pretending that steroids didn’t help with power. (This does not mean that the players shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame, heck pitchers were using too.) 

Maybe people will give Pujols more credit if he’s the only 500 home run hitter of the decade. (Unless you think he took PEDs, too.) But until we get back closer to the norm we’re going to yawn when we hear someone crossed the 500-home run plateau.

No. Stop.

No. Stop.

Delino DeShields Jr. took a 90+ MPH fastball to the face. 

It left a mark.

Delino DeShields Jr. took a 90+ MPH fastball to the face.

It left a mark.

shuasblog:

Members of the U.S. Naval Academy baseball team lip synching “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen.

It’s as fantastic as you’d hope.

Connection to this blog? They play baseball for Navy…tenuous, yes….but worth it.

That’s the place where all the shittiness happens,” said the child’s father, Lee Tendering, adding that the Cubs have been fucking up at Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. “Your grandpa used to take me here to watch the Cubs suck when I was a boy, and hopefully someday you’ll bring your son here to watch the Cubs suck.

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Chasing Hank Aaron

On April 8, 1974 Hank Aaron knocked an Al Downing fastball into the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen for home run number 715, making him the all-time leader, passing Babe Ruth. After he came around second base two young men ran up behind him, patted him on the back and fled the frame. The two 17-year-olds are now as connected with that home run as Aaron, Downing, announcer Vin Scully, and Braves pitcher Tom House, who caught the ball.

The boys, Britt Gaston (brown jacket) and Cliff Courtenay (navy sweater), were arrested and were bailed out by Gaston’s dad, who was at the game with them. It may be the best $100 ever spent.

The boys were lucky they were only arrested. The previous season and into April 1974 Aaron had received numerous death threats from those who felt a black man had no right to surpass the achievements of a white man. Aaron had even hired a bodyguard. Britton and Courtenay may just as easily been beaten to a pulp. But Aaron, after what appears to be a slight moment of panic, shrugged them off.

Britt Gaston, who passed away at the age of 55 on September 3, 2011, reunited with Courtenay and Aaron in 2010 for the first time in 36 years.

Source: Findagrave.com and ESPN

(Video of Aaron’s home run is courtesy of beefweef on YouTube.com and copyright of the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball.)

[Originally posted in 2011 and re-posted in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mr. Aaron’s home run.]

Matt Cain walking Batkid to the mound at AT&T Park to throw out the first pitch at today’s Giants-Diamondbacks game.
(In case you don’t remember Batkid.)
Image courtesy of @SINow

Matt Cain walking Batkid to the mound at AT&T Park to throw out the first pitch at today’s Giants-Diamondbacks game.

(In case you don’t remember Batkid.)

Image courtesy of @SINow

Vin Scully’s call of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run