Only 14 players have ever won baseball's batting Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. All 11 20th century winners are in the Hall of Fame. In 2012, Miguel Cabrera joined the exclusive Triple Crown club.
A century ago, Major League Baseball banned the spitball, yet 17 players were still allowed to hurl the pitch until their retirement. The last one was Burleigh Grimes, who threw the last legal spitball in 1934.
Roberto Clemente is a baseball legend. His activities on and off the field defined him. He impressed people by how he played baseball and overwhelmed them with his caring for the needy.
Brooklyn Dodgers’ Carl Furillo is considered one of the greatest outfielders of his day. But false accusations and reporters’ misrepresentations dogged him throughout his career.
Jackie Robinson had a tough assignment when he became the first African-American player in pro baseball, but if there ever was a person who could cast aside the racism that followed, it was Jackie.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a year to remember in 1959. One reason why was a flamboyant young pitcher named Don Drysdale, who was a critical pitcher but also caused a bit of a stir down the stretch when he threatened to sue the National League after being accused of throwing an intentional beanball.
From April through October, it’s baseball season! The announcers can make it confusing, but whether you’re new to the game or an "old pro," baseball is a language we can all speak fluently.
In an effort to pad the players' pension fund, Major League Baseball hosted the All-Star Game twice a season from 1959-1962. Take a journey from when Robin Roberts initially thought up the idea of an extra All-Star game to it quickly becoming a forgotten novelty.
40 years ago, tragedy struck the Yankees when Thurman Munson died in a plane crash. But his legacy lives on in the hearts of Yankee fans.
The modern era of Major League Baseball began with 8 teams in the National League in 1900 and 8 in the American League in 1901. For 60 years, the Major Leagues were comprised of those 16 original teams, with only a handful of franchise relocations. Beginning in 1961, baseball expanded with new teams, additional franchise moves, and divisional reconfigurations. There are currently 30 teams with 3 divisions in each league. Is more expansion or franchise relocation on the way?
Virgil Trucks became only the third pitcher in the history of baseball to throw two no-hitters in one season after holding the Washington Senators and New York Yankees hitless during the 1952 season. The two outings, however, each had a handful of oddities, leaving each even more memorable.
Hitting home runs is never easy but becomes even harder with age. Some famous sluggers struggled after turning 36, but surprisingly, some hitters not known for their power flourished in their late 30s and 40s.
Catcher Ray Fosse became famous as the target of one of the hardest slides in Major League history during the 1970 All Star Game. It changed his life.
I loved watching all of these players play the game. They are all obvious cheaters though. The steroid use of these guys was something a blind man could see.
Baseball is America's pastime, and hitting a round ball with a round bat is extremely difficult. Hitting a round ball with a round bat when the ball is travelling 100 miles per hour is harder still.