Babe Ruth was just informed that LCD Soundsystem are breaking up.

I knew Abraham Lincoln only faked his death at the Ford’s Theatre so he could become a baseball player fifty years in the future. 

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This seems fitting: Terry Cashman’s anthem “Talkin’ Baseball” will be honored in Cooperstown this summer:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor singer/songwriter Terry Cashman and his baseball classic, “Talkin’ Baseball,” as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 in Cooperstown. This marks the 30th anniversary since the release of the classic ballad that pays tribute to baseball and its heroes, specifically the three centerfielders – Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider – synonymous with a generation of baseball fans.

Cashman will perform the song as part of the Hall of Fame’s new Awards Presentation, on Saturday, July 23, which will honor the 2011 Award winners from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, at 4:30 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. As part of this new event, the Hall of Fame will recognize the 2011 Award…

Hank Aaron, Spring Training 1957

Bradenton, Florida


BONUS CONTENT: Follow this link to watch 90 seconds of video footage of the Braves and Indians during Spring Training 1957 in Bradenton. (Critical Past)

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Recently while looking up some info on the Seattle Rainiers I came across this really cool video. It clocks in at just a little under 5 minutes but is quite informative on the subject of the Baseball history in the Seattle area. I am a big fan of the history of Pacific North West Baseball, I think it started when I was 9 years old and fell in love with Ken Griffey Junior and it kinda snowballed since. Whether it be the Rainiers (& their predecessors), Portland Beavers, Seattle Pilots or the Mariners; I love all of their histories and was pretty excited to come across this video.


June 6th, 1952. Billy Martin slides into Third Base against the Browns as he hits for a triple. There is nothing very “special” about this photo but as I always mention,…

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Joe Posnanski has an interesting article posted at SI.com that at first blush makes you think that shuffling bullpen roles might be worthwhile. His argument is that since teams typically win between 85 to 95% of the games they lead in the ninth inning, that perhaps it makes more sense to have your best relief pitcher come in earlier (say the seventh or eighth inning) where they will have a bigger impact.

What he fails to take into account is the impact that a team’s closer had on the winning percentages he cites. Perhaps a more interesting analysis would be to determine the value of a closer versus the rest of the bullpen in terms of being able to hold a lead in the ninth. If they were relatively equal I could see value in the argument.

Baseball people…


I collect ticket stubs. I mainly collect stubs from Braves games but also I try to get opening day stubs from every team each season.

This stub is special to me not just because it is the first game played in Atlanta by my favorite team but also because of a special connection I have to old Atlanta/Fulton County Stadium.
I am named after my great Uncle who raised my grandfather and 8 other siblings after me Great Grandfather died. He worked for several years as part of the construction crew that built Atlanta Stadium and was always very proud of being a part of building it.

I love this ticket for that reason and also because of the old school Indian face on the stub along with a picture of the stadium. It is just a cool ticket…

Thorn, who recently published a fantastic looking book on baseball in the 1700s, wrote some troubling things in a guest column at Bleacher Report today. 

Thorn writes:

 “For a whole generation of fans and fantasy players, stats have begun to outstrip story and that seems to me a sad thing. Even the unverifiable hogwash that passed for fact or informed opinion in baseball circles not so long ago seems today wistfully enticing, for its energy if nothing else.

Where is the pioneering broadcaster Bill Stern now that we really need him? His fabrications were outrageous and, to modern ears, hilarious. But he knew how to grip a reader with a ripping yarn.

OK, maybe Abe Lincoln did not urge Abner Doubleday with his dying breath to ”keep baseball alive; America will need it in the trying days ahead.” So what?”


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Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland Indians, 1908

Louis Van Oeyen, New York Public Library

Bethany’s Note: Napoleon had the best profile in all of baseball.

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21: The Story of Roberto Clemente will be released by Fantagraphics on April 12.

Great news. This book has been delayed for two years.

(More art from 21: Publishers Weekly)

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This ticket was from the longest game I have ever been to. This was the 19 inning affair between the White Sox and the Red Sox on July 9th, 2006. Papelbon was one out from a save in the ninth when Jermaine Dye hit a solo shot just over the left field wall to tie the game. Tadahito Iguchi eventually won the game with a single to score Alex Cintron.

Cubs Sox Coexist

My wife, the Cubs fan, and I, the Sox fan, somehow make it work.  Not to make light of the very important larger message, I thought this was pretty clever.  Let the games begin!

Craig Calcaterra: Each Team’s Greatest Living Player:

It’s a pretty solid list, and other than my opinion that Pee Wee Reese is the greatest living Reds player, I have no complaints. 

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Eephus League members only: if you want copies of any of my customized scorecards I will be happy to provide them to you. I will also design a custom form for you, if you like. No charge, of course. Members only!

Leave a comment at my blog: xtrabasehit.blogspot.com – tell me about your request, provide your Eephus handle and email address, and I will reach out to you. I moderate all comments before they are published, so I will not publish your email address.

See Bethany’s post in the URL citation for a description of the scorecards!

“We thought that he was running faster, but that just meant that he was chasing the balls he missed faster.”

— Ron Gardenhire, the human quote machine, on the bulkier Delmon Young that has reported to camp

Gardenhire already got himself a fancy new t-shirt with his bard-like wit, but what now? A development deal with CBS? A talk radio program on NPR? While Ron Gardenhire is a great manager, part of me can’t wait for him to retire and move into color commentary. 

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Hats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are here!!!! They are flex fit and are pretty awesome.


Stevo is one of my favorite Eephus league members, so when he emailed me his customized scorecard designs, I was thrilled. Those who have been following this site for awhile will know Stevo (he goes by the handle yoshiki89 around here) has a wonderful site where he writes detailed recaps and posts scoresheets of the games he watches. Stevo was kind enough to send me all three of the scoresheets he uses, and I’ll let him explain the quirks of each design.

STD1 – This is my “standard” sheet, used for live games and/or games on TV, with pitch count boxes. Here’s a link to an actual scoresheet I posted so you can see an example of how it’s used:


BETA – this is the “standard” sheet, with a new modification I’m ‘testing’ currently. I added the arc

“I encourage the growth of follicles on our club. I think guys should grow hair wherever they’re able. I’m not planning to cut mine in 2011.” –

Joe Maddon, bankrupting the St. Petersburg-area SuperCuts. 

(via Big League Stew)

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The almighty Jeff Polman (the genius behind Play That Funky Baseball) has begun a new blast from the past blog. It’s called The Bragging Rights League, and it’s set in the 1940′s. Jeff’s style and humor are so unique, you have to add this to your daily reading list.


Vic Power of the Kansas City A’s, Yankee Stadium, NYC, May 1955. by Hy Peskin.

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“I’m a first baseman. How much energy do you really put out there? I don’t steal bases. I don’t run fast. I play first base. As long as my legs can take it, I’m good…The times they’ve given me a day off, I’m really annoying in the dugout, so the next time they’re like, ‘Let’s just throw him out there so he’s not annoying me.” –

Adrian Gonzalez on his goal of playing 162 games.

It’s funny, the way Gonzalez keeps himself in the lineup is the same way I avoid doing the dishes.

(h/t MLB Trade Rumors)

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Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog sent me a link to these gorgeous baseball desktop designs based on historical images.

One of Greg Maddux’s high school scouting reports. I wonder how often players that were valued as possibly “the number 1 player in the country” end up far exceeding that valuation. It’s also interesting that the Cubs used a 1-10 ranking system, rather than the much more common 20-80 scouting scale.

Click through to view a second report on The Professor.

(via Reddit)

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The skinny: John Coomer is suing former Royals mascot (known as Sluggerrr), Byron Shores, who flung a hot dog from behind his back into Coomer’s face, detaching a retina. It’s a little hard to believe considering that Shores spent two years “traveling the country teaching mascot classes that included safety training.” 

But the best was saved for court:

Shores described multiple types of tosses, including underhand, overhand and behind the back.

He said he usually made eye contact with someone before sending a frank their way and that he could see well while looking out of the costume.

During cross examination, Hofer showed Shores video of a toss he made during a 2009 game and invited him to discuss the hot dog’s “arc” and “velocity” as it sailed away.

Shores stayed away from the technical language.

“I would

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Little Leaguers used to have great socks. And jerseys. And sense of Americana. (Though that may be with my modern nostalgia-for-a-time-I-never-lived-in-glasses.)

From the excellent Life photo series

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Ed Lucas swingin'. (Photo by Minda Haas)

Capitol Avenue Club has an interesting post today about Ed Lucas, the 28 year-old super-utility player that stands a fair chance to make the club coming out of spring training. Lucas, a member of the Royals farm system before joining the Braves this year, has played at least 26 games at every position except pitcher and catcher over the last six seasons. That includes 115 at shorstop, the most important position one must handle if they dream of occupying the 25th spot on a Major League roster.

More interesting is his unusual (for a baseball player) academic background, passed along by Greg Schaum of PinetarPress.com:

“He has the type of mind that we could see running a ball club some day. He was an Ivy League graduate of Dartmouth University in 2004 with a Sociology degree.

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I get sent customized scoresheets from time to time, and I’d like to start posting them more often and build up a scorekeeping section of the site to highlight different notation methods, scorecard layouts, and symbols and abbreviations that scorekeepers developed.

Tike emailed me the scoresheet he designed for himself in excel and I love the little bits of detail he chooses to document. He notes the time of the 7th inning stretch, when he arrived and left, and when the game became official. He also has a space for his ticket stub! Be sure to view it full sized so you can appreciate all the little details.

Tom Verducci, of Verducci Effect fame, has a piece up at Sports Illustrated discussing the mechanical flaws that Stephen Strasburg must overcome on his way back from Tommy John surgery. It’s certainly not what one would call a lighthearted piece; from the possibility that a change in his mechanics will limit his effectiveness, to the Nationals attempt to get more groundballs instead of strikeouts, to the past failures of other bright pitching prospects that also pitched in an “inverted W” like Strasburg. 

But here’s the part that gave me the willies and will forever linger in the back of my mind when I watch a special pitcher throw at 95 mph:

“When people tear ligaments suddenly, in car accidents, for example, the tear is as clean as if cut with sharp shears. When pitchers, however, tear ligaments,

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Lou Gehrig is my second favorite ballplayer (Frank Thomas is number 1, of course) so I was stoked to find this shot of he and DiMaggio from 1939 in the Life archives.

“Jane Austen didn’t invent baseball. Baseball wasn’t originated in Britain just because the word baseball appeared in the Austen novel Northanger Abbey. Austen wasn’t writing about American baseball, but it was a Jane Austen version where the ball is not hurled about rudely…but introduced to the bat through proper channels at a society function. And one does not steal bases like a commoner, one sends word ahead to the next base by messenger requesting permission to approach at the base’s leisure. Of course, what the bat cannot reveal is that though he loves the ball desperately, he is sworn an oath of loyalty to the glove to whom the ball was promised, so the bat must pretend he hates the ball, swatting at it, although he wishes nothing more than to profess his undying affection, but he can’t, he mustn’t,

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Hank Aaron as a member of the 1953 Jacksonville Braves. He would help integrate the South Atlantic League and win the MVP that year. 

(no photographer credited)

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What does an MVP-winning athlete do when he’s hungry during spring training? Most would probably send out a staffer or just wait until the game was over before heading to some expensive steak or sushi restaurant. But not Dustin Pedroia, man of the people.

Thanks to the New York Times, we know that after exiting the game in the fifth inning, Pedroia slipped out the back, went to the concourse and bought himself three hot dogs.

Said Pedroia:

“I was hungry,” Pedroia said. “The Red Sox have no food.”

When a staffer offered to get him something, Pedroia said: “I don’t need any help. I’m a grown athlete.”

As always, Terry Francona stole the show when commenting on why no one recognized the second baseman:

“They probably didn’t think he was a player,” Francona said. “He probably

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Spring Training 1948

photo by George Silk, for LIFE

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Yesterday I renewed my MLB.tv account again and today I am watching my first game of 2011…The Blue Jays vs Pirates. Not my ideal choice but still better than watching Basketball or Hockey on a rainy Sunday. Too bad the Padres/A’s game don’t have a video stream right now but oh well I am listening to it on the radio while watching the stream of the above game. That’s how I roll. Thank you technology for making this possible.

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So a few years ago, a little band called The Baseball Project released an entire album of songs about baseball, and it was fantastic. They’re now back with a second album that’s equally as awesome.

This isn’t what you would commonly think of a “baseball album” though. All original tunes, no covers of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ or anything (not to disparage the song).

Easily the best song on the album is ‘Don’t Call Them Twinkies’ which Craig Finn of The Hold Steady did the lyrics and vocals for. A good, if brief, history of the Twins’ World Series appearances.

Album also features songs about 1976, Pedro Sandoval and Tim Lincecum, Bill Buckner, Ichiro, Carl Mays, Pete Rose, and fair weather fans.

Highly recommend picking up both albums. Got a little something for everyone


Number of t shirts ordered as of this moment: 178. Number of tag pieces to print, trim, loop together and tag onto shirts? Oh fudge….


I had lots of requests for a quick start guide to keeping score, so I designed this foldout sheet to go with every scorebook. What do you guys think?

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