Baseball history: Yankees don’t want no sissy batting helmets

On August 17, 1920, the Indians' Ray Champan died from injuries suffered when he was stuck in the head with a Carl Mays pitch. It was a tragic, senseless death and baseball players demanded that they be allowed to wear batting helmets to prevent more tragic, senseless deaths from happening. Just kidding. They fought against … Continue reading Baseball history: Yankees don’t want no sissy batting helmets

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Bob Feller slept here (and maybe still does?)

Apologies for the infrequent posting this week. I've had work deadlines and work travel all week, and it's kept me from writing much. However, my work trip did reveal this little nugget of baseball history. I'm in Mobile, Ala., and one of the top sights in the city is the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. … Continue reading Bob Feller slept here (and maybe still does?)

Baseball history: Chief Meyers wants you to stop killing his brother

This is a really poor copy of the Detroit Free Press, dated September 16, 1913, but I have transcribed it as best as I can, because this needs to be preserved for posterity. Some of the language is un-PC, but it was 1913. Source: Detroit Free Press, September 16, 1913. “So insistent have the newspapers … Continue reading Baseball history: Chief Meyers wants you to stop killing his brother

Baseball History: That time Lou Gehrig put Babe Ruth in the hospital

So occasionally while I'm researching one thing, I'll come across a completely different thing that's just as interesting as the thing I was researching in the first place. Got that? I stumbled across this photo in the Oshkosh Northwestern, dated July 20, 1934 while researching my next couple of grave stories. Babe Ruth and Lou … Continue reading Baseball History: That time Lou Gehrig put Babe Ruth in the hospital