You won’t find the name “Roberto Ortiz” in too many of baseball’s voluminous histories. A light-hitting prospect in the 1941 Washington Senator’s system, the Cuban native batted right handed and was largely relegated to backup duty in the outfield. For much of his career, in fact, he wasn’t even in the majors. Rather, Ortiz spent [...] [...more]
As the Federal League threatened the American League and National League, Ban Johnson knew the Yankees couldn’t hold off raids by the Federal League in attempt to get their best players. Yankee owners Frank Ferrell and Bill Devery partnership began to crumble as they rapidly lost money over disagreements involving Frank Chance and Hal Chase. [...] [...more]
Brothers Bob and Emil Meusel were on opposite sides of the playing field in three consecutive Fall Classics from 1921 to 1923. The oldest brother Emil come out on top the first two games. Bob claimed the third victory. Two other sets of brothers have gone head-to head in the World Series, and the older [...] [...more]
Sammy Sosa missed a game because he threw out his back sneezing.
While pitching for the Houston Astros, Nolan Ryan couldn’t pitch after being bitten by a coyote.
To look more menacing, Boston Red Sox pitcher Clarence Blethen took out his false teeth during a game and put them in his back pocket. Later, while he [...] [...more]
As we draw closer and closer to the autumnal months, baseball teams across the nation have set about putting the finishing touches on their 2010 seasons. For teams like the Padres, Rangers, and Twins, a postseason berth looks to be within site. For the other teams, this means another long, cold winter dreaming about what [...] [...more]