It was Oct. 3, 1951, and the New York Giants were about to lose the pennant to the Brooklyn Dodgers two games to one in a best-of-three series. In Brooklyn, a 26-year-old travel agent asked his mother to flip a switch on his reel-to-reel machine, and few moments later at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan, Bobby…
Fenway Park's boozy birthday party this weekend brought out the hoi polloi in Red Sox history and even a confused-looking Bud Selig. The fortress of Yawkey Way wasn't the only big-league park that opened 100 years ago, though; Tiger Stadium, too, hosted big-league ball for the first time on April 20, 1912.
Before we go any further, can we all agree that this is just a little bit creepy? The tributes are nice, but I would prefer not to remember Ernie Harwell via cellphone pictures of him basking in the Detroit sun.
Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell passed away Tuesday. Longtime fan and author Peter Hyman suggests his last decade of suffering wasn't entirely health-related.
Go read Harwell's 1981 Hall of Fame induction speech, featuring his oft-told poetic definition of the game that was written in 1955, but still holds true today. [Baseball Almanac]
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