#MiLBPride, Part 1

This year, a record number of minor league teams will celebrate Pride Month as part of the MiLB Pride initiative to “Strike Out Hate.” Sixty eight Minor League teams have partnered with more than 150 local LGBTQ organizations to host Pride celebrations across the country. According to MiLB.com, “MiLB Pride uses the game of baseball to bring communities together and proactively engage and embrace the LGBTQ community with a focus on creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. This platform was created to celebrate, highlight and tell the breakthrough stories on inclusion taking place in participating cities.” Check out the schedule below for remaining dates.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Details
6/17 Erie SeaWolves Special ticket package includes SeaWolves Pride tee – advance purchase at: https://groupmatics.events/event/Nwpapride
6/20 Lake County Captains Special ticket package includes Captains’ Pride t-shirt (promo code: Pride) (info found on Facebook)
6/21 Harrisburg Senators The Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem
6/22 Eugene Emeralds The team will wear and auction off specialty PRIDE jerseys.
6/23 Lexington Legends LGBTQ+ Brunch before the game at 11 a.m. with special ticket purchase (info found on Facebook)
6/24 Hillsboro Hops 1st ever Pride Night
6/24 Las Vegas Aviators
6/27 Albuquerque Isotopes Pride-themed pennants for first 1,000 fans; $9 Reserved seats with promo code PRIDE
6/27 Daytona Tortugas 3rd Annual Pride Night; honors the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
6/27 Frederick Keys  
6/27 Inland Empire 66ers No information team schedule or website
6/27 Iowa Cubs No information team schedule or website
6/27 Lowell Spinners
6/27 Richmond Flying Squirrels 1st ever Pride Night; tickets purchased through vapride.org help support scholarship and outreach to the community.
6/27 Syracuse Mets 4th annual Pride Night
6/28 State College Spikes Spikes Pride Hat Giveaway for the first 500 fans
6/28 Tri-City ValleyCats  
7/2 Rochester Red Wings 1st ever Pride Night; First 500 fans will receive a Red Wings Pride Night t-shirt; Wings Pride adjustable cap with special ticket purchase
7/5 Cedar Rapids Kernels No information on team schedule or website
7/5 New Hampshire Fisher Cats
7/6 Bradenton Marauders Pride Night pin for the first 500 attendees; $5 from each ticket purchased through special link will benefit community organizations (https://groupmatics.events/event/PrideNightattheParkJuly6?fbclid=IwAR1jJfrnMWc-lFg0ffdWD-tZlo0SjOleyqL7nkkYSI93jWqLqFbrie5T1k0) (info found on Facebook, not on team website)
7/11 Brooklyn Cyclones
7/11 Tacoma Rainiers No additional information – there was a link that no longer works
7/11 West Michigan Whitecaps Night mentioned on Team website; special ticket purchase from Grand Rapids Pride Center includes a Whitecaps Pride Night Baseball Cap https://www.grpride.org/pridenight
7/14 Visalia Rawhide CommUNITY Celebration Series – No additional information on their website.
7/19 Pawtucket Red Sox No information team schedule or website
7/25 Fresno Grizzlies Proceeds from a special ticket package will benefit Fresno Rainbow Pride. Players will wear on-field theme jerseys which will be auctioned off to benefit a local LGBTQ+ beneficiary TBD. Complimentary booth space is available for nonprofits that serve the LGBTQ+ community.
7/27 Clearwater Threshers 1st ever Pride Night. Special graphics, colors, and festivities that celebrate community’s diversity and “a special, colorful, Fireworks display.”
7/31 Hudson Valley Renegades
8/1 Peoria Chiefs
8/11 San Jose Giants Pride Night flag giveaway for the 1st 1,000; team will wear and auction off special Pride jerseys
8/14 Charleston RiverDogs The team will become the Charleston Rainbows; will wear and auction off Rainbows uniforms, proceeds to benefit Charleston Pride
8/15 Reno Aces No information team schedule or website
8/22 Everett AquaSox 2nd Annual Pride Night; Pride Night T-Shirt Package includes Nike Pride Night T-Shirt for $30.
8/22 Scranton/

Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

No information team schedule or website
8/27 Hartford Yard Goats 2nd Pride Night of the season; fans through the gates receive a rainbow Yard Goats bracelet; special guests pre-game
8/28 Reading Fightin Phils 7th Annual LGBT+ Night/Reading Pride; “Pride Night” R-Phils Rainbow Bracelet for the first 1,000 fans
8/30 Missoula Osprey 1st ever Pride Night




Flood v. Kuhn


Curt Flood with the St. Louis Cardinals

On June 19, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Major League Baseball in the case Flood v. Kuhn (407 U.S. 258). Although the ruling upheld MLB’s use of a reserve clause, it ultimately opened the door to free agency in baseball by galvanizing the players to organize and address the issue through the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). In his dissent, Justice William O. Douglas noted that the case that had exempted MLB from the Sherman Antitrust Act, Federal Baseball Club v. National League (259 U.S. 200, 1922), had benefited the owners, not the players or the fans:

“Baseball is today big business that is packaged with beer, with broadcasting, and with other industries. The beneficiaries of the Federal Baseball Club decision are not the Babe Ruths, Ty Cobbs, and Lou Gehrigs. The owners, whose records many say reveal a proclivity for predatory practices, do not come to us with equities. The equities are with the victims of the reserve clause. I use the word “victims” in the Sherman Act sense, since a contract which forbids anyone to practice his calling is commonly called an unreasonable restraint of trade” (407 U.S. 258, at 286-288).

Although Curt Flood lost the case and never really played baseball again, he paved the way for the players that came after him. In 1975, pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally became free agents after winning their arbitration case, effectively ending the use of the reserve clause. The following year, the MLPBA negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which expanded free agency. Subsequent CBAs have further expanded and clarified free agency.

~ baseballrebecca



More 2019 Baseball Exhibits

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“The Rookie,” by Norman Rockwell (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

This summer, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, has several baseball-themed events on its schedule. The first was held this past Saturday. The Curator of Education gave a talk on “Rockwell on Baseball.” Following the presentation, participants had the opportunity to “develop and record their own favorite baseball story.” The event will be held again today and will be repeated on July 6, when the museum hosts “Home Run! An All American Baseball Day,” its Family Festival Day. That event will include: hands-on art making, a game of catch on the lawn, and members of girls’ baseball leagues who will talk about the rend of girls playing baseball. In addition, vintage baseball equipment will be on display and representatives of the Tri-City ValleyCats will display items from their 2018 championship season.

Several baseball exhibits have opened (or are about to open) at museums across the country, since I last reported on this, including two that just opened in Detroit. Check out the list below.

 ~ baseballrebecca

Upcoming and Recent Openings:

Additional Exhibits closing in August or early September:


Star Wars Day

64223693_10219629157587479_6597912108526993408_oThis past Saturday was “Star  Wars Day” at the Washington Nationals. It seems like nearly every Major and Minor League team hosts a Star Wars Day during the season, many occurring on or near May the 4th. This one, however, was worth waiting for – especially for the Obi-Sean Kenobi bobblehead! Check out the pics below, including that one of Lando Calrissian as part of the grounds crew. (All photos by Michael George.)

~ baseballrebecca







Stat-urday, 6/15/2019: College World Series

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TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE, home of the College World Series (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The 2019 College World Series begins today with Game 1 starting at 2 p.m. (Eastern). The following eight teams are this year’s participants:

  • Arkansas (46-18)
  • Auburn (38-26)
  • Florida State (41-21)
  • Louisville (49-16)
  • Michigan (46-20)
  • Mississippi State (51-13)
  • Texas Tech (44-18)
  • Vanderbilt (54-11)

Check out the stats below on the CWS over the years, and see more stats on NCAA.com.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Year Champion Score Runner-Up Most Outstanding Player
1947 California 17–8, 8–7 Yale  
1948 Southern California 3–1, 3–8, 9–2 Yale  
1949 Texas 10–3 Wake Forest Tom Hamilton, Texas
1950 Texas 3–0 Washington State Ray VanCleef, Rutgers
1951 Oklahoma 3–2 Tennessee Sidney Hatfield, Tennessee
1952 Holy Cross 8–4 Missouri James O’Neill, Holy Cross
1953 Michigan 7–5 Texas J.L. Smith, Texas
1954 Missouri 4–1 Rollins Tom Yewcic, Michigan State
1955 Wake Forest 7–6 Western Michigan Tom Borland, Oklahoma A&M
1956 Minnesota 12–1 Arizona Jerry Thomas, Minnesota
1957 California 1–0 Penn State Cal Emery, Penn State
1958 Southern California 8–7 Missouri Bill Thom, Southern California
1959 Oklahoma State 5–3 Arizona Jim Dobson, Oklahoma State
1960 Minnesota 2–1 Southern California John Erickson, Minnesota
1961 Southern California 1–0 Oklahoma State Littleton Fowler, Oklahoma State
1962 Michigan 5–4 Santa Clara Bob Garibaldi, Santa Clara
1963 Southern California 5–2 Arizona Bud Hollowell, Southern California
1964 Minnesota 5–1 Missouri Joe Ferris, Maine
1965 Arizona State 2–1 Ohio State Sal Bando, Arizona State
1966 Ohio State 8–2 Oklahoma State Steve Arlin, Ohio State
1967 Arizona State 11–2 Houston Ron Davini, Arizona State
1968 Southern California 4–3 Southern Illinois Bill Seinsoth, Southern California
1969 Arizona State 10–1 Tulsa John Dolinsek, Arizona State
1970 Southern California 2–1 Florida State Gene Ammann, Florida State
1971 Southern California 7–2 Southern Illinois Jerry Tabb, Tulsa
1972 Southern California 1–0 Arizona State Russ McQueen, Southern California
1973 Southern California 4–3 Arizona State Dave Winfield, Minnesota
1974 Southern California 7–3 Miami (FL) George Milke, Southern California
1975 Texas 5–1 South Carolina Mickey Reichenbach, Texas
1976 Arizona 7–1 Eastern Michigan Steve Powers, Arizona
1977 Arizona State 2–1 South Carolina Bob Horner, Arizona State
1978 Southern California 10–3 Arizona State Rod Boxberger, Southern California
1979 Cal State Fullerton 2–1 Arkansas Tony Hudson, Cal State Fullerton
1980 Arizona 5–3 Hawaii Terry Francona, Arizona
1981 Arizona State 7–4 Oklahoma State Stan Holmes, Arizona State
1982 Miami (FL) 9–3 Wichita State Dan Smith, Miami (FL)
1983 Texas 4–3 Alabama Calvin Schiraldi, Texas
1984 Cal State Fullerton 3–1 Texas John Fishel, Cal State Fullerton
1985 Miami (FL) 10–6 Texas Greg Ellena, Miami (FL)
1986 Arizona 10–2 Florida State Mike Senne, Arizona
1987 Stanford 9–5 Oklahoma State Paul Carey, Stanford
1988 Stanford 9–4 Arizona State Lee Plemel, Stanford
1989 Wichita State 5–3 Texas Greg Brummett, Wichita State
1990 Georgia 2–1 Oklahoma State Mike Rebhan, Georgia
1991 LSU 6–3 Wichita State Gary Hymel, LSU
1992 Pepperdine 3–2 Cal State Fullerton Phil Nevin, Cal State Fullerton
1993 LSU 8–0 Wichita State Todd Walker, LSU
1994 Oklahoma 13–5 Georgia Tech Chip Glass, Oklahoma
1995 Cal State Fullerton 11–5 Southern California Mark Kotsay, Cal State Fullerton
1996 LSU 9–8 Miami (FL) Pat Burrell, Miami (FL)
1997 LSU 13–6 Alabama Brandon Larson, LSU
1998 Southern California 21–14 Arizona State Wes Rachels, Southern California
1999 Miami (FL) 6–5 Florida State Marshall McDougall, Florida State
2000 LSU 6–5 Stanford Trey Hodges, LSU
2001 Miami (FL) 12–1 Stanford Charlton Jimerson, Miami (FL)
2002 Texas 12–6 South Carolina Huston Street, Texas
2003 Rice 4–310, 3–8, 14–2 Stanford John Hudgins, Stanford
2004 Cal State Fullerton 6–4, 3–2 Texas Jason Windsor, Cal State Fullerton
2005 Texas 4–2, 6–2 Florida David Maroul, Texas
2006 Oregon State 3–4, 11–7, 3–2 North Carolina Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State
2007 Oregon State 11–4, 9–3 North Carolina Jorge Luis Reyes, Oregon State
2008 Fresno State 6–7, 19–10, 6–1 Georgia Tommy Mendonca, Fresno State
2009 LSU 7–6, 1–5, 11–4 Texas Jared Mitchell, LSU
2010 South Carolina 7–1, 2–111 UCLA Jackie Bradley, Jr., South Carolina
2011 South Carolina 2–111, 5–2 Florida Scott Wingo, South Carolina
2012 Arizona 5–1, 4–1 South Carolina Rob Refsnyder, Arizona
2013 UCLA 3–1, 8–0 Mississippi State Adam Plutko, UCLA
2014 Vanderbilt 9–8, 2–7, 3–2 Virginia Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
2015 Virginia 1–5, 3–0, 4–2 Vanderbilt Josh Sborz, Virginia
2016 Coastal Carolina 0–3, 5–4, 4–3 Arizona Andrew Beckwith, Coastal Carolina
2017 Florida 4–3, 6–1 LSU Alex Faedo, Florida
2018 Oregon State 1–4, 5–3, 5–0 Arkansas Adley Rutschman, Oregon State