Films on Friday: Cal and Bill Ripken


I noted the other day that Cal and Bill Ripken made an appearance at last Saturday’s Aberdeen IronBirds game. Before the game started, and before they each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, they spoke about their dad’s impact on the game of baseball and why the continue to support youth baseball and their team the Aberdeen IronBirds:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

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Stat-urday, 7/27/2019


Baseball at the Pan Am Games begins on Monday, so here are a few stats about this year’s games to get us ready:

  • Total budget: $1.2 million (in U.S. dollars)
  • Athletes: 9,500
  • Nations: 41
  • Events: 419
  • Sports: 39
  • Events for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics: 22
  • Baseball teams: 8
  • Baseball players: 192 (24 per team)
  • Baseball games: 18

And how have teams fared during the baseball tournament at the Pan Am games? Cuba holds the record for the longest winning streak, having won 10 straight gold medals in baseball: from 1971 to 2007. The medal winners from each year are listed below:

Year Host Country Gold Silver Bronze
1951 Argentina Cuba U.S. Mexico
1955 Mexico DR U.S. Venezuela
1959 United States Venezuela Puerto Rico U.S.
1963 Brazil Cuba U.S. Mexico
1967 Canada U.S. Cuba Puerto Rico
1971 Colombia Cuba U.S. Colombia
1975 Mexico Cuba U.S. Venezuela
1979 Puerto Rico Cuba DR Puerto Rico
1983 Venezuela Cuba Nicaragua U.S.
1987 United States Cuba U.S. Puerto Rico
1991 Cuba Cuba Puerto Rico U.S.
1995 Argentina Cuba Nicaragua Puerto Rico
1999 Canada Cuba U.S. Canada
2003 Dominican Rep. Cuba U.S. Mexico
2007 Brazil Cuba U.S. Tie: Mexico and Nicaragua
2011 Mexico Canada U.S. Cuba
2015 Canada Canada U.S. Cuba

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Films on Friday: You Can Play


Kudos to the Lakewood BlueClaws for participating in the You Can Play Project supporting LGBTQ athletes:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Vote Early, Vote Often, Then Vote Again (If You Have That Kind of Energy)


All-StarAm I the only one, or did voting for the All-Star game get even harder? I mean, there’s even a voting guide on MLB.com to explain all the changes. We now have a Primary, then there’s “The Starters Election.” You mean I have to do this voting thing again?

Raise your hand (or post a comment) if you miss the old way of voting – going to a ballgame, getting your ballot from the usher, and pushing out all those little circles of paper next to your favorite players’ names. Sure, it was probably bad for the environment or dangerous for  animals around the ballpark, but the new way gives me a headache.

All I want to do is check off the names of players, but, no, I have to click a million times and then fork over all my information – including my birth date – to submit my ballot. If I want to stuff the ballot box, I probably have to type in some code to prove I’m not a robot. (I don’t know, I didn’t want to have to go through that this year, so I voted once and that was it.) Last year, I could barely read those codes on my tiny phone screen. It’s voter suppression, I tell you!

Ok, yeah, I hear it now – I’ve become a grumpy Gen-X’er. (But still.)

Well, MLB keeps saying they need younger fans. Maybe this is a way to do it. Let the Millennials and Gen Z pick the All-Star teams – maybe that will motivate them to watch the game (instead of simply going to the ballpark to socialize). That’s ok with me.

As long as they vote for Trey Mancini.

Happy Voting!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball in the Navy


Admiral Chester Nimitz throwing out the first ball in an exhibition baseball game in Oahu, Hawaii, 1942. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as I was researching baseball and the military I stumbled upon a few really cool photos. I’ll post more about baseball players we lost in times of war on Monday. For now, enjoy these cool photos.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

UA 569.26 Nancy Noyes Collection

Sailors playing baseball on the deck of an U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (sometime between 1947 and 1963). Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

 

A baseball exhibition game is held at "Gab-Gab" Fleet Recreation Area, Guam, July 1945. Note the close proximity of warships in the harbor. Courtesy FADM Nimitz.

Baseball exhibition game at at the U.S. Navy Fleet Recreation Area, Guam, July 1945. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Tributes to Frank, Part 3


The outpouring of love for Frank Robinson has been amazing. Of course he was a hall of famer and a trailblazer, but Baltimore fans are used to no one else recognizing the greatness of their players and their city. Its nice to see just how much the rest of world loved him and recognized his impact on both baseball and society.

Here’s one tribute I missed the other day. My favorite player honoring one of my favorite former players:

And a few others I missed, or who chimed in late:

Even this guy had something to say: