Stat-urday, 3/10/2018

North Pole High School

Last week we looked at the stats for Major Leaguers who went to college. This week, we turn our attention to high school baseball. Baseball Reference has a state-by-state  list of high schools with which you can find a high school and see who went there. You can also look at each school’s rankings and determine the school with the highest number of players or even Hall of Famers. For example, who attended North Pole High School in Alaska and went on to play professional baseball? (Hint: its not Santa Claus.) Christopher Aure went to NPHS and was drafted by the Pirates in 2008. He spent two seasons playing of the Gulf Coast League Pirates. LHP Aure had a 3-2 record with a 3.90 ERA in 2008 and went 0-0 in 3 games in 2009 with a 1.69 ERA.


So, who went to your high school?

~ baseballrebecca


Women in the Locker Room

Melissa Ludtke, March 2013. Photo courtesy of Whoisjohngalt via

On March 9, 1979, then-Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn instructed MLB teams to give access to locker rooms to female reporters. Kuhn’s edict was in response to a 1978 court ruling that found MLB guilty of discriminating against female reporters. The case stemmed from an incident during the 1977 World Series in which Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the New York Yankees clubhouse for post-game interviews because she was a woman.  In 1978, the district court decided that Ludtke’s fourteenth amendment right was violated as well as “her fundamental right to pursue her profession.”

The court did not specify how MLB was to provide equal access to reporters for locker room interviews. The Yankees’ solution was to declare that all reporters would be given 10 minutes to interview players after a game, but then would have to leave for 30 minutes to allow the players to shower. MLB soon realized such a solution was not optimal.

Bowie Kuhn, 1982. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

In March 1979, Kuhn announced that each club could set their own policy for locker room access. Later, Ludtke pointed out that such a policy did not provide equal, consistent access, making it difficult for women as they reported on different clubs. She was quoted as saying, “Baseball has succeeded brilliantly in making equal access appear as a moral and not a political problem, and as sexy, but not the sexist issue that it is. I, and others like me, were presented as women who wanted nothing more than to wander aimlessly around a locker room, to stare endlessly at naked athletes and to invade the privacy of individuals whose privacy had already been disrupted for years by our male colleagues.”

While the issue was decided in the courts, there is evidence that the struggle for equal access continues.

~ baseballrebecca

Rockford Peaches v. Peoria Redwings

Recently, the Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop University uploaded videos from their collection to their YouTube channel, including the one I’ve posted below. The Pettus Archives maintains several resources related to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including videos, photos, and the papers of several AAGPBL players. If I’m ever in Rock Hill, South Carolina, I’ll have to stop by and check out their collection!

~ baseballrebecca

Suzyn Waldman Makes History

Suzyn Waldman at Camden Yards, 2011 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

On March 6, 2005, Suzyn Waldman became the first female full-time baseball color commentator when she made her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM (880), the flagship radio station for the New York Yankees. Prior to that, Waldman had worked for the YES Network as a reporter as well as for WFAN in New York.

In the mid-1990s, Waldman became the second woman to work as a play-by-play announcer for a local television station; Gayle Gardner was the first in 1993 when she did play-by-play on local television for the Colorado Rockies. Few other women had significant broadcasting roles prior the 1990s. In September 1964, Betty Caywood served as a color commentator for some late-season Kansas City Athletics games. In the 1970s, Mary Shane was a play-by-play announcer for part of the  Chicago White Sox’ 1977 season.

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week, 2/25/18 – 3/3/18

It really doesn’t get much better than baseball AND a puppy! WBAL-TV in Baltimore held a contest to name the puppy they will help train to become a service dog. Naturally, since they are in Baltimore, the winning name was Camden.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 3/3/2018

Heep-Seop Choi, 2005 (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Ever wonder where your favorite MLB players went to college? Or if any MLB players went to your college? For example, if you want to know who went to Korea University and made it to the big leagues, all you have to do is go to the Baseball Almanac’s College Baseball page. At that site you can click on any college listed, see which major leaguers went to school there, and get stats on those players.

So, who went to Korea University? None other than Hee-Seop Choi, who played for the Cubs, Marlins, and Dodgers between 2002 and 2005. This left-handed hitter played in 363 games in his four year career with a batting average of .240. For more stats, check out the Baseball Almanac.

Who went to your college?


~ baseballrebecca


So, apparently, the World Baseball/Softball Confederation has been developing a new version of baseball based on Cuban street ball. This new sport is called Baseball-5. It sounds like a really promising way of getting more people interested in and participating in baseball and softball. Basically, its baseball without all of the equipment – all you need is a baseball, 5 players, time for 5 innings, and a place to play. I need to find more information on this, but in the meantime, check out the videos below.

~ baseballrebecca