Since we just celebrated Brooks Robinson Night on Wednesday, here’s a great video about his baseball collection that he donated to charity in 2015. The collection earned $1.44 million for the Constance & Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation. The highest earning piece was his 1964 MVP award, which sold for $155,350. Included in the collection was a platter presented to him on Brooks Robinson Night in Arlington, Texas, in 1973. Alas, the puppy and the duck were not available for the auction.
Orlando Cepeda with the Giants in 1962
Orlando Cepeda turns 82 today. Born on September 17, 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Cepeda made his MLB debut on April 15, 1958. Between 1958 and 1974, the right-handed first baseman played for San Francisco (1958-66), St. Louis (1966-68), Atlanta (1969-72), Oakland (1972), Boston (1973), and Kansas City (1974). He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1959, an 11-time All-Star, and the 1967 NL MVP.
Whenever I hear Cepeda’s name, I think of this song by Danny Kaye – even though its about his Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants and Orlando Cepeda are an important part of the tale:
The Bowie Baysox may not have won the Eastern League pennant, but they won our hearts. All of Birdland supported them in their quest, including the one and only Brooks Robinson:
This one just makes me smile:
Minor League Baseball has released their attendance figures for the 2019 season, which ended September 2. Overall, MiLB experienced a 2.6% increase in attendance compared to 2018, with 41,504,077 fans attending games.
Since the Eastern League Championship series just ended (sadly, my Baysox did not win), below is a look at their numbers. The Richmond Flying Squirrels led the league with an average attendance of 6,255 per game. Both the Trenton Thunder and Reading Fightin Phils experienced a 4% increase in attendance compared to last year, and the Harrisburg Senators, Bowie Baysox, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies all saw declines in attendace. The Rumble Ponies were last in the league in attendance with only 3,000 fans per game, a decline of 16% from 2018.
||2019 Avg. Attendance
||2018 Avg. Attendance
||Percent Change from 2018
|Richmond Flying Squirrels
|Hartford Yard Goats
|Reading Fightin Phils
|Portland Sea Dogs
|NH Fisher Cats
|Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Since we’re in the midst of the Minor League Baseball playoffs, I thought I’d share with you the video MiLB put together at the start of the season for the two Short-Season A leagues: the New York-Penn League and the Northwest League. If you haven’t been to a Minor League game, this will show you what you’re missing:
Tom Cheney’s 1957 baseball card
On this date in 1962, the Washington Senators beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in a 16-inning game. Senators pitcher Tom Cheney struck out 21 Orioles, setting an MLB record for strikeouts in a regular season game. These are the Orioles that struck out:
- Jerry Adair
- Russ Snyder (struck out 3 times)
- Brooks Robinson
- Jim Gentile (also struck out 3 times)
- Dave Nicholson (3 strike outs)
- Hobie Landrith
- Jackie Brandt
- Marv Breeding (3 strike outs)
- Dick Williams
- Milt Pappas (2 strike outs)
- Dick Hall (3 strike outs)
The orioles that didn’t strike out? Boog Bowell, Jackie Brandt (1 at bat), Charlie Lau (1 at bat), and relievers Billy Hoeft and Wes Stock. The 1962 Orioles ended up having a 78-84 record, finishing in seventh place in the American League.
If it makes O’s fans feel any better, four years later, the Baltimore Orioles went on to win the World Series. (Ok, that really didn’t make me feel any better.)