Thank You, Dr. King


Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and baseball great Jackie Robinson met with Governor Edward T. Breathitt in March, 1964 to urge passage of a civil rights bill in Kentucky.
Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Kentucky Governor Edward T. Breathitt, 1964 (Source:  Jim Curtis photograph collection at the University of Kentucky)
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from the Birmingham jail, April 16, 1963

 

 

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Best of the Week: 1/7/18 – 1/13/18


With this week’s arbitration filing deadline, several players got raises, including Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals‘ Michael Taylor and Anthony Rendon.

Stat-urday, 1/13/2018


I don’t know anything about this organization, so this is not an endorsement, but they have some neat data and stats about the Top 5 MLB Stadiums. Check out their website and their video below and see if you agree with their conclusions.

I have to admit, I certainly agree that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is #1! Let me know in the comments what you think!

~ baseballrebecca

Celebrating National Bobblehead Day


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Bobblehead Museum at Marlins Park, ca. 2012

Yesterday was National Bobblehead Day, which was celebrated around baseball with entertaining tweets and posts about everything bobble-related. One thing that always comes to mind on National Bobblehead Day is the amazing bobblehead collection that was on display at Marlins Park. With the selling of the team to Derek Jeter and his investment group, 900 of those bobbleheads left with the previous owner Jeffrey Loria. Loria has donated those to the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, 300-400 bobbleheads in the Marlins’ Museum were not part of Loria’s personal collection and will remain on display at Marlins Park.

While its still early for the annual Bobble List, there are a few teams that have released their preliminary promotions schedules, which, of course, include bobbleheads:

Happy Belated Bobblehead Day!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 12/31/17 – 1/6/18


It feels great to start off the new year with new blog posts and the Best of the Week! With bitter cold temperatures, blizzards, and that post-holiday let down, it might not how been the greatest week for some. But at least we had baseball teams to cheer us up with their best snow pics:

Groundbreaking for the Astrodome


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The Astrodome under construction in 1963. Photo courtesy of the Harris County Digital Archive

On January 3, 1962, ground was broken to begin construction of the Harris County Domed Stadium, later called the Houston Astrodome. The “Eighth Wonder of the World” opened three years later on Opening Day.

Unfortunately, today the Astrodome remains empty nearly 10 years after being closed because of code violations.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation continues to work with Harris County, TX, to find alternative uses for this historic stadium.

~ baseballrebecca

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Plans for the Harris County Domed Stadium. Image courtesy of Harris County Archives via http://omeka.astrodomememories.org/.