Today in Baseball: Yankees keep Gehrig’s streak intact

Today 86 years ago, Yankees' first baseman Lou Gehrig wasn't really able to play due to what was then believed to be lumbago. Still, he was put on the lineup card to keep his streak alive. As Lou Gehrig was hit by "lumbago" the previous day, he wasn't able to play first base the following …

HCAW tournament played at an unusual date

Today, HCAW (Honkbalclub Allen Weerbaar) from Bussum sent out a press release about their annual tournament. This tournament is normally played around the end of March or at the start of April, right before the start of the Dutch hoofdklasse season. But this year it will be played on the weekend of July 16 till …

Today in Baseball: Disco Demolition Night

Today, 41 years ago the Chicago White Sox hosted Disco Demolition Night. The promotion was initiated by a DJ from a local radio station. As the game of the night before was rained out, it was scheduled to take place after the promotion. Little was known about the disastrous effect this promotion would have. With …

Spain’s Competition to Start at the End of August

Recently you could read here that the Spanish Baseball Federation would organize a tournament early September to decide which club would be the Spanish champion. This was wrong. The tournament was intended to serve as the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup). Yesterday the RFEBS decided that the Spanish season will start on August 30. The …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Baseball Song” by Corey Smith

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to a little gem called the Baseball Song, performed singer-songwriter, Corey Smith. Smith grew up in Jefferson, Georgia, near Athens. He attended the University of Georgia and got his major in Social Studies education. During his college days, he wrote songs and performed locally. He took a job …

Serie A1 Opening Night in Italy

When the coronavirus struck in Italy, there was not much hope the baseball season would ever start again in 2020. But eventually, last night it happened: Opening Night of the Serie A1.  Fortitudo Bologna hosted Godo Knights, San Marino hosted Hotsand Macerata and in the Parmesan derby, Parmaclima hosted Collecchio. Perhaps it is too soon …

De Glaskoning Twins acquires Japanese pitcher

Against all odds, De Glaskoning Twins has decided to add a Japanese pitcher to its pitching staff. It is the 26-year old Sora Sakashita from the Shizuoka prefecture (about 70 kilometers Southwest from Yokohama). As no team will be demoted from the Dutch hoofdklasse this season, one would expect that teams would spend their money …

Baseball Shorts: How the Shortstop got its name

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to the position of shortstop and especially how it got its name. It is said that in the very early days of baseball, the position of shortstop did not exist. As the basemen played nearly on top of their base, the guy that now is a …

Baseball Shorts: What does the Term Changeup mean?

In this episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to the changeup. Not necessarily to the pitch itself but merely what the term means.  The average baseball fan will know what a changeup is. It is a pitch that is supposed to look like a fastball but which is thrown with less speed, meant to …

Ballpark in Hoofddorp may be up for sale

The ETO Ballpark in Hoofddorp may be sold to a private party that is interested in buying the home of Meerlease Pioniers. Back in 2014, the ballpark opened its doors as it was meant to host Europe's first MLB game. Things would be a lot different. Despite alleged promises by MLB, that game would never …

Zulu Cannibal Giants: Exploiting African stereotypes

Back in the time of the Negro Leagues, there was this team, the Indianapolis Clowns. The team was baseball's version of the Harlem Globetrotters. But there was another team that had a "comical" act. As a "coincidence" the team had the same manager/promoter as the Clowns did: Syd Pollock. This is a piece on how …

Brisbane Bandits adopt a new look

The Brisbane Bandits, the team that dominated the Australian Baseball League in four of the past five years, has rebranded. It is not a drastic move but they change their colors. Out with the black, in with the blue. Last Friday, the team presented its new look through various social media accounts and through its …

Belgium Baseball Gold 2020: Round 1, Day 1

Finally, after a long wait, the competition in Belgium has started. Today the following games in the Baseball Gold League were scheduled: Hoboken Pioneers @ Brasschaat Braves, Royal Greys @ Deurne Spartans, and Borgerhout Squirrels @ Merchtem Cats.   Merchtem Cats 0 - 21 Borgerthout Squirrels   Last year's runner up took on the recently promoted …