Babe Ruth’s jersey sold for $5.6 million

An auction at Yankee Stadium brought together some fine Babe Ruth memorabilia. Piece de Resistance was a road jersey that was worn by the Bambino. This jersey was reportedly sold for a whopping $5.6 million, a record-breaking amount. At Yankee Stadium, more than 400 items were brought in for an auction, mostly by his family …

Today in baseball: Lou Gehrig starts his streak

Today, 94 years ago, Lou Gehrig started what would become a record-setting streak of consecutive games played. The star first baseman of the Bronx Bombers entered the game vs the Washington Senators as a pinch hitter (his only pinch-hit appearance in his career) for shortstop Pee Wee Wanninger. In the game, a 5-3 loss vs …

Didi on his way back

After spending a long time on the Disabled List, or Injured List as it is called nowadays, due to Tommy John surgery, Didi Gregorius played his first game yesterday. Gregorius, who throws right handed, is coming back from surgery to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. At the Spring Training complex at …

Today in baseball: Uniform number debut

Today, 90 years ago, the uniform numbers debuted in baseball. Even though the Cleveland Indians had experimented with numbers on their sleeves in 1916, they came with this novelty on Opening Day 1929. In fact, the Yankees would have been the first to play with uniform numbers as the club announced in January 1929 that …

The favorite jerseys of my collection

Through the years built a small collection of baseball jerseys. It all started in 1991 when I got the jersey of my very first baseball club, now defunct Amstel Tijgers, three-time Dutch champion. From that moment on more jerseys got my way. This is an overview of the favorite jerseys of my collection. Amsterdam Baseball …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

Today in baseball: Yankees break with a tradition

The New York Yankees are known as one of the most conservative MLB franchises. A lot of things are regarded as tradition and will not change any time soon. But on April 6, 1973, the Bronx Bombers were the final team in MLB to get rid of something that was a common thing in baseball …

Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

Today in baseball: Cincinnati Greens

The title of this blog post may tell you it is about St. Patrick's Day. Next, to being the very first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds had another first in the history of baseball. In 1978 during a St. Patrick's Day practice game, the team donned Green jerseys instead of their traditional red ones. …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Yanks want to extend Didi’s contract

After extending Aaron Hicks' contract for seven years, the Yankees are reportedly looking to keep Didi Gregorius in their ranks. The only right decision of course. Didi Gregorius joined the Yankees after a trade on December 5, 2014. He had the ungrateful task to replace Derek Jeter, a big fan favorite. The comments about the …

Posada joins Marlins’ front office

With a partial owner and a manager with a Yankee past already, the third former Yankee will join the Miami Marlins. Even though it is not official yet, former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada is spotted at the Marlins' Spring Training camp already. According to sources, Posada will join the Marlins as a special advisor to …

Didi wins Thurman Munson Award

Together with Yankees' manager Aaron Boone and third baseman Miguel Andujar, Amsterdam born Didi Gregorius was honored with the Thurman Munson Award. This award is given to professional and Olympic athletes in recognition of their athletic achievements and their contributions to the community. The Thurman Munson Award event raised money to benefit the AHRC New …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …