Hensley Meulens debuted in MLB 30 years ago

Hensley Meulens, the Curaçao-born bench coach of the San Francisco Giants made his first step in Major League Baseball, today 30 years ago. With the New York Yankees, Meulens became the first player from Curaçao to make it to the bigs. Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. After …

Today in baseball: David Cone goes perfect

On this day, twenty years ago, Yankee pitcher David Cone pitched a perfect game, a feat he didn't manage with Royals, the Mets, the Blue Jays and the Red Sox. On Yogi Berra Day, in a legend-filled Yankee Stadium, Don Larsen threw out the first pitch to 1956 battery mate Yogi Berra to commemorate Larsen's …

London Series: Yankees win ridiculous game

In a soccer stadium that was transferred into a baseball stadium, the Boston Red Sox "hosted" the New York Yankees. For the first time in the history of MLB, the fiercest rivalry in baseball set foot in Europe. It turned out to be a slugfest with a ridiculous final score of 17-13 in the favor …

Minor League history: Oswego Netherlands

A special piece of Minor League history today. Since this is a blog, mainly about Dutch baseball, the club in today's limelight is a perfect fit for this blog: the Oswego Netherlands of the Canadian-American League. The Oswego Netherlands was named after the local Netherlands Milk and Ice Cream Company. The team was one of …

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. …