The recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the McCourt “led” Dodgers has seeds from the past covering the coffin. It is the latest example of short-term management decision-making; decisions based upon a complete ignorance of, or at best, disregard for the lessons that history tries to impart. Unfortunately, very few in positions [...]
FACTOID: Tip O’Neill. Commonality is the name. One was the longstanding Speaker of the House and lion of the Democratic Party during the middle of the 20th century; the baseball Tip O’Neill was an outfielder for the St. LouisBrowns in 1877. What was so exceptional about the year 1877 in base ball history? This was a period of [...]
What famous 20th century American politician had something in common with the player with the highest single-season batting average in the 19th century (American Association & National League)?
Harry Frazee – in order to finance his theatrical plays & make a back payment on a delinquent moprtgage. The winner was John Sharp from Jacksonville, Florida – who follows the COBB on twitter. Mr. Frazee, Red Sox owner was in a financial bind. He had missed a $125,00 mortgage payment & needed money to [...]
INTRO: “In the middle of the 19th century, base ball’s emergence coincided perfectly with growing health concerns. Crowded urban populations were failing to get fresh air and exercise. All base ball needed was a champion for its cause; someone who could proclaim its virtues of exercise, fresh air, teamwork and character building. Henry Chadwick became that [...]
He posted the answer at 8:38 p.m., June 16th, to the “Twisted Mind” Contest historical error for the “Ben Boy’s Bedtime Story” video called “The Children’s Game”. Fred is a Navy veteran from Yonkers, New York and an avid Yankees’ fan. Like a lot of us veterans, he has been actively involved with youth baseball [...]
Jason is an Air Force veteran who lives in Silverdale, Wshington. He demonstrates his love for baseball by helping coach his son’s little league team. He was the first to identify both the historical errors in the “Fatherhood and Baseball” video: 1. Abner Doubleday, in 1839, was a second year cadet, not a colonel, at [...]
Give us your thoughts on Interleague Play. Later, we’re going to provide you with some books, articles, and specific discussion topics about the history of interleague play, but first, we want to hear from you all first.
WHO NEEDS THE MOST KNOWLEDGE IN ORDER TO DO HIS JOB – AN AMERICAN LEAGUE MANGER OR ONE FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE? In the first “Ben Boy’s Bedtime Story” I take a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the Designated Hitter Rule. This question is not posed as a reason to vent on whether you hate or love [...]
WHEN A PERSON (OR CORPORATION) BUYS A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM WHAT OBLIGATION TO THEIR PARTICULAR URBAN AREA DOES HE ALSO ACQUIRE? Let’s start off with the premise that some sort of public trust is assumed by the owner of a professional team. After all, he has also purchased the right to use a large [...]