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Cal Ripken’s Marriage Streak is No More

Years ago, it was rumored that Cal Ripken’s consecutive games streak was jeopardized by a rumored affair between Kevin Costner and Ripken’s wife Kelly. It was proven to be false. What isn’t false is this. After nearly thirty years of marriage (the couple got hitched in 1987), the Ripkens are no more. And, according to […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 30, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1988 – Reds’ manager Pete Rose will be suspended for thirty days and fined $10,000 for pushing David Pallone, after the umpire makes a delayed call that allows the eventual winning run to score in the team’s 6-5 loss to the Mets at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati […]

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Warren G Botches Seventh Inning Stretch

When Warren G took over the Wrigley Field press box Friday, Chicago Cubs fans heard the greatest four words they’ll hear all season outside of “your World Champion Cubs”. “Cubbies fans…mount up!” It all went south after that. Your browser does not support iframes. Yup. The “Regulator” himself botched “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 29, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1913 – Wearing White Sox uniforms, the Reds are defeated by the Cubs, 7-2, at Chicago’s West Side Park. Cincinnati forgot to pack uniforms and had to don those worn by their opponents’ crosstown rivals. 1996 – John Franco becomes the first left-hander to record 300 saves, […]

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The HOVG Podcast: Rachel Balkovec

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the Houston Astros Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Rachel Balkovec. Rachel tells the boys how she got her start as Major League Baseball’s first female strength and conditioning coach, what exactly her job is, whether or not she misses playing softball and, for whatever reason, […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 28, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1960 – At a night game against Cleveland, the White Sox unveil the ‘Monster’, their new exploding scoreboard at the Comiskey Park. The $300,000 brainchild of Chicago owner Bill Veeck will produce fireworks and accompanying sound effects whenever a home run is hit by a hometown player. […]

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Chip Caray Channels Grandfather Harry Caray

Heading into Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of an historic 15-game homerless drought. So when Freddie Freeman went deep in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox, the team’s play-by-play man Chip Caray got excited. How excited? He channeled his late grandfather, the legendary Harry Caray. Holy cow. Your browser […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 27, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1981 – Fernandomania continues to explode at Chavez Ravine when Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela pitches his fourth shutout in five starts. The 20 year-old Mexican southpaw, who is batting over .400, beats the Giants, 5-0 and lowers his ERA to a microscopic 0.20. 1996 – Barry […]

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FOR SALE: Make Baseball Fun Again Gear

Bryce Harper ruffled some feathers when he suggested, in a pre-season interview, that baseball was “tired”. The reigning National League MVP further snubbed his nose at his critics when he showed up for a postgame interview on Opening Day wearing a “Make Baseball Fun Again” cap. Now, the Washington Nationals are cashing in on supporting […]

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Wisdom and Links: Chris Colabello’s Story is Too Real For Hollywood

NOTE: Portions of this post were originally published on the Baseball Continuum on 4-22 So, there is this guy. He’s a ballplayer. Not a particularly great or notable one, but still a ballplayer. He’s so desperate to keep playing that after college he moves to the land of his ancestors: Italy. He plays baseball there, […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1959 – Sadaharu Oh hits the first round-tripper of his world record 868 home runs. The Japanese first baseman will play his entire 22-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball. 1962 – Catcher Harry Chiti is traded to the Mets […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 25, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – During the fourth inning of the game being played at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30 […]

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Anthony Rizzo Now Has His Own Cereal

When they unveiled the REGGIE! Bar in 1978, Reggie Jackson had already been in the league for eleven seasons and had already put up the lion’s share of what ended up a Hall of Fame career. Oh…and he was a World Series hero. In Chicago, they now have RizzOs. And let’s be honest, regardless of […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 24, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1923 – President Warren G. Harding, an avid baseball fan who likes to keep a scorecard at games, witnesses the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The chain-smoking Chief Executive is delighted to see Babe Ruth homer during the contest, but is disappointed the Senators drop […]

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HOVG REWIND: April 23, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1921 – Warren Spahn is born in Buffalo, New York. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, a mainstay with the Braves in the 1950’s, is named after Warren Harding, a right-hander who was just recently sworn in as the president of the United States. 1954 – At […]

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Brewers to Give Away Bob Uecker Alarm Clocks

The Milwaukee Brewers want to make sure you “get up” and out of bed on time. All fans who show up for the team’s July 10 game against the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a talking Bob Uecker alarm clock. That’s right…an alarm clock, decked out in Brewers blue and yellow, with the voice of […]

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Cubs Fan in Jail Following No-hitter Celebration

No-hitters are cool, we get it. However…you’ve got to leave the celebration on the field. Following Jake Arrieta’s gem Thursday night in Cincinnati, an overzealous Chicago Cubs fan got into the postgame scrum and congratulated the pitcher. A fan wants in on celebrating with

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HOVG REWIND: April 22, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1957 – Entering the game as a pinch runner, John Kennedy becomes the first black player to play with the Phillies, the last National League team to integrate. The former shortstop for the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs will bat only twice in the major […]

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Cincinnati Reds No-Hit by Jake Arrieta

Even though the fell victim to Jake Arrieta throwing the first no-hitter of the season Thursday night, the Cincinnati Reds were able to find a positive in the 16-0 loss. Well played, fellas. Also finding time to tweet, the Los Angeles Dodgers who, as you might recall, got blanked by the pitcher late last season. […]

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The HOVG Podcast: Phil Sklar

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with National Bobblehead Hall of Fame co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar. Phil tells the boys about his dream to bring a bobblehead museum to downtown Milwaukee, how and why Pete Rose was chosen as the inaugural member of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame and the one bobblehead […]