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HOVG REWIND: July 28, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1991 – Expos Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters […]

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Could a Rookie of the Year Sequel be in the Works?

23 years ago, Henry Rowengartner helped the Chicago Cubs to a World Series victory. Now, nearly a quarter-century since “Rookie of the Year” hit the big screen, the film’s star, Thomas Ian Nicholas, disclosed that the movie could be getting a sequel in 2018…just in time for its 25th anniversary. “I went on (Facebook) and […]

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Cecil Cooperstown: Thomas Ian Nicholas

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at

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Taking on the Critics of Rookie of the Year

What follows are six reviews from six different people who had the testicular fortitude to criticize “Rookie of the Year”, starring our new BFFF Thomas Ian Nicholas. I have decided that all six of these people need a talking to.  So, below is me responding to the criticisms of the people I have deemed “The […]

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HOVG REWIND: July 27, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1984 – Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the ‘Georgia Peach’ to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year […]

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Cardboards Gods: Ross Grimsley

The following piece was written by Josh Wilker and originally appeared over at his site Cardboard Gods on June 25, 2010. Two nights ago, I punched a bag of pretzel nuggets. I needed to punch something but the thing I really wanted to punch, an air conditioning control box, would have broken if I’d punched […]

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Cooperstown Confidential: Ross Grimsley and the Swingin’ ‘70s

The following piece originally appeared over at The Hardball Times on May 21, 2010.  With all of the attention paid toward the best-selling biographies of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and George Steinbrenner, another worthy new book is being overshadowed. Terrifically titled Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging […]

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Video: Dan Epstein Talks Ross Grimsley, Mustaches and Afros

“Rows. Fros. Anything Goes.” is more than just ad copy for the hair and scalp conditioner Sulfur-8…it is also one of the chapters in good friend of The Hall Dan Epstein’s book Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s. The video clip that follows…Epstein extolls the […]

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Ross Grimsley Mustache Facts

“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.” – Confucius Now, I’m not sure if Confucius really uttered the words above…but I’m pretty sure it is true. Plenty has been said about 2016 Hall of Very Good inductee Ross Grimsley…but hardly nothing about his iconic mustache.  Here are 12 Mustache Facts that […]

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Cecil Cooperstown: Ross Grimsley

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at

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The Baseball Cards of Ross Grimsley

Like Bill Buckner, Ross Grimsley was a 1971 Topps All-Star-Rookie. Traded, from the Reds, who banned long hair and mustaches, to the Orioles, Grimsley was finally able to let his personality show. But you wouldn’t know it from his 1975 Topps card, in which Topps airbrushed an old Cincinnati photo even though he had pitched […]

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Jose Canseco: A Life In Bizarre Baseball Culture

The most common player to appear in my Bizarre Baseball Culture feature is, as far as I can tell, Cal Ripken Jr. However, the person who perhaps most represents Bizarre Baseball Culture is a man who, to the best of my knowledge has never appeared in an official installment: Jose Canseco. Perhaps we shouldn’t be […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1933 – Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak come to an end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals’ 19 year-old outfielder’s accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness […]

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Cecil Cooperstown: Jose Canseco

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at

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An Open Letter to Jose Canseco

Dear Jose Canseco, When The HOVG asked me if I wanted to write an open letter to you, I jumped at the opportunity. We’ve never met, although you’ve responded to me on Twitter a few times, including wishing me a Happy Birthday (after I asked you to) and one time we actually made eye contact […]

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The Baseball Cards of Jose Canseco

There was probably no hotter player to collect from 1986, his rookie year, until 1989, when a certain Seattle rookie came up, then Jose Canseco. The Donruss rookie is probably the most iconic of Canseco’s. Not just because of the dirt-stache but that was the only set in 1986 to have a solo card of […]

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Chasing Canseco – Best Day Ever

Jose Canseco. A baseball player who, at the pinnacle of the baseball card collecting craze was considered to be the best player on the planet.  With his violent swing, he was a hero to almost all baseball loving children, but with his eccentric off-the-field press, he transcended the baseball world, and became a pop culture […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 25, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1941 – On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41 year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when […]

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Cecil Cooperstown: Bill Buckner

ABOUT THE ARTIST Mike Noren is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in sports-related drawings. His website Cecil Cooperstown reimagines classic baseball cards and honors the most memorable baseball players outside the Hall of Fame. You can follow him on Twitter at

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