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The HOVG Podcast: Jim O’Heir

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with longtime Chicago baseball fan, actor Jim O’Heir. Jim tells the boys all about his new movie, what his buddy Chris Pratt does with his obscene amount of money, his fear of peeing in a trough at Wrigley Field and, of course, some riveting and colorful stories […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 27, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1968 – Major League Baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces the addition of Montreal to the circuit. San Diego is also awarded an expansion team. 1981 – After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt […]

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Jose Canseco’s Daughter Does Playboy

It’s been a while since a Canseco has made headlines. Wednesday, Playboy unveiled their Playmate of the Month Miss June 2016…Josie Canseco. Yes, daughter of Jose. The 16-page pictorial, which, according to the Thirty Mile Zone, caught pops by surprise, features the leggy blonde (naturally) in various stages of undress. However, if seeing a Canseco […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 26, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1925 – In Chicago, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit’s 8-1 win over the White Sox. The ‘Georgia Peach’, who surpassed Honus Wagner’s record of 993 earlier in the season, will finish his 24-year […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 25, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1922 – After being called out for trying to stretch a single into double, Babe Ruth throws dirt the umpire’s eye, then goes after a heckler in the stands, and finishes his tirade by standing on the dugout roof calling the crowd “yellow” cowards. These actions will […]

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Cheap Trick Bobbleheads Unveiled

Back in April, the Rockford Rivets announced they would be doing a bobblehead promotion featuring the band Cheap Trick. Tuesday, the Northwest League unveiled the four-piece set featuring each member of the newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. And I’ve gotta say…they look pretty sharp. “I am a huge Cheap Trick fan and […]

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(No) Wisdom and (Just) Links

In the madness of modern life, sometimes you just don’t have time to dispense wisdom. So, instead, here are some links: Steven Goldman recalls the “Two Bad Trades of Mike Piazza” David Laurila asked players who their favorite announcers are. It’s related to Carson Cistulli’s rankings of broadcasters There may be 50 ways to leave […]

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Ten Things About Bartolo Colon

Tuesday is Bartolo Colon’s 43rd birthday and, naturally, it is necessary to point out that he is currently the oldest player in the Major Leagues. With that said, here are ten other things you might not have known about the New York Mets pitcher. 50 On August 22, 2012, Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 24, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 2000 – Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in one season, reaching the mark in 35 games. ‘Big Mac’ accomplishes the feat in six less contests than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998). 2002 – After a container is seen […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 23, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1991 – In front of a sparse Olympic Stadium crowd of 8,833, Tommy Greene, making his 15th start as a major leaguer, no-hits the Expos, 2-0. The Phillies’ right-hander joined the rotation replacing Danny Cox, who had suffered a pulled groin in his last start. 1991 – […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 22, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1982 – In his last major league at bat, Mario Mendoza, who will become a minor league hitting instructor, reaches first on a fielder’s choice, ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder’s name will become infamous as players struggling at the plate […]

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MVP to Auction House: That’s the Wrong Jersey, Bro

A New York auction house is looking to cash in on the one blemish from Bryce Harper’s 2015 National League MVP season. Lelands is looking to sell the jersey the Washington Nationals All-Star was wearing when he got attacked by teammate Jonathan Papelbon. But there’s just one problem. ”That’s my MVP jersey,” Harper said, “and […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 21, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1952 – Joe Nuxhall, best known for signing with Cincinnati in 1944 after attaining the permission of his parents and high school principal, returns to the Reds seven years after pitching two-thirds of an inning in his major league debut as a 15 year-old. The southpaw gives […]

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Bernie Williams Can Now Add College Graduate to his Resume

A big leaguer going back and getting a college diploma after spending time in the Majors is rare. A big leaguer going back and getting his music degree after a 16-year Major League career and a Grammy nomination? That’s gotta be like seeing a leprechaun riding a unicorn. As of May 13, Bernie Williams can […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 20, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1976 – A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston’s Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the ‘Spaceman’ suffers a separation of his left shoulder, greatly […]

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The HOVG Podcast: Ross Grimsley

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the only guy to win 20 games for the Montreal Expos, Ross Grimsley. Ross joins the boys to dispel internet rumors regarding his hair, eyes and witchcraft, explain how he got the nickname “Scuz” and share what he thinks about being the logo for The Hall […]

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FOR SALE: Brad Ausmus’ Sweatshirt

Monday night, Brad Ausmus secured his spot on every future “greatest meltdown” compilation video. The Detroit Tigers manager was arguing a strike call when he disrobed and, for whatever reason, tossed his cap and used his sweatshirt to cover up home plate. He’d end up getting ejected and suspended one game. Because this is how […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 19, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1994 – The first ‘Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night’, which will become a very popular recurring promotion, is held at the Kingdome. Mariners fans, willing to have their heads shaved to emulate the team’s right fielder, who plays an active role by encouraging fans to participate and […]

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Wisdom and Links: Who Would Win In A Fight REMASTERED

The following has been posted before, both on my blog and I think this one. But, well, it’s gotten a bit dated. Some jokes in it just don’t land like they used to, and some references no long fit. So, this week, I’m unleashing the REMASTERED version of what would happen if the team-name of […]

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HOVG REWIND: May 18, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1956 – Mickey Mantle becomes all-time home run leader for switch hitters when he belts his 136th career round-tripper, a two-out homer in the top of the ninth that ties the score in the Yankees’ eventual extra inning 8-7 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. ‘The Mick’ […]