BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees speaks with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox prior to the last game of the season at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

Two years ago, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was making his final appearances at MLB stadiums across the nation. Fans far and wide were lining up at the gates of each American League ballpark and a handful of National League stadiums to see the career-long Yankee shortstop play in that particular city one final […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 19, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1963 – In his first major league at bat, Gates Brown delivers a pinch home run in the Tigers’ 9-2 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. The homer will be the first of 16 pinch round-trippers the Tiger outfielder will hit during his 13-year career in Detroit. […]

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My Top Ten Baseball Games

Let’s pretend you had a time machine and an unlimited budget…what baseball games would you go to? Tough question, right?!? Here’s my list. 10 – Phillies vs. Cubs – May 17, 1979 Dubbed one of the “wildest games in modern history”, this mid-May contest holds the record for the most runs scored in one game, […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 18, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1973 – On Father’s Day, the A’s stage a Mustache Day promotion, giving fans with hair above their upper lip free admission into the ballpark. Charlie Finley offers his players a $300 bonus for growing facial hair for the event, and all do except Vida Blue, who […]

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HOVG Rewind: June 17, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1960 – Ted Williams becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 500 career home runs when he goes deep off Tribe’s moundsman Wayne Hawkins. ‘Teddy Ballgame’s’ two-run blast proves to be difference when the Red Sox beat the Indians at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 3-1. 2004 – At […]

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The HOVG Podcast: Spenser Clark

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with former big league batboy Spenser Clark. Spenser talks about his time with the Washington Nationals, his aspirations after law school and being an openly gay man in Major League Baseball. (Download The Hall of Very Good Podcast over on iTunes) SHOW NOTES: Spenser’s piece for outsports.com […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 16, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1992 – During a pregame ceremony at Anaheim Stadium, the Angels become the first of three teams to retire Nolan Ryan’s number. The hard throwing right-hander, who compiled a 138-121 record along with a 3.06 ERA in 291 games with California, will also have his number retired […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 15, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1963 – At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal no-hits Houston, 1-0, to become the first Giants hurler in 34 years, and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco, to accomplish the feat. The 25 year-old Dominican native outduels Colt .45’s right-hander Dick Drott, who tosses a […]

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Marlins Man Pulls Double Duty

Getting front row seats to any game is a feat. Getting front row seats to two separate games on the same night and going to both while they’re being played simultaneously? Impossible. Unless you’re Laurence Leavy. Dubbed “Marlins Man”, the sports superfan hit Oakland Monday night and pulled double duty. First up for Leavy, a […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 14, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1974 – Nolan Ryan, throwing an unbelievable 235 pitches, whiffs 19 batters in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper six consecutive times, in the Angels’ 15-inning, 4-3 victory over Boston in Anaheim. The right-hander’s performance will be the first of three 19-strikeout outings the Texan throws this season. […]

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Anthony Rizzo and Co. Visit the White House

Major Leaguers playing the role of “tourist” while on a road trip is nothing new. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and friends explored San Francisco and tweeted about it. So, given the Chicago Cubs don’t kick off their three-game set with the Washington Nationals until Monday night, […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 13, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1994 – At the age of 34, Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg suddenly retires, walking away from $16 million. ‘Ryno’ will return to the Chicago lineup in 1996 to play for two more seasons before completing his 16-year Hall of Fame career. 1994 – Don Mattingly surpasses […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 12, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1970 – Dock Ellis throws a 2-0 no-hitter against the Padres in San Diego during the first game of a twin bill. The former Pirates’ right-hander, who became an advocate of anti-drug programs, claims he was under the influence of LSD while tossing the most memorable game […]

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Josie Canseco’s Playboy Spread Took Father by Surprise

If you were surprised to see that Jose Canseco’s daughter Josie posed (kinda) nude for the June issue of Playboy…you weren’t alone. Turns out, the former Bash Brother was just as shocked to learn that his daughter had bared it all as everyone else was. “He was a little taken aback. I remember it came […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 11, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1938 – In the first of two consecutive no-hitters he will hurl, Johnny Vander Meer keeps the Bees hitless in Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory at Crosley Field. The Reds’ southpaw, in the first night game played in Brooklyn, continues his no-no mojo four days later by beating the […]

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Ronnie Woo Woo Shows up in Louisville

By the tens of thousands, fans of Muhammad Ali lined the streets of Louisville on Friday to pay tribute to the boxing legend. Among the mourners…Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers. That’s right, the Chicago Cubs superfan (decked out in his pinstripes, batting helmet and, for whatever reason, one boxing glove), was there in Kentucky posing for pictures with […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 10, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1944 – Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15 year-old high school […]

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The HOVG Podcast: Stew Thornley

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with longtime Minnesota Twins official scorer and gravesite enthusiast Stew Thornley. Dubbed “The Sultan of Cemeteries”, Stew tells the boys all about how he got started at the official scorer for the Minnesota Twins, his 21-year quest to visit the graves (213 and counting!) of every dead […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 5:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on June 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Save Big on MLB Tickets with Promo Code “TSD5”

Going to the game this weekend?  If you need tickets for the upcoming game or any other, you can use promo code “TSD5” at Ticket Network and save 5% off your order. This deal isn’t limited to baseball tickets. You can use our promo code to purchase tickets for Copa America matches, Concerts, and other events. If you […]

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HOVG REWIND: June 9, 2016

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY courtesy of National Pastime 1946 – Ted Williams clouts the farthest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, a shot estimated to have traveled 502 feet before striking the straw hat of a fan sitting in seat 21 in the 37th row in of section 42 in right field. The seat […]

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