Category Archives: History

Going deep in three countries

  When Tom Brady threw his first touchdown pass against the Raiders in a game in November 2017, CBS put up a graphic showing that he’s connected for a score in three countries: the United States, England and Mexico, where Oakland and New England were playing. So it got me thinking: How many players have

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By the numbers: Mets home openers

We all know the success the Mets have had on Opening Day since losing eight of their first nine. But having attended the last 19 home openers, and 20 overall (the Mets are 15-5 when I’ve been there), I wondered how they’ve done in their first home game over the years. So I crunched the numbers

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Mets’ Opening Day opponents — and sites — through the years

Some various facts about the Mets’ Opening Day opponents through the years… Their 2018 opener against the Cardinals is the eighth opener vs. St. Louis, tying them with the Expos/Nationals and the Phillies. Seven times the Mets have opened against the Cubs and Pirates, also former NL East rivals, along with the Cards. Since the

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Honus Wagner Day in Clifton, N.J.

  Last weekend, a 100-year-old piece of Clifton history had a moment. Clifton is my adopted hometown. Like Yogi Berra, I’ve settled in northern New Jersey, not too far from New York City. (That Berra came from St. Louis and I came from the Jersey Shore — and he was a bit better at baseball

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Myrl Brown: Baseball’s first M.L.B.

  You never know what will bring you to uncover the name of a long-forgotten ballplayer. A feat here, a tidbit there, and all of a sudden, you’re reading about an obscure pitcher who appeared in just seven games, all before Yankee Stadium was built, and who died before Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major

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