Heritage Auctions has a great piece of New Jersey history available in its current auction: A press ticket to a Diamond Gloves boxing tournament at Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium signed by Babe Ruth. Ruth was the guest of honor at the event on July 1, 1946, two years before his death. Then 51, the Sultan of Swat was still a huge… View Post
With today being Jackie Robinson Day for Major League Baseball — albeit a virtual one in these quarantine times — I was curious if the trailblazing Hall of Famer and civil rights activist ever crossed paths with a different American hero from another of my main interests: Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame. Father Hesburgh was president of the university… View Post
My freshman year of high school, I negotiated with my parents to miss school and go to Opening Day in New York.
On Saturday, I went to the Lakewood BlueClaws’ game against the Rome Braves, a matchup of two sub-.500 teams with few top prospects in either lineup. The game started out great for Lakewood, with starter Victor Santos retiring the first 10 Braves to face him. And then Andrew Moritz, Rome’s No. 2 batter, reached on a bunt single. Does this… View Post
On April 25, 2000, I went to Shea Stadium with a group of friends to see Ken Griffey Jr.‘s first game there with the Reds. This was after he demanded trade out of Seattle but blocked a deal that would’ve sent him to the Mets, so you can imagine how he was received by the 27,153 in attendance. He went… View Post