Baseball: history, humor and commentary from Hogan's Alley.
Baseball - A look at America's pastime with an interesting blend of baseball history, humor and commentary. This section covers just about every relevant baseball topic and is filled with information about past and present players, the World Series, All-Star games, strikes, steroids and Pud Galvin.
WAR, PRESIDENTS AND BASEBALL. - In this feature: Major League Baseball 2003 Opening Day. William H. Taft and the Washington Senators. Woodrow Wilson, Ty Cobb and World War I. Franklin D. Roosevelt, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and World War II. (March 28, 2003).
ON THE RADIO. - In this feature: Cable television, the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network and the "frant". Boog Powell, the Brooklyn Dodgers, "Pride of the Yankees," WGN in Chicago and K-Mart. (April 5, 2002).
WAD OF CASH. - In this feature: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez, chewing gum (used), online auctions, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and the Boston Celtics' Red Auerbach. Also, Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball. (April 19, 2002).
THE ROOSTERS .... - In this feature: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Bill Gates, MSNBC, AOL, the Minnesota Twins and contraction. Also, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the New York Giants, the Chicago White Sox and the 1919 World Series. (November 9, 2001).
GOOD GRIEF. - In this feature: 1962 New York Mets, "lovable losers" and the Detroit Tigers. Casey Stengel, Sport magazine and the Guinness World Book of Records. Also, Miller Lite, Marv Throneberry and Charlie Brown. (August 29, 2003).
TWO STRIKES, NO BALLS. - In this feature: MLB, RBI, ERA and the squeeze play. Drug testing, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Babe Ruth. Also, Barry Bonds, genitalia dysfunction and shrinking testicles. (May 31, 2002).
"SAY IT AIN'T SO...". - In this feature: "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, the 1919 World Series, "Eight Men Out," MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the baseball Hall of Fame. Cal Ripken, Jr., MLB All-Star game and conspiracy theories. (July 20, 2001).
A.K.A. TED WILLIAMS. - In this feature: The Splendid Splinter, Babe Ruth and the Bambino. The Kid, Hammerin' Hank Aaron and Willie Mays - the Say Hey Kid. Stan "the Man" Musial, The Yankee Clipper, DNA and Mr. Freeze. (July 12, 2002).
BANISHED TO A LIFETIME OF OPPORTUNITY. - In this feature: Pete Rose, the baseball Hall of Fame, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and the Chicago Black Sox. Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, Alex Karras, Paul Hornung, gambling and Bart Simpson. (August 10, 2001).
PRE-GAME CEREMONIES: USELESS. - In this feature: 2002 World Series, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and memorable baseball moments. Cal Ripken, Jr., Lou Gehrig, and bar room banter. Also, Billy Crystal, Bud Selig and MasterCard. (October 25, 2002).
THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. - In this feature: Lou Gehrig's 1939 Farewell Speech at Yankee Stadium. Alan Zinter, the Cincinnati Reds and minor league baseball. Also, Kevin Costner, Crash Davis and "Bull Durham." (July 5, 2002).
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE JOE FAN? - In this feature: Major League Baseball fans, cracker jacks and billionaire owners. Player strikes, station wagons and utility infielders. Barry Bonds, Disney Land and Chucky Cheese. (May 17, 2002).
MUST BE IN THE FRONT ROW. - In this feature: Gary Carter, Eddie Murray and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Johnny Bench, Gold Glove awards, Russ Hodges, Bob Uecker and Miller Lite. (July 23, 2003).
ENOUGH ALREADY, BUD. - In this feature: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Pete Rose and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Warren Spahn and Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Also, Martha Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and Joe Millionaire. (January 31, 2003).
RUN, FORREST, RUN. - In this feature: Forrest Gump, Rickey Henderson and the Vietnam War. The 1989 World Series, earthquakes, Nolan Ryan and ping-pong. Also, Tony Gwynn, base-stealing records and Bubba-Gump Shrimp. (October 12, 2001).
THIS ONE'S FOR ALL THE MARBLES. - In this feature: 2003 All-Star game, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Kerry Wood. The 500 Home Run Club, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Comisky Park Also, Elvis and Viagra. (July 11, 2003).
A JUNIOR THAT'S SECOND TO NONE. - In this feature: Cal Ripken, Jr., Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Ted Williams and the baseball Hall of Fame. Sammy Sosa and heat prostration. Also, the Baltimore Orioles, Yankee Stadium and kindergarten. (June 22, 2001).
PLEASE DON'T HIT ME, MR. JOHNSON. - In this feature: Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson, Walter Johnson and the Cy Young Award. Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and batting helmets. Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Polo Grounds. (August 15, 2003).
WE'RE TALKIN' BASEBALL. - In this feature: Montreal Expos, Bosox, Orioles and the Bronx Bombers. A-Rod, RBI and Abbott and Costello. Also, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Air France and Jim Nantz. (April 13, 2001).
THE 2001 WINTER GAMES. - In this feature: MLB winter meetings, blockbuster trades and free agent signings. George Steinbrenner, the "boys of summer," Barry Bonds and ticket prices. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, Fox Sports Net and premium cable packages. (December 14, 2001).
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS OR CRACKERJACKS. - In this feature: Major League Baseball umpires, pitch counts and Sammy Sosa. The New York Giants, Philadelphia A's and beating the traffic. Beer, hot dogs and bowling. Also, bobble head dolls, Underoos and commercial breaks. (July 27, 2001).
DEATH OF A SUBTERRANEAN ENGINEER. - In this feature: Babe Ruth, the New York Yankees and Donruss trading cards. Ted Williams, Willie Mays, the NFL and Johnny Unitas. Also, "The Honeymooners" starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney and the Mambo. (November 14, 2003).
GETTING OLD STINKS. - In this feature: Cal Ripken, Jr., Tony Gwynn, bacon and cholesterol. Willie Mays, bald spots and metamucil. Also, Michael Jordan and the dreded colonoscopy. (September 28, 2001).
PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND. - In this feature: MLB playoffs, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. Bill Buckner, Mookie Wilson and the 1986 World Series. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1941 World Series. Christy Mathewson and "Merkle's Blunder. (September 26, 2003).
MAYS OR BUCKNER? - In this feature: Willie Mays, Vic Wertz, the 1954 World Series and "the Catch." Barry Bonds, Bill Buckner, the Boston Red Sox and goats. (October 18, 2002).
"LET'S PLAY TWO!" - In this feature: Major League Baseball All-Star game, A-Rod, the players union and the Home Run Derby. Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and NASDAQ. Also, Safeco Field, Microsoft and Claritin. (July 6, 2001).
CALL IT IN THE AIR. - In this feature: Babe Ruth, New York Yankees co-owner Colonel Tillinghast Huston and a coin toss. A-Rod, Morgan Stanley and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The Pro Bowlers Association, Chucky Cheese, Gonzaga and the big foam finger.(March 1, 2002).
THE MODERN CASEY. - In this feature: Ernest L. Thayer's 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat." Mudville, disgruntled fans, stadium turnstiles, chin music and bench-clearing brawls. Also, Barry Bonds, bobble head dolls and cell phones. (May 30, 2003).
LET SLEEPING LEGENDS LAY. - In this feature: 1951 National League Pennant, the New York Giants, the Brooklyn Dodgers, Bobby Thompson and Ralph Branca. The Polo Grounds, Russ Hodges and Ebbets Field. Also, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer. (February 2, 2001).
CRYING FOUL. - In this feature: Baseball fans, box seats and "the foul ball follies." Also, babies and boobs. (July 19, 2002).
THE NEXT NOLAN RYAN? - In this feature: Florida Marlins, A.J. Burnett, Nolan Ryan, Cy Young, Bob Feller and Pud Galvin. Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver and no-hitters. Also, Babe Ruth and Bob Uecker. (May 18, 2001).
FOR BETTER OR WORSE. - In this feature: Baseball trade deadline, pennant races, karm, mugombo, mojo and Babe Ruth. Eddie Waitkus, the Chicago Cubs, Bob Dole, Bob Hope and "The Natural." (August 3, 2001).
HATS OFF TO THE ROCKET. - In this feature: Roger Clemens, the New York Yankees, 300-game winners and the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose, Adolph Hitler, Carrot Top and the 1986 World Champion New York Mets. (June 20, 2003).
SOME GOTTA WIN, SOME GOTTA LOSE. - In this feature: 2003 League Championship Series, Poet Laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson and the Oakland A's. The Atlanta Braves, the Buffalo Bills, Garth Brooks and Yaegermeister. (October 10, 2003).
GHOSTS, GOBLINS AND TOILET PAPER. - In this feature: Halloween, Don Zimmer, Pedro Martinez, pumpkins and skeletons. Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Pudge Rodriguez and man-kisses. Also, John Madden, Keith Partridge and "Playmakers." (October 31, 2003).
WHICH ONE'S BEVIS? - In this feature: Kansas City Royals, Tom Gamboa, Comisky Park, peanuts, carckerjacks and hoodlums. "The Jerry Springer Show," toothless strippers, Hell's Angels, Apollo Creed and Brian Urlacher. (September 27, 2002).
EVERYBODY'S AN EXPERT. - In this feature: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, MLBPA, Donald Fehr, Mays, Ford Gibson and Seaver. Dear Abbey, Office Depot, Ray Romano and Jackie Gleason. Also, Barry Manilow, Ted Williams and Elvis. (August 2, 2002).
THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIOUS. - In this feature: Little League World Series, Williamsport, ESPN, ESPN2 and Britney Spears. Sammy Sosa, A-Rod and SpongeBob SquarePants. Also, Willie May, Ernie Banks, Al Kaline and roller hockey. (August 23, 2002).
The Latest and Greatest Baseball Features:
Cell Block 14. - In this feature: Jim Bouton, "Ball Four" and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Pete Rose, "My Prison Without Walls," the Cincinnati Reds, gambling and the Hall of Fame. Also, Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno. (January 9, 2004).
Hard Ball. - In this feature: 2004 NFL Draft, Major League Baseball, the Houston Texans and Drew Henson. The New York Yankees, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth. Also, the Birmingham Barons, free throws and short order cooks. (February 20, 2004).
Wake Up, Dorothy. - In this feature: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner and A-Rod. Also, Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and the Wizard of Oz. (February 27, 2004)
Spring Fever. - In this feature: Major League Baseball Opening Day. A-Rod, the Red Sox and Yankees, BALCO and steroids. Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Babe Ruth and the Designated Hitter. (April 2, 2004).
Congratulations Barry and Larry. - In this feature: Major League Baseball, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays. The New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle, Griffith Stadium and McCovey Cove. Also, baseball memorabilia, chewing gum and bleacher seats. (April 16, 2004).
Remaking This Movie is Bad News. - In this feature: Little League Baseball, "The Bad News Bears," Paramount Pictures, Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. Budweiser, Chico's Bail Bonds, Tanner, Ogilvie and martinis. (May 12, 2004).
Unlucky Thirteen. - In this feature: Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Milwaukee Braves and Friday the 13th. Harvey Haddix, Henry Aaron, Randy Johnson and the perfect game. Also, fastballs, sliders and triskaidekaphobia. (May 19, 2004).
Raising the Bar. - In this feature: Major League Baseball, Ken Griffey, Jr. and the 500 home run club. Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Gold Glove Awards and the baseball Hall of Fame. Also, internet banner ads, reality television shows and mediocre pitching. (June 23, 2004).
The Streak. - In this feature: Major League Baseball, Hall of Fame centerfielder Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the hitting streak. Jeopardy, Ray Stevens, streaking and Ken Jennings. Also, George Sisler, Pete Rose, Whoopi Goldberg and Wee Willie Keeler. (June 30, 2004).
Endless Possibilities. - In this feature: Major League Baseball 2004 All-Star game, Babe Ruth, Comiskey Park and Wild Bill Hallahan. Carl Hubbell, the New York Giants, Willie Mays and Minute Maid Park. Also, Fred Lynn, Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens and the baseball Hall of Fame. (July 7, 2004).
Traveling All-Stars. - In this feature: Major League Baseball, the Chicago Cubs and Greg Maddux 300th win. Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan and the Atlanta Braves. Roger Clemens, the New York Yankees and the "Curse of the Billy Goat." (August 4, 2004).
What About Gavvy? - In this feature: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and the 700 Home Run Club. The baseball Hall of Fame, Mays, DiMaggio and Cactus Gavvy Cravath. Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, the Dead Ball Era and Motel 6. (September 22, 2004).
Game 1 - Flirting With History. - In this feature: Babe Ruth, Don Larsen, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the 2004 American League Championship Series. Mike Mussina, the Chicago Cubs, the Philadelphis A's and bench clearing brawls. (October 15, 2004).
October 22, 2004 - What Curse? - In this feature: Babe Ruth, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 American League Championship Series and "the Curse of the Bambino." The St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Astros, Enos Slaughter, CSI, NBC and the "Big Red Machine." (October 22, 2004)
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