Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Well if you don't know ,I'll tell ya. I'm Baltimore born and raised. I love anything sports related from Baltimore. This is the first of my old school player tees.
John Joseph Dunn (October 6, 1872 - October 22, 1928) was an American journeyman pitcher in Major League Baseball at the turn of the 20th century who later went on to become a minor league baseball club owner, discovering two future Hall of Famers.
Dunn was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Little is known of his youth, but in 1896 he played for Toronto in the Eastern League and the following year he reached the major leagues as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. He bounced around the majors for seven years, having one good season with the Bridegrooms in 1899 with a 23-13 record. After 1904, he pitched and managed in the minors for a few seasons before moving into the business side of baseball.
In 1907, Dunn took over as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, a minor league club with no connection to the current major-league team by that name. He bought the team a year later and developed a minor-league powerhouse by scouting and developing his own players.
Dunn first achieved renown in 1914, when his Orioles were running away with the league pennant but losing money at the box office because of a rival Federal League team in town purporting to be a major-league club. To make his payroll, Dunn had to move the team to Richmond, Virginia and sell off his star player, Babe Ruth, and 11 other players to the majors.
The team moved back to Baltimore in 1916 and Dunn again put together a juggernaut, ultimately signing 10 more players who went on to have solid major-league careers. The best of these was pitcher Lefty Grove, a future Hall of Famer who went 109-36 as an Oriole between 1920 and 1924. By that time, Dunn's team was in the midst of winning seven straight International League championships, many by huge margins.
Dunn's team was regarded as the equal of many major league teams, and he kept them so by refusing to trade or sell players to the majors. It wasn't until the 1925 off-season, when the other, struggling teams in the league made an agreement with the majors on a set price for transferring players, that Dunn finally relented and began selling his stars for money. His team won one more league title in 1925 and then dropped back into the pack.
Dunn was responsible for Ruth's famous nickname, calling him "my $10,000 Babe" for the price he drew, and in addition to Grove, discovered other quality major-leaguers such as Jack Bentley, Ernie Shore, George Earnshaw, Dick Porter and Tommy Thomas.
Dunn continued to run the Orioles until his death from a heart attack at age 56.
Info. taken from wikipedia
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Eastern Amateur Hockey League (1933 to 1953)
The league was founded in 1933 with seven teams as the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). The league was founded by Thomas Lockhart, who served as its commissioner from 1933 to 1972. Lockhart, who operated a small intramural hockey league at New York City's Madison Square Garden, offered his teams—and the use of the MSG ice—in exchange for joining the league.
Three teams folded after the first season, and the league reorganized, electing
Frederick Rubien, secretary of the United States Olympic Association, as its new president.
Lockhart was a great promoter of the sport and equally great at finding trophies for the league. Initially, the league championship trophy was found by Lockhart in a pawn shop. The James J. Walker Trophy, was found in 1935 after being named and donated by New York City Mayor James J. Walker in 1926. Lockhart also collected the Hershey Cup, which was originally given to the Tri-State Hockey League by the Hershey candy company, and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Trophy, originally given to the winner of the 1932 AAU hockey tournament winner by Atlantic City resort managers and hotel owners. In the late 1930s, the league divided the year into three sections and awarded a trophy to the winner of each one. First teams would play for the Hershey Cup, then play a tournament for the Boardwalk Trophy, then go on to play another tournament for the Walker Cup.
There was no 1948-49 season, but the league returned for the 1949-50 season with eight teams. The league again did not operate during the 1953-54 season.
Baltimore won 3 championships 1939-40 - 1935-36 - 1933-34
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The 1989 All-Star Game was held on Tuesday, July 11, 1989. The American League won the sixtieth midsummer classic by a score of 5 to 3. The game was held at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA in front of 64036 fans. The MVP was Bo Jackson of the Royals
This cap is made with a vintage 1989 All-Star patch. Size 7 3/8
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Owner Jim Speros' approach was simple: he knew that Canadian football was different from the American game, and therefore made a point of hiring personnel and players with CFL experience. Speros made Jim Popp general manager of the new team, and named the legendary Don Matthews as head coach. Popp and Matthews, in turn, brought in experienced players like QB Tracy Ham, RB Mike Pringle, LB O. J. Brigance, DT Jerald Bayliss, DE Elfrid Payton and former National Football League veteran K Donald Igwebuike. However, the franchise quickly ran into trouble, becoming known as the "team without a name." Speros had started calling his new franchise the Baltimore CFL Colts and the NFL sued because of possible public confusion with their Indianapolis Colts, who had played in Baltimore from 1953 until 1984. The lawsuit (which the NFL won) forced a name change, and the franchise became known as the Baltimore Football Club (Baltimore F.C.), sometimes called the Baltimore CFLers. The team's fan base resisted the change; for most of the '94 season, the public address announcer at Memorial Stadium would announce the team as "your Baltimore CFL..." followed by a pause, during which time the assembled fans would shout "Colts!", and after which the stadium announcer would conclude, "...football team."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Two of Monday Nights Team's Throwback Custom Fitteds. Denver cap is retro 1960's while the Oilers cap is straight vintage 1980's patches front and back. Just in case someone doesn't know.....the Titans use to be the Oilers.
Denver 34 Tennessee 20
Friday, November 16, 2007
In attempt to draw more fans, the Braves sign an aging Babe Ruth. However at the age of 40, The Babe's best years are behind him. Ruth would homer in his first NL at bat, but there would not be much success that followed. The Bambino hit only .187 and had only 4 dingers heading into June before The Babe had one last hurrah. In a game at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field the Babe blasted 3 homers in a game against the Pirates. A few days later Babe Ruth would retire with an All-time record 714 career Homers, a record that would last 40 years. While Babe Ruth was struggling to come up with the form that made him a legend, the Braves were just hoping to win a game. The Braves would suffer their worst season in franchise history with a record of 38-115.
The Portland Rosebuds name was used by two professional men's ice hockey teams based in Portland, Oregon. Both played their home games at the Portland Ice Arena.
The first team played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1914 to 1918. In 1916 they became the first United States-based team to participate in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The second Rosebuds team was born when the Regina Capitals moved to Portland for the 1925-26 WHL season, the final one for the Western Hockey League. When the league folded, many of the players transferred to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Brooklyn Ward's Wonders was a team who played in the Players League in 1890. The team's nickname derived from its superstar shortstop, hall of famer John Montgomery Ward. The team finished with a 76-56 record, good enough to finish in second place. Other notable players for Brooklyn that year were Dave Orr, George Van Haltren, and Gus Weyhing. The team folded after the season along with the entire league. The team played its home games at Eastern Park.