Rounders: A History of Baseball in America looks at baseball's journey from a diversion played on the outskirts of small towns to a pastime continually shaping this country's cultural identity. This sport isn't just about a ball-and-stick. It's a snapshot of ourselves, our nation, and our world.
Learn about how fans have disrupted major league baseball games in...unique ways throughout the years on this episode of Rounders: A History of Baseball in America.
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Chris, Travis and Wes from the SoCal Vintage Baseball League stop by to talk game differences between then & now, the roots of baseball in Southern California, and how you can get involved in supporting their league and vintage baseball across the United States!
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Imagine I could put you in a time machine, transport you to 1927, and give you a ticket to watch one of the greatest baseball players ever:
This athlete could play any position, thanks to a cannon arm and unnatural swiftness
His combination of speed and control made him one of the most feared pitchers of his day.
His bat was just as dreaded, most seasons he finished with a batting average over .300.
His knowledge of the game was unrivaled, and he could manage a team with superior ability.
This player was eventually enshrined in not one, but five halls of fame around the world.
He was compared to Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Babe Ruth.
You’d take that ticket in a second, right? Week if you grew up in the United States during thes time, you most likely never heard his name, because he never played a single game in Major League Baseball. But if you followed baseball outside of the United States during this time, you’d know exactly who this is. El Maestro. El Inmortal.
The Story of Martin Dihigo. Today on Rounders: A History of baseball in America’s.
It's a warm Wisconsin summer evening in June, 1996. You and your family are sitting behind the plate to see your beloved single-A club the Timbler Rattlers play an exhibition game against their MLB affiliate, the Seattle Mariners. As you eagerly wait for the umpire to yell "play ball!" you notice storm clouds gathering in the distance. In the blink of an eye, the rain begins, and it doesn't let up.
Before long the umpires decide to cancel the game. Disappointed, you begin to grab your belongings and head to the exit. But wait! The announcer declares a special 3 on 3 home run derby between the two squads.
Out of the dugout comes Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. ready to compete in the slugging match. For your hometown Rattlers? The starting outfielder, their hitting coach, and an upstart rookie first baseman from the Dominican Republic.
As the dust settles, one player dominates the event. And it's not A-Rod or Griffey. That award went to someone else.
Seattle’s Home Run Battle . Today on Rounders: A History of Baseball in America.
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What do cornflakes, nylon stockings, exploding scoreboards, baseball jerseys, and disco all have in common? Bill Veeck used them all to get fans into ballparks. And he changed baseball thanks to his visionary marketing and promotional strategies.
But he wasn't just a showman. Bill's advocacy of African Americans in the MLB, along with his support for player rights, guarantees his status as one of the great baseball visionaries.
Chapter 1: In His Father's Image (1:42)
Chapter 2: Promoter Extraordinaire (5:53)
Chapter 3: The Abe Lincoln of Baseball (20:02)
Chapter 4: Baseball's Visionary (32:16)
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Florida has become a baseball Mecca, from it’s local amateur leagues all the way to the booming stadiums of their major league teams. They’ve become synonymous with one another, and baseball would be a very different sport without the influence of the Sunshine state.
In a new segment entitled “Pastgame Interviews” I sit down with other members of the baseball community to discuss their contributions to the sport. On this episode I sat down with Sam Gazdziak, (@RIP_MLB) to discuss his work in chronicling the lives of deceased baseball figures. We had a great conversation about baseball history and some […]
Uniforms, from their purpose to their design, have changed dramatically since baseball’s early days in the mid 1800’s. No more bow ties, collared shirts, or wool pants. But even with these changes, baseball uniforms are an always intriguing mix of design and functionality, a continual give and take of form and function.
Did you know all 30 Major League Baseball games host Sunday chapel services for players? Did you know many teams keep a chaplain on payroll to travel with the team, to look after the spiritual well-being of its players? Did you know, that littered throughout baseball history, we find examples of athletes, at great expense […]
Last week’s episode highlighted baseball’s importance to morale for American troops, from the jungles of the South Pacific to the Nazi stadium in Nuremberg, where we saw an integrated world series take place far from American baseball parks. Over 500 major league baseball players were drafted or volunteered to join the military. Because of this […]
The year is 1945. Germany has surrendered. Thousands of Allied troops occupy Western Europe. A stadium in the heart of Nazi Germany, where hundreds of rallies were once held, is filled to the brim again with 50,000 people. This time, no swatzikas or bronze eagles adorned the walls. Instead, finely crushed red brick formed an […]
Baseball is a game of rules. 169 pages of rules to be exact. Three strikes, you’re out. Four balls? Take your base! The ball bounced in the outfield and went into the stands? Ground rule double. Arguing with the umpire about balls and strikes? Ejected. Baseball’s long history means rules have been around for a […]
Attending Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, has an almost religious feel for any baseball fan. These walls watched Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez fill it’s stands with loyal fans night after night. These base paths were home to eight World Series […]
It’s the second inning and you’ve just been called from the bullpen as a reliever. The starting pitcher just gave up a double and a single to start the game, and your manager needs you to get out of the inning. As you take the mound you look at the upcoming batters for your opponent, […]
The saying “as American as baseball and apple pie” illustrates how connected baseball is with the idea of being an “American.” But how did baseball become the national pastime? Was it an American invention or an import from our “melting pot” nation of immigrants? And if baseball is indeed an established game from another country, […]