Larry Baer Built SF Giants into Surprise NL West Frontrunner

Although National League West watchers anticipated a season-long faceoff between Los Angeles and San Diego to determine the winner of the division, as it stands currently, with over four-fifths of the season complete, it’s actually the San Francisco Giants on top.

The Giants have taken the National League by surprise and currently boast the best record in baseball. In a division that has been focusing its attention mainly on its Southern California clubs, the Giants have unexpectedly emerged with a gleaming record and gaining momentum toward season’s end.

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Mickey Mantle Wrote Yankees About His Stadium Sex Act (Photos of Letter)

The following Mickey Mantle tawdry tale of a stadium sex act has been “out there” for some time. It is even mentioned on the Mickey Mantle Wikipedia page. That said, it’s somehow still very obscure, and it is not every day that a source sends you photos of the very letter in which Mantle himself engages in “locker room talk” with the organization that employed him.

The Mick was so shameless in retirement that in 1973, when the Yankees sent several of their most iconic players questionnaires, seeking their favorite moments at Yankee Stadium, he got very snarky and provided TMI.

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Nathan Lavender Discusses Transition from Illini to New York Mets

If University of Illinois sophomore LHP Nathan Lavender has a lot of blue and orange colored objects in his possession, that’s very convenient for him! Because surely he’ll be able to use them where he’s going- the New York Mets organization.

Selected in round 14, No. 412 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft, Lavender is now with the Port St. Lucie Mets. Nate Lavender was one of two Illinois Fighting Illini selected in the 2021 MLB Draft, both pitchers, as former teammate Andrew Hoffman went in the 12th round to the NL East division rival Atlanta Braves.

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Travelogue: Visiting the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Iowa

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The moral of the 1988 Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams is that no matter what happens between a parent and child, the possibility of redemption always exists. The movie’s plot revolves around an ex-hippy turned farmer in Iowa who hears voices in his cornfield telling him to build a ball field on his property.

In doing so, the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven members of the banished 1919 Chicago White Sox or “Black Sox” will return. At the end of the movie, you learn that the true meaning of the voice telling Ray Kinsella: “if you build it, he will come.”

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Play and Earn With Weekly Fantasy Baseball

Weekly fantasy baseball is one of the hottest online games there is for every baseball aficionado or enthusiast, and more so for the hard-core fans of the game. At some point in our lives, maybe you have dreamed of getting your baseball team and then playing in the major leagues and winning it all, but of course, this will always remain a dream until fantasy baseball came along.

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VIDEO: Actual “Black Sox,” White Sox-Reds 1919 World Series Footage

Editor’s note: re-publishing this from May 2014 as the Field of Dreams game unveiled their special uniforms today.

The Black Sox are one of the most compelling stories in Chicago sports history. The eight members of the Chicago White Sox ex-communicated from baseball forever for throwing the Cincinnati Reds comprise as intriguing and multi-layered scandals as you’ll find anywhere in sports history.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1919 Black Sox: “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” Podcast

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Editor’s note: re-publishing this from 2018 as the Field of Dreams game unveiled their special uniforms today.

Shoeless Joe Jackson is a whole lot more than the man with the 3rd highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history and still NOT in the Hall of Fame. 

You’ve read about him in books and seen him portrayed in movies such as Eight Men Out (a thorough biography of the Black Sox scandal, written by Eliot Asinof and adapted for the screen by John Sayles, Jackson was played by D.B. Sweeney) and Field of Dreams (where he was played by Ray Liotta, a movie based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella). 

However, the real life Shoeless Joe Jackson was plenty interesting enough and doesn’t actually need to be fictionalized.

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Time to Rethink Black Sox Legacy Amid Field of Dreams Game

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Editor’s note: re-publishing this from 2019 as the Field of Dreams game unveiled their special uniforms today.

Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the rest of his teammates banned from baseball due to the Black Sox scandal, are not in the Hall of Fame, but they do have a strong presence in Cooperstown.

On the main level of the baseball hall of fame, you’ll see prominent photos of Shoeless Joe, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, and various artifacts relating to the team and the scandal. The hall has ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte’s pocket watch, manager Kid Gleason’s jersey and the very first ball thrown in the World Series on display.

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Charitable NFT Project by 1xBet and Arka Agency Captures the Most Iconic Moments of UEFA Euro

1xBet – together with the Arka NFT agency – has launched the Euro Charity Art Collection to commemorate Euro 2020. As part of this creative endeavour, the companies have taken a fresh look at some of the highlights of famous sporting events that have become embedded in the history of the European Football Championship.

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Improve Your Baseball Skills By Getting The Right Equipment

Do you want to improve your baseball skills? If so, then you must get the right equipment. The right equipment will help you have a better shot at success because it will make things easier for you. For example, if you are using a glove that is too big or small, batting with an old bat from your uncle’s basement, or wearing shoes that don’t fit well, then all of these factors can work against what could otherwise be an excellent swing. 

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Yankee Stadium Cat is Athletic, Sign Him Up (Videos)

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There is no doubt about who was the MVP for the New York Yankees on Monday night- the cat that got loose on the Yankee Stadium field. He (we don’t know yet if it’s a he or a she, but we’ll just go with he for the time being for brevity and clarity sake) delayed the game for over four minutes as the stadium stuff just couldn’t corral the kitty.

Down 7-1 to the hapless Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees fans on hand took to chanting “Let’s Go Cat” and “M-V-P!” while the feline was out on the prowl through left field.

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Evaluating the Prospects Chicago Cubs Received in Fire Sale Trades

After the San Diego Padres sold off everyone who was good on their 1992-93 teams, they had to do SOMETHING to market the 1994 squad. So they ran ticket sales campaigns that showed two dudes talking about the current team, and basically asking “who are these players we’ve never heard of?”

It was like a family friendly version of the scene in Major League, where the construction workers look at the Cleveland Indians roster as say “heyo, who are dese fucking guys!?” The Padres ad concludes with the sales slogan “hey, it’s baseball.” It was such a refreshingly honest promo that even though I can’t find it anywhere online today, I still remember it nearly three decades later.

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