Rick Monday Saves the American Flag

Forty years ago today, this happened:


On April 25, 1976, Rick Monday, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and former Marine, saved the American flag from protesters who were attempting to set it on fire in the outfield at Dodger Stadium. (Click here to see the famous photo of the event.) According to the Los Angeles Times and the blog Misc. Baseball, William Thomas was charged with trespassing and released three days later. Thomas claimed he was trying to make a statement about his wife’s imprisonment in a mental institution.

Thanks, Rick!

  ~ baseballrebecca



D.C. Padres Season Opener


Photo courtesy of the D.C. Padres

Tomorrow the D.C. Padres will play their first game of the season. Who are the D.C. Padres, you ask? They are a baseball team made up of Catholic priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington. They play against local high school teams at venues – including minor league ballparks – in the DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the team is to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The team has been around since 2011 – it was formed by Father Larry Young, current pastor of Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, MD. The team is modeled after the D.C. Hood (as in priesthood), a basketball team in the archdiocese comprised of priests and seminarians. Both teams use their games as an opportunity to talk about vocations – for example, the Padres use the third inning stretch to say a prayer and talk about religious vocations. Check out their video from the Archdiocese of Washington:

Even if you aren’t religious, its still good baseball. I first heard of the Padres a few years ago from my parish priest. They were playing after the Baysox game that afternoon, so we decided to attend. I think I’ll go back this year, too. The Padres have three games scheduled this season:

  • Sunday April 24th, vs. Paul VI High School at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday May 8th, vs. St. Mary’s Ryken High School at Regency Furniture Stadium, home the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (the Padres play after the Blue Crabs’ game, which is at 2 p.m.)
  • Sunday August 28th, vs. Bishop McNamara High School at Prince George’s Stadium (after the Bowie Baysox game, which is at 2 p.m.)

~ baseballrebecca

League Park

4a18626vOn April 21, 1910, Cleveland’s “new” League Park opened in Cleveland, Ohio. Originally opened in 1891 as a wood structure, the park was rebuilt using concrete and steel in 1910. From its opening in 1891 through the 1899 season, League Park was home to the Cleveland Spiders of the National League. In 1900 it housed the Western League’s Cleveland Lake Shores, who became the Cleveland Indians in 1901 when the American League was born. The Indians played at League Park from 1901 to 1946, splitting games between Municipal Stadium and League Park between 1936 and 1946 before officially moving to Municipal Stadium for the 1947 season. Other teams to play there were the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League (1943-1948, 1950), and several NFL and college teams.

Several historic events occurred at League Park, including:

  • Addie Joss’ perfect game, 1908
  • The first World Series grand slam, hit by Elmer Smith in 1920
  • The first World Series home run by a pitcher, hit by Jim Bagby in 1920
  • Babe Ruth’s 500th home run, 1929
  • Bob Feller’s first win, 1936
  • Joe DiMaggio’s final game of his 56-game hitting streak, 1941

Today the site houses the Baseball Heritage Museum, a new field where the old one once stood, and a community park. The ticket booth of League Park was restored and reopened as the museum in 2014. The mission of the museum is “to preserve and present the history of diversity in baseball by entertaining, educating, and enlightening the visiting public about the multicultural heritage of baseball and the values it represents.”

Happy Birthday, League Park!

~ baseballrebecca


Happy Jackie Robinson Day!


Image courtesy of the Negro Southern League Museum.

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Throughout major and minor league baseball, players will be wearing uniform no. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson’s contributions to baseball and the nation. In Vero Beach, FL, Minor League Baseball and the Florida State League will hold its third annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Dodgertown. The Brevard County Manatees will play the Lucie Mets.

On Monday, the new Ken Burns’ documentary, “Jackie Robinson,” premiered on PBS. Also, MLB announced on Monday that it will sponsor 30 Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars (4-year funding for each, one for every MLB team) and it will contribute $1 million to the Jackie Robinson Museum, to be opened some day in New York.

Here are just a few more Robinson-related tributes planned for Friday:

  • The baseball team at UCLA, where Robinson went to college, will wear special edition Robinson-era “throwback jerseys” as well as cleats provided by Adidas.
  • jackie-robinson-adidas-4

    Image courtesy of Adidas.

    Adidas will provide their special edition baseball cleats the UCLA baseball team as well as the MLB players who represent Adidas. The shoes feature newspaper-style headlines on the uppers and Jackie Robinson’s #42 embroidered on the side.
  • Beginning today, Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers will be on display at the New York Historical Society before moving on to other cities.
  • Several MLB and MiLB will be celebrating Jackie Robinson Day with special promotions and activities. The Los Angeles Dodgers, for example, will be giving away a replica Jackie Robinson jersey. The AA Lehigh Valley IronPigs will have a life-size, hand-carved wood statue of Robinson at their game as well as other promotions.
  • The Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM) and the Birmingham Barons in Birmingham, Alabama, will celebrate Jackie Robinson day with a marching band and other festivities at the NSLM followed by a Barons game at Regions Field, which is adjacent to the museum.
  • The City of Philadelphia will formally honor Jackie Robinson, having recently passed a resolution to celebrate April 15, 2016, “as a day honoring the lifetime achievements and lasting influence of Jackie Robinson and apologizing for the racism he faced as a player while visiting Philadelphia.”
  • Also in Philly, the Business Association of West Parkside will hold its annual Jackie Robinson Day festivities, which include a ceremony at the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park (at Belmont and Parkside avenues). The entire event will be broadcast live on Philadelphia’s WURD (900 AM). At the event, there will be a rededication of the Jackie Robinson mural.
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame will offer a guided tour of their “Pride and Passion” exhibit and a screening of the movie “42.”
  • And, last but not least, it appears that Huston-Tollotson University in Decatur, GA, has issued a resolution honoring Jackie Robinson.

~ baseballrebecca



Photo courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

April 13, 1978, was Reggie! candy bar day at Yankee Stadium. It was the Yankees’ home opener and Reggie Jackson‘s second year with the team. The giveaway that day was Reggie’s namesake candy.

In the bottom of the first, Reggie hit a 3-run home run off of the White Sox’ Wilbur Wood. As should have been expected, the crowd began throwing their Reggie bars onto the field and chanting “Reggie!” as Jackson rounded the bases. Presumably not all 44,667 fans in attendance threw them on the ground (some of the early arrivers probably ate them before or during the pre-game ceremonies for Maris and Mantle), but there were enough to require only a slight delay while the grounds crew scooped them all up.

The White Sox players were not amused. Later, Reggie would say that he was at first concerned that the fans did not like the candy bar. But they were just celebrating the home run and the beginning of their team’s World Series-winning season.

~ baseballrebecca

Programming Reminder

featured-dodgersTonight’s the night for the big PBS premiere of Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Jackie Robinson.” The two-parter airs on PBS at 9 and 11 pm (Eastern) tonight and tomorrow night. It also will be repeated a few more times over the next couple weeks (though not always at convenient times, like 2:30 am). All I’ve seen is the various promo trailers – nine different ones are posted on the PBS YouTube page. Several more are on the PBS website. They even showed them during Spring Training games this year.

Have you ever really wanted to see something but simultaneously feared you might be disappointed? I get that way with stories of monumental importance when they are made into movies and documentaries. I still have the movie “42” sitting on the shelf with my other DVDs still in its plastic wrapper. I want to watch it, but don’t want to feel let down. I feel the same way about books about Jackie Robinson. The first and best book I ever read about Robinson was the classic, Baseball’s Great Experiment, by Jules Tygiel. I have many other books by and about Robinson on my bookshelf. But I’m afraid they won’t be as good as Tygiel’s.

Nonetheless, I’ll try to remember to watch the PBS documentary tonight. Jackie’s that important.

~ baseballrebecca

Week of April 3-9, 2016

It was the first week of the MLB and MiLB 2016 season and there were a LOT of great articles, tweets, videos, and posts. However, this was the BEST video posted this week… Meet the Norfolk Tides’ new Mascot, Titan:

Have a great week, everyone!

~ baseballrebecca

The Annual Bobble List

The first bobblehead of the season was given out Thursday – Trout and Pujols. But don’t worry – if you missed out, there are plenty more to come. Major League Baseball teams are giving away a total of 192 bobbleheads and gnomes this year, though several require fans to purchase special tickets to obtain them. I’ll post the minor league bobblehead list next week.

Happy collecting!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobble or Gnome
7-Apr Angels Trout and Pujols HR Bobblehead
10-Apr Brewers 1980s Vintage Bobblehead
10-Apr Rockies Nolan Arenado Diamond Leader Bobblehead
16-Apr Cardinals Adam Wainwright
16-Apr Cubs Joe Maddon
16-Apr Marlins Charles Johnson 1997 All-Star Bobblehead
16-Apr Rays Kiermaier Platinum Glove Bobblehead
17-Apr Pirates Josh Harrison gnome
19-Apr Cardinals Adam Wainright mini bobble (special tix)
19-Apr Rangers Jeff Banister AL Manager of the Year Bobblehead
19-Apr Red Sox Mookie Betts
22-Apr Giants Juli Inskter (World Golf Hall of Famer) bobblehead (special tix)
23-Apr Braves Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren “Famous Calls” bobblehead
23-Apr Diamondbacks AJ Pollock
23-Apr Giants Matt Duffy bobblehead
23-Apr Reds Joey Votto Super Hero Bobblehead
23-Apr Tigers “April in the D” Detroit Tigers Retro-Style Bobblehead
23-Apr White Sox Abreu Plush Bleacher Creature
23-Apr Yankees Babe Ruth
24-Apr Blue Jays Josh Donaldson MVP Bobblehead
25-Apr Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
26-Apr Giants Year of the Monkey Figurine (special tix)
30-Apr A’s Sean Doolittle Gnome with sound
30-Apr Brewers Jonathan Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead (special tix required)
30-Apr Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal Bobblehead with sound chip
30-Apr Cubs Ron Santo Replica Statue
30-Apr Dodgers Justin Turner Chia Pet
30-Apr Mariners Nelson Cruz “Boomstick” Bobblehead
30-Apr Mets Syndergaard-en Gnome
30-Apr Rays Archer K-Counter Bobblehead
1-May Brewers Ryan Braun Franchise Home Run Leader Bobblehead
3-May Cardinals Jeff Suppan mini bobble (special tix)
5-May Giants Lou Seal/Cinco de Mayo bobblehead (special tix)
6-May Giants Brandon Crawford (fans receive either a Silver Slugger or Gold Glove bobblehead)
7-May Astros Dallas Keuchel “Cy Young/Gold Glove” Bobblehead
7-May Giants Giants-themed Captain America bobblehead (special tix)
7-May Marlins Jeff Conine 1995 All-Star Bobblehead
7-May Reds Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Mr. Redlegs Bobblehead
7-May White Sox Chris Sale K-Counter Bobbblehead
10-May Red Sox David Price
11-May Dodgers Dave Roberts
11-May Nationals Bryce Harper
14-May Mariners Kyle Seager
14-May Rangers Rougned Odor Bobblehead
14-May Royals Ned Yost
17-May Cardinals Chris Duncan mini bobble (special tix)
17-May Tigers Ian Kinsler
20-May Angels Trout Wall Catch Figurine
20-May Cardinals Yadier Molina garden gnome
21-May Marlins Ichiro Suzuki Hit-Counter Bobblehead
21-May Pirates “Raise the Jolly Roger” bobblehead
21-May Reds Ken Griffey Jr. Dual Bobblehead
22-May A’s Josh Reddick bobblehead
23-May Nationals Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead, Piece #1 of 2
24-May Cardinals David Eckstein mini bobble (special tix)
25-May Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
28-May Braves Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman “Chipper Rescues Freddie” ATV bobblehead
29-May Blue Jays Delgado, Bautista, and Wells Trio Bobblehead
29-May Brewers Kids’ Paint-Your-Own Bernie Bobblehead
29-May Rangers Blue Dot Bobblehead, 1 in a series of 3
4-Jun Astros Colby Rasmus 2015 Postseason Celebration Bobblehead
4-Jun Cardinals Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina “Final Out” Dual Bobblehead
4-Jun Marlins Mike Lowell 2003 All-Star Bobblehead
8-Jun Dodgers Don Newcombe
9-Jun Brewers Brewers mascot Barrelman bobblehead wearing a knit sweater (for stitch ‘n pitch day)
11-Jun Brewers Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special tix req’d)
11-Jun Rays Archer Stormtrooper Bobblehead
11-Jun Reds Reds Garden Gnome
12-Jun Brewers Barking BobbleHank
14-Jun Cardinals Jason Isringhausen mini bobble (special tix)
14-Jun Red Sox Veritek
18-Jun Marlins Luis Castillo 2002 All-Star Bobblehead
18-Jun Royals Kendrys Morales
18-Jun Twins Migue Sano
21-Jun Red Sox Papi Gnome
22-Jun Dodgers Dusty Baker
23-Jun Braves Bobblehead TBA
23-Jun Pirates Gerrit Cole bobblehead
24-Jun Mariners Felix Hernandez
24-Jun Yankees Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Bobblehead Night
25-Jun Giants Madison Bumgarner
25-Jun Marlins Moises Alou 1997 All-Star Bobblehead
25-Jun Royals Alcides Escobar
26-Jun Brewers Greg Vaughn 90’s Bobblehead
27-Jun Nationals Jayson Werth and Pet Figurine
2-Jul Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
2-Jul Dodgers 1981 Tri-MVP Bobblehead feat. Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, and Pedro Guerrero
2-Jul Twins Ervin Santana
3-Jul Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki
3-Jul Nationals Racing President Bobblehead
5-Jul Cardinals Tony LaRussa mini bobble (special tix)
5-Jul Cubs Antony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead
5-Jul Nationals Bryce Harper Chia Pet
9-Jul Brewers Quad-bobble featuring four Brewers players as the Ghostbuster (special tix required)
9-Jul Indians Yan Gomez
9-Jul Marlins Edgar Renteria 1998 All-Star bobblehead
10-Jul Rangers Cole Hamels
10-Jul Red Sox Wally and Tessie Bobblehead
12-Jul Astros Carlos Correa Rooke of the Year Bobblehead
16-Jul A’s Hello Kitty bobblehead
16-Jul Mariners Robinson Cano
16-Jul Reds Zack Cozart Bobblehead
16-Jul Tigers JD Martinez
16-Jul Twins Torii Hunter (Torii Hunter HoF Induction)
17-Jul Rays Kiermaier Claus Bobblehead
17-Jul Tigers Jose Iglesias
18-Jul Phillies Maikel Franco Bobble Figurine
19-Jul Cardinals Brad Thompson mini bobble (special tix)
19-Jul Nationals Dusty Baker Bobblehead
20-Jul Cubs Jake Arrieta “Cy Young” Bobblehead
22-Jul Cardinals Matt Holliday
23-Jul Astros Evan Gattis Gnome
23-Jul Marlins Dontrelle Willis 2005 All-Star bobblehead
23-Jul Rockies Star Wars Bobblehead
24-Jul Blue Jays Kevin Pillar
24-Jul Royals Wade Davis
26-Jul Dodgers Kenta Maeda
30-Jul Indians Thome HOF Inductee Bobblehead
30-Jul Marlins Alex Gonzalez 1999 All-Star bobblehead
30-Jul Rangers Franchise Four Quad Bobblehead
31-Jul Brewers Jimmy Nelson Bobblehead
31-Jul Giants Bruce Bochy Gnome
31-Jul Mets Mike Piazza
31-Jul Rangers Green Dot Bobblehead, 2 in a series of 3
31-Jul Twins Twins Vintage Bobblehead
1-Aug Cubs Kris Bryant “Rookie of the Year” Award Bobblehead
5-Aug Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Bobblehead
6-Aug Cardinals Vintage Cardinal Bobblehead
6-Aug Diamondbacks Zack Greinke
6-Aug Rays Longo Solar Gnome
6-Aug Rockies Bobblehead (unspecified)
7-Aug Yankees Didi Gregorius
9-Aug Cardinals Aaron Miles mini bobble (special tix)
9-Aug Dodgers Howie Kendrick
9-Aug Red Sox Ortiz Talking Bobblehead
11-Aug Pirates Jung Ho Kang bobblehead
13-Aug Indians Bob Feller
13-Aug Marlins Cliff Floyd 2001 All-Star bobblehead
14-Aug Blue Jays Stieb, Hentgen, and Halladay Trio Bobblehead
14-Aug Brewers Craig Counsell Player/Manager Bobblehead
14-Aug Dodgers Magic Johnson Gnome
14-Aug Giants Hunter Pence Solar Bobblebody
14-Aug Rangers Adrian Beltre Removable Helmet Bobblehead
16-Aug Cubs Joe Maddon “Manager of the Year” Award Bobblehead
18-Aug Braves Andruw Jones “Spiderman Catch” bobblehead
20-Aug Orioles Orioles Bobblehead (TBA)
20-Aug Phillies Harry Kalas Replica Statue
21-Aug Mariners Taijuan “Sky” Walker Bobblehead
21-Aug Rays Raymond and DJ Kitty Double Bobblehead
21-Aug Rockies Bobblehead (unspecified)
23-Aug Cardinals Chris Carpenter mini bobble (special tix)
25-Aug Dodgers Bobblehead #9
26-Aug Cardinals Bob Gibson Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue
26-Aug Giants Bill Graham “Father Time” bobblehead (special tix)
26-Aug Nationals Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead, Piece #2 of 2
27-Aug Astros Jose Altuve Gold Glove/Silver Slugger Bobblehead
27-Aug Marlins Jack McKeon 2004 All-Star bobblehead
27-Aug Mets Matt Harvey bobblehead
27-Aug Rangers Elvis “Landrus Calrissian” Star Wars Bobblehead
27-Aug White Sox Southpaw Star Wars Bobblehead (mascot)
28-Aug Giants Mike Krukow Bobblehead 30th anniversary of 20 win season
30-Aug Red Sox Bogaerts Bobblehead
31-Aug Phillies Phanatic Variant Bobblehead (specal tix required)
3-Sep A’s Jose Canseco Rookie of the Year Bobblehead
3-Sep Rangers Red Dot Bobblehead, 3 in a series of 3
3-Sep Rays Fan Vote Bobblehead
3-Sep Reds Super Saturday Bobblehead
3-Sep Royals Salvador Perez
4-Sep Rockies Bobblehead (unspecified)
8-Sep Yankees Yankees Peanuts Bobblehead
9-Sep Cardinals Eddie Gaedel Bobblehead
9-Sep Nationals Fan Choice Bobblehead
9-Sep Orioles Manny Machado Garden Gnome
10-Sep Astros George Springer “Outfield Wall Catch” Bobblehead
10-Sep Braves Chipper Jones “2000 All-Star Game” Bobblehead
10-Sep Marlins Gary Sheffield 1996 All-Star bobblehead
10-Sep Pirates Francisco Liriano bobblehead
10-Sep Yankees Dellin Betances
13-Sep Cardinals Jim Edmonds mini bobble (special tix)
16-Sep Cubs Kyle Shwarber “Home Run” Bobblehead
17-Sep Braves Bobby Cox “Carried Off” bobblehead
17-Sep Diamondbacks David Peralta
17-Sep Giants Tito Fuentes bobblehead (special tix req’d)
17-Sep Mets Bobblehead (unspecified)
17-Sep Orioles Orioles Bobblehead (TBA)
20-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead #10
24-Sep Marlins Jim Leyland 1998 All-Star bobblehead
27-Sep Cardinals Randy Flores mini bobble (special tix)
27-Sep Nationals Nationals Gnome/Elf (TBA)
30-Sep Nationals Nationals Branded Donkey or Elephant Figurine
1-Oct Cardinals David Eckstein Bobblehead
1-Oct Yankees Roger Maris

Baysox Opening Night

IMG_0803It was almost everything we could ask for – our championship team playing at home on the first night of the season, a rehab start by a Major Leaguer, a home run by one of our top prospects, and some good plays by our favorite starters. And, of course, sumo wrestlers, the dizzy bat race, and other assorted contests.

The only thing missing was a win. Unfortunately, the Baysox lost to the RubberDucks, 5-2.

The 50 degrees and rain that caused a delay in the Nats game down the road a bit, only delayed the start by a little over a half hour and mostly stayed away until the end of the game. And I don’t know about Nats stadium or Camden Yards, but the rain left behind a nice rainbow over Prince George’s Stadium in beautiful Bowie, Maryland.

It was a nice start to the Minor League Season!

~ baseballrebecca


Happy MiLB Opening Day!

usa-today-9226201.0It’s one of my favorite days of the year! Today the 10 full-season leagues affiliated with Major League Baseball begin their seasons! (Minor League Baseball’s 15 leagues are listed below, along with their All-Star Game dates and links to the MiLB.com league previews, if available.) Naturally, I’ll be spending the evening with my Eastern League Champion Bowie Baysox!

Since it’s an in-between year for the every-other-year affiliation changes, there’s no change there, but there have been a few logo changes since last year. The Norfolk Tides, for example, have abandoned their logo of waves to that of a seahorse, complete with a new seahorse mascot named Triton. (Not to worry, though. Rip Tide is still around!)

There are also two new minor league ballparks scheduled to open this season: Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, and Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats. The Fireflies’ new park should be ready in time for the team’s home opener on April 14. The Yard Goats will have to wait until May 31 to play in their new park. In Toledo, Hensville, a new entertainment and shopping district is opening right next to the Mud Hens’ ballpark, Fifth Third Field.

For more information, check out MiLB’s Fans’ Guide to MiLB Opening Day 2016.

Happy new baseball season!

~ baseballrebecca


AAA – Triple-A All-Star Game in on 7/13 in Charlotte, NC



  • Florida State League – All-Star Game is on 6/18 in Fort Myers, FL
  • Carolina League
  • California League – California/Carolina League ASG is on 6/21 in Lake Elsinore, CA


Short-Season A (Opening Day: June 17)

  • Northwest League – All-Star Game is on 8/2 in Ogden, UT
  • New York-Penn League – All-Star Game is on 8/16 in Fishkill, NY

Rookie League

  • Pioneer League (Opening Day: June 17)
  • Appalachian League (Opening Day: June 23)
  • Gulf Coast League (Opening Day: June 24)
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