Welcome to “Baseball History: Beyond the Stats”

I have always enjoyed baseball. From my first New York Yankees game I attended on June 29, 1980 to today, baseball has always been my favorite sport.

History was always my best class in high school. While I struggled with math, I always aced tests and enjoyed learning more about American and world history.

So what better way to combine two of my interests than start a blog about baseball history? I enjoy today’s players and watching games on TV or in person. But there’s a part of me that will never forgot the players and moments of the past.

“Baseball History: Beyond the Stats” is just what the name implies. You can find a player’s home run, RBI and wins/losses total in any baseball history book or website. My blog focuses on more than just stats. It’s about the facts, streaks, connections and more that may not appear in box scores or season stat lines. This blog attempts to find the often humorous, embarrassing and mind-blowing moments in baseball history.

Below are some of the topics that will be discussed. Since I enjoy music, I’ve added a little musical inspiration to each topic.

Isn’t It Ironic: Baseball is full of ironic moments. Sometimes things happen on the diamond for no reason except to shake your head and say “Isn’t it ironic.”

The Forgotten: Certain players and events in baseball history are forgotten for one reason or another. For example, New York Yankee Bobby Richardson and San Francisco Giant Jeffrey Leonard each earned postseason MVP honors. However, their accomplishments are often forgotten since they were on the losing team. I’ll make sure some of baseball’s forgotten moments will always be remembered.

Some Guys (Don’t) Have All the Luck: Statistics don’t always tell the story. Sometimes a pitcher’s lack of run support might explain a losing record. This is one of the hard-luck subjects that will be examined

For the First Time: A statistic may not tell the whole story. Looking further into statistics, it may be the first occurrence for a player or franchise. Some firsts are pretty well-known, such as Babe Ruth hitting the first home run at old Yankee Stadium. Others may not be as famous.

Workin’ for a Living: Long before the minimum salary was nearly $500,000, major league players often needed to work full-time during the off-season. Some even worked part-time during the regular season. Find out who worked in the medical, legal and other fields before, during and after their careers.

This is only a short list of topics that will be discussed in “Baseball History: Beyond the Stats.” If you want to learn more about baseball history that may not be discussed in books or websites, this is the blog for you. Enjoy!

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