An Oral History of the 1989 Cleveland Indians.
It was 1989, and no one knew that the usually predictable world of Major League Baseball was about to get as topsy turvy as it could. Here's the story of a plucky band of misfits, fighting against the entrenched baseball establishment, to obtain success in their efforts against their playing opponents, and an evil owner bent on relocation. [more inside]
The Wire Poster Project
features posters for each of the epigrams preceding each episode. Benefits go the Baltimore Urban Debate League
is the 2013 World Baseball Classic Cuban team
manager. [more inside]
Ronda Rousey - the first American woman to medal in judo
at the Summer Olympics - is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. She has won all six of her professional fights - all but one of them in less than a minute - using a trademark armbar that is usually described as "devastating"
. [more inside]
On September 24 1983, a brilliant young Argentinian footballer
playing for FC Barcelona
was brutally fouled
in a Spanish league game against Athletic Bilbao
. The resulting injury incapacitated Diego Armando Maradona
for four months and ultimately resulted in him leaving Barcelona for Naples
and a serious cocaine addiction
. More than the fouling player
(who already had the nickname "Butcher of Bilbao
"), many blamed Bilbao's coach
and his somewhat lacking concept of "fair play"
. [more inside]
"In terms of language, it is also the most offensive official Major League baseball document that we have ever seen."
An auction house obtains a one page letter sent to baseball players in 1898, outlining the league's new anti-cursing policy. Includes lots of examples of the kind of language that is not allowed. Nervous auctioneers not sure how to exhibit it. Purely of historical interest, naturally. [more inside]
Want free admission to a baseball game? Get a tattoo.
The Daytona Cubs, a minor league affiliate (high A-ball) of the Chicago Cubs, are running a promotion where "Any fan 18 or older who gets a Daytona Cubs tattoo from Willie's Tropical Tattoo in Ormond Beach, Fla., will receive a lifetime general admission ticket."
"I'm not squeamish about where someone wants to put it," said Charlie Subock of Tropical Tattoo. "It might be disrespectful to get it on your butt. But if you didn't like the Cubs, that may be the place to put it."