world series

For the 15th Legendary Game on Baseballisms we decided to look back for a positive outcome for the many Chicago Cubs fans who visit this site regularly. We have had conversations with book authors who believe the Cubs may have initiated The Original Curse, and have had a Fan Submission detailing the birth of a baseball tradition during that same Series.

Now we have come to the conclusion of Game 6 of the 1945 World Series, as presented in our ongoing batter by batter account summarized by yesterday’s final scoreboard.

 

In the bottom of the 12th inning, the Detroit Tigers’ Dizzy Trout, going on his fifth inning of relief after having been the winning pitcher in Game 4, came on to face the 8 – 9 – 1 hitters in the Cubs lineup. After a routine groundout by catcher Dewey Williams, Trout gave up a single up the middle to pinch hitter (and future MLB Umpire) Frank Secory. Cubs manager Charlie Grimm sent in Bill Schuster to pinch run and with two outs he scored all the way from first on a double to left field by star third baseman Stan Hack!

Seeing the historic names from the past is certainly part of the fun with these Legendary Games, but they also provide a glimpse into the way games were managed and how they have changed over the years. Can you imagine the howls on Twitter when Grimm had the second batter of the game execute a sacrifice bunt or in the very next frame gets bitten after issuing an intentional walk to load the bases, when starting pitcher Claude Passeau walks the very next batter sending home the first run of the game! The Ron Washington critics would have lost their minds.

Stan Hack | Chicago Cubs | Baseballisms.comCubs fans will enjoy seeing the production from familiar names at the top of this lineup including the aforementioned Stan Hack going 4 for 5, and popular Andy Pafko contributing two hits. There was 1945 NL MVP Phil Cavarretta knocking in two with a single in the fifth and sending Tigers started Virgil Trucks to the showers.

A Baseballisms hat tip goes out to the Tigers Hank Greenberg who launched a mammoth home run to cap off the four run rally in the top of the 8th, to send this game into extra innings. It was during the summer of ’45 that Greenberg returned to MLB action after having volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

For Cubs fans it has been a long time since this type of edge of the seat action took place on the grand stage, but in the meantime, this game truly belongs in the pantheon of Legendary Games for all baseball fans.

We hope you enjoy these little games that we present .. tomorrow we start our 16th Legendary Game. Let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting. The first to guess correctly gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites that are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together. The Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while the extraordinary Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

We would love to hear from you. Send a Tweet to @baseballisms with a quick message, or send us an email. We look forward to sharing the poetry of the game of baseball!

{ 0 comments }

We have an update!  Fans of this site might remember Jim Babwe’s email submission about seeing Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series off of Dennis Eckersley.  There is nothing like a good post script to the story!

Thanks Jim!

Here’s an update on the World Series ticket stub. Last September, I was taking photos at San Diego’s Petco Park on behalf of the National Juvenile Diabetes Association–kids got to meet Alan Trammel on the field. A friend of mine and I told Trammel that if he could get Kirk Gibson to autograph my ticket, I’d donate it for the NJDA fundraising auction. You see the result. It’s doing way more good now than it was in a notebook on a shelf at my house. I’ve inducted Trammel and Gibson into the Jim Babwe Human Being Hall of Fame. The vote was unanimous.

Kirk Gibson autograph | 1988 World Series Ticket | Jim Bawbe | Baseballisms.com

 

Do you have a story like Jim’s? We would love to hear from you! Send a Tweet to @baseballisms with a quick message, send us an email or visit ourUpload page with a video message.  We look forward to growing a community of fans interested in the poetry of the game of baseball!

{ 0 comments }

For the 14th Legendary Game on Baseballisms we did not have to go very far in the history books.  After one of the greatest days in baseball history (I dare you to not shake your head in wonder), when the baseball viewing audience was jumping from game to game on every device available, we were treated to an equally spectacular Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, as summarized by yesterday’s final scoreboard.

This represents the game winning homerun by the hometown hero David Freese off of righthanded reliever Mark Lowe,.  The at bat prompted Fox announcer Joe Buck to channel his dad and break out his “we’ll see you tomorrow night“.  For all of the Joe Buck criticism out there (he really does like football better), you have to admit that it was a fabulous tip of the cap and anyone would love the chance to have been in his position to pull it off.  It was not contrived or forced, it was meant for that perfect moment.

The call and the blast to center capped a great comeback victory by the Cardinals and actually overshadows the tremendous clutch hitting by Lance Berkman, so we wanted to acknowledge him here on Baseballisms.

Enjoy the game tying moment from the seats:

 

A game that truly belongs in the pantheon of Legendary Games for all baseball fans.

We hope you enjoy these little games that we present .. tomorrow we start our 15th Legendary Game.  Let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting.  The first to guess correctly gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

A big thank you and shoutout to friend Greg Hoffman, who provided us with some great baseball cards for this game.  We were sitting at lunch in Roswell Georgia this past summer and when he mentioned his collection of Nolan Ryan cards, Rookie Cards, Mickey Mantles and numerous Chicago Cubs, we knew we had to get them on.  Thanks Greg!  If you have cards you would like to share, please let us know.

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites that are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together.  The Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while the extraordinary Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

We would love to hear from you. Send a Tweet to @baseballisms with a quick message, send us an email or visit the Your Own Story page.  We look forward to sharing the poetry of the game of baseball!

{ 0 comments }

As many of you know, we post a daily scoreboard that represents a batter by batter account of a Legendary Game in baseball history.  If you go back to April 7, 2008 on this site, you will find a post with the following quote;

“There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.”

-Al Gallagher

The post also contained a graphic of a scoreboard showing the top of the first inning as Guest prepared to bat against Home. Over the course of the next three plus years, we have shown a scoreboard every single day.  We have had alot of fun with these “easter eggs” as they have generated some great comments from the community.

It has also given us a chance to dig a little bit deeper into each of these ballgames, shedding light on the less notable moments that have taken place within the context of these epic games, as well as the crucial at bats. We have reminisced about the players we idolized, and we have reflected on where we were when the games occurred. At other times, these games were well before our time, and have their own special reasons for appearing as part of the Legendary Games Series.

On this occasion we are presenting a game that is considered by some the culmination of the best World Series ever.  It has direct personal connections to our lives and we decided to honor it by recording a podcast.  We hope that you enjoy listening to a couple of Atlanta Braves fans discuss where they were on the night that John Smoltz dueled Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

Legendary Game 12 Final Scoreboard | Baseballisms.com

We hope you enjoy these little games that we present .. tomorrow we start our 13th Legendary Game.  Let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting.  The first to guess correctly gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites that are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together.  The Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while the extraordinary Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

We would love to hear from you. Send a Tweet to @baseballisms with a quick message, send us an email or visit the Your Own Story page.  We look forward to growing a community of fans interested in the poetry of the game of baseball!

{ 0 comments }

@AndyNY2, friend of Baseballisms, picked up on this Legendary Game very early as the daily scoreboards were being posted.  Although it pained him to recall, it is the 2001 World Series Game 7, come from behind victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the New York Yankees.

In this last moment of the game, Mariano Rivera stands on the mound after surrendering a little flair to Luis Gonzalez over the head of Derek Jeter, driving home Jay Bell with the winning run.

As a fan of the game of baseball, some times rooting interests should be set aside for the bigger picture, and this was one of those moments.  Following the tragedies of 9/11 just a few short weeks prior to this World Series, this was a demonstration of the ability of baseball to bring together a community.  That community, whether it was local such as the City of New York or broad as in the entire country, could find solace in the natural sounds and rhythms of nine men on a diamond seeking safety at home.  I for one was rooting for the Yankees to win this World Series.  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I set aside the rivalry and openly cheered for a Yankee victory.  It seemed to me that having the great Rivera close out the 9th inning for another Yankee championship banner would bring back some equilibrium.

Alas, not all stories can have magical endings and this one was re-written at the last moment. The expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that had entered the league in 1998, rode the arms of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling to their first World Series Championship.

However, for many people it is the three wins in Yankee Stadium that has become the legacy of the 2001 World Series …..

We hope you enjoy these little games that we produce every single day .. we have started our Eighth Legendary Game.  Let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting.  The first to guess correctly gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites which are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together.  The great Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

We would love to hear from you. Send a Tweet to @baseballisms with a quick message, send us an email or visit our Upload page with a video message.  We look forward to growing a community of fans interested in the poetry of the game of baseball!

{ 0 comments }