…four in a row

Nice to see the Twins win a few now, after their 10 game losing streak.

Tonight the Twins wore the uniforms of the ’48 St. Paul Saints, and won again, 8-6, hitting four home runs. Here’s St. Paul’s own Joe Mauer, just before he hits his home run.

mauer hr - 30 may 13 - saints uniform 2 b

 

 

I read an article somewhere recently, (maybe the Star Tribune?) about how the Saints and the Twins were trying to be friends now, after a history of antagonism, starting when the latest version of the Saints started playing ball over their at Midway. For the first time the Twins have a player on the active roster who has played with the Saints, Northfield’s own Caleb Thielbar. Looks like the kid throws strikes.

…and today’s baseball history

A few highlights

1935: Babe Ruth’s final at-bat. First inning of a double-header, Boston Braves vs. the Babe Ruth Boston BravesPhiladelphia Phillies, in the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia. On May 25th of ’35 he hit his last 3 home runs, against the Pirates. But in his last at-bat he grounds out.

1956: Mickey Mantle hits his 20th home run of the season. No one else has hit 20 home runs before June. His 20th very nearly gets hit out of Yankee Stadium, something no one else has ever done. It is still gaining altitude when it caroms off the upper stand’s facade, 396 from home plate and 18 inches from going over.

mantle HR almost out of yankee stadium 30 may 1956

a modest celebration (yesterday in baseball history)

I came across this picture a couple of weeks ago, and then noticed yesterday that it was the anniversary of Rickey Henderson stealing his 893rd base, surpassing Ty Cobb as the American League’s all-time base thief.

This picture, though, is from when he passed Lou Brock on the list, with steal 939, which happened on May first of 1991. Here, Rickey humbly acknowledges the applause of the crowd.

rickey henderson celebrates passing lou brock

Rickey was one of the best of all time. He went on to steal 1406 total bases, which is, perhaps the career record that will never be broken. In addition he was caught stealing 335 times, also a major league record, and scored 2,295 runs, which is also the all-time record. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, getting 94.8% of the vote. (Of 294 members of the hall, only 44 players were elected on the first ballot.)

1914 Ruth over 1909 Wagner?

Bleacher Report reported yesterday that a 1914 Babe Ruth Baltimore News card sold at auction for more than a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card in similar condition.

Ruth:         $450,300
Wagner:    $402,900

Apparently there’s only about 10 known examples of the Ruth card, where there are several dozen Wagner cards out there. I guess I would look for the Ruth cards to continue to gain in value over the Wagner cards. Though the Wagner cards are much nicer to look at.

1914 Ruth - 1909 Wagner

And, by the way, if you want to get in on this deal, there’s a T206 Wagner card for sale now on Ebay. Buy it now for just $435,000.