Happy Birthday Tony Taylor

Antonio Nemesio (Sanchez) Taylor was born on December 19, 1935 in Central Alava, Matanzas, Cuba — where everyone knew him by the nickname Ague.
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Originally signed by the New York Giants, Tony played for the Marianao Tigers of the Cuban Baseball League during the winter of 1955-56 and 1956-57. He came into professional baseball highly recommended by famous ...
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Fort Herrmann update

As we begin this Thanksgiving holiday week, want to give thanks for and ask that you remember our friend Ed Herrmann.
Hoggy continues to fight cancer and his family continues to comfort and love him. Barbara, Ed’s wife, has done a remarkable job in keeping his friends and supporters up to date with his condition at the Praying for Ed “Hoggy” Herrmann Facebook page and Ed’s CaringBridge site. Although the updates are not always “good news” they do remind us all what a tough ...
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Jackie Robinson Obit

On this day, 41 years ago Jackie Robinson died. Here is his obituary written by Dave Anderson and published by the New York Times on October 25, 1972

Jackie Robinson, First Black in Major Leagues, Dies

Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 by becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues, suffered a heart attack in his home in Stamford, Conn., yesterday morning and died at Stamford Hospital at 7:10 A.M. He was 53 ...

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On this day… Gibson goes deep

25 years ago today, the LA Dodgers hosted the powerful Oakland A’s in the first game of the 1988 World Series. Oakland was heavily favored to crush the shorthanded Dodgers, who playing without their leader, 1988 NL MVP Kirk Gibson.
When the game started, Gibson was nowhere in sight, he was in too much pain to even come out for the introductions. After getting two cortizone shots during the day, he watched the first 26 outs of the game in the ...
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1980 NL East Champs

On this day in 1980… Mike Schmidt smacked a two-run home run off Montreal’s Stan Bahnsen in the top of the 11th inning gives Philadelphia a 6 – 4 win and the NL East title. The home run is Schmidt’s 48th of the season, breaking Eddie Mathews’ single-season record for third basemen set in 1953.
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Lyman Bostock

35 years ago today Lyman Bostock was shot sitting in a car at the intersection of Fifth and Jackson in Gary, Indiana. If you don’t know his story, check out this great article on ESPN written by Jeff Pearlman.
The son of Annie, and Lyman Sr., Lyman Wesley Bostock was born on November 22nd 1950 in Birmingham Alabama. His father was a retired Negro League first baseman that played before WWII for the Brooklyn Royal Giants and the Birmingham Black ...
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“Hoggy” Herrmann Update

Ten days ago we posted a special birthday story in honor of former White Sox teammate Ed “Hoggy” Herrmann. As many of you know, Ed has been battling cancer since 2009. This year, he spent his 67th birthday laying in an intensive care room and fighting off a nasty infection.
Today, we are pleased to share this wonderful update from Ed Herrmann’s family:

As of 5pm Thursday Sept 5, Ed is no longer connected to any ...

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On This Day… Big League Debut

On this day in 1963… 21 year old Richard Anthony Allen made his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Following Little Rock’s (AAA) International League season in which he led the team in hitting (.290), led the league in home runs (33), runs batted in (97), triples (12) AND broke the color barrier as the first black baseball player in the civil rights battleground state of Arkansas… Allen was called up to the Phillies to launch what would ...
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