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Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83 Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 09 February 2015

Ernie BanksAn article by the Chicago Tribune

Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs' first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1958-59). His boundless enthusiasm and optimism personified what it meant to be a Cubs fan.

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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies at 83 Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 09 February 2015

Ernie BanksAn article by CNN

The next time Ernie Banks plays two -- something he enjoyed, feeling one baseball game a day wasn't enough -- it will be in the diamond in the sky.

The former Negro League upstart turned Cubs legend turned favorite son of Chicago died Friday of a heart attack in the Illinois city, family attorney Mark Bogen said.

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Black History Month Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 01 February 2015

Black History MonthESPN celebrates Black History Month

An article by the PhiladelphiaTribune

ESPN will have some very special programs during Black History Month highlighting the achievement of African-Americans in sports. The network will have three major sports programs.

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What you might not know about Hank Aaron Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 03 November 2014

Hank AaronAn article by USA Today

Hank Aaron reached the spring training camp of the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 at age 20. The power came slowly, increasing as the lean 6-footer used his wrists to supply a quick stroke.

He had 13 home runs as a rookie that year before his season was curtailed when he broke his leg on a slide. He doubled his home run production in the two successive seasons.

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Ted Williams Destroyed Things With His Bat Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

An article by USA Today Sportsted williams destroys things with his bat

As one of the greatest hitters in Major League history despite missing several years of his prime due to military service, Ted Williams figuratively destroyed baseballs for parts of 19 seasons in the bigs. But his bat could be a force of actual destruction, too.

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Mike Schmidt: Today's Hitters Don't Want Much Help Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

An article by USA Todaymike schmidt: today's hitters dont want much help

I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership.

Most of us are in our 60s, having made our mark on the game in the late 1970s and '80s. Like any club or fraternity, the Hall's membership has cliques...

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Indians Unveil Thome Statue at Progressive Field Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

An article by USA TodayIndians Unveil Thome Statue at Progressive Field

Thome, who last played in 2012 for Baltimore, hit 337 homers for Cleveland. With him in the lineup, the Indians won six AL Central titles, advanced to the World Series in 1995 and 1997 and played in front of 455 consecutive sellout crowds.

"I look at that statue and I think of our teams in the '90s," he said. "There are so many guys from those teams who could have a statue."

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Mining the Past Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hank Aaronan article by SportsonEarth.com

There wasn't a whole lot going on in the sports world on Tuesday night. There were some early-season baseball games, a few hockey games and the women's NCAA basketball championship. Overall, it was a lull after the previous night's frenzy in "North Texas." So ESPN decided to cover an event that happened four decades ago.

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Iowa Cubs Continue Losing Ways Even with Manny's Homer Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 31 August 2014

An article by The Des Moines RegisterIowa Cubs continue losing ways even with manny's homer

Manny was once again being Manny and the Iowa Cubs were being, well, the Cubs.

Player-coach Manny Ramirez homered off an old foe, then continued his odd ways, and the Cubs suffered another agonizing loss during a 4-2 defeat to the Salt Lake Bees before an announced crowd of 7,107 fans at Principal Park on Tuesday afternoon.

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Puig, Cano, Pujols to Play in All-Star Series Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Sunday, 31 August 2014

An article by Yahoo SportsPuig, Cano, Pujols to play in All-Star series

All-Stars Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Yasiel Puig and Albert Pujols lead the Major League roster that will travel to Japan in November for a five-game series against Samurai Japan, the country's National Team, in All-Star Series 2014.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011, will manage the team.

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Closing the Window Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

an article by sportsonearth.com

McGwire/BondsOver the weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame admitted a problem with its current structure and voting rules. As Sports on Earth's own Will Leitch noted last year, the current format's combination of limited eligibility time, a limit of 10 selections per ballot, a requirement of 75 percent of the vote for induction and the influx of obviously great but controversial players from the steroid era is primed to create a ballot logjam of massive proportions over the next decade.

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Silence is Golden Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

Frank Thomasan article by sportsonearth.com

Nine years ago last March, Frank Thomas testified via video conference at the same House Government Reform Committee hearing about steroid use in baseball where Rafael Palmeiro wagged his finger, Mark McGwire evaded questions and Sammy Sosa suddenly lost command of the English language. It was a shameful day, televised nationally, and Thomas was one of the few players who came out of it with his reputation and dignity intact.

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Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 31 July 2014

HOF Eligibilityan article by Yahoo! Sports

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

The Hall of Fame's board cut a player's eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Three's a Crowd Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 30 June 2014

Three's a Crowdan article by SportsonEarth.com

The Hall of Fame elected three players in 2014. But that may have been the bare minimum, considering there were many other viable candidates -- including two were arguably the best at their position in baseball history. What does it mean for the future?

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Let's Play Two! What We Can Learn from Ernie Banks Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Monday, 30 June 2014

Ernie Banksan article by the Huffingtion Post

Ernie Banks is a Hall-of-Fame baseball player who's also known for making a difference through his approach to life. In the spirit of the recently deceased Pete Seeger, Banks has made the world a better place and has been kind while doing it.

One of his favorite sayings was, "Digging for gold is more important than the gold itself."

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The Day I Caught Frank Robinson's 500th Home Run Print E-mail
Written by Guest Columnist Leo P. Resop   
Sunday, 01 June 2014

Orioles fan who caught Frank Robinson’s 500th home run on September 13, 1971

Frank Robinson and Leo ResopThe only thing more thrilling than witnessing your favorite Major Leaguer hitting his 500th Home Run is being the lucky fan who caught that magical ball.  Especially if it’s “on the fly,” like the Frank Robinson’s 500th homer, which I was lucky enough to catch.

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500 HRC the Glory in Big Games ++ Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Editor’s Note: A walk-off home run is called a "walk-off" when it ends the game by giving the home team the game winning run in the bottom of the final inning of the game — either the ninth inning or extra innings in case of a tie) because the teams WALK OFF the field immediately afterward.

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500 HRC – The Shirt Off Their Backs Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Members’ Game-Worn Jerseys Demand Historical Bids at Auction

1954 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn Jersey Sold For $119,500.00  MLB Players of this era were issued only two home and two road jerseys per season, and the fine wear is appropriate for an estimated forty games of use.  Pick any road event from the 1954 season, and there's a 50/50 chance “The Commerce Comet” was sporting this very jersey.  And the odds were good that he posed for his 1955 Bowman baseball card (inset) in this classic flannel shirt. And he was likely wearing this very shirt when he made himself an unwelcome “visitor” by hitting a late-inning pitch entirely out of the Detroit Tiger’s Briggs Stadium on August 8th of that year.
 

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Ted Williams — "He Did It His Way" Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 March 2014

Ted WilliamsKnown as “The Splendid Splinter,” Ted Williams dominated the 1940’s, belting 521 homers, batting .344 and driving in 1,839 RBIs. The Boston Red Sox leftfielder won two Triple Crowns and holds several all-time records, including:  best career on-base percentage (.483) and highest career slugging percentage (.634) second only to Babe Ruth’s (.690).   Despite winning the Triple Crown in 1942 and 1947, Williams was not voted MVP in either of those standout years.

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TIME Honored 500 Home Run Club® Members Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 March 2014

Although it is not nearly as elite an achievement as being inducted into The 500 Home Run Club, several of baseball’s greatest sluggers were chosen to grace the cover of America’s most prestigious news magazine - TIME.

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500 HR Club Member was on the first SI Cover, and Many More… Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 March 2014

As it’s name exclaims, Sports Illustrated is an iconic weekly American sports magazine that chronicles the best in U.S. sports for the world to see.  And, of course, the members of the 500 Home Run Club are amongst the most dynamic and photo-worthy of all athletes playing “America’s Game.”

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