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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baseball Past & Present: Vote: The 25 Most Important People in Baseball History.

Organized baseball history dates more than 150 years, with more than 17,000 men having played in the majors and countless other individuals having helped in other capacities. Baseball history being what it is, a lot of people have made noteworthy contributions to the sport over the years.
Who then has been most important?
I wrote a post last week offering who I considered to be the 10 most important people in baseball history. My research for the post and subsequent reader response has led me to believe there might be something more worth looking at. In that spirit, I invite anyone interested to vote on the 25 important people in baseball history.

I have a top five (Babe Ruth, Branch Rickey, Ban Johnson, Walter O’Malley, Jackie Robinson), but I’m getting bogged down. Maybe a discussion here would be clarifying.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 24, 2014 at 08:15 PM | 283 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history, executives

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why the Mets Are Right to Save the New York State Pavilion

If the Mets are going to save an old relic like Bobby Abreu, they should save an old relic like this.

Buy a ticket to see the Mets take on the Giants on Friday, and you’ll be giving directly to preserve an architectural giant. No, not Citi Field—certainly not Citi Field. That’s the Queens ballpark that, according to The New Yorker, was erected as a temple to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The same ballpark that Deadspin describes as “a monument to the Mets’ modern futility and clumsiness.”

Unfortunately, it is much too late to save Shea Stadium. But for every ticket that sells on Friday, the Mets will give $5 to People for the Pavilion, an organization that is working to save the New York State Pavilion, the Philip Johnson–designed marvel and one of the few remaining vestiges of the 1964–65 World’s Fair. The Pavilion opened to the world in April 1964, just five days after the Mets lost to the Pirates in their first game at Shea Stadium.
People for the Pavilion

The team’s history has always been connected with the fairgrounds, linked by more than just the 7 train. The Mets even added a patch to the team’s 1964–65 uniforms to commemorate the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York. Both Shea Stadium and New York’s World’s Fair were the work of legendary planner Robert Moses. As Rory Costello writes for the Society for American Baseball Research: “Back in 1938, the ‘Master Builder’ described his plan to transform Flushing Meadows ‘From Dump to Glory’ in connection with the World’s Fair of 1939, which was also held in New York City,” he writes. “Moses was being literal—over 26 years, the site had accepted 50,000,000 cubic yards of refuse material.”...

The Mets lost a big chunk of their history when they lost Shea Stadium. Fans might not know it, but they would lose another bit of the team’s history if the New York State Pavilion isn’t turned around. Queens seems to realize what’s at stake—all the more reason for the Mets organization and base to support the preservation of the Pavilion, perhaps with a new purpose that recognizes and encourages the global diversity of the borough. At the very least, it might earn the Mets some new fans.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history, citifield, mets, shea stadium

 

 

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