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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fadeaway: Episode 3: See That He Behaves

The latest from Primate Eric Enders’  baseball history podcast.

George McQuillan was one of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball until a variety of scandals and personal problems brought his career crashing down. Part Dwight Gooden, part Max Scherzer, and part Christy Mathewson, McQuillan’s fall from grace is one of baseball’s saddest stories. This episode uses never-before-published documents to tell the story of how McQuillan lost his way, his attempt to resurrect his career from the ashes, and his part in the real-life story of an Oscar-winning film.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Founding Rules of ‘Base Ball’ Sell for $3.26 Million in Auction

Nothing about bat flips though.

“Laws of Base Ball” was put up for online bidding this month by SCP Auctions; the price paid was the most ever for a baseball document but below the $4.3 million paid in 2010 for James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball. The most expensive piece of sports memorabilia is a Babe Ruth jersey from 1920 that sold for $4.4 million in 2012.

“Laws,” which was written by Daniel Adams, who was known as Doc, established rules such as nine men on a side, 90-foot base paths and nine innings to a game. Adams played for the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, where he pioneered the shortstop position, and later became its president as baseball’s popularity increased. He referred to batters as “strikers,” balks as “baulks” and runs as “aces.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, baseball history, baseball rules, memorabilia

 

 

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