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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Astros commemorate Yordan Álvarez’s mammoth blast with orange seat

Yordan Álvarez’s astonishing home run on Monday will be immortalized forever.

The seat that Álvarez’s ball struck — in the first row of section 337 — was wrapped in orange vinyl on Tuesday afternoon, akin to the commemoration of the three upper deck home runs hit by a Houston player in the Astrodome’s 34-year history.

Eric Anthony, Jimmy Wynn and Doug Rader hit the famous Astrodome homers.

Álvarez’s home run during Monday’s 15-0 win was among his most prodigious of the season. It exited his bat at 113.5 mph — the third hardest-hit ball of his young career — and traveled 416 feet, according to Statcast. Astros historian Mike Acosta disputed Statcast’s measurements, claiming the baseball traveled 431 feet.

Always of interest to see how parks commemorate their most spectacular home runs- wondering how one commemorates those shots that leave the park….

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, commemoration, home run, yordan alvarez

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The earliest known baseball game to be commemorated. In England.

If you’ve ever been to the United Kingdom, you’ve almost certainly seen buildings and parks and stuff with blue plaques on them. They’re historical markers which say things like “Lord Nigel-Hogg-Snootbury lived here, 1858-1869” or “Musician Ian Dexys, singer for the band The High Numbers, overdosed in this flat in 1970.” Stuff like that. They’re put up by a body called English Heritage, which manages all the old buildings and monuments and stuff in the country. You may be familiar with some of its portfolio.

I’ve made a lot of friends in the world of British baseball recently, which I suppose is what landed me on the press release list for the latest blue plaque being unveiled. The subject: the first ever baseball game. And no, it’s not in Cooperstown, New York or the Elysian Fields in Hoboken. It’s in, of all places, Surrey:

“Baseball, surely, is American? No, sorry, it’s English!

The first documented game was played in 1749 in Ashley Park, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey on the estate belonging to the wife of Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex, who also played in the match. Another of the players was his friend, Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of George II . . . To celebrate this historical occasion exactly 270 years on, Walton Cricket Club in Ashley Park will be honoured with a Blue Plaque. The Blue Plaque unveiling will be a part of an all-day event on July 7,2019 hoping to attract 2,000 – 3,000 visitors. This will be the first time that baseball has been played on this pitch for 270 years! The wording on the plaque will read: “The Prince of Wales played in the world’s first recorded game of baseball on 12th September 1749 here in Ashley Park.”

Rather interesting from my perspective- this is a rare chance for my professional interests and my hobbies to intersect.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue plaque, commemoration, history, surrey

 

 

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