The myth of Jackie Robinson’s refusal to play for the Giants

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:


By Mark Langill

The biggest myth in the history of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is that Brooklyn’s Jackie Robinson retired prior to the 1957 season rather than accept a trade to the New York Giants.

At age 37 in 1956, Robinson batted .275 in 117 games with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 12 stolen bases while dividing his time at second base, third base, first base and the outfield. On December 12 that year, Brooklyn sent Robinson to the Giants in exchange for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $30,000.

The trade occurred on the same day Robinson decided to retire from baseball and accept an executive position with Chock Full o’ Nuts. By the time Dodger general manager Buzzie Bavasi called with the news, Robinson had signed a two-year contract with William H. Black, the president of the popular chain of coffee shops, to become the director of personnel for the…

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Podcast #163 — The Debut of Quick Hitters

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In Monday’s show, we look back at the injuries, pine tar, surprising teams and more from the second week of baseball. Steve ranks his favorite airlines, we talk about our listener meet up and more.

We introduce a new segment, “Quick Hitters,” and play a round of Stump the Steve.

Adam Jones Made a “Controversial” Comment About Tanaka, So Here’s a Classic Orioles-Yankees Fight Clip

Oh and here is the “controversial” quote from Jones via Newsday:

“Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while,” the Baltimore Orioles‘ center fielder said Tuesday, according to Newsday. “Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0 — in Japan. Am I [supposed] to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher,” Jones told Newsday. “Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It’s just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be.”

David Ortiz Sets Record for Slowest Home Run Trot Around the Bases

Originally posted on Extra Mustard - SI.com:


Red Sox slugger David Ortiz managed to set a new record for slow on Wednesday evening by taking 32.91 to round the bases after hitting a three-run home run. According to Wezen-ball.com’s Tater Trot Tracker , this was the slowest base trot ever recorded.

The previous record for slowest walk around the bases belonged to Bobby Abreu, who posted a 31.56 second jog in 2012.

Ortiz’s glacial pace was compounded by an especially long stare down of the ball as it flirted with the right field foul pole in Fenway.

Ortiz has regularly dominated the slowest home run trot list, having 7 of the 10 slowest time in Major League Baseball last season.

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Corbin Bernsen (aka “Roger Dorn” from Major League) Visits Miller Park

Originally posted on John & Cait...Plus Nine:

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of “Major League,” arguably one of the greatest baseball movies ever made, and one with strong Milwaukee ties.

For those of you kiddos who weren’t born back in 1989, even you have to have seen this classic (and highly quotable) film about  a rag-tag group of fictional Cleveland Indians players that rise up to win the American League pennant. Much of the movie was actually shot at Milwaukee County Stadium, which doubles for Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the film, and the movie features our own Bob Uecker as the team’s broadcaster, Harry Doyle…. and, wait, why am I telling you all this? You HAVE seen this movie, haven’t you?

Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the character of Roger Dorn, a one-time star third baseman, in the movie,  is in town today as part of the Milwaukee Admirals’ “Salute to Major League” night tonight vs…

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