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On This Day In Sports: Barry Bonds Becomes The 1st Player To Win 5 MLB MVP Titles

On this day in sports: November 11, 2002 San Fransisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds was awarded his 5th Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Trophy. The 2002 award was his 2nd of 4 in a row (he also won in 2003 and 2004) and pushed his record of most all time (7) even more out of reach of players coming after him. Widely debated as the greatest player to ever play the game of baseball, Barry disappeared from the majors following the 2007 season. At the completion of that year Barry was a free agent, his team the San Fransisco Giants did not offer to re-sign him and he was not offered any short or long-term contracts by any other franchise. Many at the time believed that this was either an act of collusion or the teams just didn’t care to have Barry Bonds and the things that came along with him on their team. Either way at this point it is highly doubtful that Bonds will ever play the game of baseball again, meaning he will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013. Due to past links to Bonds and steroids some doubt whether or not he will be voted in by baseball writers, but if based off of pure performance there is absolutely no way that they can keep him out (Click Here For A Listing Of All Of Barry Bonds Career Accomplishments)

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November 11, 2010 Posted by | Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, MLB, Roger Clemens, San Fransisco Giants, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: The Boston Red Sox Win The 2004 World Series – Ending Their 86 Year Drought

On this day in sports: October 27, 2004 The Boston Red Sox 86 year quest for another World Series Championship was ended, as they won the 2004 Major League Baseball crown by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. Though the title of World Series Champions eluded the Sox for 86 years they made it to the Fall Classic 4 times between 1918 and 2003. Many Bostonians and sports historians alike believe the drought was brought on by what they refer to as “The Curse of the Bambino“. Since winning in 2004 the Red Sox have been to and won the World Series 1 other time, sweeping the Colorado Rockies 4-0 in 2007.

October 27, 2010 Posted by | Boston Red Sox, MLB, New York Yankees, Roger Clemens, Scores, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: Billy Sianis Puts The “Curse Of The Billy Goat” On The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field

 

On this day in sports: October 6, 1945 local Chicago tavern owner, William “Billy” Sianis, attempted to enjoy Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Detriot Tigers at Wrigley Field when he and his pet goat were asked to leave the stadium in the fourth inning. Outraged, Sianis departed his seat with his goat and declared “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that either the Cubs would never win another World Series or that the Cubs would never win another World Series at Wrigley Field. To this day the “Curse Of The Billy Goat”  has been upheld and the Cubs have not been to the Fall Classic since losing to the Tigers in 1945. In 2003 the Cubs came within 5 outs of winning the NL pennant over the Florida Marlins, but the ugly curse struck again, this time in the form of a Lifetime Cub Fan by the name of Steve Bartman. The Cubs leading 3 – 0 with 1 out in the 8th inning went on to surrender 8 runs to the Marlins following the interference by Bartman losing the game and also eventually losing game 7 at Wrigley Field.

To this day the curse lives on, the Cubs are lone bearers of the title “loveable losers” as it has now been 102 years since they have won a World Series Title and 65 years since they have gotten the National League Pennant.

October 6, 2010 Posted by | Chicago Cubs, MLB, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: The World Series Is Broadcast On The Radio For The First Time

 

Ticket From Game 1 Of The 1921 World Series Betwen The New York Giants and New York Yankees. Game 1 Of The 1921 World Series, Which Took Place On October 5, 1921, Was The First To Ever Be Broadcast On Radio.

 

On this day in sports: October 5, 1921 the World Series featuring National League Champs New York Giants versus the American League Champs New York Yankees was broadcast via radio for the first time ever. The game, held at the New York Polo Grounds IV, was won by the Yankees who later lost the series 5 games to 3 to the Giants. In 1921 technology was a little pre-historic and the game was only able to be heard over 3 stations; KDKA from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WBZ from Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJZ from Newark, New Jersey. Listeners of KDKA heard the game live from the Polo Grounds announced by sportswriter Grantland Rice, while fans listeners of WBZ and WJZ were subject to a broadcast from announcer Thomas Cowan, who recreated the games events from phoned in reports received from the Polo Grounds. 

Above is a ticket from Game 1 of the series which was held on October 5, 1921. 89 years later, with the MLB Playoffs beginning tomorrow, fans might have a chance to see and hear a rematch of this series, via television, radio, internet, etc. if the current New York Yankees and San Fransisco Giants win their individual leagues pennants.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | MLB, New York Yankees, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: Oakland Athletics Outfielder Jose Canseco Becomes MLB’s First Member Of The 40/40 Club

On this day in sports: September 23, 1988 Oakland Athletics outfielder Jose Canseco becomes Major League Baseball’s 1st member of the 40/40 Club. In that season Canseco tore the American League apart to the tune of 42 Home Runs and 40 Stolen Bases while hitting .307 and knocking in 124 RBI. Though Canseco has become somewhat of a joke nowadays for his “tell all” books and reality television appearances, he was quite a player in the mid 80’s to late 90’s. From his Rookie season in 1986 through the end of his professional playing career in 2001 Canseco had won 1 Rookie Of The Year Award, 1 American League MVP Award, 6 All Star selections (in both leagues), 4 Silver Slugger Awards, 1 Comeback Player Of The Year Award, and 2 World Series Championships.

Though it has never been confirmed Canseco self credits himself with widely introducing many Major League Baseball stars to Anabolic steroids. In his 2005 tell all book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big“, Canseco identified teammates Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Iván Rodríguez, and Juan González as steroid users and claimed to have introduced them all to the drugs. At the time of the release most of the players named denied the allegations, but with some arrest, admissions of guilt, and suspensions Canseco’s book has somewhat been proven to be true.

Regardless to what he has done Post-Baseball, Canseco was one of the better baseball players of my lifetime and of the “steroid Era”. Though his actions off the field leave many scratching their heads, his numbers can not be denied. His 462 career Home Runs place him at #32 all time and his achievement of at least 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases (40/40 Club) has only been done by 3 other players (Barry Bonds/1996, Alex Rodriguez/ 1998, and Alfonso Soriano/ 2006).

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Chicago White Sox, Jose Canseco, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Scores, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: Oakland Raiders RB Marcus Allen Has 11th Consecutive 100 Yard Game (New Record) and The 1994 World Series Is Cancelled

 

On This Day In Sports: September 14, 1986 Oakland Raiders Running Back Marcus Allen pushes his own record even higher, running for 100 yards or more in his 11th consecutive game. Continue reading

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Chicago White Sox, Marcus Allen, MLB, Montreal Expos, NBA, New York Yankees, NFL, Oakland Raiders, This Day In Sports, Uncategorized, Washington Redskins | Leave a comment

Andy Roddick Out At The US Open . . . . . . . . . . Is He The Most Over Rated Athlete?

Andy Roddick lived up to expectations in the 2nd Round of the 2010 US Open bowing out early to a lower seeded Janko Tipsarevic in 4 sets. Roddick the 9th ranked tennis player in the world has been on the losing end of things since winning the 2003 US Open over Juan Carlos Ferrero. Since winning his only Grand Slam Championship Roddick has been to only 4 Grand Slam Finals, eventually losing all of them to the current 2nd ranked tennis player in the world Roger Federer. If you do the math that means Roddick has been to only one-ninth (1/9) of the possible 28 Grand Slam Finals since winning in 03′, which in my opinon is pretty pitiful. As I watched the highlights of yesterdays match I began to think . . . . . . . . Is Andy Roddick The Most Over Rated Athlete That We Currently Have In Sports? I played around with the question in my head for a few but was unable to come up with a definative answer, so I decided to compile a list of other athletes that might compare and see where they ranked with our listeners.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Boxing, Golf, Golfers, Just For Kicks, LeBron James, MLB, NBA, NFL, Players, Tennis, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Roger Clemens Pleads Not Guilty To Perjury Charges

Roger Clemens plead not guilty to perjury charges Monday

Roger Clemens plead “Not Guilty” to Perjury Charges earlier today as expected. Silly? At this point no one knows. The sensible side of me says, ‘there is no way that he would plead “Not Guilty” if there was any chance that he was. The other side of me agrees with the opinons of members of the media who say, Roger is so competitive that even when it is time to throw in the towel he doesn’t know how. This could get ugly. Guess we will all see over the next couple months how everything will turn out. If convicted Clemens faces up to 30 years in prison, $1.5 Million in fines, and unmeasurable reprecutions to his reputation.

August 30, 2010 Posted by | MLB, New York Yankees, Off The Field, Random, Roger Clemens, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sweet Lou (Piniella) Retires Mid-Season From Chicago Cubs and Baseball. Who Will Replace Him?

Lou Piniella stepped down Sunday afternoon bringing an end to what might be a Hall of Fame career as a Baseball Manager. In 23 seasons at the helm Piniella has won 6 Division Titles (regular season), 1 NL Pennant, 1 World Series Championship (both with the same team – 1990 Cincinnati Reds), and was over .500 in 15 of those 23 seasons to finish his career with a .517 winning percentage. Career numbers like that are impressive in any matter but when you consider he has managed some of the worst franchises in sports history for numerous years you begin to understand the fascination with the 66 (67 on Saturday) year old baseball lifer. Piniella’s retirement, which was originally announced for the close of the season, was spead up prior to Sunday’s game so that he can deal with family issues.

Since the moment Piniella took a final wave at Wrigley Field  and stepped back into the dugout  for the last time speculations have been swirling in regards to who will be the next manager of the “Loveable Losers”. The team is in decent shape with few positions that need a complete overhaul, Chicago is a great city to live and work in, expectations are low as the Cubs haven’t won a World Series Championship in 102 years (longest drought in North American Professional Sports history), and should you win you have basically guaranteed yourself a job for life.

So who do you think will take over the job as the next Manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2011?

August 23, 2010 Posted by | Chicago Cubs, Coaches, Lou Piniella, Managers, MLB, New York Yankees, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Atlanta Braves 3rd Baseman Chipper Jones Down and Out . . . . .

In one of the most athletic plays I have seen Chipper Jones make in the last couple years might also be my very last memory of him on the Baseball Field. Tuesday night in Houston, TX Jones fielded a routine ground ball down the 3rd baseline, jumped in the air off one leg, and fired a strike across the field to 1st baseman Troy Glaus. Unfortunately he ended the play by landing on that same leg, snapping his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which will bring an end to his 2010 season, and very possibly his career. Jones who started the season in a runt, hinted at retirement following this season, but has since turned things around hitting .265 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs for a team that had a 2½-game lead in the NL East on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Coming back has not been ruled out by Jones, but being 38 years old and trying to make a comeback from a serious knee injury is not as easy as when your 22 years old, which is when Jones tore the same tendon in the same knee. If Jones does decide to retire he won’t be the only long time Brave to be hanging it up. Manager Bobby Cox has already decided that 2010 will be his final year managing for the Atlanta Braves after 20 consecutive seasons at the helm. Jones will consult with several other doctors before making a final decision in regards to his future.

August 12, 2010 Posted by | Atlanta Braves, Injuries, Managers, MLB | Leave a comment