History for the Rest of Us

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Oct 26, 2012

Speech delivered by Lou Gehrig 4 July, 1939, in Yankee Stadium, New York City. Listen to an excerpt from his speech: Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have...

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Oct 5, 2012

April 27, 1947 – Yankee Stadium, New York. Listen to the audio: Babe Ruth’s Farewell to Baseball Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds – well it feels just as bad. You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you’re a boy and grow up to know how to play...

First Recorded Baseball Game

First Recorded Baseball Game

Jun 19, 2012

On June 19, 1846, the first recorded organized game of baseball was played on the Elysian Fields in Hoboken. The game was played based on the Knickerbocker Rules developed by Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. Cartwright was a volunteer firefighter and established the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club (named after the Knickerbocker Fire Engine Company). In 1845...

Babe Ruth’s Final at Bat

Babe Ruth’s Final at Bat

May 31, 2012

On May 31, 1935, Babe Ruth would make his final appearance at the plate after 714 career home runs, a slugging percentage of .690, a career batting average of .342, and 2,217 RBIs. Ruth would quietly ground out, and the career of one of the greatest athletes in history would be over. In an ESPN poll conducted in 1999, Babe Ruth was ranked the third-greatest...

Fenway Park – Vote for its Greatest Moment

Fenway Park – Vote for its Greatest Moment

Apr 17, 2012

Fenway Park celebrates its 100th Anniversary April 20, 2012. This historic ball park has seen many great moments. Select the option you consider to be the greatest moment in Fenway’s history, or write in your own moment. [polldaddy poll=6142383]

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Apr 16, 2012

Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. Fenway hosted its first professional baseball game on April 20, 1912 after two rain delays. Mayor John F. Fitzgerald (grandfather of John F. Kennedy) threw out the first pitch, and Boston fans can forever celebrate the fact that the Red Sox won that first game 7-6 in 11 innings against...