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Did You Know…

The first player to hit a Grand Slam in Game 7 of the World Series was Moose Skowron.  During the 1956 World Series, Skowron and his Yankees teammates battled the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 3-3 tie after six games.  But in Game 7, it was all Yankees as Skowron and his Yankees teammates blanked the Dodgers 9-0 capturing the 1956 World Series trophy.

Moose Skowron phot

Did You Know…

Hall of Famer Mel Ott was the youngest member of the Hall of Fame when he made his debut in the big leagues.  Ott was just 17 years and one month old was he debut with the New York Giants in 1972.  Playing all 22 of his season with the Giants, Ott collected 511 career home runs and was elected into Cooperstown in 1951.

TTM Success: Hall Of Famer, Monte Irvin!!!

TTM Success:  Hall Of Famer, Monte Irvin!!!

When you respect the game, and love the history of it, you always try to absorb more.  Learn more.  Embrace it more.

I feel very strongly about the sport of baseball – one word to describe my feelings would be passion.

And as passionate I am about watching tomorrow’s Marlins game, I am equally passionate about learning as much as I can of the sports’ amazing history.

One of the payers I have always heard of, but not really researched is Monte Irvin.  A Negro-League player turned Major League player, Irvin was an immensely talented offensive player that provided a slew of skills.  From contact hitting to run production to launching home runs to having a very sharp batter’s eye, Monte Irvin could do it all!!

Voted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1973, Monte Irvin is one of the oldest living Hall of Famer, and I am thrilled to have this newly signed baseball in my collection.

Thank you, Mr, Irvin!!!

Did You Know…

Joe DiMaggio was the only player to collect at least one MLB All-Star Game hit at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, and Ebbets Field.

Did You Know…

Johnny Mize is the only player with a 50-homer season who had more home runs than strikeouts.  In 1947 with the New York Giants, MIze hit 52 home runs and fanned just 42 times in 586 at-bats.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

Did You Know…

Joe DiMaggio is the only player to get hits during an All-Star game at each of the three classic New York ballparks.  DiMaggio homered in 1939 at Yankee Stadium, and collected hits in games at The Polo Grounds in 1942 and at Ebbets Field in 1949.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big Legaue Trivia’

Did You Know…

Mel Ott led the New York Giants in home runs for 18 consecutive seasons from 1928-1945.  During this span, Ott’s lowest total was 18 in both 1928 and 1943 and his best year was 1929 when he hit 42 homers.  In 1936 Ott hit 33 homers and the next highest on the team was only 9.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Quite a run.  I wonder what the longest streak of the modern-era is…