Two retired guys I know are about to begin what I have dubbed, “Jim and Bob’s Mini Baseball Adventure”. They begin the three day stint with an afternoon game at “The K” with the Boys in Blue vs Toronto. If they survive the heat and humidity, they’ll take in the evening game of the KC T-Bones vs the Schaumburg Flyers (Illinois).
October is the time for one of America's 'ultimate' classics. You sports fans know what I mean. It's the fall classic, or better known as the "World Series"! In case you somehow missed it, Ken Burns added a new segment to his outstanding documentary on Baseball. It's called the 10th Inning, and ran on channel 19 recently.
Happy Day, the Boys in Blue are back in town. Is Baseball still America's favorite pastime? I'm not sure, but I do know that some of my favorite memories have been cheering with my chums at the ballpark. I met a young man a few years ago that was living out his dream with his Dad to attend a game at every major league stadium in the country. They were half way through their schedule, and had great plans of continuing until they had visited all of them. I thought that was so cool. What a great adventure for a dad and his son!
The weather is warming up, spring is finally here, and that means it is baseball season once again. Teams gear up for the long summer games out at the ballparks across the country and hope, in the end, they can continue to play into October and the World Series.
Summer! What does summer bring with it? BASEBALL....."Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if I never get back, let me root, root, root, for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame, for it's one, two, three strikes, you’re out at the old ball game". Peanuts... Hot dogs... Popcorn... Pretzels... Coke...etc. Hooray to the white and blue! It's always fun to be able to go to a game at Kaufman Stadium.
Although it is a popular belief that Abner Doubleday "invented" baseball, this is a myth according to historians. In reality, there were bat and ball games played in ancient times by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and many others. British colonists brought ball games to America, and these evolved into the games we know today.
Q. What baseball announcer is credited with creating the seventh-inning stretch sing-along, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"?
A. Harry Caray
Caray made a habit of privately singing this song on his breaks, when broadcasting. One day, a hidden microphone was placed in the booth to allow the whole ballpark to hear him sing. To his amazement, all the fans started singing with him. From then on, a tradition was born in Chicago.