Saturday, February 27, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
--"Americans' interest in baseball in the late 1930s was such that roughly 330 cities boasted professional minor league teams."
--"Lou Boudreau, Phil Cavarretta, Marty Marion, Hal Newhouser, Ernie Lombardi, and Mort Cooper are just a few of the many excellent ballplayers with 4-F classifications."
--"In 1941 Chicago became the first team to install an organ in their stadium for the enjoyment of the fans..."
--"Helping the team's bottom line were the tremendous concession sales, $121,145, dwarfing the amounts received by other teams."
--"While the fans probably heard the national anthem before the opening game on April 17, the song was not sung at every game but was saved for special events. At the time, this was also the practice of the armed forces; the national anthem was performed only on special occasions, such as national holidays. 'There is a difference between patriotism and commercialization,' Wrigley would explain."
--"He also set an unrecorded record that will almost certainly never be broken, striking out only nine times in 636 at bats, an unheard-of ratio for anyone with his power production."
--"DiMaggio set a new major league record by hitting four grand slam home runs in one season."