Friday, April 15, 2011

Jackie Robinson Day

Today Major League Baseball and fans around the world celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. It was on this day in 1947 that Jackie took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in baseball. He went hitless in his debut against the Boston Braves. but changed the game forever. Thanks Jackie.

Ticket stub fro Jackie's first game

1947 Bond Bread
1947-64 Exhibit
1949 Bowman
1949 Leaf
1950 Bowman
1952 Topps
1952 Berk Ross
1952 Star Cal
1953 Topps
1954 Topps
1954 NY Journal
1955 Topps
1955 Topps Double Header
1956 Topps
1956 Topps Pin

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Day - The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

On April 1st, 1985, Sports Illustrated played one of the best sports related April Fool's Day jokes ever. Famed journalist, George Plimpton created a fictional baseball phenom named Sidd Finch. Finch was a pitcher with a 168 MPH fastball, French horn player, practiced yoga and was a recluse. At the time of his tryout with the New York Mets, Finch was trying to decide on a life in baseball or music.

For a behind the scenes look at how the hoax went down, read John Strubel's Backstory: Sidd Finch at 25.

To read Plimpton's article that appeared in Sports Illustrated go to the SI Vault here.