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Interviews | Tyler Austin

February 3, 2013
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Austin with the Trenton Thunder in Sept. 2012 (Flickr)

Austin with the Trenton Thunder in Sept. 2012 (Flickr)

Check out the recent interview I had with stud prospect Tyler Austin at BronxPinstripes.com.

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Talkin’ Baseball with a Confederate Yankee

January 31, 2013
Some of the sights at the Wininger Law Firm

Some of the sights at the Wininger Law Firm

Check out my latest interview with one of the most interesting Yankee fans on the planet.  Teaser: he lives in Birmingham, Alabama, commissioned a 30 foot tall mural of iconic Yanks on the outside of his law firm, and has a collection of Yankee memorabilia second only to Cooperstown.  Check it out at BronxPinstripes.com.

Interviews | Jim Abbott

January 27, 2013
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Abbott returns to the Stadium (OnMilwaukee.com)

Abbott returns to the Stadium (OnMilwaukee.com)

Check out my latest Yankee interview at YankeesFansUnite.com.  It was also featured on MLBTradeRumors.com.

Images | Wid

January 13, 2013
Conroy in 1903 (Baseball Fever)

Conroy in 1903 (Baseball Fever)

In 1903, the inaugural year for the Highlanders, third baseman Wid Conroy batted .272 with just 1 home run and 45 RBIs, but struck out just 36 times in 548 plate appearances.  In his 6-year career in New York, Conroy batted .250 with 750 hits.

On This Day In History | 1915

January 11, 2013

Ruppert, Kenesaw Mountain Landis [Commissioner of Baseball], Harry Frazee [Red Sox owner at the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 (Library of Congress)

Ruppert, Kenesaw Mountain Landis [Commissioner of Baseball], Harry Frazee [Red Sox owner] at the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 (Library of Congress)

On this day 98 years ago Colonel Jacob Ruppert and  Captain Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston purchased the New York Yankees for $480,000 (the equivalent of over $11 million in today’s money).  They bought the club from Frank Farrell and Bill Devery who had acquired the defunct Baltimore Orioles franchise in 1903 for $18,000.  A wedge had been driven between Farrell and Devery and, with both desperately in need of money, they let go of the team they had inaugurated as the New York Highlanders.  In 1922 Huston sold his share of the team to Ruppert for $1.5 million, vacating his share of the team on the cusp of their ascension to the heights of baseball glory.

During Ruppert’s 24-year ownership, the Yankees went from being a 69-83 team in 1915 to one of the most successful teams in professional sports history.  Under the Colonel’s leadership the Yanks acquired Babe Ruth, built Yankee Stadium, won 10 pennants, and were crowned World Champions 7 times.

Yogi Berra’s Top 10 (Hypothetical) Tweets

January 11, 2013
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A lithograph including some of Yogi's best quotes (Frank Galasso)

A lithograph including some of Yogi’s best quotes (Frank Galasso)

Today the Yes Network launched a campaign to bring Yogi Berra‘s wit and wisdom to Twitter, using the hashtag #EmbracetheBirdYogi.

That got me thinking, what if Yogi used Twitter to share some of his most iconic phrases?  Here are some of Yogi’s best-loved quotes, with a slight alteration.

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#10 | “You should always tweet about other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t tweet about yours.”

#9 | “So I’m ugly.  I never saw anyone tweet with his face.”

#8 | “If people don’t want to join Twitter, how are you going to stop them?”

#7 | “How can you think and tweet at the same time?”

#6 | “All pitchers on Twitter are liars and crybabies.”

#5 | “Never answer an anonymous tweet.”

#4 | “It ain’t over ’til you’ve hit 140 characters.”

#3 | “I didn’t really tweet everything I tweeted.”

#2 | “90% of Twitter is mental and the other half is physical.”

#1 | “Every time someone retweets me it’s like deja vu all over again!”

Images | Commerce Comet

January 10, 2013
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1957 | Mickey Mantle sets fire to the base path (Life)

1957 | Mickey Mantle sets fire to the base path (Life)