80 Years Ago, Today: "I Consider Myself the Luckiest Man on the Face of this Earth."

As the 4th of July quickly comes to a close, and we all wait for the firework shows to start, let’s remember back 80 years ago on this date, to one of the most famous speeches not only in baseball history, but the whole sporting world and American history:

Here is a full transcript, compiled by the Washington Times five years ago in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech.

Book Review-The New York Yankees in Popular Culture

Book Review-The New York Yankees in Popular Culture

The New York Yankees in Popular Cultureis, in many respects, what a baseball book should be. It is fun to read while at the same time teaching even a longtime baseball reader and writer like me a few new things about the game’s history. It reminds voters of some of baseball’s great moments, from Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech to Reggie Jackson being showered with Reggie bars at Yankee stadium on Opening Day of 1978, while presenting this history from new and compelling perspectives. Great baseball books also spark discussion and Krell’s volume will do that as well. Fans of other teams might think about the relationship of their team to popular culture, while Yankee fans might think about questions and topics that Krell could not fit into what already feels like pretty widely encompassing survey of the Yankees and the culture. Baseball fans are busy this time of year, but if you are looking for some good reading, maybe over the All Star break, take a look at The New York Yankees in Popular Culture. 

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Rainout Classic: May 25th, 1935

Without a game to report on from last night, I decided to jump in the time machine and go back eighty-four years to Forbes Field, Pittsburgh.

It is an understatement to say that Babe Ruth was a special baseball player. As we know, he started his career as an elite pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and when sold to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season changed the sport as a power-hitting outfielder. He had smashed every significant slugging record, and led the Yanks to seven AL pennants, and four World Series victories.

Like all players though, age caught up to the Babe. At age 39 in 1934 he had his worst hitting season since his infamous “bellyache” of 1925, and struggled on the field and one the bases. In February 1935 the Yankees released Ruth, and he immediately was signed by the Boston Braves to serve as player, “assistant manager” and vice president.

After Babe ripped an Opening Day home run off of Carl Hubbell, things got pretty bad pretty quickly. Through May 24th, he was batting .153 with three home runs. The Braves, an over .500 team in 1934, were in last place. Ruth’s leadership positions were clearly for show; he was there to sell tickets. He was angry, disappointed, embarrassed and ready to quit as a player, but promised to at least complete the current road trip the Braves were on.

Little would any of the approximately 10,000 attendees know, but they were about to witness history and the last bit of magic by a legend, as Ruth ripped three home runs, the final three of his career, including one over the right field roof  - the first time this had done at Forbes Field.

Here’s the SABR Games account of the contest.


Here’s the boxscore:




9,000 Words (Historical) - Graig Nettles

9,000 Words (Historical) - Graig Nettles

At the conclusion of each Yankees’ series, we often showcase some of the best free photos from Getty Images in our series knows as “1,000 words,” with the idea being that each picture is worth a thousand words.

Just for fun, earlier today I searched the Getty Imagines archives for photos of my favorite player when I was growing up - Graig Nettles.

Since Nettles was #9, I’ll share 9 great (and mostly rare) photos (equaling 9,000 words) of this great Yankees’ legend.

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