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Monday August 10, 2015
Our #FunFacts feature makes a comeback with one of my favorite themes: baseball.
A most unique triple
Don Baylor was successful both as a player and as a manager (memorably he was the first manager of the Colorado Rockies). Interestingly he played in three consecutive World Series: in '86 for the Bill Buckner Red Sox, '87 for your Minnesota Twins, and '88 for the Athletics. Although he only played a bit part on the team, the Twins were the only one of the three to give him a ring.
I bet they ran out of hot dogs
The longest baseball game ever happened two days before my two month birthday (May 8, 1984). The 33 inning marathon between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers lasted over 8 hours, the Sox ultimately winning 7-6. As an employee at a sports facility I can safely say that the people working that day hated their lives.
One of my favorite baseball players growing up was one-armed pitcher Jim Abbot. I mostly remember him playing with the California Angels, but in 1993 he threw a no-hitter for the Yankees against the Cleveland Indians. Fittingly, today he is a motivational speaker.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.