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All About “A” in Baseball Names

With the season upon us and baseball in the air and on the tongue, herewith a primer for novices and super experts. Enjoy, and keeps those letters and suggestions coming.

A-Rod A shortening of one-time Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s name.

Adjusted ERA formula for pitcher’s ability to prevent runs from being scored – adjusted for league and home park factors. AERA, adjusted earned run average.

Advance The moving ahead of a base runner to the next base as a result of a hit, error, sacrifice, balk, etc. Continue reading

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry

The roots of the rivalry extend all the way back to the first time the teams faced-off on May 7, 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston. They weren’t the Yankees and Red Sox then but instead had more geographically correct names: the Highlanders — they played on the hilly terrain of upper Manhattan; and the Pilgrims — in tribute to their New England heritage. Continue reading

Remembering: The New York Renaissance Five

With the NBA All Star Game almost upon us, with the college hoops season heading towards “March Madness,” it is sometimes satisfying to look back on the way of life that once existed in the game.

The New York Renaissance Five, better known as the “Rens,” was the first all-black professional basketball team. They existed before the Harlem Globetrotters and were a much different kind of team. The Globies clowned around; the Rens played to win and did they win! For their time there was no better basketball team in the world. Continue reading

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