David Kramer, batting, and Eugene Kramer, catching with Vince DiMaggio glove. Brother of Joe and Dom DiMaggio, Vince was the less skilled of the trio. [Photo: Carol Kramer, Woodstock, NY, c. 1974]
In recent days, we’ve learned of a spate of sports cancellations and postponements: NCAA basketball tournaments, the NBA, the NHL, the MSL and MLB spring training.
The only good news is that the XFL also cancelled its regular season. As seen in Waiting for the XFL to be the Ex-XFL, this spring football league is a blight on the sports calendar
Feb 8, 2020 (left) Bob Page, at Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Avenue; (far right) Non-spectators at the inauguration of the XFL at Jeremiah’s. From Waiting for the XFL to be the Ex-XFL
Initially — mercifully for its misbegotten fans — Sunday’s game in Seattle was scheduled to be played without spectators. Given the paltry attendance at many XFL games, an empty stadium would be little different. Apparently, the XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021. Don’t bother.
With live sports on the sidelines, now is the time to relive Talker sports-blasts-from-the past.
We begin at the heights when in 1914 the immortal Babe Ruth played in Rochester against the Red Wings at Baseball Park on Bay Street near Webster Avenue. That International League season, Ruth pitched for the Providence Greys and Baltimore Hustlers. We end at the depths in 2020 with the infamous Houston Astros.
The six games Babe Ruth played in Rochester
Now gone from living memory, the last time the Dodgers (Robins) and Red Sox battled
Babe Ruth and Eugene Kramer’s 5 to 10 minutes of fame.
70 years ago today when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at Red Wings Stadium
48 years ago when Rochester saw its first “Designated Pinch Hitter”
The wait is over. Adding ’69 to the Series.
45 years ago when the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded a team of “All brothers out there”
Opening Day, 1971, at Boldo’s Armory
Baseball was better 45 years ago
On Yogi Berra and Dale Berra and the 1973 World Series and Willie Mays and my father
The Yom Kippur War (1973) and historical memory
When the P.A. announcer told us Nixon had resigned. On the passing of Anna Silver and a most memorable Silver Stadium game
You never forget your first
The 1981 baseball strike comes to Rochester. When Dave Winfield made 1.3 million a year!
30 years ago when George Brett won the World Series (and Morganna the Kissing Bandit)
30 years ago when Billy Buck broke Rhode Island’s heart
Frank Robinson and a glove signed at the 1988 Orioles-Red Wings exhibition game
The night in 1988 when a Hall of Fame flame thrower threw 151 pitches in the Triple-A-Classic at Silver Stadium
Dustin Pedroia, a 1999 lawn chair and a 2005 birthday gift from Naomi and Anna Silver
“An early-spring renewal of the spirit” over 10,000 fungos later
The Hat Gate game is reason enough to root for the Nationals
Street & Smith’s now defunct. Here is Kramer & Kramer’s Official 2016 Yearbook
Royals 4 – Mets 3. An opening day World Series rematch with Eugene Kramer
Grading Kramer & Kramer’s 2016 baseball predictions
Pruitt breaks new ground with “The Pennant Races in Rhyming Couplets.” Keeps eyes on the Talker baseball prediction prize.
Street and Smith’s is back and so is Bill Pruitt with “Pennant Race 18: Curses Laid and Lifted”
Major League Baseball in San Juan as a 21st Century Marshall Plan
Very first pitch on Opening Day. And Knot Holes
Eliminate the Wild Card Game, please
18 innings, 3:29 EST. That’s nothing.
Third time is the charm; Pruitt tells us what will happen: “Pennant Race ’19 in Eight Sestets and a Couplet”
Say it ain’t so Joe. Could I like MLB’s proposed playoff changes?
Farewell, Johnny Antonelli (April 12, 1930 – February 28, 2020). From Cobb’s Hill to the World Series
Why I don’t care that much about the Houston Ass — terisks*
Looking through the glass half full, the 2020 baseball preview
Bill Pruitt offers “Pennant Race in the Plague Year, Or Ohtani’s Quadruple Twenty in 2020”
Baseball at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park (1960 – 1972)
That Championship Season thirty five years later