No sports? Talker has you covered (Part I, Major and Minor League baseball)

No sports? Talker has you covered (Part I, Major and Minor League baseball)

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.

SEE PART II: No sports? Talker has you covered (Part II, the Bills, the Jills and love triangles)

SEE PART III: No sports? Talker has you covered. (Part III, Sports Less Traveled)

SEE PART IV: No sports? Talker has you covered. (Part IV, Conclusion: college and high school baseball, basketball and football; amateur baseball, football and softball)

 

1914

The six games Babe Ruth played in Rochester

1916

Now gone from living memory, the last time the Dodgers (Robins) and Red Sox battled

1945 

Babe Ruth and Eugene Kramer’s 5 to 10 minutes of fame.

1946

70 years ago today when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at Red Wings Stadium

1969

48 years ago when Rochester saw its first “Designated Pinch Hitter”

The wait is over. Adding ’69 to the Series.

1971 

45 years ago when the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded a team of “All brothers out there”

Opening Day, 1971, at Boldo’s Armory

1972 

Baseball was better 45 years ago

1973

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

1974 

When the P.A. announcer told us Nixon had resigned. On the passing of Anna Silver and a most memorable Silver Stadium game

1975 

You never forget your first

1981 

The 1981 baseball strike comes to Rochester. When Dave Winfield made 1.3 million a year!

1985

30 years ago when George Brett won the World Series (and Morganna the Kissing Bandit)

1986

30 years ago when Billy Buck broke Rhode Island’s heart

1988 

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

1999 

Dustin Pedroia, a 1999 lawn chair and a 2005 birthday gift from Naomi and Anna Silver

2009 

“An early-spring renewal of the spirit” over 10,000 fungos later

2010

The Hat Gate game is reason enough to root for the Nationals

2016 

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

2017

Pruitt breaks new ground with “The Pennant Races in Rhyming Couplets.” Keeps eyes on the Talker baseball prediction prize.

2018

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.

2019 

Third time is the charm; Pruitt tells us what will happen: “Pennant Race ’19 in Eight Sestets and a Couplet”

2020 

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”

SEE ALSO 

Baseball at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park (1960 – 1972)

PROFESSIONAL SOFTBALL

That Championship Season thirty five years later

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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