Chapter 2: They Tore Down the Polo Grounds in 1964 Ray finishes building the entire field; it takes him three baseball seasons. One by one, the socalled Unlucky Eight, the Black Sox baseball players who were banned for life in 1920, appear. Now only the right fielder and the catcher are still shadowy. Ray's daughter Karin also has the ability to see the games that take place. Next, Ray hears the baseball announcer say, mysteriously, "Ease his pain."
The teams and the organization’s are not the only one’s affected by this. Merchandisers are also affected by the loss of interest in the fans, thus causing diminished sales of merchandise and apparel. The lost interest in fans plays a major role to sponsors of Major League Baseball due to the rapid decline of viewers during televised games. According to Will Van Wazer’s article, “National Pastime No More,” The MLB in the 1970’s and 80’s were the leaders in professional sports with national sponsors. In today’s game they now are second behind the NFL.
Their 2013 season was as dismal as their last ten seasons, in last place in the national league’s central division with a record of 66-96. So why do fans still come to Wrigley, to watch the team of lovable losers? Wouldn’t they rather see a team winning and being successful? The answer may lay in being optimistic. The Cubs were always positive, even when they blew a seven run lead in the 2003 national league division series, even when they lost the 1946 World Series in heartbreaking fashion on Jack Spinner’s walk off home run in game 7 against the Brewers, even when the team’s slugger Sammy Sosa was found guilty of steroid usage and was suspended, the Cubs and their fans still remained contended, even optimistic about their team’s chances to win the Central and go to the playoffs.
In 1977 a Los Angeles scout discovered Valenzuela in a Mexican baseball league. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela pitched his first ever Major League game. His outstanding pitching led the Dodgers to the “World Series” the Dodgers won against the Yankees that year, and Valenzuela won the “CY Young award,” and the “Rookie Of The Year.” He soon burst on the scene, fans increased by 9,000 every time to see Valenzuela pitch. This was known as “Fernando mania” at Dodger Stadium. He was also given the nickname “El Torro,” but that reign would soon end in 1991, when he was released by the Dodgers.
He had hit the baseball in the wrong spot which caused the bat to break in half. The umpires picked up the bat and saw that the bat was corked. Mark McGwire after retiring from baseball he was voted in the hall of fame. But after 2 years of being in the hall of fame. His conscious was biting him in the butt because he didn’t earn such an honor to be in the hall fame.
How to Play Baseball If you live in the United States, it is probably a good idea that you understand America’s pastime. What is America’s pastime you ask? America’s pastime is the great game of baseball, promptly named after it’s prominence in 19th and 20th century American history, as well as today. The origin of organized baseball can be traced to the early 1840’s, but the first official league was made in 1876. Baseball has been my favorite sport since the age of 5, and even though I no longer play it is still one of my passions and hobbies.
I saw things I couldn’t believe adults would do. I came to the conclusion that there are three different types of softball players; the soon to be pro athlete, the forty year old teenager, and the family guy. The type of people I saw most playing at the softball fields were the “soon to be pro athlete.” These were the ones that would show up in their top notch expensive uniforms for a game of underhand slow pitch softball. They would have ten different types of bats as if there were ten different kinds of pitches. They showed up an hour early to warm up and take batting practice as if it is needed for middle aged slow pitch softball.
Garrett Dell Informative Speech Outline COMS 1030 Title of Speech: History of Baseball, America’s past-time Specific Purpose: I will teach the class about the history of baseball. Thesis: Baseball can be divided into three sections, the beginning, middle and modern baseball. Introduction I. Attention Getter Ever wonder how the most popular sport to play the last 150 years was invented and how it grew into the giant it is today? Raise your hand if you have ever played baseball or been to a baseball game.
Both baseball and softball have been eliminated as an Olympic game after the 2008 Games in Beijing. It was decided in August of 2009 by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Board, that baseball would not be included in the 2012 or 2016 Olympic Games. One of the reasons stated by the IOC for the removal of the event was the fact a game of baseball's length is unpredictable and another possible overlooked reason is the fact there is so little European participation in the sport. Nations such as Russia, Great Britain, and France don't field teams nor is the sport in any way considered a part of their culture. The Baseball World Cup was founded in 1983, originally called the ‘Amateur World Series’, until the tournament in 1988.
People say that to be a Hall of Fame baseball player you have to hit three out of ten times. Hitting a 97 mph fastball is the hardest thing in the world to do. You have .087 seconds to react and swing. When a ball is hit 120 and gets lost in the lights and you can’t see the ball or track it takes great reaction time and smartness to get to the ball and make a play on it. When you first get drafted you can