Dabbler in history & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about diversity, culture, sports and education.
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Baseball fans all like to think they have a discerning eye when it comes to identifying talented players and qualities that can make up a great team. However, it’s hard to argue against those who played the game themselves having the best perspective on such things. Mickey Welch, a Hall-of-Fame pitcher from the early days of professional ball, had a very unique take when asked to choose his all-time team decades after he last threw a pitch. …


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Before the days of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, baseball relied on small ball — making timely plays and using strategy and incremental gains to win. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t any power hitters. One of the earliest was strapping first baseman Roger Connor, who terrorized opposing pitchers during an 18-year big-league career (1880–1897). Needless to say, starring during the infancy of the professional game, he had a lot of fond memories after his playing days were over.

At 6'3" and 220 pounds, Connor was a giant during his time. One of 11 children of Irish immigrants


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Shortstop Joe Tinker was a star during a 15-year big-league career (1902–1916). He also tried his hand at managing and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. He was a go getter and a leader. As it turns out, instead of spending his youth playing the game that made him famous, he instead served as the leader of a gang.

Tinker spent 12 of his 15 seasons as a player with the Chicago Cubs. One of the best defenders to ever play the position, he formed one-third of the team’s famed Tinker-to-(Johnny) Evers-to (Frank) Chance double-play trio…


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Shortstop Rabbit Maranville was one of the most unique players in baseball history. Even though he was just 5’5” and struggled to reach 150 pounds soaking wet, he turned in a memorable 23-year playing career (1912–1933 & 1935) that ultimately led to his induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. In addition to his skills, he was well known for his energy and fast-talking style. It should then come as little surprise that he had a visceral reaction when Major League Baseball instituted rules that limited his ability to talk during games.

Although he was a relatively light…


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Much like a child and Christmas morning, many investors anxiously awaited for a confirmation that hot new EV company Lucid Motors would agree to merge with SPAC CCIV. The hype was so great that the share price of CCIV exceeded $60 at one point. So, when official news came that the merger was happening and CCIV stock dropped by about half, it shocked many who believed it was about to head to the moon. While there may not be an immediate payoff, what we know about the combining companies indicates patience could lead to a big pay day.

Lucid’s Vehicle…


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One of the hottest stocks of 2021 has been Zomedica (ZOM), which has seen its share price soar over 1000% over the past few months as investors learned more about the company and their exciting upcoming new product, Truforma. Despite its rapid ascension, there appear to be plenty of reasons for optimism as to why this stock may only be getting started.

According to Zomedica, they are a “veterinary health company creating products for companion animals (canine, feline and equine) by focusing on the unmet needs of clinical veterinarians. Zomedica’s product portfolio will include innovative diagnostics and therapeutics that emphasize…


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There are few figures in the history of baseball as frustrating as Hal Chase. “Prince” Hal was a star first baseman who had a 15-year big-league career (1905–1919) on the strength of an effective bat and a slick-as-oil glove. He was also effectively banned from the game due to his numerous connections to gambling, but he still stayed connected even after he was no longer allowed to play. In particular, he had some interesting observations about Negro League star catcher Josh Gibson.

Chase was one of the biggest stars of the Dead Ball Era. He played for five teams, which…


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Obi Toppin was drafted by the New York Knicks. (Image via Wikipedia)

The 2020–2021 NBA regular season is now officially more than a quarter over. There’s little time for veteran players to adjust, especially playing in the pandemic-adjusted conditions, so imagine what it’s been like for this year’s rookies as they try to get their feet under them. This is especially true of the lottery picks, including these top selections from the most recent draft who have struggled mightily thus far during their first professional season.

Isaac Okoro, Guard- Cleveland Cavaliers: Okoro was a mixed bag last year at Auburn during his first and only college season. Using his great size as…


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The 2021 Major League Baseball season is about to kick off with the opening of spring training camps. Teams are still fine-tuning their rosters but, in most cases, they made their most significant transactions earlier in the offseason. However, there are still quality free agents still looking for a place to play during the upcoming season for anyone looking for an upgrade or to cover for an injury. Here is the best of those available players.

Yasiel Puig, Outfielder: Although it seems like he has been around forever, the right-handed slugger just barely turned 30. He did not play during…


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Right-handed pitcher Amos Rusie was one of the greatest stars in the earliest days of baseball. The hurler was the original dominant fastball pitcher who put together an amazing 10-year run before an arm injury prematurely and effectively ended his career when he was just 27. The future Hall-of-Famer didn’t have a smooth post-baseball life but simply couldn’t avoid being a target of the newspaper rumor mill once he was done on the mound.

Armed with a powerful fastball that many claimed was the fastest of all-time, and a devastating curve, Rusie joined his hometown Indianapolis Hoosiers of the National…

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