Baseball History

As grown men reflect on their youth, most recall having had at least one boyhood hero. I was no exception. For me there was only one hero, one role model that I desperately wanted to emulate. I was steadfast and unwavering in my adulation for the “Kid”, the “Splendid Splinter”, the Red Sox’s Ted Williams. […]


It has been said many times that records were made to be broken and over the  past decades many records, once thought to be secure and unassailable, have fallen. For 34 years the Babe’s 60 “dingers” stood as the mark  to which long ball hitters aspired. Recently, sluggers Maguire and Bonds eclipsed the almost unthinkable […]


If proof of steroid use were to be connected to Bonds, it would cause an incredible media explosion and be one of the biggest stories to come out of sports in nearly a century. Records would be tainted or perhaps even thrown out. Bonds himself might even be banned from baseball and denied entry into the Hall of Fame. It would be bigger than the scandal surrounding Pete Rose, the record holder for the most hits in a career who was banned from baseball for allegedly betting on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds. It would be a bigger story than McGwire and Sosa’s race towards the home run record in 1998. It would not, however, be the first time the entire game of baseball was rocked by controversy and scandal.


Jack Roosevelt Robinson retired with 137 home runs, 734 runs batted in, 197 stolen bases, and a life time batting average of .311.[1] He was inducted into the hall of fame on July 23rd, 1962. However, “To see Robinson’s career in numbers, is to see Lincoln through Federal budgets and to miss the Emancipation Proclamation.”[2] The true scope of what Jackie Robinson accomplished during his career could not be measured by simple statistics, at least not baseball statistics. His entry into the majors, and the success he had at that level, carried with it a social, economic and even political impact. A single man, playing a game, changed the face of the nation.

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This is the official launch of The Journal of Sports History. I’ll be posting the first article soon but if you’d like to submit an article for publication, feel free to send an email to submit [at] Enjoy!