OneForFive Top 5 Greatest Hits

In the 4+ years of this blog’s existence, there have been somewhere around 450 published posts. The 5 listed below have had more hits than any others:  Damocles of the Dodgers – probably my favorite post of all time, too. The reason it ranks so high is that NBC Sports linked to it on their site. It’s a word-for-word transcription of a story Vin Scully told on air during a Dodgers broadcast on April 15, 2013. I heard it while watching the game and immediately knew it had to be transcribed for posterity, and thousands of others seem to have … Continue reading

Turkey Mike Donlin

From Sabr.org’s Biography Project (Donlin’s entry written by Michael Betzold): A flamboyant playboy and partygoer who dressed impeccably and always had a quip and a handshake for everyone he met, Mike Donlin was “one of the most picturesque, most written-about, most likeable athletes that ever cut his mark on the big circuit.” “Turkey” Mike Donlin was born in Peoria, IL in 1878. According to Betzold’s bio: “When he was eight his parents, railroad conductor John Donlin and his wife, Maggie, were killed in a bridge collapse. Forced to hustle for a living, young Mike worked as a machinist and was … Continue reading

2015 As-Played Scorebooks Available for Pre-Order

ALL 30 MLB TEAMS AVAILABLE! Select Product 2015 Season Custom Scorebook (with as-played scoresheets) $39.00 USD2015 Season Custom Scorebook (with blank scoresheets) $34.00 USD Team Name: It was one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. In 2015 many long-suffering fans of clubs like the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Kansas City Royals enjoyed watching their clubs play winning baseball unlike any they’ve seen in recent years. The Kansas City Royals emerged victorious, hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in 30 years, but who will come out on top in YOUR replay?   … Continue reading

Congratulations to Giants Rookie Chris Heston

…for throwing a no-hitter in his thirteenth career start! I’ve rolled thousands of games on the tabletop, but still have never had a no-hitter. For those of you lucky enough to have experienced that ephemeral joy, who was the most unlikely pitcher to have thrown one for you? I’ve had Juan Marichal and Mike Mussina take no-hitters to the bottom of the ninth, and I’ve had lesser pitchers like Hal Smith of the 1934 Pirates and Jerome Williams of the 2005 Cubs take no-nos late into games, too. I have to admit, I really hope that when (if) it ever … Continue reading