This Day in History

April 15, 1947:

Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier.

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/robinson-jackie

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of sharecroppers. Growing up, he excelled at sports and attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the first athlete to letter in four varsity sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. After financial difficulties forced Robinson to drop out of UCLA, he joined the army in 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After protesting instances of racial discrimination during his military service, Robinson was court-martialed in 1944. Ultimately, though, he was honorably discharged.

After the army, Robinson played for a season in the Negro American League. In 1946, he spent one season with the Canadian minor league team the Montreal Royals. In 1947, Robinson was called up to the Majors and soon became a star infielder and outfielder for the Dodgers, as well as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. In 1949, the right-hander was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player and league batting champ. Robinson played on the National League All-Star team from 1949 through 1954 and led the Dodgers to six National League pennants and one World Series, in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.

Despite his talent and success as a player, Robinson faced tremendous racial discrimination throughout his career, from baseball fans and some fellow players. Additionally, Jim Crow laws prevented Robinson from using the same hotels and restaurants as his teammates while playing in the South.

After retiring from baseball in 1957, Robinson became a businessman and civil rights activist. He died October 24, 1972, at age 53, in Stamford, Connecticut.

Taken from: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

My All-Time Baseball Team

Left Field: Ted Williams

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931775/

1939-1960, all for the Boston Red Sox

Considered by many the greatest hitter of all time

.344 career batting average

521 career home runs

1,839 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

19-time all star

2-time American League MVP

2-time American League Triple Crown winner (batting average, home runs, rbi’s)

6-time AL batting champion

4-time AL home run leader

Last player to hit .400 (.406 in 1941)

MLB record .482 on base percentage

Served two tours of duty in the military (World War 2 and Korean War) and lost 5 years of playing time during his prime

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966

Hall of Fame speech called for the recognition and inclusion of African American players

Honorable Mention: Stan Musial, Cart Yastrzemski, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Al Simmons, Ralph Kiner, Billy Williams, Jim Rice, Lou Brock, Charlie Keller, Joe Medwick, Goose Goslin, Fred Clarke, Ed Delahanty, Frank Howard, Tim Raines, Willie Stargell,

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

Left Field: Ted Williams

Official Sully Baseball Picks for the 2022 MLB Season

I put out my predictions earlier today (although this is much more in depth than mine). Nice work! Let’s compare in early November!

Sully Baseball

The season is going to start in a few hours… time to get my picks down and make them official.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST – Toronto Blue Jays

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL – Chicago White Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST – Seattle Mariners

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD TEAMS – Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST – New York Mets

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL – Milwaukee Brewers

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST – Los Angeles Dodgers

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARDS – Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres

WORLD SERIES PREDICTION – Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 Games to 1

AL MVP – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays

AL Cy Young – Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays

AL Rookie of the Year – Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners

AL Manager of the Year – Scott Servaid – Seattle Mariners

First AL Manager Fired – Chris Woodward…

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2022 Major League Baseball Predictions:

Ah, opening day. Where all 30 teams and their fans have hope that this year is the year. Well, at least some of them. Here are my predictions for the upcoming season.

American League East: Toronto, New York, Tampa Bay, Boston, Baltimore

American League Central: Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland

American League West: Houston, Seattle, LA Angels, Texas, Oakland

AL Wild Cards: New York, Tampa Bay, Seattle

American League Championship Series: Houston over Toronto 4-2

National League East: Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington

National League Central: Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati

National League West: LA Dodgers, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona, Colorado

NL Wild Cards: New York, San Diego, San Francisco

National League Championship Series: LA Dodgers over Milwaukee 4-2

World Series: LA Dodgers over Houston 4-2

The Los Angeles Dodgers get their revenge over the Houston Astros and win their second World Series in three seasons.

My All-Time Baseball Team

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/mike-schmidt/

1972-1989 (all with the Philadelphia Phillies)

.267 career batting average

548 career home runs

1,595 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

1980 World Series Champion (World Series MVP)

3-time National League MVP

8-time NL home run leader

4-time NL rbi leader

6-time Silver Slugger Award winner

10-time Gold Glove winner

Hit 4 home runs in one game in 1976

Member of Major League Baseball All Century team

Member of Major League Baseball All-Time team

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995

Honorable Mention: Eddie Mathews, George Brett, Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs, Chipper Jones, Ron Santo, Pie Traynor, Nolan Arenado, George Kell, Adrian Beltre, Paul Molitor, Ken Boyer, Freddie Lindstrom, Scott Rolen, Frank “Home Run” Baker

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

My All-Time Baseball Team

1897-1917, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

https://www.timesonline.com/story/sports/high-school/baseball/2020/07/25/ninety-six-years-ago-honus-wagner-brought-his-all-stars-to-georgetown/112699278/

.340 lifetime batting average

3,430 career hits

1,732 career runs batted in (rbi)

722 career stolen bases

8-time National League (NL) batting champion (only duplicated by Tony Gwynn)

5-time NL rbi leader

5-time NL stolen base leader

Gifted fielder who was widely considered the best defender at any position he played

1909 World Series champion

Part of baseball’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 1936, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson

Remained with the Pirates as a coach for 39 years after his playing days were over

His T206 1909 baseball card has sold for over $3 million

Honorable Mention: Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Ozzie Smith, Lou Boudreau, Luke Appling, Joe Cronin, Arky Vaughn, Luis Aparicio, Pee Wee Reese, George Davis, Rabbit Maranville, Maury Wills, Barry Larkin, Robin Yount, Alan Trammell, Travis Jackson, Derek Jeter, Willie Wells, John Henry Lloyd, Al Dark, Joe Sewell

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

My All-Time Baseball Team

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

https://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2014/8/7/5971805/rogers-hornsby-the-greatest-season-in-cardinals-history

1915-1937 primarily for the St. Louis Cardinals, with stints playing for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Browns

Considered by many as the greatest right-handed hitter of all time

Lifetime batting average of .358 is third all-time behind Ty Cobb (.366) and Oscar Charleston (.364)

7 batting titles, exceeded only by Cobb, Tony Gwynn, and Honus Wagner

2 time NL home run leader

4 time NL runs batted in (rbi) leader

Led NL in slugging percentage a record nine times

2 time NL MVP

2 time triple crown winner

Led NL in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (rbi) for the 1920’s (only Wagner, Ted Williams, and Albert Pujols have led an entire decade in all three triple crown statistics)

Led NL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and total bases every year from 1920 to 1925

Manages several major league and minor league teams, often as a player/manager

In your face personality, sour disposition, and gambling problems all led to his wearing out his welcome with numerous teams

World champion with St. Louis Cardinals in 1926

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942

Honorable Mention: Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Charlie Gehringer, Tony Lazzeri, Rod Carew, Jackie Robinson, Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, Frankie Frisch, Craig Biggio

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

My All-Time Baseball Team

First Base: Lou Gehrig

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lou-gehrig-the-lost-memoir-review-a-yankee-hero-tells-his-story-11589498575

1923-1939, all with the New York Yankees

.340 career batting average

493 lifetime home runs

1,995 career runs batted in (rbi)

7 all-star appearances

6 world championships

Twice named American League MVP

Triple crown winner in 1934

Only player ever to record at least 500 rbi in any three consecutive seasons

13 consecutive seasons with at least 100 rbi’s

Most seasons ever with at least 400 total bases (five)

Diagnosed in 1939 with ALS and retired immediately

Affects of illness before diagnosis forced Gehrig to bench himself because of poor play, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played (a record broken by Cal Ripken in 1995)

Games played streak earned him the nickname, “The Iron Horse”

Gave the famous, “Luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939

Died on June 2, 1941 at age 37 from ALS

Honorable Mention: Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Albert Pujols, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, Miguel Cabrera

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

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