This Date in History: Home Run Baker earns his nickname

And why he was often (and erroneously in my view )referred to as the “original home run king” On this date in 1911, the Philadelphia Athletics’ John Franklin “Frank” Baker hit a home run off Christy Matthewson to tie Game 3 of the World Series and take the A’s and Giants into extra innings. Philadelphia [...]

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Doc Bushong and the catcher’s mitt

Bushong developed the “spring mattress” to preserve  his dentistry career In the summer of 2012, Old Dutch was honored to receive an email from Steve Bushong of Swansea, Illinois. He was the great grandson of Albert John “Doc” Bushong, a 19th player who is widely credited for, at minimum, his contribution to the evolution of the [...]

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Albert Spalding: Happy birthday to a baseball and business visionary

Albert Spalding, producer of “the perfect bat”, made a brilliant business move on the field in 1877 Old Dutch would be negligent if he didn’t pause to wish a very special birthday wish to one of his heroes of baseball and business, Albert Goodwill Spalding. Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, you’ve heard [...]

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