Replicating King Kelly’s bat

 Now you, too, can swing like King! Being a near life-long student of baseball history, Old Dutch certainly had known of Michael Joseph “King” Kelly. He was, at the time he played, baseball’s biggest star ever. He was Babe Ruth before there was Babe Ruth. But Old Dutch didn’t really know Kelly – or, come [...]

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Roger Connor: The answer to two great trivia questions

  Old Dutch wrote a few weeks ago about Amos Rusie, a flame-throwing Giant who inspired the modern pitching rubber distance of 60 feet, 6-inches. Granted, he was of a different era, but how could a guy with more than 2,000 career strikeouts and such a profound influence on the game’s evolution exist so anonymously [...]

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Eliza Green (secretly) blazed trails for women in baseball

There were women who blazed trails for women in baseball going back even before Susan B. Anthony and her suffragist movement. In 1882, Eliza Green, who grew up in the same Rochester, NY neighborhood as Miss Anthony, became the official scorekeeper for the Chicago White Stockings – not the White Stockings that became the White Sox, but [...]

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