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The Price Aaron Paid for Passing Babe Ruth

Hall of Famer's secretary received hate mail, too, as home run record neared

(Newser) - "April 8th, 1974, really led up to turning me off on baseball," Henry Aaron, who died Friday, once told a New York Times columnist. That was the date he hit his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth to hold Major League Baseball's record. "It really...

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Don Sutton Dead at 75

The Los Angeles Dodgers legend had cancer

(Newser) - Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday, the AP reports. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho...

Dodgers Legend Dead at 93

Manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda led team to 2 World Series

(Newser) - Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 70-plus years with the franchise, has died at 93. The Dodgers said Friday he had a heart attack at...

Phil Niekro Only Needed 1 Pitch

Hall of Famer mastered the knuckleball, which one hitter said 'giggles at you as it goes by'

(Newser) - Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday. He was 81, the AP reports. Niekro won...

Former Pro Baseball Player 'Flatly Denies' Abuse Claims

MLB is investigating allegations against Omar Vizquel

(Newser) - The wife of Omar Vizquel has accused the former professional baseball player of multiple incidents of domestic abuse, ESPN reports. Major League Baseball is investigating the allegations made by 36-year-old Blanca Vizquel, per USA Today . Omar Vizquel’s attorney tells the Athletic that the star shortstop "flatly denies any...

Correction of 'Longtime Oversight' Shakes Up MLB Records

Negro Leagues have been reclassified as major league

(Newser) - Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin's big league batting average should climb over .300 and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too....

Another Controversial Team Name Is Getting Changed

Sources say Cleveland's baseball team could make formal announcement this week

(Newser) - In a not altogether unexpected move, the Cleveland Indians will no longer be called the Indians. Three sources tell the New York Times that the baseball team will drop the name, though it's not yet clear what will happen next. As the Times notes, there are quite a few...

Tommy Lasorda Is in Intensive Care

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager is said to be resting comfortably

(Newser) - Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California, the AP reports. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Sunday that their 93-year-old former manager was in intensive care and resting comfortably at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton. He attended the team’s Game 6...

MLB Wraps Investigation of Celebrant With COVID

Justin Turner won't face punishment for joining teammates after testing positive

(Newser) - Justin Turner will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for coming onto the field last week to celebrate the World Series title with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates after testing positive for COVID-19. The third baseman was removed after seven innings of Game 6 against Tampa Bay on Oct....

MLB Confirms Infected Player 'Refused to Comply'

Justin Turner violated MLB coronavirus protocols, league says

(Newser) - Justin Turner's maskless celebration on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series—just two innings after he was pulled from the game due to his coronavirus test coming back positive—was in clear disregard of Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols, the league says in...

Dodgers' Player With COVID Celebrates, Maskless at Times

LA Dodgers' third baseman Justin Turner went back onto the field

(Newser) - The good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night: They won the World Series . The bad news: Third baseman Justin Turner was yanked midway through the game against the Tampa Bay Rays because his COVID-19 test came up positive. USA Today reports that Turner was taken out at...

World Series Tied 1-1

Tampa Bay Rays beat Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4

(Newser) - Brandon Lowe busted out early and Tampa Bay’s bullpen hung on late. Rays and Dodgers, tied in Texas. Lowe shook loose from his extended postseason slump with two opposite-field home runs, and Tampa Bay held off Los Angeles 6-4 on Wednesday night to square the World Series at one...

World Series Opener Had Smallest Crowd in 111 Years

Stadium was limited to 28% of capacity

(Newser) - A crowd of 11,388 attended the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday night's World Series opener in Arlington, Texas, spread in groups of up to four, mostly in alternate rows and none directly behind each other among the forest green seats. That...

Sports Writer's World Series Streak Ends at 252 Games

Thomas M. Boswell recounts the 'marvelous misery'

(Newser) - For the first time since 1975, Thomas M. Boswell will not be covering the World Series, ending a 252-game streak. "I don't think it's smart for a 72-year-old man in a pandemic," writes the Washington Post sports columnist. But the choice has left him pining for...

Star Player Injures Himself Celebrating Clutch Home Run

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger dislocates his shoulder

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the World Series thanks in no small part to Cody Bellinger's tie-breaking home run against Atlanta in the 7th inning Sunday night. As it turns out, Bellinger actually hurt himself celebrating the feat, reports USA Today . The outfielder dislocated his right shoulder when...

Dodgers Have a Chance for First Title Since 1988

They're heading to the World Series

(Newser) - Mookie Betts is leaping into the World Series, carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers with his glove rather than with his bat. The star right fielder made his third terrific catch in three days, this time robbing Freddie Freeman of a home run and helping the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves...

Another Baseball Giant Is Dead

Cincinnati Hall of Famer Joe Morgan was 77

(Newser) - This is shaping up to be a tough year for baseball legends and their fans. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has died at age 77 from a nerve condition, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . He's the third MLB icon to die this month alone, after Whitey Ford and...

In Mantle's View, He Was Best Pitcher in the Game

Yankee great Whitey Ford has died at age 91

(Newser) - Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker who had the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century and helped the Yankees become baseball's perennial champions in the 1950s and '60s, has died at age 91, per the AP . A family member said Ford died at his...

Goodbye to One of Baseball's 'Most Uncompromising' Players

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, powerhouse pitcher for St. Louis Cardinals, dies at 84

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who won a record seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with a 1.12 ERA, died Friday. He was 84. The Cardinals confirmed Gibson's death shortly...

Home Run Lands in an Amazing Spot

Cardinals outfielder hits painting sitting in the upper deck

(Newser) - Old-timey ballparks often had advertising signs in the outfield inviting players to take a shot at them, promising a free something as a reward. "Hit sign, win suit," hanging in right-center field of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, was a famous one, Dutch Baseball Hangouts reports. There doesn't...

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