Archive for the 'Baseball Urban Legends' Category

Did a Convict Sign a Professional Baseball Contract…While Still in Prison?

Was a con almost a pro baller?

Was Maury Wills Such a Longshot That Topps Wouldn’t Even Sign Him to a $5 Contract?

Did Topps seriously not want to even give him $5 to get him under a baseball card deal?

Were the Boston Braves Named After Members of the Boston Tea Party?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: The Boston Braves were named after the members of the Boston Tea Party. An interesting part of […]

Did Walter Johnson Pull Off a Feat That George Washington Only Did in Myths?

BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: Walter Johnson reenacted a mythical George Washington coin toss. In John Ford’s classic 1962 western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a classic line after a newspaperman discovers the truth of who actually shot Liberty Valance. He is undeterred, though, noting “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” That’s […]

Did Vladimir Nabokov Work an Actual Baseball Headline Into One of His Novels?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: Vladimir Nabokov worked an actual baseball headline into his acclaimed novel Pale Fire. Vladimir Nabokov was one […]

Had Elie Wiesel Never Heard of the World Series When He Was Asked to Throw Out the First Pitch of the 1986 Fall Classic?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: Elie Wiesel had not heard of the World Series when he was asked to throw out the […]

Did the First Song About Baseball Come Out Before the Civil War Even?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: The first published baseball song pre-dates the Civil War! “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is […]

An Owner Correctly Predicted His Stadium Would Be Home to the World Series of 1926…It Just Wasn’t His Team!

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: An owner correctly predicted that his stadium would be home to a World Series by 1926 – […]

How Did a Bookkeeper Who Had Never Played Organized Baseball Become a Hall of Famer?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: A series of fortuitous events turned an 18-year-old bookkeeper who had never played organized baseball into a […]

How Did Trying to Prove He Could Dunk a Basketball Ruin a Pitcher’s Career?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about baseball and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the baseball urban legends featured so far. BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: A top closer had his career de-railed by an attempt to show how he could dunk. Cecil […]