Archive for the 'Baseball Urban Legends' Category

Did the Yankees Accidentally Leave Tim Belcher Unprotected in the 1984 Free Agent Compensation Draft?

BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: The Yankees accidentally left Tim Belcher unprotected in the 1984 Free Agent Compensation Draft. Few Major League Baseball players have had as strange of a road to the Major Leagues as Tim Belcher did (Danny Goodwin is one of the few who could compare). Drafted number one overall in the 1983 amateur […]

Did a Catcher Once Pick a Runner Off Third Base…With a Potato?

BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: A catcher once picked off a runner at third with the use of a potato! One of the most legendary plays in the annals of baseball history is the so-called “Hidden Ball Trick.” It is when an infielder pretends to hand the baseball back to the pitcher but instead secretly holds on […]

Was a Pitcher Once the Winning Pitcher and Losing Pitcher…in the Same Game?!

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 pitcher once was both the winning pitcher as well as the losing pitcher in a baseball […]

Did Rickey Henderson Really Frame His First Million Dollar Check Rather Than Cash It?

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: Rickey Henderson framed his first million dollar check without actually cashing it. NOTE: This is a guest […]

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 […]