Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inside the Park - Somerset Patriots

Another visit to the local Somerset Patriots:
 MLB passport cancel had not been updated from Jul 11.
Signed by pitcher Amalio Diaz #38, coach Marty Janzen #36 (Toronto Blue Jays)
pitcher Matt Soren #35
Jul 12, 2015 Somerset Patriots, Bridgewater, NJ
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Patriots 7-2

Monday, November 20, 2017

Florida/Miami Marlins

July 21, 1993 Ft Lauderdale, Fla (inaugural season)
Florida Marlins business envelope with beautiful graphics and a meter cancel
on the day rookie Pat Rapp singled home 2-runs and pitched six innings for his first major league victory as the Marlins defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-4.
Marlins rookie Jeff Conine had a single in the fifth, making him the first Marlin to reach 100 hits
October 26, Miami, Florida
Marlins Win the World Series
The Marlins finished the 1997 season with a record of 92-70 to come in 2nd in the NL East earning the NL Wild Card berth. The Marlins would defeat the San Francisco Giants and then the Atlanta Braves for the NL Championship.

The Marlins would go on to defeat the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3 for the World Championship title...

April 3, 1998 Ft Lauderdale, Fl - Metroexpo station
Commemorating the 1997 Championship

April 3, the Marlins were already 1-3, before losing their fourth game of the season to the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1, behind 3 home runs from Jose Valentin

The Florida Marlins would finish the 1998 season 5th in the NL East with a record of 58-104...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2005 - New Hampshire Fisher Cats

April 3, 2005
Hooksett, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, are based in Manchester, New Hampshire. The team plays in the Eastern League, Double-A baseball..

The team originated as the New Haven Ravens, and were sold in 2003 to Drew Weber owner of the Lowell Spiners. The team was moved to New Hampshire in 2004, playing in Gill Stadium. In 2005 the team moved to the  Fisher Cats Ballpark (later named Merchantsauto.com Stadium and then Northeast Delta Dental Stadium).

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2002 - Joseph Bruno Stadium

Joseph Bruno Stadium is located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York. The stadium is home to the Tr-City Valley Cats of the New York-Penn League

The park was named in honor of New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. The park opened on April 6, 2002

Monday, November 13, 2017

Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers, originally founded as the Seattle Pilots in 1969. The team moved after one season to Milwaukee and were renamed the Brewers. Starting the 1970 season in the American League, the Brewers would move to the National League in 1998.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Seattle Pilots

Seattle Pilots business envelope wth meter cancel promoting the team 
"Come see the Pilots Play - Sicks Stadium"

The Seattle Pilots were a 1969 American League expansion team, which lasted one season.  The franchise would move to Milwaukee. The team would finish the season 64-98.
Sicks Stadium was located in Rainier Valley and was home to the Seattle Rainers of the Pacific Coast League. The site was the previous location of Dugdale Field, a 1913 ballpark, home of the Seattle Indians

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Willie McCovey - 1978

Willie McCovey was called "the scariest hitter in baseball" by pitcher Bob Gibson. McCovey played for the San Francisco Giants from 1959-1973 and 1977-1980. He also played for the San Diego Padres from 1974-1976 and the Oakland Athletics in 1976.

McCovey hit a total of 521 home runs. 231 were hit in Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco Giants from 1960-1999. On September 16, 1966 McCovey hit a home that was considered the longest home run ever hit at the Stick.

In his Major League debut on July 30, 1959, McCovey went 4-for-4 against Robin Roberts and the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting two triples and two singles. He would be awarded NL Player of the Month for August and NL Rookie of the Year.

McCovey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1986
Listed as one of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players by The Sporting News
SF Giants wrecked a statue of McCovey across from McCovey Cove
SF Giants retired his number 44 on September 21, 1980