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njpw 50s high school au tho…

Okada is the star of the baseball team. On his way to the major leagues, popular, beautiful, smart. Everyone’s hopes and dreams rest on him.

Shibata is his coach. Strict, tough. Keeps Okada swinging for the fences until his arms go numb.

Gedo is the principal. He goes easy on Okada and keeps his record clean. Sometimes too easy. (like when he kept the omega/okada drag race the night before the big game a secret from his parents)

lij are the greasers, headed up by Naito. He used to be a lot like Okada, a glittering life ahead before they all turned on him.

Kenny is the star of the rival school’s baseball team. Antagonistic, popular, bit of a chip on his shoulder for what he feels is him having to work so hard where others haven’t.

Ibushi is the mvp every damn year, but he’s more focused on playing and enjoying the sport than being better than everyone else. He just happens to be. (Kenny’s wild ass boyfriend)

I’m not writing this I just needed everyone to know it’s a thought that exists and I love it so much. Where can everyone else fit…


Oakland middle and high school band kneels at major league baseball game.

During Tuesday night’s Oakland A’s game, almost all of the middle and high schoolers from Oakland Unified School District knelt on the field as their rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” drew to a close.

As if their incredible act of bravery and protest wasn’t enough, the response from the crowd is downright heartwarming.

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As the Major League Baseball pauses during the All-Star break, we’re remembering a time when America’s national pastime was more than a just a professional, spectator sport. Kids of all ages grew up playing ball on the street and sandlot and ordinary adults played spontaneous games. A favorite spot for some of these pickup games was just across from Barnes Hospital in Forest Park. This photo from over 100 years ago around 1915,  shows a game of baseball being played on the eastern end of Forest Park, directly across the street from Barnes Hospital. Today it is the site of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital South Garage, but the parking structure is entirely below ground, and at street level it is still green parkland known as Hudlin Park, which features a playground, handball courts, and the Richard Hudlin tennis courts.


Miep Gies was the woman who found Anne’s diary in the attic, gathered up the scattered pages, and saved it for 2 years, hoping that Anne would survive the terrible concentration camps. We know, of course, that she didn’t. 

When Otto Frank, Anne’s dad, was released at the end of World War II, he returned to his previous home to find that he was the sole survivor. His wife and two daughters were dead. Miep presented Anne’s diary to Otto, and ultimately – to the world. This was the diary that would inspire my daughter, Rachel, to leave us with her six diaries.

My wife, Sandy, and I were in Amsterdam on June 25, 2009 to visit this wonderful lady. She had just turned 100 years old, and had recently turned down an invitation to meet with the queen. However, we were honored to meet with her because her caretaker, a gentleman named Cor Suijk**, had told her about Rachel. Cor is also a great person. He was imprisoned during the Holocaust for helping hide a number of Jewish people. After being released, he became Otto Frank’s assistant and best friend and was the first director of the Anne Frank House. 

Cor drove us into the little village where Miep lived and as I looked out my car window, passing windmills that dotted the Holland countryside, I though about the definition of the word “greatness”. Who among us is really great?

That very morning I had received an email from major league baseball and People magazine informing me that I had been selected to be the Colorado Rockies “Heroes Among Us” person of the year. I would be representing the Rockies at the All-Star game, riding in the parade with the players and being honored with 29 other “heroes” by all 5 living presidents in the pre-game celebration! Of course I was excited about winning that nomination, but I knew in my heart that I was not “great” because of that assignment. Being called a hero, doesn’t make one a hero. I was selected because a large number of my friends took the time to vote for me online. It was a simple numbers game, and I was fortunate to have the most friends voting. But that did not make me “great”.

Sandy and I were ushered by Cor up the sidewalk to the door of a small apartment, where a stooped, elderly, white-haired lady greeted us. As we sat and visited with Miep, at one point she took our hands in hers and with tears in her eyes, in broken English she said, “I never had a daughter. But Anne was like a daughter to me. I lost her – and I am so sorry for your loss of Rachel.”

I cannot begin to tell you the flood of emotions that coursed through my heart at that moment. My daughter was being honored by the lady who saved Rachel’s hero, Anne Frank! These hands holding ours had served and sacrificed in an attempt to save Anne’s life and the lives of seven other Jewish people during that terrible time in history. As we glanced around the small room, Miep pointed out to us the shawl that Anne Frank wore, draped across a chair. There in the corner was the desk owned by Otto Frank, that I’m sure Anne must have sat at from time to time, recording entries in her diary.

As we left her apartment and started back for the car, I looked over my shoulder and saw Miep waving from her doorway. Almost as an afterthought, I grabbed the camera and took her picture. Little did I realize that it would probably be the last picture ever taken of her alive. Six months later she would quietly - without fanfare - slip away.”
- Darrell Scott

More people watched the Home Run Derby than the NBA All-Star Game or NFL Pro Bowl

Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby had it’s biggest television audience in years and it is a small sign that young stars like Aaron Judge are starting to breathe life back into the sport.

The Home Run Derby posted a television rating of 4.6 and 8.2 million viewers. As Sports Media Watch pointed out, that was actually more viewers than either the NBA All-Star game and NFL Pro Bowl and the Derby is not even baseball’s main All-Star event.

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Respect. More than any other emotion, that’s the feeling Derek Jeter has commanded throughout his 20 years in Major League Baseball. As the Yankees shortstop enters the halfway turn of his farewell season, Nike’s Air Jordan brand (a longtime sponsor of Jeter) has released an incredible commercial to celebrate his final year.

Watch the full commercial for even more sports cameos here. 

Don’t Watch the All-Star Game, Watch the Paw Star Game

Tonight in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball’s best players will gather for the annual All-Star Game. But smart sports fans know that’s not where their TVs should be tuned if they want the best baseball action of the day.

If you’re really serious about baseball, you should be watching the Paw Star Game (airing tonight, July 14, on Hallmark Channel at 7pm ET/PT, 6pm C).

The game features some of the game’s top feline stars, including, Derek Cheetah, Joe DiMeowgio, Siamese Sosa, Wade Pawggs, Darryl Pawberry, Jose Catseco, Paw Prints Fielder, and Button.

It promises to be an amazing day at the ballpark, with play-by-play by legendary Yankees radio announcer John Sterling and color commentary by sports analyst Mary Carillo. Tune in to Hallmark Channel tonight at 7pm ET/PT, 6pm C.

Major League Baseball All Star-Game, Memorial Stadium
900 East 33rd Street, Baltimore, Maryland
July 8, 1958
Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976)
4x5 inch acetate negative
Kniesche Collection
Maryland Historical Society
This was the first and only MLB All-Star Game played at Memorial Stadium. The opening pitch was made by then-Vice President Richard Nixon. The American League lineup included Micky Mantle (New York Yankees), Nellie Fox (Chicago White Sox), and Gus Triandos (Baltimore Orioles). National League included Willie Mays (San Francisco Giants), Henry “Hank” Aaron (Milwaukee Braves), and Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) among others. More information on the game and lineups available through the Wikipedia page.

Going with the Flo

By Melissa Rodriguez

For most, a birthday is a time to celebrate with friends and family and maybe eat some cake. For Wilmer Flores, his birthday holds much more significance. Flores was born on August 6, 1991 in Valencia, Venezuela, but it was 16 years later, when he had a life-changing birthday.

This wasn’t a typical Sweet 16 celebration, but the beginning of the infielder’s professional career. Flores, a wiry youngster, sat inside Shea Stadium and signed a free agent contract.

“I flew up to New York to sign the contract and I got to come up with my dad for that,” recalled Flores. “The next day, my lawyer was able to show us around the city and we had a celebration dinner.”

A dinner that didn’t come without hard work.

“It was around 14 that I started getting serious” he said. “I would wake up at 5:30 a.m.; my dad would drive me to practice at a small academy with about 15 other kids. At noon, he would pick me up and drive me to classes. I would go to practice every single day.”

Flores had been playing baseball in Venezuela, where baseball is the most popular sport, since the age of four. Along with his siblings, Wilmer de Jesus, Wilmer Rafael, Ronny Alejandro and Carla Alejandra, Flores enjoyed rooting for the hometown team, Valencia’s Navegantes del Magallanes, one of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League’s leading clubs.

“Baseball is big in Venezuela, so I didn’t really follow any MLB teams,” Flores said. “The two most popular teams are Magallanes and Caracas. My team was Magallanes. I went to a lot of games and I grew up a big fan of Edgardo Alfonzo. I loved going to watch him play. ”

Whenever he wasn’t watching his favorite team play, a young Flores was honing his skills on the field and imitating his favorite player.

To start of his new life in the United States, Flores left behind everything he knew. The comfort of home and the care of mom were replaced by Kingsport, Tennessee.

“It wasn’t easy leaving home at that age. The hardest thing by far was being so far away from my family,” he said. “Of course, it was hard for my mom to see one of her boys go. She does everything for us. She was so happy at the same time. All of my family was so happy and so supportive of me pursing baseball.”

In addition to his many impressive physical talents, one of Flores’ greatest qualities is his mild-mannered personality, which has been a large part of his Major League success.

“He’s great, positive, just an overall good guy,” said Juan Lagares, “One of the most admirable things about him is how responsible he is about his work.”

While working his way through the minor league system, Flores was considered by many as one of the top prospects in baseball. However, several began to question whether the lanky, 6-foot-3 infielder had adequate defensive skills to make it in the big leagues. Flores responded by continuous hard work that earned the young infielder a pair of Sterling Awards, emblematic of the top player on his team. In 2009 and 2012, he was selected to play on the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game.

“Being a part of the World Team was a great. The first time I was just 17 and it was the closest thing I’d experienced to being in the Major Leagues. They were very special experiences.”

Five years after his first birthday surprise, Flores would experience another defining moment on his birthday.

After beginning the season at third base for the Mets’ Triple-A team in Las Vegas, he again began hearing murmurs about him.

“I knew people were talking about me and that I might get called up,” he said. “I just continued to focus on the job at hand.”

That August, the rumors proved true. Flores got the call.

“We were in Memphis and Wally [Backman] pulled me aside and told me. I was so excited to tell my parents,” he said. “I called them right away and then no one even answered! I finally got ahold of one of my brothers and was happy I got to tell someone. Turns out it was so late that my parents were already asleep.”

On August 6, 2013, Flores celebrated his 22nd birthday by making his Major League debut, in the Mets 3-2 win against Colorado.

“I didn’t have a great game. There wasn’t any cake or any family present since it all happened so quickly, but it was great way to spend my birthday,” he said. “It’s a day I will never forget.”

Flores began the year as the team’s starting shortstop and powered his way into the team’s record books, by become the first shortstop to slug eight or more home runs by the end of May. And by the end of June, a new challenge arose. Flores would be shifting positions – moving to second base.

“I will go wherever I’m needed,“ he said. “I’m happy to be in the lineup and I’m glad to help the team.”

Flores’ passion for the Mets was on full display for the world to see two days before the July 31st MLB trade deadline. Social media was buzzing with reports that the Mets were trading Flores to Milwaukee. Flores found out about the rumors while he was playing in the game - as did fans, who gave him a standing ovation in what they thought was his final at bat as a Met. Overcome with emotion, Flores was wiping away tears when he took the field the next inning.

The trade never happened - and Flores remained a Met and was serenaded with loud cheers and standing ovations the following games. Fans loved that Flores literally wore his emotions on his sleeve. And he delivered on the field too.

Two days after Flores thought he was traded, he hit is first ever walk-off home run to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the division-rival Washington Nationals at Citi Field. 

“Can it happen at a better time to a better person in a bigger situation than that?” Manager Terry Collins said that night. “It’s unbelievable.”

Flores has always demonstrated an ability to adapt to new situations. After moving to the U.S., the infielder adjusted to his new life by making use of the classes offered to players by the Mets and learning to speak English. He knows education has played an important role in his life.

This past May he visited students at P.S. 92, a school in Corona, Queens comprised mostly of Hispanic children, for the Mets annual “Reading Rally.” He spent an afternoon reading to a gym full of fourth and fifth grade students.

“I don’t think my English is great at all!” he said, despite his flexibility in both languages. “I do think it helped to start putting effort in at school from an early age. The Mets’ classes helped. I also like to think watching a lot of my favorite TV show, Friends, helped me learn. I made sure to always watch it in English.”

Flores keeps his Venezuelan roots close, heading back every winter to a popular Venezuelan vacation destination, Margarita Island. However, Flores doesn’t go down to enjoy the beaches, sand and sun.

“Every year since 2010, I head to play with the Bravos de Margarita, “he said. “The stadiums and clubhouses are not as nice as they are here, but I enjoy the extra time playing and I enjoy spending time with teammates down there. They ask me all about what it’s like to play in the majors, just how I used to do to others before me when I was a kid. It’s a very special feeling getting to be a part of that.”

When Flores finds the time to take a break from baseball he still keeps things simple.

“I enjoy just being in my family’s company,” he said. “If I’m alone, I enjoy a day at the spa. A massage, the pools, even a mani/pedi. The whole works, why not? I just want to relax.”

This year Flores’ birthday falls on an off-day for the team, so he doesn’t expect any baseball-related surprises. Instead, he has planned some quality family time.

“This year will be another great birthday because my mom will be with me to celebrate,” Flores smiled. “She’s going to meet me in Miami and we’ll get to enjoy the city together.”

The 24-year-old Flores has many birthdays to come, and, if his luck continues, many more life changing surprises in store.


Carl Kasell interviews the author of Strike Two, a collection of the game’s funniest tales by one of the game’s umpires.

My favorite bits:

“How long did you work as an umpire?”

“I was 11 in the majors. We lost 11 all-star games in a row and the American League still blames me for that.”

“The rule book was written by Philadelphia lawyers so I couldn’t understand the rule book. In 11 years, I never called a balk – because I didn’t know what it is!”

(Posted because today is the 126th birthday of the poem “Casey at the Bat”)

(Found by librarian Janel Kinlaw. Original airdate: 4/13/84)


Baseball’s Opening Day is this weekend, so how about something extremely rare?

From the Richard Brooks Estate, this rediscovered 16mm film preserved by the Academy Film Archive features rare color footage of the legendary Satchel Paige pitching in an exhibition baseball game at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles on November 7, 1948.

As the footage begins, Paige takes the mound for the Royals, a barnstorming team of Negro League ballplayers. Many of the Royals players are members of the famed Kansas City Monarchs. Paige, who had been signed by the Major Leagues’ Cleveland Indians in the summer of 1948, wears his Cleveland uniform.

The Royals’ opponents are the Gene Bearden-Bob Lemon All-Stars, a team of Major Leaguers headed by Cleveland pitchers Bearden and Lemon. Rookie phenom Bearden appears in the footage, wearing uniform number 30.

Spectators in the stands include MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, MGM musical producer Arthur Freed and producer William Goetz, Mayer’s son-in-law.

Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field opened in 1925 and was demolished in 1969. The ballpark was home to the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels for over thirty seasons, the rival Hollywood Stars for eleven seasons, and the Major League California Angels for their inaugural season. Motion pictures and television shows filmed at the park include It Happens Every Spring (1949), Damn Yankees! (1958), Home Run Derby and many others.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Richard Brooks shot the original Kodachrome film.

For more information about the Academy Film Archive and our quest to locate missing films, please click here.