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February 8th: Mickey Mantle is Threatened with a Lifetime Ban from Baseball, and Subsequently Banned, for Working at a Casino

This Day In History: February 8, 1983 On this day in history, 1983, Mickey Mantle was threatened by the commissioner of baseball, Bowie Kuhn, that if he didn’t stop working for the Claridge Casino in Atlantic City, he’d be put on baseball’s permanently ineligible list, which meant he’d be banned from any Major or Minor League Baseball related activities including […]

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The Cincinnati Reds were Once Renamed the “Redlegs” Due to the Second Red Scare

Today I found out the Cincinnati Reds were once renamed the “Redlegs” due to the second “Red Scare”. The Cincinnati Reds name was originally inspired by a previously existing team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, which was the first fully professional baseball team.  This former team had ten men on salary for eight months to play baseball for the Red Stockings.  […]

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Earned Run Average (ERA) Was Not Originally Meant for Evaluating Pitching Skill

##EMBED## Click Here for Sources and to Learn More Interesting Baseball Facts When Henry Chadwick, the creator of the baseball box score, developed the ERA (earned run average) statistic, his goal was not to evaluate a pitchers worth, but rather to provide a statistic that differentiated between runs caused by batting skill and those caused by lack of fielding skill;  […]

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