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Hardball History: Earl Weaver, Mickey Mantle and Musical Depreciation Night

Aug 13, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

This week’s walk down memory lane takes us past an epic night for Earl Weaver, the Mick’s funeral and some dude bringing a friggin’ piano to Ebbets Field, all in the name of union-busting.

History is the best.

  1. southofheaven81 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Weird story, bro: My dad and I got tickets, months in advance, to the Yankees games that were played the days after Mickey Mantle, Bob Sheppard and Frank Sinatra (I know, but you still hear him every time they win at home) died.

    We’re kind of afraid to go to any more games, for Yogi Berra’s sake.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    History is the best.

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    These are great, Craig. Keep ’em coming.

    Side note: in the second game of the Earl Weaver Thrown-Out Double Header, Earl got tossed during the exchange of lineup cards. I love that story because it’s true, but it feels like it should be part of a classic baseball story — like it should have happened to Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, for instance.

    Ah, Earl. We miss ya!

    • jwbiii - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs.

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