Thursday, April 6, 2017

Orioles Complete First 2017 Series Sweep

The Baltimore Orioles have the distinction of completing the MLB's first series sweep in the 2017 season, albeit only a two game win over the Toronto Blue Jays.  

After two home runs clinched the victory in game 2 of the series, Dan Duquette, O's GM, was quoted as saying: "Earl Weaver liked pitching, defense and three-run homers, right?  A great formula.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Brooms and Baseball

Recently ran across Jonathan Fraser Light's Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball on Amazon.  Found some interesting info on the role of the broom in baseball history. The National League was the first to deploy a whisk broom to clear dust and debris from homeplate beginning in the 1890's.  Later,the AL introduced brooms although the long handled version. In 1904 Ban Johnson banned the long broom and went to the small version following an incident where a player tripped on a long handle broom running toward homeplate.

The most notorious incident involving a broom might have been in 2002 when Seattle Mariners catcher, Dan Wilson, had to  borrow umpire John Shulock whisk broom to dust off home plate after Manager Lou Pinella piled dirt on home plate following a disputed call and tirade by "Sweet Lou".

From a fan perspective, the broom has become the symbol of a series sweep, the winning of all the games in a set of 2, 3 or 4 games.  Typically, if a fan's favorite team wins the first two games of a three game series, a writer might lead their story with "get out the brooms, we're hoping for a sweep."
Reporting after the completion of a series sweeps might include a headline like: "Sweep Success", "Sweep Dreams" or "the "Sweep Smell of Success." Mercifully, I won't go.

Fans get involved with brooms by ribbing a rival team by going to an away game and taunting with cries of :"The City that Never Sweeps".

Team mascots may use a broom as a prop as an impending sweep nears.

An illustrious broom waver was The Boss, George Steinbrenner, who waved a broom following the New York Yankees second consecutive World Series Sweep in 1999.

The latest chapter of the brooms in baseball saga is that as a result of growing concerns about violence at games several MLB teams including the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers have banned brooms from their stadiums.





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Historic Flag Events?


Our sister company, the Sweep Flag Company, is launching their line of flags to be used by sports fans to celebrate their teams baseball series sweeps and to establish their bragging rights..  Surely a lot of fun, but not a cerebral activity.

But it did get me thinking about the planting of flags as a way of establishing one's position. here's a review of some memorable Flag Plantings.

October 12, 1492 -- Christopher Columbus, a Italian by birth and under a commission of the Queen of Spain, planted a flag on a beach in what was called Hispaniola. Controversy still exists today to the exact whereabouts. Photo courtesy of science photo library.




February. 23, 1945 -- Five US Marines planted the Stars and Stripes on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima after a brutal invasion. The US held the island until 1968 when it was returned. Photo courtesy of Joe Rosenthal. Controversy also surrounds this image since some say it was staged and that there was no photographer at the original raising.


March 29, 1953 -- Sir Edmund Hillary, British citizen, and his Tibetan guide, Tenzing Norgay planted a flag on the summit of Mount Everest to indicate their being the first to climb the mountain.  This image is world famous and has been featured on stamps of a few countries.


















Febuary 5, 1971-- Astronaut B. Shepard, Commander of Apollo 14, plants an American Flag on the Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA - Edgar Mitchell.



January 25, 2016 -- Gregory S. Roberts, retired pharmacist, places the first Sweep Flag in the USA in the town of Cotuit, Massacusetts.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Seriesweep Blog Joins Baseball Bloggers Alliance

We have recently joined the BaseBallAlliance.net, a group of 200 of Baseball's best bloggers.  These are folks who love, understand and write about all aspects of baseball.

You can find out more about the group on Twitter @baseballblogs or #BBBA.

We are pleased to get to know Ed Comber, BBBA President and owner of FoulBallz.com.  You can read Ed's tweets @foulballz.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Who was the first team to put player's names on jerseys?

In 1960, the Chicago White Sox were the first team to put player's name on the back of their jersey. Idea of Bill Veeck, baseball's greatest showman.




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