Spring Training

In the Northeast, the snow is finally start to melt and spring is less than a week away. It’s time to oil up the mitt and stretch out the old throwing arm in the back yard.

Here is a Sunday page from 2008 in which Coach Flagston is trying to get his Little League team in shape for the season.

Opening Night

Although baseball games were played after sundown as far back as the 1880s, the first Major League contest held at night was at Crosley Field in Cincinnati on May 24, 1935 between the Reds and the Phillies.  The first nighttime All-Star game was played in Philadelphia in 1943 and the first World Series game played at night was in Pittsburgh in 1971.  Since then, both regular season and post-season afternoon games have become much less common, particularly because of the higher primetime TV ratings.