Golden Baseball Magazine
December 9, 2017

Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog on how much baseball has changed since he managed:

"Today it seems like every hitter is swinging from his tail. Man on second, no outs, they swing from their butts. They don't even think about hitting the ball up the middle or to the right side to advance the runner. They're all doing it, and that's the game today."

Cardinals Clubhouse

Profile: Rogers Hornsby - III

The Cardinals suffered through losing seasons in 1918-19, but Hornsby impressed the Giants enough to elicit a fabulous offer.

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The Ultimate Game

2016: Cubs @ Indians

One streak would be broken - no World Series victory for the Cubs since 1908, none for Cleveland since 1948.

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Baseball Firsts

Firsts in the 1940s

First player to enlist, first P with 3 HRs in a game, first black P in World Series, and first black starter in Fall Classic.

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PostSeason Surprises

Bob Kuzava

The journeyman southpaw got the last outs of two straight World Series for the Yankees.

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How Would You Rule?

Brawl breaks out while the play is live

Baseball Quiz

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Heated Rivalry
1921: The Yankees, the Giants, & the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York,
Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (2010)
New York versus Brooklyn was baseball's most heated rivalry, one that did not need modern-day hype to express it. Long before shows of "hatred" for the other team were a way for fans to get their faces on televi­sion, the fans of each of these two clubs truly detested the fans and play­ers of the other and were quite willing to show their feelings. While relative position in the league standings was mostly irrelevant when the two teams played, the fact that they were two of the leading contenders for the [1921] pennant, as they had been the year before, only heightened the sense of drama. On two occasions in 1920, once at Ebbets Field and once at the Polo Grounds, police had to be called to end fights that had broken out in the stands.

The antagonism between the fans of the two National league clubs dated from well before the 1898 incorporation of the then independent city of Brooklyn into Greater New York. Losing their independent status likely in­flamed the sense of inferiority many Brooklynites harbored when comparing their city-turned-borough, large parts of which were still farmland, to Man­hattan, the "sophisticated" colossus across the East River. Similarly, those living in Manhattan had little or no interest in what went on in Brooklyn. Joe Vila, writing after the Dodgers' loss to Cleveland in the 1920 World Series, said this: "Dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers didn't enthuse over the World's Series because the Giants and Yankees were not the participants. They were lukewarm in their sentiment for the Brooklyns for the reason that nothing on Long Island except the race tracks ever interests residents of Manhat­tan and the Bronx."

L-R: Bill Dahlen, John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson

Bill Dahlen, the great turn-of-the-century shortstop, summed up the feel­ings of many, following his December 1903 trade from Brooklyn to the Mc­Graw-led Giants. Dahlen, who had played on some of Brooklyn's greatest teams, exacer­bated the borough's self-image of second-class citizenship by announcing, "It has always been my ambition to play in New York City. Brooklyn is all right, but if you're not with the Giants, you might as well be in Albany."

Adding fuel to the fire was the enmity between John McGraw and Wilbert Rob­inson, the two managers. Robinson had been yet another of McGraw's team­mates on the great Orioles teams of the 1890s. Despite the difference in their ages - Robinson was ten years older than McGraw - the two men developed a close friendship and later became business partners in a Balt­imore billiards parlor. In 1911 McGraw added Robinson to his coaching staff, where he remained through 1913. Often at odds with each other during that last season, things came to a head after the last game of the World Series, which the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Athletics. At a re­union of some former Orioles at a New York saloon, a drunken McGraw criticized Robinson's coaching at third base in the afternoon's 3-1 loss. Robinson snapped back that McGraw's managing had been "pretty lousy" too. "This is my party. Get the hell out of here," snarled McGraw. Not to be outdone, Robinson showered him with a glass of beer on the way out. The feud would last for seventeen years before the two aging skippers would reconcile at the National League winter meetings in 1930.