Baseball http://nhpr.org en From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth http://nhpr.org/post/archives-century-babe-ruth <p>George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut this week 100 years ago (7/11/1914) with the Boston Red Sox. He had just 10 at-bats in 5 games that season, pitching four, and earning $2,500</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:30:52 +0000 Andrew Parrella 51592 at http://nhpr.org From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth Fisher Cats Announcer Makes It To Big Leagues With San Diego Padres http://nhpr.org/post/fisher-cats-announcer-makes-it-big-leagues-san-diego-padres <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire Fisher Cats public address announcer Alex </span>Miniak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been called up to the big leagues.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:39:19 +0000 Rick Ganley 47616 at http://nhpr.org Fisher Cats Announcer Makes It To Big Leagues With San Diego Padres Mariano Rivera Jr. To Play For Laconia Muskrats This Summer http://nhpr.org/post/mariano-rivera-jr-play-laconia-muskrats-summer <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">It’s like Mickey Mantle’s grandson announcing he’ll be hitting home runs for the Dartmouth College baseball team. Or Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of New York Yankee icon Babe Ruth, agreeing to pay for a new baseball park in Derry.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:25:09 +0000 Ray Carbone 46718 at http://nhpr.org Mariano Rivera Jr. To Play For Laconia Muskrats This Summer The New Hampshire Fisher Cats That Never Was http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-fisher-cats-never-was <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire Fisher Cats hold their home opener tonight in Manchester. It's the 10th season of a team that was originally supposed to be called The New Hampshire Primaries. That plan changed dramatically thanks to a group of vocal and mobilized Granite Staters. To remind us what happened, we talk with Vin Sylvia, the deputy managing editor for sports at the New Hampshire Union Leader. Ironically, the current name was selected through a democratic process not unlike the actual Primaries.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:53:40 +0000 Brady Carlson 46559 at http://nhpr.org The New Hampshire Fisher Cats That Never Was 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project http://nhpr.org/post/33114-oculus-rift-sabermetric-revolution-audio-orchard-dinosaurs-pee-bus-project <p>Facebook is making headlines once again with its two billion dollar acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Today on Word Of Mouth, a look into why the social network has put so much stock in virtual reality. And it’s opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Baltimore Orioles today. Fans are hoping this year’s roster will bring them to the World Series again, but how much can we <em>really</em> predict at this point in the season? And are stats the final word?</p><p>Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> has been scouring record stores for the best new music offerings in a new segment we're calling The Audio Orchard.</p><p>Then we talk with a <em>National Geographic</em> columnist who argues for lifelong love of&nbsp; dinosaurs.</p><p>Finally, NHPR environmental reporter <strong>Sam Evans-Brown </strong>brings us the story of a UNH "pee bus" project. Urine, it turns out, can be pretty useful.</p><p></p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:55:21 +0000 Word of Mouth 45910 at http://nhpr.org 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project Ted Williams' Complicated, Immortal Life http://nhpr.org/post/ted-williams-complicated-immortal-life <p>“The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”; Ted Williams went by a few nicknames while playing for the Boston Red Sox. &nbsp;Maybe none so fitting as: “The Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived.” &nbsp;Williams was the last player in the major leagues to achieve a batting average over .400--which he did in 1941–in his third season in the majors. Ted Williams was obsessed with hitting, taking meticulous care of his bats, and was often observed swinging or posing for a pitch, whether he had a bat in his hands or not.</p><p>Off the field, the measure of Ted Williams is not so easy to follow. A private and mercurial man, he was moody and prone to bouts of rage. He would blow up at the press, his teammates, and his family. Williams married three times and had three children, but struck out as a father or husband. <a href="http://www.benbradleejr.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Ben Bradlee Jr.</strong></a>, former editor and reporter for the Boston Globe, spent ten years trying to find out exactly <u>why</u> Ted Williams was the way he was. He interviewed more than six hundred people who knew “The Kid” going all the way back to his childhood. <strong>Ben Bradlee Jr.’s</strong> new book is called “<a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316614351?aff=NPR" target="_blank">The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams</a>.”</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:49:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39553 at http://nhpr.org Ted Williams' Complicated, Immortal Life From 'The Boggs' To 'The Buckner:' Nashua Bar Features Boston Athletes - In Sandwich Form http://nhpr.org/post/boggs-buckner-nashua-bar-features-boston-athletes-sandwich-form <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the team one win away from a World Series victory, Red Sox fever has officially gripped the Granite State.</span></p><p>At a sports bar in Nashua, passionate fans not only get to root on their team – they also get to eat sandwiches named after Sox players past and present.</p><p>The Nashua Garden features sandwiches named after a slew of legendary Boston athletes.</p><p>In this audio postcard, we visit the Garden to learn what goes into each creation and talk with fans about their favorite lunchtime staples.</p><p>The menu:</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:02:48 +0000 Michael Brindley 37603 at http://nhpr.org From 'The Boggs' To 'The Buckner:' Nashua Bar Features Boston Athletes - In Sandwich Form Fenway’s First Season http://nhpr.org/post/fenway-s-first-season <p>Author Glenn Stout talks to us about his book, "Fenway 1912."</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:04:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 802 at http://nhpr.org Fenway’s First Season No Yankees In The Playoffs? What's A Red Sox Fan To Do? http://nhpr.org/post/no-yankees-playoffs-whats-red-sox-fan-do <p>The Red Sox squeaked by the Tigers last night in Detroit, putting them one game closer to the World Series.&nbsp; Although Boston and Detroit are two of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, this is the first time they&rsquo;ve faced each other in the playoffs.&nbsp; That could be due to the post season absence of one team Sox fans &ndash; and apparently the rest of the country -- love to hate&hellip; the New York Yankees. &hellip;this is only the second season in 19 years that the Bronx Bombers failed to make the playoffs. What are baseball fans today without their favorite targets of scorn? <strong>Brian Costa </strong>can help. He&rsquo;s national baseball writer for the Wall Street Journal and creator of the &ldquo;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304176904579111582854092404.html" target="_blank">Major League Baseball Hate-Ability Index</a>&rdquo; &ndash; a tool for identifying which team to root <em>against</em> during this year&rsquo;s baseball playoffs and &nbsp;the World Series</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:41:21 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36800 at http://nhpr.org No Yankees In The Playoffs? What's A Red Sox Fan To Do? Let's Play Ball! A Report From The Red Sox Home Opener http://nhpr.org/post/lets-play-ball-report-red-sox-home-opener <p>The Red Sox faithful are holding their breath for a resurrection after a 26 game deficit behind the Yankees and a dismal .426 winning percentage last year. Yesterday, New Hampshire’s own <strong>Darren Garnick</strong> was in attendance at Fenway’s opening day, one face in a crowd of thousands hoping for a win under New Hampshire native – and new Red Sox skipper, Ben Cherington. <strong>Darren</strong> is a former business columnist and contributor to New Hampshire magazine and joins us today to discuss opening day, the Red Sox, and the New Hampshire fans who love them.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25135 at http://nhpr.org Let's Play Ball! A Report From The Red Sox Home Opener The Charity of Wiffle Ball http://nhpr.org/post/charity-wiffle-ball <p>In Essex, Vermont there’s a scale replica of a famous baseball park. In fact, there are two. In 2000, Pat O’ Connor had the crazy idea to build a version of Boston’s famed Fenway Park in his backyard. The following year he began to hold Wiffle ball tournaments to raise money for various charities. Later, he built another field next door- Little Wrigley. &nbsp;Fast forward to 2013, and those two fields host dozens of charity tournaments each year, and have helped to raise more than 2 million dollars.&nbsp; And there’s talk of yet another field. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 24949 at http://nhpr.org The Charity of Wiffle Ball Waking Up the Ball Park http://nhpr.org/post/waking-ball-park <p><strong>Late season snow won't stop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from 'working on the show'. </strong></p><p></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 24454 at http://nhpr.org Waking Up the Ball Park A Century Of Joy And Heartbreak At Fenway Park http://nhpr.org/post/century-joy-and-heartbreak-fenway-park It's hard to pinpoint exactly<em> </em>what it is about Fenway Park. A century after it was built, fans still gush about this "lyric little bandbox," as John Updike called it. To guys like Ed Carpenter, Fenway is history and home, magic and mystique.<p>"I love this place," he says, tearing up. "I mean, it's not mortar and bricks and seats."<p>Carpenter first started coming to Fenway with his dad in 1949, when he was 6.<p>"We walked up this ramp right behind this home plate," he recalls. "I can still see everything was green, emerald green. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:35:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 3254 at http://nhpr.org A Century Of Joy And Heartbreak At Fenway Park Clemens Faces Trial (Again) Over Doping Testimony http://nhpr.org/post/clemens-faces-trial-again-over-doping-testimony Baseball star Roger Clemens goes on trial for a second time Monday on charges that he lied to a congressional committee about using steroids and human growth hormone. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:20:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3137 at http://nhpr.org Clemens Faces Trial (Again) Over Doping Testimony New Season, New Owners For Los Angeles Dodgers http://nhpr.org/post/new-season-new-owners-los-angeles-dodgers It was a sold out game on a pure Southern California day.<p>"Isn't this beautiful? Blue sky, not a cloud in the air, nice little breeze," said Maury Wills, who was the Dodgers shortstop in 1962. "It's warm Southern California."<p>Wills joined a bunch of his old teammates Tuesday to celebrate Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys. So they sang the national anthem after "Surfer Girl."<p>It was a very different mood from last year's opening-day game, when a fan wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey was beaten into a coma. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:56:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 3052 at http://nhpr.org New Season, New Owners For Los Angeles Dodgers