Congratulations, World. You’ve made it through half of another week. As a prize, I bestow upon you this video. It depicts one of the more ridiculous catches you are likely to ever see, made by an Astros farmboy named Austin Wates. Minor league, schminor league. This one belongs in the Major Leagues of coolness.
And then there’s this. I think most of us know that, when bored, baseball players are capable of remarkable displays of creativity and silliness. Ivy League boys are no exception. A contingency of the Harvard baseball squad prove that here:
Happy baseball Birthdays today go out to Prince Fielder, Brandon Webb, Aaron Harang, and Tony Gwynn.
And, as always, I leave you all with today’s historical events…
Dante Alighieri (1265), John Brown (1800), Albert Finney (1936), Billy Joel (1949)
-Christopher Columbus left Spain on his fourth and last trip to the New World (1502)
-England’s King William III declared war on France (1689)
-English parliament accepted the abolishment of the slave trade (1788)
-The first “horseless carriage” exhibition took place in London and featured ten models (1896)
-The lawn mower was patented (1899)
-President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a National holiday (1914)
-New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates (1929)
-Czechoslovakia was liberated from Nazi occupation (1945)
-Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles hit two grand slams in a single game against the Minnesota Twins (1961)
-Johnny Bench hit three homers in a game for the second time in his career (1973)
-The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 25 innings. The game began on May 8th and is Major League Baseball’s longest timed game at 8 hours, 6 minutes.