August 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment
Kristen Gowdy ’16 is contributing to the official National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum website this summer.
The junior Sport Studies minor is currently serving as a public relations intern with the prestigious museum. Below, check out a few excerpts from her pieces (click on each link for the full versions).
“Babe’s on Film”
When referring to Yankee greats, one of the first names that comes to mind is Babe Ruth.
Now, a new chapter in the Great Bambino’s history has been discovered.
As the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum finishes its preparations for the opening of the new Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend exhibit on June 13, senior curator Tom Shieber has identified what he believes to be the earliest known footage of Ruth in a Yankee uniform.
“June 25, 1988: Cal Ripken appears in 1,000th consecutive game”
At first glance, June 25, 1988 was an unremarkable day for the Baltimore Orioles, as the team lost to the eventual American League East champion Boston Red Sox 10-3 in the second of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Even though the loss prevented the struggling Orioles from beginning just their fourth winning streak of the season, 26 years ago this week one streak remained unbroken – as Cal Ripken appeared in his 1,000th consecutive game, a feat that only five other players in the history of Major League Baseball had accomplished at the time.
“July 9, 1969: Tom Seaver nearly perfect”
He was two outs from perfection.
When Chicago Cubs’ rookie Jimmy Qualls stepped to the plate to face Mets’ ace Tom Seaver with one out in the top of the ninth inning 45 years ago this week, the 50,709 fans at Shea Stadium were on their feet in anticipation of the Mets’ first perfect game in franchise history.
Instead, Qualls singled to left-center, spoiling Seaver’s chance at a perfect game. After retiring Willie Smith and Don Kessinger for the final two outs of the game, Seaver’s teammates gathered on the pitcher’s mound to congratulate their ace on his one-hitter on July 9, 1969.
Photos courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum