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Bronx Museum Celebrates Baseball's Negro Leagues

Monday, April 04, 2011

The last of baseball's Negro League teams folded in the 1960s. But a museum in the footprint of Yankee Stadium is reminding baseball fans of the League's history. The Bronx Museum of the Arts has an exhibit containing 50 artifacts from the Negro League teams on view—from a child's bat signed by Jackie Robinson to vintage Ebbets Field flannels.

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The Takeaway

Opening Day: Baseball is Like a 'Very Long Soap Opera'

Friday, April 01, 2011

Thursday was Opening Day for the 2011 MLB season. Outside in the cold weather, it was hard to imagine that spring was really in the air, but fans were rejoicing none-the-less. Baseball is a "very long soap opera" says Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. The season is long (162 games) and slow, but attracts a dedicated following.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Secret History of Early Baseball

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baseball historian John Thorn debunks baseball’s creation story and reveals that from its earliest days. He reveals how baseball was a vehicle for gambling, a proxy form of class warfare, that was infused with racism like the larger society, and was corrupted by hustlers and shady entrepreneurs. In Baseball in The Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game, Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations popular in Massachusetts and Philadelphia, and tells a tale full of heroes and scoundrels, scandal, greed, and glory.

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WNYC News

Taking in the Yankees' Opener With a Pair Hired to Watch an Entire Season

Thursday, March 31, 2011

As the Yankees wound up for their Bronx home opener Thursday, fan Michael O'Hara and his wingman watched the game action from the comfort of a so-called fan cave in the East Village — where they will hunker down to watch 2,430 regular season baseball games this season.

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WNYC News

Mets' Owners Mull Selling Part of Team

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Mets' owners may sell a stake in the team because a lawsuit related to their investment with Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has created financial insecurity, the family said Friday.

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The Takeaway

Bob Feller, Baseball Hall of Famer, Dies at 92

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bob Feller was pitching at 102 miles per hour in the 1930s. But the baseball player was also known to fans for stopping mid-career and joining to fight and serve his country in World War II. Feller died last night at the age of 92, and for thoughts on him and the other sports stories of the day is Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.  

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The Takeaway

Cliff Lee signs to Phillies, Turning Down Yankees

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It was quite the upset: in a stunning turn of events last night, pitcher Cliff Lee signed a contract for fewer years and less money than was offered him by the New York Yankees. Why? Maybe he wanted to be part of the best pitching rotation in baseball — the Phillies boast Roy Halladay, Cole Hamles, and Roy Oswalt. For more on the story we're joined by Dan Friedell, freelance sports writer. 

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WNYC News

Mets Introduce New Team Manager

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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The Met's 20th manager, Terry Collins was officially introduced on Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Sparky Anderson

Friday, November 05, 2010

Sparky Anderson, beloved longtime manager for the Detroit Tigers, died yesterday. Celeste Headlee had the privilege of interviewing Anderson many times, as did Ron Cameron, long time host of the Detroit sports radio show Sports Talk. 

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The Takeaway

Giants Widen World Series Lead

Monday, November 01, 2010

The San Fransisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers last night 4 to 0, giving them a 3-1 series lead. Takeaway sports contributor Jeff Beresford-Howe wraps up last night's game.

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The Takeaway

A City Goes Batty Over its Giants

Monday, November 01, 2010

The San Francisco Giants are one game away from the Bay Area’s first ever world championship.

Well, wait, yeah, not the first. The 49ers have won five, the A’s have won four, the Raiders a couple and even the Warriors won once. (If you’re under 40, I know that last one seems a little insane, but you could look it up, as they say.)

It just seems like the Giants are first because no one who lives in the Bay Area has ever seen anything like this. The coolest, most progressive city in the United States has gone crazy for the Giants.

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The Takeaway

Pitchers Draw Spotlight from the Mound of the World Series

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tonight will see the beginning of a World Series matchup no one predicted. The San Francisco Giants will face the Texas Rangers. At the center of the game will be an epic face-off between pitchers Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum. They have established themselves as two of the best pitchers in the game, and both men have a tremendous amount of respect for the other's pitching style.

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Top Five Baseball Anthems

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The national pastime has inspired poetry, novels, films, plays and, of course, its share of music. With the MLB playoffs underway, get in the spirit with these five classical pieces about baseball.

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The Takeaway

Baseball Playoffs Continue

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The San Francisco Giants had a chance to close out its divisional series against the Atlanta Braves yesterday and meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin wonders if the Braves will be able to live another day. He also previews Game five of the ALDS between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Takeaway

Roy Halladay Throws a No-No

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Roy Halladay, made a stunning playoff debut against the Cincinnati Reds, yesterday.  He pitched only the second no-hitter in Major League Baseball post-season history.

The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, talks about this historic moment, and takes us through the rest of baseball's playoffs.

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The Takeaway

What Do The Yankees Do With Jeter?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tonight Derek Jeter will lead the New York Yankees into the battle for the World Series as they vie against the Minnesota Twins in the first game of the ALDS. While Jeter may be team captain, he's had one of his worst seasons in pinstripes. He's as much a staple in Yankees lore as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle. But with his contract up, and his numbers in decline, what do the Yankees do with the 36-year-old?

We discuss Jeter's future with The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead at Post-Season Baseball

Monday, October 04, 2010

Yesterday marked the end of regular season baseball. Sports writer Tom Lorenzo, of AOL FanHouse, gives us a preview of the road to the World Series.

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WNYC News

The Post-Season Express: Baseball Replays on Times Square Shuttle Trains

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Starting Tuesday, one of the three shuttle trains running between Grand Central Station and Times Square has what the MTA calls a subway first: an advertiser-sponsored video campaign. The ten-inch screens are promoting TBS's coverage of the baseball post-season.

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Transportation Nation

The Road to the World Series DOES Run Through New York City

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Beginning today, one of the three shuttle trains running between Grand Central Station and Times Square has what the MTA says is a subway first: an advertiser-sponsored video campaign. The ten-inch screens will be running highlights of the previous night's baseball games. Although the screens are just repeating a commercial right now, subway rider Janet Vasquez appreciates it.

"I think it's great," she says. "I mean, I enjoy baseball, so it's a little different than looking at the regular, everyday mundane."

The MTA says it earns more than $100 million dollars a year from advertising -- but isn't saying how much it will earn from the video commercials. The baseball campaign will run on the Times Square Shuttle for a month.

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The Takeaway

Roger Clemens' Fall From Grace

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baseball great, Roger Clemens, has been indicted for lying to Congress. What does this mean for baseball and for the player? For more background, we talk to Nathaniel Vinton, an investigative sports reporter with The New York Daily News. He also co-authored, "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime."

"Roger Clemens is one of the greatest baseball players of his generation," says Vinton. However, if you look at his career you can see that the ball player had a renaissance at age 35, which is when he started using performance enhancing drugs, according to his trainer.

 

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