In 1961, during spring training in Florida, LIFE gave 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera and asked him to photograph his teammates: Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford and the rest of the players on what would be seen, in time, as one of the greatest teams in baseball history.
The resulting photos were never published…until now.
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“I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this: Many of the gatekeeper voters denying Barry Bonds Hall Of Fame entry would have they themselves taken a magical, healing, not-tested-for-in-their-workplace elixir if it made them better at their jobs, especially if lesser talents were getting the glory and money. Lord knows I’d take the elixir for our ESPN2 TV show if I could.”
Miami Herald columnist Dan LeBatard reveals why he sold* his HOF ballot to Deadspin.
*It was a marketing spin. LeBatard did not accept anything from Deadspin. He just handed it off. He’s happy and relieved that Deadspin’s readers didn’t have him go vote for Jacques Jones.
His ballot has gotten worthless, he writes, because of the sanctimony that’s invaded the voting process.
He received 74.8%
Two votes, just two votes.
In his six years with the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Freel wowed fans with his ostentatious, fearless style, running into walls and colliding with other players. He estimated that he had sustained 10 concussions in his career, though his family said the number might have been even higher.
But off the field, he struggled with depression and substance abuse. His repeated injuries led him to retire from baseball early in 2010. One year ago, Freel, then 36, killed himself with a shotgun.
Today, he’s become the first Major League Baseball player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, after researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine released the results of a test on his brain tissue after his death.
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NBC Connecticut reports that a West Haven man, 32-year-old Aryn Leroux, has been arrested for threatening the New York Mets players, organization and staff members, as well as Citi Field itself. And yes Mets fans, it’s who you think it is.
Leroux, charged with threatening in the second degree and breaching the peace, is the one and only Mets Twitter troll known as Dan Tanna (@danXtanna). Over the past season, “Tanna” had run-ins with Mets players publicly and not-so publicly, making specific threats towards players, staff and the ballpark. While I won’t say specifically what the threats were, know that they were serious enough to warrant police attention.
"Tanna", who’s Twitter name is xmulderx, can be traced back to an e-mail address of the very same name. And who is that e-mail registered to? You guessed it—Aryn Leroux.
So there you go, Mets Twitter. One less troll—a specifically vile one—is done.
After the game, Mariano headed back out to the mound to grab a handful of dirt.
"After giving us so many memories," said announcer Michael Kay, "he’s getting some of his own."
Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte take Mariano Rivera out of his final game at Yankee Stadium. Emotional moment.