The All “Aquatic Animal Name” Starting Lineup

September 27th, 2013 by I Love Nerd York City

At Fenway Park this Sunday, something magical happened.  No, not the Mariano Rivera tribute.  A discussion took place in which my friends and I wondered if we could fill out a lineup card using only guys with last names that somehow involved a type of fish, or other marine animal.

Never one to turn down a little pointless baseball-related research, I now present you with your all marine-animal starting lineup… Read the rest of this entry »

“The awesomely weird art of 1800s baseball photography” from io9

June 7th, 2012 by I Love Nerd York City

Professor Nerdtron found this amazing article from the website io9.com.

Apparently, in the late 1800′s, baseball players would create “action” shots by posing in a portrait studio around suspended baseballs.

While not nerdy, the results are amazing…think superheros meet performance artists.

Definitely click over to the original post, and check it out.  And if you have time (and are not adverse to having a few nightmares) click here too.

Tyler Clippard

May 31st, 2012 by I Love Nerd York City

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While not technically a baseball card, I don’t anticipate many complaints with this image.  Thank you, Google Image Search.

Mr. Clippard has been really good for the past few years…

Manny Sanguillen

April 12th, 2012 by I Love Nerd York City

Definitely not a nerd, but this is one of my favorite baseball card images of all time.  Based solely on this picture, I believe that Mr. Sanguillen was one of the best teammates ever.

Mr. Sanguillen had the awesome nickname “Sangy,” and his .296 career batting average is the 4th highest by a catcher since WWII.  He is a three-time All-Star, and a two-time World Series champion.  He rarely walked, and had a six year stretch of at least 475 plate appearances with 22 or fewer walks.

When I make it out to visit the Pittsburgh ballpark, I will make sure to get this card autographed.  From Wikipedia:

Sanguillen currently operates “Manny’s BBQ”, a barbecue-style concession stand at the Pirates’ current home, PNC Park. He sits in a chair greeting fans in line to buy food, signing autographs and posing for photos.

Dale Berra

April 9th, 2012 by I Love Nerd York City

Welcome back! We here at Nerd Central are psyched that baseball season has begun, and we are going to try to get back to our regular posting schedule.

While looking for a card to post today, I found this Dale Berra card, and was struck by two things: 1) why is the photographer insisting on a Little League pose, and 2) is Mr. Berra wearing pins on his hat?

Mr. Berra is the son of Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra, and played in more games than any other son of a Hall-of-Fame player.  He was a member of the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Unfortunately, Mr. Berra struggled with cocaine-related-issues.  From Wikipedia:

On September 9, 1985,Berra testified during the cocaine distribution trial of Curtis Strong that he shared cocaine with Lee Lacy, John Milner, Dave Parker, Lee Mazzilli and Rod Scurry while all were members of the Pirates, and that his own drug use peaked while he was injured during the 1984 season.

On February 28, 1986 Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth handed down suspensions to eleven players, seven of whom received a full season suspension, including Berra. All avoided the suspensions by agreeing to donate a small percentage of their 1986 salaries to a drug program and do community service work. The players who received the full year suspensions were allowed to play under the condition that they donated ten percent of their base salaries to drug-related community service, submitted to random drug testing, and contributed 100 hours of drug-related community service.

In April 1989, Berra was indicted in a drug raid on an operation that allegedly distributed $15,000 to $20,000 worth of cocaine each week in Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and his hometown, Essex County, New Jersey.

Nerd Football?

September 8th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

I know posts have been irregular lately, but I wanted to mark the opening of the football season with something you just don’t come across every day…a picture that would qualify as “nerd football.”

Apparently this is Bob Griese, a pro-football Hall-of-Famer, and two time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Kent Tekulve 3.0

August 18th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

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Kent Tekulve baseball cards are truly the gifts that keeps giving.  No one can touch him in the “lifetime achievement” category.

Question: Is this style pirates cap the tallest in baseball history?  More evidence.

Full disclosure: While this card resides in the nerd archives, this is not an original scan, as once again, the scanner here at Nerd Central is on the fritz.  I had to use google images to find a digital copy of the card, which is why the image quality is not up to usual NerdBaseball resolution standards.  Thank you to this website for the image.

Chuck McElroy

August 11th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

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Back Next Week…

July 27th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

Gone on vacation.

New posts resume next week.

Tony Pena 2.0

July 25th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

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Mr. Pena made five All-Star teams, and won four Gold Glove awards.  He managed the Royals from 2002 – 2005, and is currently a bench coach for the Yankees.

Bonus points for the turtleneck and huge jersey.