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This Day in Sports History: July 13

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day
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This Day in Sports History: July 13

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, July 13 is a day in which a player hit four home runs and four doubles in one game and six future Hall of Famers homered in the All-Star Game.

 

25 Best Sluggers in MLB History

Ranking the best while considering a number of factors, including steroid use
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25 Best Sluggers in MLB History

"The Long Hot Summer" premieres on ESPN this Sunday before moving over to ESPN+. The "30 for 30" documentary tells the story of the exciting 1998 home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the complex feelings about it that emerged afterward in the wake of the steroid scandal.

 

12 Most Valuable Baseball Cards Ever

Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and the most valuable baseball cards ever sold
Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and the most valuable baseball cards ever sold

Collecting rare baseball cards is a billion-dollar business. What was once an innocent hobby enjoyed by schoolkids and fanboys has become a booming industry in which the contents of a shoebox or three-ring binder can be flipped for millions of dollars. Rare baseball cards are a more established investment vehicle than Bitcoin, with a 100-plus year history of hide-and-seek success stories and financial windfalls. The most valuable baseball cards combine nostalgia-tinted history, art appreciation and scarcity economics.

 

Atlanta Braves Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Which four Braves have risen above all others?
<p> The question posed recently whether Derek Jeter should be considered as part of the Yankees’ Mt. Rushmore piqued my interest. Not really the Jeter-Yankees part, but the idea that teams should have their own Mt. Rushmores. Who are the four individuals that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple. Even two guys sitting in a bar can figure that out, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

Atlanta Braves Mt. Rushmore

Jim Thome Hits Home Run No. 600

Quietly, the Twins' Jim Thome raches underappreciated milestone.
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by Charlie Miller

When I was a kid in the 1970s, I knew three home run numbers: 755, 714, 660. Those were the totals from Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. I didn’t know who was fourth. I knew fourth place had fewer than 600 home runs. And I thought 600 was almost as magical as 700.

Ah, those were the days. Now everyone it seems has 600 homers.

Good thing that it only seems that way and it’s not reality.

Atlanta Braves Mt. Rushmore

Which four Braves have risen above all others?
<p> The question posed recently whether Derek Jeter should be considered as part of the Yankees’ Mt. Rushmore piqued my interest. Not really the Jeter-Yankees part, but the idea that teams should have their own Mt. Rushmores. Who are the four individuals that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple. Even two guys sitting in a bar can figure that out, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

immersed in Baseball-Reference

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I was trying to identify who the midseason candidates for the postseason awards have been for the past few years. Beginning with Cy Young, I looked at the All-Star Game starters. Not a great place, but generally the All-Star starters are at least in the discussion at the break for the Cy Young award.

<p> While researching one subject on Baseball-Reference.com, one click leads to another, and 30 minutes later I've found myself thinking about players most fan have never heard of. Here's this week's click trail.</p>