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Mike Luper: A Great Broadcaster from the Bronx

 Baseball is not all about those who make the spectacular plays on the field. Sometimes the game of baseball goes well beyond the diamond. I can think of no greater example than Mike Luper.

 

Mike Luper: (Courtesy of linkedin.com)

I’ve worked with Mr. Luper for over all year on various radio stations and have come to discover quite a few things about this New York native. First off, Mike is a former Marine who proudly and bravely served our great nation. He deserves our respect for that alone. Mike also has a passion for sports talk radio; a passion that started at age 13. He tapped into his passion for sports and turned it into a career.

 

Mike created his own station; called the Grandstand Radio Network. It was there Mike and a variety of other hosts (including myself) tackled a variety of sports topics. Mr. Luper has an opinion for everything, whether it’s arguing about the steroid era or discussing baseball’s all time greats.

 

In 2012, Mike’s radio show “The SportsguyMike show” was picked up by ESPN Radio 1580 in Colorado. He spent a few great months there before moving on to CBS Sports Radio… Continue reading

Don Larsen: Not Perfect but Important for the 1962 Giants

 Don Larsen will forever be remembered for his perfection in the World Series. On October 8th 1956, Don Larsen shocked the baseball world and became the first man to throw a perfect game in the World Series. Because his career record at the time many say Larsen was the imperfect man who threw a perfect game.

The Perfect Game is Don Larsen’s greatest achievement in baseball. No one else in the history of the game can stand up and say he threw a perfect game in the World Series. Larsen will forever be remembered in history as the man who pitched baseball’s greatest postseason game. However this one game was not Don Larsen’s only contribution to Major League Baseball.

Don Larsen pitching (Courtesy of aarp.org)

 

In November of 1961, Don Larsen was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the San Francisco Giants in a six player deal. It had been more than five years since he had thrown his historic perfect game. He was coming off a solid 8-2 season between the Athletics and White Sox. However at age 32, Larsen knew his career was would soon come to an end. He hoped joining the Giants would… Continue reading

“How To” be a Base Runner: With former New York Yankee Mickey Rivers

In the installment of our “Pro Tips” series, we sat down with former Angels all star and Yankee great Mickey Rivers to discuss all things baseball!

Mickey Rivers at the Plate! (Courtesy of blogs.democratandchronicle.com)

Mickey Rivers was an excellent base runner. That’s why baseball fans called him “Mick the Quick.” In 1975, Mickey Rivers stole 70 bases to lead the American League and was selected as an all star in 1976. And though he may have lost some of his speed since 1976, Mickey still knows a thing or two about base running. I asked Mickey what his best advice would be for base runner trying to improve. He told me “The best thing a base runner can do is wind sprints. Also they should look at a pitcher’s footwork in order to get better timing.”

Many coaches stress that baseball players practice their craft. However many coaches are often confused to how much time kids should be practicing the game. Mickey gave me insight into how long he practiced as a child saying “When I was a kid, I played baseball twelve hours a day.” This shows how dedicated Mickey Rivers was to the game of baseball.

In today’s… Continue reading

RIP to Kiley: A Wonderful Human Being

Long Island Baseball Magazine would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Kiley.  Kiley was an amazing Yankee fan I knew from Twitter who died this afternoon.  She was battling Cancer for years.  

Kiley was a wonderful Human Being.  She always thought about others.  Even though she was sick, Kiley continued to tweet wonderful messages to others each and every day.  Her final tweet from last night is posted below.  It should give you an idea to how great a person she was.  

“Good night.. Sweet dreams my tweethearts!! Please pray for all effected in Oklahoma. God bless”

Kiley always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart.  She was a die hard Yankee and LSU Tiger fan.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

According to her family,  Kiley’s twitter page (@JeterFan_02) will be up for the next week so people can write messages about her for her family.  If you have a twitter, please take the opportunity to do so.  

Long Island Baseball Magazine would like to give our thoughts and prayers to… Continue reading

What could have been…. The Anthony Orso Story

 I played one summer of high school level baseball for the PBI summer league. My crowning achievement was probably being the biggest player to ever steal home. My passion for baseball is endless, but I know my destiny isn’t going to be in Major League Baseball (as a player anyway.)

 

The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ. (Courtesy of longislanddailyphoto.blogspot.com)

However I’ve learned through out the years that I was not the only member of my family to play high school baseball. My grandfather played a couple of seasons when he was a kid. But it was his brother; my great uncle Anthony (“Tony” for short) who excelled at the sport.

 

I know through my own research and talking with family members that Uncle Tony was an exceptional high school baseball player. He played center field for Fort Lee high school more than sixty years ago. My grandfather told me Uncle Tony had blinding speed and a “DiMaggio like” grace in the outfield. There was no baseball he couldn’t catch. Normally some relatives will exaggerate family stories. However my grandfather never exaggerates. He always tells you like it is. If he said Uncle Tony was fast,… Continue reading

Knowledge is Adorable: An 18 month old girl recites Baseball History

 I’m nineteen years old. My colleague Matt Nadel is fourteen years old. Without bragging, I consider us to be up and coming baseball historians. However while Matt and I show youthful exuberance in the work force, I feel we may have met out match.

 

18 month old CC (Courtesy of blacksportsonline.com)

Matt Nadel tweeted out a video from mashable.com. The video is of an 18 month year old baby girl named CC. Now CC isn’t your normal 18 month year old girl. Besides spending her day eating baby food, sleeping and occasionally learning how to walk, CC recites New York Yankees history.

 

In the video posted on mashable.com, CC was asked (by presumably her parents) to name former New York Yankee legends based on the numbers they wore. Without any help CC was able to name Billy Martin (#1), Babe Ruth (#3) and Yogi Berra (#8) with no help. However she knew the names Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto and Thurman Munson with help from her relatives.

 

I was impressed that CC could name all these Yankees. You can tell by watching the video that CC is a future… Continue reading

Baseball with Matt: Sam McDowell

Hey baseball fans!

 

Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more baseball history. I know that the Indians don’t have the greatest history of producing winning pitchers, except for Bob Feller and Satchel Paige. However, there was a certain pitcher on Cleveland that was pretty good, and if he had been on a better team, he would’ve been a 200+ game winner and a possible Hall of Famer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sam McDowell!

 

Sam McDowell (Courtesy ofwww.baseball-almanac.com )

“Sudden” Sam McDowell (nicknamed because of his soft pitching motion that produced a lightning fast fastball) played for the Indians, Giants, Yankees, and Pirates from 1961-1975. In his 15-year career, the six-time All Star posted a record of 141-134 with a 3.17 ERA. Actually, if not for some bad seasons towards the end of his career, he could have easily had an ERA under three! He led the league in earned run average in 1965 (2.18) and had a career low 1.81 ERA in 1968. However, he went 15-14 that year because his team (the Indians) didn’t give him any run support, but like I said before, if he was on a better club, he… Continue reading

Swing for the Fences (Rob Semple, Contest Winner)

(Publisher’s Note: This article was written by Rob Semple of Ronkonkoma, NY.  He is the winner of Long Island Baseball Magazine’s Spring 2013 writing contest.  Congrats to Rob and the other competitors on a job well done!) 

As a diehard Yankee fan, I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of exhilarating baseball, yet for me, no professional baseball memory compares to what happened in the summer of 1982, down at cozy Hallock Park in Patchogue, N.Y., when I was a twelve year-old little-leaguer. 

Rob Semple is a “diehard yankee fan!” (Courtesy of eyetheticker.com)

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning of a late-season game, a man on first, and the score tied at 12, I stepped into the batter’s box and the umpire, on account of darkness, promptly declared, “Last batter.” My father, also the coach, immediately waved me towards him, and thoroughly understanding the situation, whispered forcefully, “Swing for the fences,” before nudging me back to the plate.

To that point, I’d never hit a home-run in organized baseball (and would finish my career with two), but after the first pitch skidded in the dirt, I swung at the second with everything… Continue reading

Mo Left His Stamp On Baseball

Enter Sandman.

No, not the classic Metallica rock hit that took airwaves by storm in the early 1990’s. I’m talking about the legendary, iconic New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. According to a press conference, Rivera had recently hinted that this upcoming season will ultimately be his last in pinstripes, but that was mere speculation and nothing was set in stone. This press conference on March 9th solidified his stance and confirmed every Yankee fans’ biggest nightmare-life without Mo. 

Mariano Rivera pitching (Courtesy of bleacherreport.com )

 

After the 2013 baseball season, Rivera announced that he will hang up his cleats and cede the 9th inning closer role to someone else. Now, Yankees Universe did happen to catch a glimpse of what it would be like without Rivera in the back end of games. Last year, setup man and now departed, Rafael Soriano, took over the reigns after Rivera was injured, and according to Baseball Almanac, impersonated Rivera the best he could, converting 42 saves in 45 chances. That was great and all, but fans deemed it as a detour and just a blip on the radar. They wanted to see Rivera, one of the last remaining “Core Four”… Continue reading

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