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  • Tom Seaver Says Derek Jeter Should Be Baseball’s First Unanimously Elected Hall of Famer

    In our story “The 25 Highest Voting Percentages In MLB Hall of Fame History” we revealed that Tom Seaver has the highest percentage of votes in the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 98.84 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America when he was inducted in 1992. Recently Seaver said that there is a good chance Jeter will beat his mark of 98.84% and be the first unanimous selection in MLB history when he is eligible for induction to the Hall of Fame in 2020. 

  • Can’t Phase Kobe

    A few years back Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant got after it on the court. To mess with his head Barnes tried to make Kobe flinch, but it didn’t phase Kobe because he has ice water in his veins. “That scared me a little,” Barnes said later. “I mean, that wasn’t even human.” Here is Kobe, and a few other athletes who are alpha and shit.

  • Frank Caliendo Reading LeBron’s Letter In Morgan Freeman’s Voice Is Hilarious [Video]

    You probably know of Frank Caliendo’s incredible talent for impersonating pretty much anyone from his work on MADtv and Fox NFL Sunday, but this video just takes it to the next level. Here is Caliendo reading LeBron’s letter in the voice of Morgan Freeman. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to Red reminisce about Andy Dufresne.

  • History Of The High Five [Video]

    It may seem like high fives have always existed, but the fact is, the first high five occurred relatively recently, during a Dodgers game in 1977. Learn about the historic moment and the man behind it, baseball’s first openly gay player Glenn Burke, in this ESPN 30 for 30 short.

  • Rockies and Nationals Had A Good Ol’ Fashioned Stand-Off Last Night

    Aaron Barrett of the Washington Nationals and Brandon Barnes of the Colorado Rockies had a standoff prior to the first pitch. The rules; Post National anthem, both players must remain with their hats on their chest for as long as they can, that’s about it. The standoff lasted about 7 minutes, until the home plate umpire has to intervene. Even Bryce Harper got in on the fun, padding Barrett’s elbow and putting a batters helmet on for protection against in game balls. Your browser does not support iframes. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened Scott Van Slyke and Joe Kelly standoff opened the NLCS Game 6 with one last year. Your browser does not support iframes.

  • The 25 Highest Voting Percentages In MLB Hall of Fame History

    There is an elaborate process to getting inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, you can read about it here, but long story short, a player who has been nominated needs to be selected on 75% of ballots from the voting committee. Some former players just eek their way in, looking at you Al Simmons (75.38%), while others, like the 25 legends on this list, made it in with a resounding yes. While we see big names on this list, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr, and Ty Cobb, just to name a few, no one has ever been elected unanimously and it’s unlikely it will ever happen either.

  • Who Has the Best Facial Hair in Baseball History? [Link]

    Aside from a dark period from the 1930s to the early 70s when facial hair had all but disappeared from society, mustaches and sideburns have been a part of baseball since the game began. Thanks to players like Brian Wilson, today you can even find players sporting gloriously gigantic beards. But who reigns supreme in the facially coiffed hall of fame?

  • MLB MasterCard Fantasy Camp is the Best Kept Secret Surrounding The All-Star Game

    Grown men (and women) ranging from completely novice to past college ball players competing in a hardball, wood bat tournament leading up to the finale played at a major league ballpark. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well for a set of lucky people it’s a complete reality. MasterCard in association with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has been putting on a little known tournament for years. Fantasy Camp is essentially a four-team tournament, held in the morning and early afternoon during the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game days played at a minor league ball park, followed by the championship and consolation games being held on the major league park on the day proceeding the MLB All-Star game. This year being Minneapolis’s Target Field. Photo Credit: Rick Dupler Photo Credit: Rick Dupler Each team get’s outfitted in a full uniform, home and away jerseys, cleats, socks, batting gloves, a hat, mitt and sunglasses to give the impression of legitimacy. Skills, however, varied. We had a chance to partake in the entire tournament, which was an absolute blast. Each team coached by former Twins players Scott Leius, Gene Larkin, Al Newman and Tim Laudner and organized by former players more »

  • The First Motor Race Was Held 120 Years Ago [7 Photos]

    On July 22, 1894, Le Petit Journal Competition for Horseless Carriages, the first city to city motor race, was held. But the competition was more than a race and the organizers were even quick to state “it will not be a race.” The real competition was between the utility of steam-powered vehicles versus gasoline-fueled cars. The winning car didn’t just have to complete the 79-mile journey from Paris to Rouen, it also had to be easy to operate. The race would decide the future of automotive engineering. The race was organized by the publishers of Le Petit Journal to advertise their newspaper. 102 people entered to race, paying 10 francs, but some didn’t show up the the event while others failed to qualify. After four days of vehicle exhibition and qualifying events, the 21 racers set off on their journey at 8 AM, July 22. 6 hours and 48 minutes, Jules-Albert de Dion was the first to cross the finish line. However, he was not declared the winner because his steam powered car was too difficult to operate, requiring use of a stoker. 3 minutes and 30 seconds later, Albert Lemaître crossed the finish line in his Peugot. As more more »

  • How to Throw a Perfect Knuckle Ball

    It may be the greatest mystery of acquired skill in sports. A trait so difficult to master yet so powerful in result only a handful of professionals can achieve success with it. The knuckleball is a pitch that isn’t thrown hard or fairly accurate, but just thrown to perfection in delivery which makes it the most difficult pitch to hit in baseball. Time Wakefield and R.A. Dicky have made quite the illustrious career for themselves by throwing this one pitch more than any other, Wakefield lasting an outstanding 17 years, tenured with the Boston Redsox. Here is a breakdown on the perfect way to throw a pesky knuckler.

  • Arsenal Players Attempt New York Accents And Fail Miserably [Video]

    On Saturday, July 26, Arsenal will travel across the pond for a friendly match against the New York Red Bulls. It will be the first time Arsenal has played in America since 1989, so some of the current players decided to learn classic lines from New York movies like “Taxi Driver” and “Midnight Cowboy” and deliver them in their best New York accents. Spoiler alert: they fail.

  • Skating Video With No Traffic Looks Like “28 Days Later”

    Remember when Cilian Murphy wakes up to a world without people in “28 Days Later?” Well if he had a brain in his head, he would have taken the opportunity to skate  all over the city. That’s pretty much what this video from skating filmmaker Russell Houghten looks like. He captured skaters all around Los Angeles and spent hours masking in After Effects to edit out all the traffic. The result is a post-apocalyptic LA where only the skaters survived. Check out both the video, “Urban Isolation,” and the “making of” below. Houghten is also selling prints from the video to raise money for Los Angeles County animal shelters at his website. 

  • LeBron Heads Are Taking Over the Internet

    LeBron James is just as much of an internet sensation as he is phenomenon on the court. The internet has now began a trend of superimposing LeBron’s face on videos. Here are two separate videos, the first LeBron in a WWE setting turning on Chris Bosh and Dwane Wade, hitting them repeatedly with chairs then hitting them some more. The second is near perfect. LeBron James as Lloyd Christmas picking up Harry Dunn to to Cleveland. The internet bows to you ’18 Lives’, YouTube creator of this video.

  • Fact Sheets For All 30 MLB Ballparks

    The Playstation-exclusive MLB: The Show series of video games is consistently ranked as one of the best baseball games. The attention to detail is definitely a factor and when it comes to the ballparks, the series doesn’t cut any corners. To coincide with this year’s MLB 14: The Show, Sony released these fact sheets with capacity, dimensions, and historical facts about each of the MLB’s 30 stadiums.

  • MLS Stars Remake “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” [Video]

    What happens when Major League Soccer MVP Mike Magee fakes sick to take a day off from practice? Find out in this brilliant clip from KickTV featuring Magee and other soccer stars, such as Omar Gonzalez, Sydney Leroux, Thierry Henry, Bruce Arena, Michael Bradley, Dwayne De Rosario, and Hope Solo, as they recreate the 80s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Now if only they would make this into a feature length movie…

  • NFL And MLB Team Logo Mashup

    Graphic designer Brandon Hubschman, who created the NFL/NBA Logo Mashups we shared last week, is back at it again, this time combining MLB and NFL teams. Some are really great, such as Hubschman’s personal favorite, the Buccaneers/Rays logo. Check out how seamless the ray fits in to the front of the ship. Others are not so great. What’s up with the Jaguars/Dodgers? Let us know you’re favorite and check out more of Brandon Hubschman’s work at Daily Snark.

  • Incredible POV Video From Fully Electric Formula Car

    If there was any doubt that electric cars aren’t just for old men with ponytails and college students in hemp t-shirts, the new FIA Formula E Championship will surely quash it. Conceived in 2012 and now in its inaugural season, FIA Formula E is the highest class of competition for one-make, single-seater, electrically-powered racing cars. In this video, Formula 1 Racer Lucas di Grassi, driving for Audi in the Formula E championship, straps a GoPro to his electric car and showcases the incredible power of these vehicles. The car can go 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and reaches speeds of over 140 mph on this track. With the interest sparked by this competition, electric car technology is sure to grow by leaps and bounds in a short time.

  • The Hollywood Baseball All-Star Team Results Revealed

    We love baseball movies. They’re so quotable. “There’s no crying in baseball.” “Hot ice.” etc. Leading up to this year’s MLB All-Star game we went through Hollywood’s extensive history of fictional baseball characters and held a vote to allow the masses to call the shot. Movie baseball player All-Star lists have been done in the past but never before has anyone ever held a fan vote on the web. The results were quote astonishing, hundreds of shares on Facebook and over 27,000 votes so it’s safe to say the masses have spoken and this is your Hollywood Baseball All-Star Team. Click to see the full size infographic… Here are the results:

  • Revisiting The Epic 1998 Yankees vs Orioles Brawl In GIF Form [31 GIFS]

    It was the 8th inning and the Yankees were up by seven runs. The Orioles flamethrower Armando Benitez was on the mound and he intentionally threw a pitch into the back of Yankees’ Tino Martinez. The benches cleared and what ensued was, in our humble opinion, the best brawl in MLB history. 50 steroids fueled beasts were throwing sucker punches and the fight spilling into the dugouts where it finally subsided after six minutes. It was awesome. Let’s revisit the action in GIF form.

  • Look at What the World Thinks of the LeBron Decision in Real Time

    LeBron James just announced he’d be taking his talents back to his home city of Cleveland to join a new breed of powerhouse players in Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennet and newly drafted Andrew Wiggins. The decision was shocking, but LeBron had kept his promise of one day returning home, but no one knew it would be at the pinnacle of his career. The Cavs now have the most exciting team in the NBA and everyone will be posting their thoughts on the King’s decision on social media for the next decade or so. So here in real time are the latest LeBron related hashtags around the web. #LeBron #Cleveland #Clevelandcavs

  • 45 Early Photos Of Babe Ruth From The Library Of Congress

    On July 11, 1914, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. played his first professional baseball game. The 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher won the game against the Cleveland Naps, 4-3. He wen 0-for-2 at bat, striking out the first time and then removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. It was not a glorious start, but he would go on to become the biggest baseball player of the era. To celebrate Babe Ruth’s baseball centennial, we collected these Library of Congress photos from early in his career. Also, we came across his World War I draft card, listing his occupation as “Base Ball” and his place of employment as “Fenway Park.”

  • I Guess Now is a Great Time to Visit Cleveland, Here’s What You Can Expect

    Cleveland has had it’s fair share of troubles over the past 20, 30, 40 years, but all if forgotten and all is forgiven. The King has come back on a white horse to save the his city. Kissing babies and slam dunking his way back into the hearts of of Ohions (sp?). After his ‘humble’ announcement this morning, LeBron James is going to attempt to bring a championship to Cleveland. A feat that hasn’t been accomplished in any sport in 50 years. With Johnny Football and LeBron back in town there’s no better time to visit Cleveland.

  • Nike Baseball Brings the Heat to Minnesota for the MLB All-Star Game [23 Photos]

    Nike Baseball released specs of their brightly colored Nike Lunar Vapor Trout Spectrum, Nike Lunar Trainer 1 Spectrum and the Nike Vapor Elite Pro Spectrum for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game set to take place in Minneapolis next week. Taking a local approach to the recently revealed Nike Vapor Collection, the Nike Lunar Vapor Spectrum Collection is inspired by the sun’s reflection onto the Land of 10,000 Lakes. When the sun sets over water, individual points of light blend together to form a smooth-colored spectrum of light. The collection is composed of lightweight and responsive product both for the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game enabling speed. AKA it’s bright, iridescent colors are sure to turn heads, and with MLB’s strict color guidelines in place outside of these games, why let the NBA have all the fun? The Nike Vapor Spectrum Collection will be available on Nike.com and at select retailers with the All-Star Game cleats available July 12 and Home Run Derby cleat and batting glove July 14.

  • How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages

    German is not a romantic language. In fact from the outside looking in, it sounds like one enormous country constantly arguing with one another. Copy Cat created a World Cup edition video featuring soccer terms in Brazilian, Spanish, Italian, English and German to show just how aggressive the language is in comparison to others.

  • Minimalist Recreations of This Year’s Best World Cup Plays

    Designer Rick Hincks created these minimalist posters depicting step-by-step recreations of this year and past performances from World Cup play. From Van Persie’s superman header to Time Howard’s 16 save game to Luis Suazrez’s controversial bite seen around the world, Hincks illustrations show a dotted line replay of the play people will be talking about for years to come. There are also memorable moments from past games available on his online store.

  • What to Expect From The Argentina vs Netherlands World Cup Semi-Finals

    Yesterday’s Brazil-Germany game turned out to be one of the most lopsided games to ever be played on a World Cup pitch. Today the Netherlands takes on Argentina in a battle of offensive powerhouses. Can the speed of Robben be enough to take the Dutch past the miniature magician, Lionel Messi? Here’s an everything-you-need-to-know infographic for the matchup. Will the South American hopefuls keep the western hemisphere in the games or will the trophy remain in Europe?

  • The Emotions of a Nation Captured in Brazilian Newspaper Front Pages [24 Photos]

    Brazil’s devastating 7-1 loss to Germany has sent the entire country in a downward spiral of not only sadness, but shame. Thousands of fans with championship hopes were not only hopeless and helpless, but crushed and in tears after the unthinkable took place before their very eyes. After suffering their worst loss since 1920, the emotions of a broken country were shown on the front page of their newspapers.