Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone. The Los Angeles Angels' first baseman, a Fort Osage High School graduate, did it with a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan, a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth.
Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Joe Morgan, Dave Winfield and the late Roberto Clemente were inducted for playing the game with the same passion, flair and skill exhibited by stars of the Negro Leagues.
Hall of Famer Kid Nichols, who settled in Kansas City and then played in Boston, St. Louis and Philadelphia around the turn of the 19th century, amassed an impressive collection of MLB memorabilia. This weekend, some of it will be auctioned off at Bostons Fenway Park.
On a recent spring afternoon, John Schmiedeler, 82, sat down with his baseball-loving grandson, Matthew, to reveal to him a bit of family history about the All-Star Game.
On the first night of July 1951, the Carthage Cubs shuffled onto rickety buses that would take them from Jaycee Park to the YMCA in Pittsburg, Kan. Their manager barked at them for losing both games of a doubleheader to the Pittsburg Browns.