MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special – Interview Comedians – With Phillies Tug McGraw

Whereas relief pitchers are not given the opportunity to bat frequently….that was not so with Tug McGraw….who was allowed to bat leading off the sixth inning of a 6-0 blowout at the hands of the Montreal Expos on September 8, 1971…..when he rewarded his manager’s faith in him by putting the Mets on the board with…

MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special – Do Not Step On That Line – Baseball Superstitions

Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational or supernatural….for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and certain spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold…

MLB – 1984 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook – Favorite And Over Used Cliches – With Bob Costas

A cliché or cliche is an expression, idea or element of an artistic work….which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect….even to the point of being trite or irritating….especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical meaning….referring to an expression imposed…

MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook – Conducting Interviews + Zany Fans + Ballpark Dogs

We have often commented on videos that come up which simply “tickle our fancy” here at ImaSportsphile….and the subjects covered in the footage of this particular Unofficial Baseball Handbook piece…..where hosts Jim, Sean and Mike cover a range of subjects commonplace in baseball, but rarely talked about.  Sean Mooney kicks off with a piece about the subject of “How…