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Win a Free Copy of Out of the Park Baseball 18

Out of the Park Baseball 18 will soon be released and once again the fine people from Out of the Park Developments are allowing me to give away a free early release copy of the game. Last year we had a blast reading the submissions from Out of the Park Baseball fans on what type of dynasty they would begin if they won a copy of the game. This year's contest is much more straight forward and very fitting considering some of the new features of Out of the Park Baseball 18.

The contest this year will focus on the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. I have yet to go but it is definitely on my bucket list.

In case you haven't heard, Out of the Park Baseball 18 will now feature the data base for the Negro Leagues. You can check out more details about that feature right here.

So how can you win a free copy of the game? By simply getting the word out about the Negro League Baseball Museum. How do you do that? Simple. Go to my twitter page and look for this tweet pinned t…

The Genius of Ronald Reagan the Baseball Broadcaster

Long before Ronald Reagan became President of the United States he was a baseball radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs.

Reagan worked for radio station WHO out of Des Moines, Iowa and one day his Western Union telegraph feed stopped working making it impossible for him to update his listeners on the game. So what did Reagan do? Here is Reagan describing the situation that John Thorn wrote about in his blog:

"There were several other stations broadcasting that game and I knew I’d lose my audience if I told them we’d lost our telegraph connections so I took a chance. I had Billy Jurges hit another foul. Then I had him foul one that only missed being a home run by a foot. I had him foul one back in the stands and took up some time describing the two lads that got in a fight over the ball. I kept on having him foul balls until I was setting a record for a ballplayer hitting successive foul balls and I was getting more than a little scared. Just then my operator started typing. Wh…

Dwight Evans and Cooperstown: A New Hope

"Dewey or Don't He? Thank God He Does!" was written on a sign being held up by a fan at Fenway Park during the 1990 season. It was perfect because it always felt like Dewey came through when the Sox needed him most.

If you are a Red Sox fan over the age of 40, chances are the real #24 in your heart for the Boston Red Sox belongs to Dwight Evans. Evans is arguably the greatest right fielder in Red Sox history, but will he ever get into the Hall of Fame?

 Dwight Evans appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot three times. In 1997 he received just over 5% of the vote barely hanging on to be on the 1998 ballot where he received his highest number of votes at just under 11%. 1999 would be his last year on the ballot as he received just 3.8% of the votes. While most feel his very slim chances of induction died in 1999, some feel the Veteran's Committee could vote him in. ESPN Senior Writer David Schoenfield is one of those people. Schoenfield wrote a piece for ESPN where he…

Foulke You! Remembering the Good and the Bad of Keith Foulke

The 2003 season made it clear that the Red Sox needed to upgrade their pitching. They did just that in the offseason acquiring Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke. The closer by committee theory was dead as Keith Foulke was now the closer.

 Foulke was good in the regular season in 2004 but he was great in the postseason. The Red Sox don't win it all without him yet when Sox fans call out the heroes of that postseason he is often forgotten. Foulke pitched 14 innings in the 2004 postseason, gave up 7 hits, struck out 19 batters and only gave up 1 run. He finished 8 games in that postseason including all four World Series games. The final out of Game 4 will live on forever. Here is the clip.

The 2005 season for Foulke wasn't a good one. His ERA ballooned to 5.32. It all came crashing down on June 28th against the Indians. The Red Sox had an 8-5 lead going into the 8th inning. Foulke entered the game with one out in the 8th inning and over the next inning and two-thirds he woul…