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Happy Birthday, Sports Illustrated! 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 15, 2014, 4:50 PM

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The very first issue of Sports Illustrated hit newsstands on August 16, 1954. And that makes tomorrow the magazine's 60th birthday! To celebrate the milestone, SI recreated its very first cover (featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at the plate) with images submitted by readers from around the world. Check it out:
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MLB Owners Elect Rob Manfred as New Commissioner 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 15, 2014, 10:00 AM

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For the first time in more than 20 years, Major League Baseball has a new commissioner.
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Diamond Era: Celebrating 75 Years of Little League Baseball 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 14, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Great things can often have very humble beginnings. Take Little League Baseball. On June 6, 1939, an oil company clerk named Carl Stotz brought two teams of kids together to play baseball. In a vacant lot. In a small town. In the middle of Pennsylvania. It was the first Little League game ever played — Lundy Lumber lambasted Lycoming Dairy, 23–8 — and the start of something big. Bigger than Stotz or the kids playing for Lundy or Lycoming could ever have expected.
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Catch Dee Gordon If You Can! 0

  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • August 13, 2014, 12:57 PM

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As with many pitchers these days, Kansas City Royals righty James Shields found himself at the mercy of Dee Gordon's speed. Shields, who owns one of the best pickoff moves in baseball, had just given up a single to Gordon, the instinctive and gutsy L.A. Dodgers second baseman, in the fifth inning of a game in June. The two locked eyes and anticipated each other's next move, but Gordon was too quick for Shields. In a dizzying blur, Gordon sprinted toward second as Shields began his delivery and slid in safely for his major league-leading 40th steal.

"There's no better feeling than staring down a pitcher who wants to catch you, but instead, you beat him," Gordon says.

Gordon has begun to revel in this type of satisfaction. After battling his way into the starting lineup, Gordon has become an impact player on a squad bursting with stars. While teammates like slugger Yasiel Puig and flamethrower Clayton Kershaw change games with one swing or pitch, Gordon's swiftness on the base paths makes him influential.

"Nobody changes the complexion of a game as quickly as Dee does when he gets on first," Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes says. "Dee puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the pitcher and the defense. He causes so many problems for the other team. It's the type of trouble that helps us score and win."
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13-Year-Old Mo'Ne Davis Leads Her Team At The Little League World Series 0

  • Posted by: Sam Page
  • August 12, 2014, 5:08 PM

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Three things separate Mo'Ne Davis from most baseball players at this year's Little League World Series: her 70-mph fastball, her biting curveball, and her gender. For opposing batters, though, those first two are more than enough to worry about.

On Sunday, Davis threw a three-hit shutout against the Delaware-Newark National Little League team, sending her team — the Taney Youth Baseball Association Dragons — to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She struck out six batters in the game, which Taney won easily, 8-0.
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First Logo Revealed for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 12, 2014, 5:05 PM

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You know Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup. Did you also know the country will be home to the 2016 Summer Olympics? The Games will be held in Rio, and on Wednesday the organizing committee gave the world its first look at its Olympics' logo. That's it at the top of the big. It's… something.
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A Visit with the Toronto Blue Jays 0

  • Posted by: Max Mannis
  • August 12, 2014, 12:11 PM

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Back in June, the Toronto Blue Jays stopped into my hometown of New York City for a series against the Yankees. And that gave me the chance to visit the Blue Jays clubhouse and ask many of them about tips they have for young baseball players. I actually spent two days talking to players for what was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had as a journalist.
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