June 2011

John Thorn’s “Our Game” MLBlog features 16 essays

Major League Baseball Official Historian John Thorn is featuring 16 essays, which are included in the Special Origins Issue of the journal “Base Ball,” on the Our Game MLBlog right here.

Our Game, which launched in April, discusses the aims and efforts of the “Baseball Origins Committee,” while also embracing recent events of Baseball’s history. Please feel free to say hello there and join his commenters.

In March, Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Thorn to lead various research endeavors and special projects on behalf of MLB. In his first official task in this role, Thorn has been assigned to lead the “Baseball Origins Committee” to determine the facts of baseball’s beginnings and its evolution.

In the first of 16 articles, researcher and author David Block, a member of the “Baseball Origins Committee,” investigates one of baseball’s earliest periods in his article Polish Workers Play Ball at Jamestown, Va. Within the piece, Block discusses the origins of the game beginning, incredibly, in 1609, with a group of Polish craftsmen engaging in a bat and ball game, known as pilka palantowa, in front of a crowd of Native Americans. He explores the growth of “long ball” throughout history and searches to find the source of modern day American baseball.

In the coming weeks and months, Thorn’s MLBlog will continue to tell the story of how the game of baseball first emerged in America and how it became the American institution it is today through 15 additional essays by distinguished scholars.

Happy Social Media Day 2011

Social Media Day 2011Social Media Day 2011 is a big official-unofficial deal around the world, and Major League Baseball is all over it. Go here for all the details on how to get involved and win cool stuff. And take a look at how 30 Major Leaguers are embracing social media today.

How are you celebrating Social Media Day?

In other news:

  • VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! The 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint closes at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Then watch the Selection Show at noon ET Sunday on TBS, and at that point you’ll be able to dive into the Final Vote.
  • The new Latest Leaders for June will be out shortly. Good luck!

    Latest Leaders – May 2011

    Thanks for all the comments, and congrats to all of our MLB.com Latest Leaders in the three blogging categories — PRO, FAN and BEAT WRITER. Here are the Latest Leaders for May 2011, based on page views from May 1-31. Reminder to please be sure to provide navigation back to this blog and MLB.com/blogs if you opt for a non-MLB theme within WordPress.com now that we’ve moved our blogs there.

    MLB PRO
    1. Better Off Red
    2. MLB.com Fantasy 411
    3. OFFICIAL #GETWELLBUSTER GREETING CARD
    4. Beat the Streak Report
    5. Inside the Dodgers
    6. Alyson’s Footnotes
    7. Baseball Nerd
    8. Around the Horn in KC
    9. The Veteran and the Rook
    10. Official Twins Fan Guestbook
    11. John & Cait…Plus Nine
    12. Ben’s Biz Blog
    13. Tommy Lasorda’s World
    14. The Byrd’s Nest
    15. CastroTurf
    16. Bloomberg Sports
    17. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
    18. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
    19. Heard It From Hoard
    20. Great Scot!
    21. Inside the White Sox
    22. Rattler Radio
    23. Dodgers Photog Blog
    24. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD BLOG
    25. Comerica Park, 48201
    26. Phillies Insider
    27. The LumberBlog
    28. Newberg Report
    29. Above the Plate
    30. Padre Knows Best
    31. Ozzie Speaks
    32. MLB Urban Youth Academy
    33. ‘Cats Corner
    34. Curly W Live
    35. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
    36. Official Royals Fan Guestbook
    37. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
    38. Clubhouse Confidential
    39. Is this thing on?
    40. The D-blog
    41. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
    42. Our Game
    43. Vine Line’s Cubs Club Blog
    44. MLB.com’s On the Beat
    45. An Astros Minute
    46. Padres hispanos
    47. The Watson Files
    48. Royals Then, Now & Forever
    49. HYDE’S INSIDE PITCH
    50. The Dish

    FANS
    1. The Baseball Collector
    2. Rays Renegade
    3. Red State Blue State
    4. Rockpile Rant
    5. Unfinished Business
    6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
    7. Counting Baseballs
    8. Phillies Phollowers
    9. Rowland’s Office
    10. Yankee Yapping
    11. The Three Bs
    12. The Closer
    13. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
    14. Yankees Chick
    15. The Yankee Dinosaur
    16. The Pittsburgh Peas
    17. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
    18. The Baseball Daily
    19. 2131 and Beyond
    20. Pinstripe Birthdays
    21. Dodgerfilms
    22. FutureAngels.com
    23. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
    24. Art of the Pale Hose
    25. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
    26. The Hitless Wonders
    27. Observing Baseball
    28. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
    29. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
    30. Rockin’ Redlegs
    31. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
    32. Minoring In Baseball
    33. Beisbol 007
    34. The Cub Den
    35. Amazine
    36. Collection of Baseball
    37. Phillies Red Pinstripes
    38. Strictly Cubs Baseball
    39. A Misplaced Astros Fan
    40. Reds Country
    41. steel city ballhawk
    42. The Unbiased MLB Fan
    43. The Wizard of Ozzie
    44. This is a very simple game…
    45. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
    46. The 1 Constant
    47. Perfect Pitch
    48. Watching The Dandelions Grow
    49. baseballqueen
    50. (:> Bird Brained

    MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
    1. The Zo Zone
    2. Bowman’s Blog
    3. Beck’s Blog
    4. Mark My Word
    5. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
    6. Bombers Beat
    7. Muskat Ramblings
    8. Brew Beat
    9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
    10. Britt’s Bird Watch
    11. All Nats All the Time
    12. Brownie Points
    13. Haft-Baked Ideas
    14. Mets Cetera
    15. Major League Bastian
    16. Tag’s Lines
    17. Mariners Musings
    18. The Fish Pond
    19. Major Lee-ague
    20. North of the Border

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