Mark Townsend

  • Braves ball boy gets tangled in chair while avoiding fair ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago

    Everybody has a bad day at the office every now and then. Unfortunately for ball boys and ball girls around MLB, their bad days are often on display for rather large audiences to witness and ridicule.

    Such was the case for the ball boy stationed along the left field line at Turner Field on Friday night, although unlike most of his peers, his blunder didn't really involve him interfering with play, but rather his awkward attempt to do just the opposite. 

    As we all know, the first real rule of being a good ball boy or ball girl is to avoid interfering with a live ball at all costs. There are several reasons this rule exists, the most notable of them being that any type of interference with play is universally frowned upon, to the point that fans who violate said rule are usually ejected from the stadium. Ball boys and girls are not punished to that degree because they're considered part of the stadium staff. However, their punishment often comes in the form of embarrassment, which may actually be worse

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  • Only female pitcher in Negro Leagues history attended Mo’ne Davis' historic LLWS shutout

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago

    While Mo'ne Davis was making history on the field, becoming the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, another woman who made history in baseball six decades earlier was watching on proudly from the stands.

    According to the New York Daily News, Mamie (Peanut) Johnson, who was the first and only female pitcher in the history of the Negro Leagues, was sitting in the third row of Section 1 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, cheering on Davis' every pitch and soaking in the historic moment just like sports fans all over the world did on Friday afternoon.

    "It's the greatest gift in God’s green earth to be here,” Johnson said. “I never, ever thought I would witness this,”

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