— Days Without Shea —

We moved into Loge13 in 1985. This is how we remember Doc Gooden. Invincible. Nearly flawless every time out. People dancing in the upper deck pasting "K" after "K" to the rafters.

Doc and Darryl were my childhood heroes. We were convinced in later years, we'd look back at them as the Mantle and Whitey of our generation. Heck, the first time I ever went to Cooperstown was Gooden's rookie year, a few weeks after his All-Star game debut. And Gooden was already enshrined, as the youngest pitcher to ever strike out the side in the mid-summer classic.

But we all know what happened. Fast forward 25 years later and the Mets are going to enshrine Strawberry, Gooden and Frank Cashen in the Mets hall of fame this Sunday.

Also, the Mets are signing Doc to a one-day contract this weekend. When it expires, he will retire as a Met. There's a nice interview with Gooden in the Bergen Record. Check it out after the jump...


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Loge13's been out of pocket a few days. Had a little car mishap in New Jersey over the weekend, then a little "no Internet" mishap in NYC, thanks to Verizon.

"Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel's documentary about the last shows ever at Shea Stadium will have its premiere at Citi Field August 21th. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Loge13 readers should be very familiar with Shea Stadium's contribution to rock & roll. If not, check out our Shea Rocks section.

I am not the biggest Billy Joel fan but this could be a cool event to go to. It will also be the biggest outdoor movie presentation since 1919. Back then, they called them talkies.

The full press release follows after the break.

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http://www.loge13.com/images/bobmurphy.jpgThere's nothing more American than being in an Irish bar. Especially when you are watching or talking baseball.

Now Bob Murphy and Tim McCarver will be forever enshrined in beer-stained mahogany on Friday, August 6th. That is when the good people at Foley's Pub will officially induct these Met broadcasters, along with Bill James and (ugh) Brian Cashman, into the Irish American Baseball hall of Fame.

Last year, the Hall created some controversy when it pardoned Walter O'Malley. How can they top that in 2010? Maybe McCarver can heckle the Yankees GM. The ceremony happens at 12:00, August 6th (two weeks from today).

Here is the press release:  

Bob Murphy, Tim McCarver, Brian Cashman, Bill James, and Mike "King" Kelly to Be Inducted in Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010


Housed in Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant Recognizes Players, Executives, Journalists and Entertainers of Irish Descent


New York, NY (July 1, 2010) - The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (www.irishbaseballhall.com) today announced its inductees for 2010: New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman, veteran TV analyst and former player Tim McCarver, longtime New York Mets announcer Bob Murphy, famed statistician and Boston Red Sox executive Bill James, and Mike "King" Kelly, baseball's first superstar.


The honorees will be inducted on Friday, August 6 at Noon, when their plaques will be unveiled at a ceremony held at Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant ( 18 W. 33rd St. ), which houses the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.  Voters include past inductees and a panel of baseball historians.


"This deserving group includes successful executives, a beloved voice of the New York Mets, a four-decade player and Emmy-winning broadcaster, and an early legend that time has nearly forgotten," said Shaun Clancy, president of Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and owner of Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant, which features one of the country's most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia.


With a blessing from Cooperstown, Foley's, a popular destination among baseball players, executives, umpires, media and fans, created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame to recognize players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers.  Inductees are chosen based on a combination of four factors: impact on the game, popularity on and off the field, contributions to society, and ancestry/connections to the Irish community.  The 2010 honorees are:


1.     Tim McCarver (Former Player/Broadcaster)

Born in Memphis , TN , Tim McCarver signed with the St. Louis Cardinals right out of Christian Brothers High School and was a two-time All-Star selection (1966, 1967) and World Series champion (1964, 1967).  During a career that spanned from 1959 until 1980, McCarver also played for the Phillies, Expos and Red Sox.  He was the favorite catcher for two Hall of Fame pitchers: Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.


After retiring as a player, McCarver became a six-time Emmy-winning broadcaster.  He has called games for the Phillies (1980-82), Mets (1983-98), Yankees (1999-2001), and Giants (2002).  Beginning with the 1985 Fall Classic, Tim McCarver has provided color commentary for more World Series games on TV than any other announcer in history.  He is frequently paired with Joe Buck as the lead team on FOX network broadcasts and also hosts The Tim McCarver Show, a nationally syndicated interview program now in its ninth season.


2.     Brian Cashman (Executive)

A native of Rockville Center , NY , Brian Cashman began his career with the New York Yankees as an intern in 1986.  He moved up the ranks and eventually succeeded Bob Watson as General Manager in 1998.  During Cashman's tenure as GM, the Yankees have won six AL pennants and four World Series championships (1998-2000 and 2009).  Brian Cashman graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1985 and The Catholic University of America in 1989.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. 


3.     Bill James (Executive)

Born in Holton , KS , Bill James has authored more than two dozen books on baseball history and statistics.  He coined the term "sabermetrics" for his innovative statistical analysis of player performances.  James' statistical measures gained widespread acceptance when Oakland A's GM Billy Beane applied sabermetric principles in running his low-budget, small market team (chronicled in Michael Lewis' bestseller Moneyball).  In 2003, James became a senior advisor for the Boston Red Sox and is credited with advocating moves such as the team's emphasis on on-base percentage.  Bill James is a Viet Nam era veteran, a graduate of the University of Kansas , and was one of TIME magazine's "Time 100" most influential people in 2006.  He is proud of his predominantly Irish heritage with grandparents named Burks, Yates, McCool and James.


4.     Bob Murphy, (Broadcaster)

A transplanted Oklahoman, Bob Murphy was a TV and radio announcer for the New York Mets from their inception until his retirement in 2003.  Beloved for his sunny disposition and "happy recaps" of Mets' victories, he and colleagues Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner described both the ineptitude of the 1962 Amazin's and the ecstasy of the 1969 World Series.  From 1978 onward, Murphy served primarily as the Mets' radio voice.  He welcomed fans to the team's first game and called the thrilling post-season wins in '69 and '86.  Bob Murphy received the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame and is a member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame.  He died of lung cancer in 2004.


5.     Mike "King" Kelly (Hall of Famer/Legend)

Widely regarded as the game's first superstar, Mike "King" Kelly was a colorful catcher, outfielder and manager.  Born in Troy , NY , to Famine immigrants and raised in Paterson , NJ , Kelly's baseball skill and Irish charm made him one of America 's first sports celebrities.  He was the subject of a hit song, Slide Kelly, Slide, and a Vaudeville star.  A two-time batting champion and daring base runner, historians credit Kelly with developing the hit-and-run, the hook slide, and the catcher's practice of backing up first base.  However, his greatest contribution was the popularity he brought to the game in the 1880s and '90s.  He was the first player to sign autographs, the first to publish his autobiography, and his trade from Chicago to Boston for $10,000 was one of the biggest deals in early baseball history (thus solidifying baseball as a business).  King Kelly was elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.


The game of baseball has long welcomed immigrants from its earliest days, when an estimated 30 percent of players claimed Irish heritage.  Many of the game's biggest stars at the turn of the 20th century were Irish immigrants or their descendants, including Michael "King" Kelly, Roger Connor (the home run king before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, Big Ed Walsh and NY Giants manager John McGraw.  Today, major league teams regularly sign players born in Latin America, Japan , Canada , and elsewhere.


Shaun Clancy, an amateur baseball historian, created the Hall after learning about the rich heritage of Irish Americans in the sport dating from its infancy - a legacy that has been overshadowed in recent years by other ethnicities.  He decided to celebrate his roots and those who helped make the game great by creating a shrine to Irish Americans in baseball in 2008.


About The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame

The "Starting Nine" inductees of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (2008) were: legendary owner-manager Connie Mack, sluggers Mark McGwire and Sean "The Mayor" Casey, reliever Tug McGraw, Yankee announcer John Flaherty, sportswriter Jeff Horrigan, NY Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn, sports columnist/official scorer Red Foley, and Kevin Costner, star of Field of Dreams and Bull Durham.


The 2009 inductees were: Brooklyn and LA Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, sluggers Steve Garvey and Paul O'Neill, veteran umpire Jim Joyce, revered sportscaster Vin Scully, and Ed Lucas, a blind reporter who has covered the Yankees and Mets for more than 40 years.


About Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant

A popular destination among baseball players, executives, umpires, fans, and media Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant is located at 18 W. 33rd St. , across from the  Empire  State  Building .  The "Irish Bar with a Baseball Attitude" is adorned with 2,100 autographed baseballs, hundreds of bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts.  Foley's is home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (www.irishbaseballhall.com) and is considered one of the best sports bars in America .


For more information, call (212) 290-0080 or visit www.foleysny.com or www.facebook.com/FoleysNYPub.




(Editor's Note: Tim McCarver, Brian Cashman, Bill James and several past honorees are expected to attend.  Mrs. Joye Murphy will accept on behalf of the late Bob Murphy, and Marty Appel, King Kelly's biographer, will represent the late Hall of Famer.)

[July 25, 2010 2:37 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

RIP Murph!

Damn, I would love to see this, not sure if I can jump out of work though.

I love Foley's, great baseball artifacts, many sports and celebs stuff actually, and they serve my fav adult beverage.

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andy said

Tim Mccarver is the biggest dbag in all of sports. I loved when Dion Sanders dumped a bucket of Gadorade on his head.Dion should get in the NFL and MLB hallof fame just for that. Irish hall of fame? Do you get cornbeef and cabbage with that for $9.99?

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Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on July 23 at 9:06AM
We knew the West Coast road trip would be rough.

Beltran was returning to the lineup and would need time to adjust. Castillo too. Reyes is banged up. And Pelfrey had been wobbly before the All-Star Break.

So here we are on July 23rd. The Mets have lost 7 of their last 8 games, 10 of their last 12. In fact, they have won only five games all month.

The Mets have scored 15 runs this road trip. Their opponents, all denizens of the depths of their divisions: 36 runs.

This morning, we are in third place, 7.5 games back. The Phillies just leapt ahead of us into second. Yes, those Phillies, who are all banged up and looking for answers (sound familiar?). They didn't wallow in their injury woes as some other blue and orange teams did in past years. They just found a way to win.

Blame the owners. Blame the manager. Blame the GM. Daily news writer Bill Price prefers to blame The Curse of Shea Stadium. Read on after the jump and you will agree with him:

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Paul said

The players know the ownership has "No Clue". They know all it takes is a decent walk year and their back in the money. I don't blame them. Its great work when you can get it. I blame the people that keep supporting this mess. As long as you keep paying for "Steak" when there serving "Ground Beef" Jeff & Fred ain't going to change a thing....

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Great article today in the NY Times about the ongoing friendship between Willie Mays and David Wright.

Apparently, their relationship began on Sept. 28, 2008, a date that will live in infamy for fans of the Mets and Shea Stadium.

Nice to know that even as the old concrete palace gasped its final breaths, it could still create some magic, transcending the decades between the Say-Hey Kid and The New Kid.

Read the article after the jump.

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