History & Tourism, Sports

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

3 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This story is a favorite of ours, and one which have previously published on Independence Day weekend.

A century and a half ago, local media writers were bemoaning the lack of activities scheduled in Mansfield to celebrate Independence Day, with one exception: a “Base Ball” game between the “fats” and the “lanks.”

This is from the weekly Mansfield Herald’s edition on July 3, 1867:

“The Fourth of July tomorrow will not be celebrated in any formal manner in Mansfield. We are sorry to say it, for many other places of less pretensions than our city, have made arrangement for a good old fashioned time. Ashland, Bucyrus, Bellfontaine and other towns have announcements out of what they intend to do, and many of our citizens will not doubt visit one of the other of these places… More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

31 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series of baseball stories this week in celebration of Opening Day week for many MLB teams. Cleveland launches its 2021 season on Thursday, traveling to the Motor City to play the Detroit Tigers.

It would be difficult to overestimate the storied reputation of Honus Wagner in the world of professional baseball. Over 100 years after winning his eighth and final batting title – a National League record which remains in place to this day – Wagner is also well-known for the record prices set by the sale of his baseball cards. He was also, for a short time, a Mansfielder. More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

Play Ball! Mansfield’s Baseball Broadcasting Pioneer

28 Mar , 2021  

Publisher’s Note: This story was published back in 2017, and is being reposted today to celebrate the arrival of the Major League Baseball season this week. We’ll be posting two additional local baseball-related stories this week.

The 2021 season of “America’s Favorite Pastime” is almost here. What better time to share the story of a key figure in radio broadcasting history – and particularly baseball broadcasting — who made Mansfield his home?

Harold Wampler Arlin was born in 1895 in the small town of La Harpe, Illinois.

He was a true media pioneer, being in the “right place at the right time.” In November 1920, what is arguably America’s first radio station went on the air, Pittsburgh’s KDKA. Among its first employees was its first and radio’s first full time announcer, Harold Arlin. More…

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Sports

Robo-umps Are Coming To Major League Baseball

11 Jun , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Through our new affiliation with LION Publishers, we have also become licensed to share content from the Associated Press’ new Report for America journalists. Ohio is one of 17 states where a reporter has been assigned to boost statewide coverage on important and timely issues. While this article is not from such a reporter, it was obtained through our new interface with the Associated Press. We hope that this new coverage addition will be informative for our readers.

By: Rayvon Fouché, Purdue University

(THE CONVERSATION) The Houston Astros’ use of cameras to steal signs and conceivably cheat to win the World Series has driven many recent conversations about the place and meaning of technology in sports. The Major League Baseball season is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this has only delayed the league addressing the controversy of using technology within the game. More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

150 Years After First Professional Baseball Game, Mansfield Independents Again Host The Cincinnati Red Stockings

29 May , 2019  

A century and a half has passed since America’s very first professional baseball game took place right here in Mansfield.

On Saturday, June 1, 150 years to the day after that meeting, two teams with the same name will meet (weather permitting, of course) at Cyclops Field. More…

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Sports

Former News Journal Reporter Reminisces About Frank Robinson’s Visit To Mansfield

11 Feb , 2019  

The great Frank Robinson, a man of tremendous talent and recognized with many honors in the field of baseball, passed away this past week in Los Angeles at the age of 83.

Awards won by Robinson include MVP awards in both the National and American League – the only player with that distinction, induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. More…

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