Golden Age

I don't know if I'm getting old or maybe just nostalgic, but for me, the Golden Age of baseball was the 1950's and 1960's.

Just think about the mistique surrounding some of the teams and players from that era.

Let's start with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

There is something about "Dem Bums" that just screams of baseball fokelore. Even their ball park, Ebbets Field, was a part of them. Brooklyn fans loved Ebbets Field almost as much as they loved their Dodgers.

Brooklyn of course was the first Major League club to allow a black man to play. That changed everything. Can you imagine the Big Leagues without Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks and all the rest of the black superstars who came along after Jackie.

The Dodgers of the fifties had Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella and Pee Wee Reese. Makes you wonder how they only won one World Series. In a word, the Yankees.

From 1950 until 1970, the New York Yankees were in the World Series thirteen times. They won it eight times. Three times during this stretch of time, the Yankees made it to the World Series in four consecutive years.

And this was all before free agency. An awesome farm system and some key trades kept the Yankee dynasty going for decades.

Even the player's nicknames were cooler back then. The Duke Of Flatbush, Pee Wee, Whitey, Mr. Cub, The Sey Hey Kid, The Mick, Stan The Man and The Spendid Splinter.

And who can forget some of the great moments from this Golden Age. Who can forget October 3, 1951 at 3:58 pm. The Brooklyn Dodgers and their arch cross town nemisis New York Giants are involved in a three game playoff to decide the National League pennant. This was game three. We all know what happened. Bobby Thompson hit the Shot Heard Round The World to win it for the Giants.