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While the uniform colors of the Los Angeles #Dodgers technically don’t include the color Dodger blue (a rich, bright azure), former manager Tommy Lasorda coined the phrase “True Dodger Blue” to define the Dodger spirit during his 20-year stint leading the club. Lasorda led "The Blue Crew" to eight division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships before being inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
After winning 87 games in 1982, expectations were high for the '83 #WhiteSox, but in the middle of June they were five games under .500 and mired in fifth place. After the All-Star break, however, the Sox caught fire, going 59-26 and winning the AL West by a whopping 20 games. During the pale hose's startling run, disgruntled Texas manager Doug Rader theorized that Chicago's bubble had to burst: "They’re not playing that well. They're winning ugly.
The late 1980s saw a power surge in Oakland #Athletics—with Rookies of the Year Jose Canseco ('86) and Mark McGwire ('87) providing the clout, the A’s won four AL West titles, three AL pennants and a World Series. The two sluggers became known as "The Bash Brothers" for not only their power, but the way they’d bash forearms when congratulating each other after a home run.
In '49, when the New York teams split their radio networks, Hodges became the voice of the #Giants. He called Bobby Thomson’s "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in ’51, and moved with the Giants to San Francisco in '58. He continued working for the team until 1970. Hodges' signature home run call "Bye Bye Baby!" was set to music
On July 24, 1983; the visiting Kansas City #Royals trailed the #Yankees 4-3 in the top half of the ninth inning. While on deck, George Brett is rumored to have said to a teammate, "Watch this baby fly" as he shook his bat. After Brett hit a two-run home run to give the #Royals the lead, #Yankees manager Billy Martin requested that the umpires inspect Brett’s bat, as it allegedly had more pine tar on it than allowed.
Generating upwards of a billion in quarters, the original 1993 arcade release of NBA JAM took the gaming world by storm. As the first-ever NBA-licensed coin-operated arcade game, NBA Jam featured outrageous dunks, rejections and three-point shots that were simply exhilarating. Expressions from the game such as "He's heating up!", He's on fire!" and "#Boomshakalaka!" have entered into our vernacular and will forever remain a part of popular culture.