Throwback Thursday

Some social media news for ya today…

Sporting News looked at the number of Twitter followers each organization in Minor League Baseball has, and it turns out the @TinCaps rank No. 4 out of 120 Class A teams. Fort Wayne would even crack the Top 10 of Double-A franchises. This is in addition to more than 31,000 “likes” on Facebook. Not bad.

Social Media Night jerseys from 2013, featuring more than 6,000 handles of @TinCaps followers.

In the spirit of Social Media, we’ll make this something of a Throwback Thursday, or #TBT, if you will.

Last week WBOI (Northeast Indiana’s NPR station), as part of its “Heritage Trail,” aired a story on the history of baseball in Fort Wayne. If you’ve been around these parts before — this blog, that is — then you’ve likely read Mike or myself reference some of it before. In the piece, Tom Castaldi does a nice job of bringing listeners back to when the Fort Wayne Kekiongas hosted the first professional baseball game in United States history in 1871.

Take a listen here:

For the more visually, inclined, do you recognize anyone below?

Burt Hooton and teammates celebrate his no-hitter at Wrigley Field on April 16, 1972. Photo via

Yesterday was the 42-year anniversary of when TinCaps pitching coach Burt Hooton threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs at the age of 22 in just the 4th start of his major league career. (And remember, Hoot never even pitched in the minors.) Read more on Burt’s no-hitter here by baseball writer Rob Neyer.

“Happy,” as his manager Tommy Lasorda during his Dodgers days would call him, got to “celebrate” yesterday by watching 18 innings of baseball. No, he didn’t go catch another game after the TinCaps played the Bees; rather, Fort Wayne and Burlington played 18 (EIGHTEEN) innings. At 5 hours, 45 minutes, it was the longest game by time in Fort Wayne’s 22 years of existence. The 18 innings tied a record for most frames played.

We’ll have more marathon coverage coming up. Until then, a happy Throwback Thursday to you. Oh and since this had a social media tie-in, a shameless plug to follow on Twitter @John_G_Nolan.

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