“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands”? ~Milton Berle

Happy Mother’s Day…..

Louisville Slugger preparing the special bats used throughout Major League Baseball honoring moms on Mothers Day. 

Celebrations honoring mothers date back to the times of ancient Greece and the Holy Roman Empire. However the American version of a Mother’s Day formally honoring moms was first introduced by none other than Julia Ward Howe.

Julia Ward Howe in 1861.

A pacifist and social activist, Howe was the first American to call for the celebration of Mother’s Day with her Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870. In November of 1861 she visited the White House and met this man,

After which she wrote new words to the song John Brown’s Body which, after appearing in the February 1862 issue of Atlantic Monthly magazine, quickly became a rallying song of the Union during the Civil War. Today it is known as the Battle Hymn of the Republic

In 1908, this woman held a memorial for her recently deceased mother and then began a campaign to have Mother’s Day officially recognized in the United States as a holiday.

Anna Jarvis, “founded” Mother’s Day.

Interestingly, she was specific that Mother’s Day be spelled with an apostrophe as her intent was for each individual family to take the day to honor their mother, not a collective honoring of all mothers of the world!

Her efforts were successful when this fellow signed a bill into law making the second Sunday in May a national day to honor mom and officially creating Mother’s Day!

President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law on May 9, 1914 creating Mother’s Day. 

The following day, the Red Sox took the field at the Polo Grounds in New York and lost to the Yankees 3-2 on the their first Mother’s Day game. They didn’t use pink bats.

Today at Fenway Park Daniel Bard will try to pitch his team to their third straight win over former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson and his Cleveland Indians.

The bases and the bats will reflect the day.

Mom’s been gone for 27 years but there is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded of how fortunate was I that God chose her to bring me here. Thanks Mom and 

And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, Mother’s Day 2012.


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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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1 Response to “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands”? ~Milton Berle

  1. Reblogged this on fenwaypark100 and commented:

    Happy Mothers Day…

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