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Lou Piniella: The Early Years

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

To be with his ailing mother, Lou Piniella has announced his retirement, effective immediately.  He’s been involved in Major League Baseball for nearly 50 years and has done it all: long minor league career; even longer Major League career; player/coach; manager; general manager; manager again; broadcaster; manager again.  He won the World Series on his first try, […]

Curt Flood and Baseball’s Reserve Clause

The inspiration for a story can come from the most unlikeliest of places. On my recent trip to Maine, I happened to pick up the Bangor Daily News and read a very compelling editorial (see entire text and link below) that described how Curt Flood’s landmark struggle to overturn baseball’s time-worn reserve clause has opened up […]

Negro Leagues: New Postage Stamp Series Unveiled

The US Postal Service has unveiled a new stamp series honoring baseball’s Negro League players. Almost all of them are gone now, fading memories kept alive through grainy photos and dog-eared newspaper clippings their children and grandchildren keep near. But now the black baseball players and their contributions to the culture and history of a […]

Books on Baseball Contest Winners Announced!

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing, Miscellaneous

Ding. ding, ding..we have a winner…or should I say three winners!   Books on Baseball friends Debbie Bentler, Jay Gauthreaux, and Jammie Conrad are the winners of our membership contest.  Many thanks to everyone who helped drive our Facebook membership north of 2,300!  The larger the community, the better the discussion and dialogue we will have.  […]

July 6, 1933 — MLB’s First All Star Game

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, came up with the idea for the game, originally called “Game of the Century”  to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition.  By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage […]

July 4, 1939 — Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” Speech

“I saw strong men weep this afternoon, expressionless umpires swallow hard, and emotion pump the hearts and glaze the eyes of 61,000 fans in Yankee Stadium.  Yes, and hard-boiled news photographers clicked their shutter with fingers that trembled a bit.”  So went Shirley Povich’s powerful and poignant lead to his Washington Post newspaper column. On July 4, 1939, […]

Casey at the Bat — Twilight Zone Style

The classic poem, Casey at the Bat, authored by Ernest Thayer and published in the San Francisco Enquirer in 1888, continues to be a fan favorite.  There are literally dozens of adaptations of the poem as well as an earlier article on this website on the origin of the poem. One of the many adaptations was a season one […]

Baseball Joe by Lester Chadwick

Baseball Joe is the fictional subject of a series of 14 baseball books written between 1912 and 1928 by Lester Chadwick, a pseudonym for author Howard R. Garis which pays tribute to baseball writing pioneer Henry Chadwick.  Garis wrote the Baseball Joe series for the famous Stratemeyer writing syndicate responsible for other series such as Nancy Drew, […]

Baseball’s Oral History: The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter

June 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

When people speak about baseball’s oral history, one book,  The Glory of Their Times : The Story of Baseball Told By the Men Who Played It by Lawrence Ritter, stands head and shoulders above the rest.  It is at the top or near the top of any “best baseball book” list, including mine.  If this book doesn’t […]

The Green Fields of the Mind by A. Bartlett Giamatti

June 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball Writing

During a recent long drive, I listened to a selection of baseball essays. The session was hosted by former baseball commissioner, the late Bart Giamatti.  He had the last slot and read aloud his baseball essay The Green Fields of the Mind.  This essay was from his book A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of […]

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