Tag Archives: MLB

World Series Memories: The A’s versus the Dodgers 40 Years Ago


On October 12, 1974, forty years ago, the World Series opened with the Oakland A’s playing the Los Angeles Dodgers for the championship. It was a lackluster World Series, but both teams were superb. The A’s were the reigning champions … Continue reading

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Are There Ways to Speed Up MLB Baseball Games?


There has been a lot of commentary of late about the length of time being required to play major league baseball games. I know from personal experience that many of the Washington Nationals games are more than three hours in … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma”


Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. By Kostya Kennedy. New York: Sports Illustrated Books, 2014. Pete Rose is an icon, despite all that has happened to him over the years. A player more dedicated than talented he still reigns as the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975″


Gibson’s Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1969-1975. Doug Feldman. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Throughout the majority of the 1960s the St. Louis Cardinals were the premier team in the National … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds”


The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds. Edited by Mark Armour. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. I remember well the “Big Red Machine,” the Cincinnati Reds of the mid-1970s. They infuriated me as they seemingly steamrolled over every team … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Continental League: A Personal History”


The Continental League: A Personal History. By Russell D. Buhite. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Fundamentally, this is a book about a scheme in the latter 1950s to expand major league baseball (MLB) to cities where it did not … Continue reading

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Bill Veeck’s Rules of Etiquette for Baseball Owners


When Bill Veeck was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991 his widow, Mary-Frances Veeck, offered some interesting comments about how he conducted himself, offering twelve commandments of professional life. They were, in essence, Veeck’s rules of etiquette … Continue reading

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Why Do Teams Leave their Host Cities? Major League Baseball in St. Louis as a Case Study


Between 1902 and 1954 the American League and the National League franchises in St. Louis competed for control of the fans in the city. The National League’s Cardinals eventually won that competition, forcing the Browns to leave for Baltimore where … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers”


Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. By Mike Shropshire. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1996. As a Texas Rangers beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1973 Mike … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Browns, and the Challenge of “Small Markets”


Not until the 1960s did baseball executives begin to use terms like “small market” to describe the unique challenges of operating a successful major league franchise in an environment that did not generate the type of revenues available to teams … Continue reading

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