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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … 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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “A People’s History of Sports in the United States”


A People’s History of Sports in the United States. By Dave Zirin. New York: The New Press, 2008. I have appreciated Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States since I was first exposed to it. I have also been … Continue reading

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Does the MLB Commissioner Have the Right to Overturn Owner’s Trades/Sales/Deals?


The question above is one that many people have debated during the last couple of weeks as the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays undertook a megadeal that swapped several star players for top prospects. In mid-November 2012 the Marlins … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “‘If You Were Only White’: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige”


“If You Were Only White”: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige. By Donald Spivey. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. As the editor for the “Sports and American Culture” series at the University of Missouri Press I was delighted to … Continue reading

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Last Stand of Whitey Herzog’s Cardinals: The 1987 World Series


Twenty-five years ago, in 1987 (and it seems like yesterday), the St. Louis Cardinals went to the World Series to face the Minnesota Twins. It seems appropriate to recall it now, as the World Series is currently underway. Sadly, the Cardinals are … Continue reading

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Experiencing the Yankees Fans


On Saturday, June 16, 2012, I went to see the New York Yankees play the Washington Nationals at a sold-out Nationals Park in the District of Columbia. I have a package of tickets for the season and I see games … Continue reading

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The Great George Brett/Hal McRae Batting Title Race of 1976


In 1976 the expansion Kansas City Royals were in the midst of taking their first American League West division title, with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, but just as important was the race for the American League … Continue reading

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