Category Archives: Baseball

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Public Dollars, Private Stadiums”


Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle Over Building Sports Stadiums. By Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003. Although published in 2003, this book seems strikingly dated now. In no small part that is because … Continue reading

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Requiem for the “Sizzler”


George Sisler, also known as the “Sizzler” because of his hot bat, was the greatest player ever to don a St. Louis Browns baseball uniform. First baseman for the Brownies between 1915 and 1927 Sisler compiled a .340 lifetime batting … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Extra Bases”


Extra Bases: Reflections on Jackie Robinson, Race, and Baseball History. By Jules Tygiel. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. Jules Tygiel, who passed away in 2008, had worked for many years on the history of race relations, baseball, and Jackie … Continue reading

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Was the Kansas City A’s the Worst Team in the American League in the 1950s and 1960s?


Most people assign that distinction either to the old Washington Senators (3 pennants, 1 world championship in nearly 60 years) or to the St. Louis Browns (1 pennant in more than 50 years). While the Athletics enjoyed success in Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Shipwrecked”


Shipwrecked: A People’s History of the Seattle Mariners. By Jon Wells. Kenmore WA: Epicenter Press, 2012. If ever there was a poorly managed major league baseball (MLB) franchise it was the Seattle Mariners. At least that is the case according … Continue reading

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Hail to the Royals: It’s Been a While but in 1985 they also Won it All


The recent World Series victory by the Kansas City Royals over the New York Mets brings to mind the last time the Royals were in the October Classic. That was in 1985, 30 years ago and it proved to be one of the … Continue reading

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The Athlete as Activist: Reconsidering Baseball and Society in 1968


Is there a place for the study of the relationship of social causes and baseball? Especially, what is the role of the athlete as activist? For reasons that pass understanding this subject has largely been ignored, and what does exist … Continue reading

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Remembering the Quintessential Yankee


No question about it, Yogi Berra (1925-2015) was an American original. With his passing earlier this week at age 90 it is now more obvious than ever before. As one of the Hall of Fame players from the Yankee dynasty of … Continue reading

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Was Billy Martin the Most “Bad Ass” Baseball Manager of them All?


  Former Braves manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections from a Major League baseball game by a manager; he has 161 ejections. He surpassed former New York Giants manager John McGraw by 29 games; these are the only … Continue reading

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What Are Your Favorite Baseball Rivalries?


Most sports rivalries are a wonderful thing. They stimulate excellence on the field, the court, the ring, the links, whatever the place of competition. They generate attention from even the most casual observer of the sport and the activities of … Continue reading

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