Category Archives: Baseball

The Joy of Watching Willie Mays Play Baseball


One of my fondest childhood memories was watching Willie Mays with the San Francisco Giants play baseball in the very early 1970s. I remember one instance in which Mays—one of the most gifted, exciting baseball players of all time—chased a … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race”


The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race. By Ray Robinson. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2011 ed. This is a classic work of baseball history. Originally published in 1991, it tells the … Continue reading

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Baseball Is… A Lot of Fun


What an enjoyable little book! My good friend Paul Dickson, well known for his writing on the history of baseball and other aspects of American history, has assembled a witty and sometimes funny collection of comments from a range of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Viva Baseball”


Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and their Special Hunger. By Samuel O. Regalado. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997. This very well-done book chronicles the rise of Latin American baseball players from the nineteenth century to the 1990s. As the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love”


I have just finished reading Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner, 2010) b y Washington, D.C., sports writer Dave Zirin. I have enjoyed his columns for The Nation for years, but his books I find … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Matty—An American Hero”


Matty—An American Hero: Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants. By Ray Robinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Ray Robinson is a sports journalist and editor, and this book is very much in the genre of many other conventional … Continue reading

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John Montgomery Ward and the Beginnings of MLB Unionization


Between 1878 and 1894 John Montgomery Ward amazed major league baseball (MLB) fans on the field and exasperated owners off of it. As a pitcher for Providence, he won 87 games in the two seasons of 1879 and 1880. He … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Baseball in 1889”


Baseball in 1889: Players vs. Owners. By Daniel M. Pearson. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1993. This book is not a bad book, but it is a far cry from being a really good one. Daniel M. … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Bo Jackson


After winning the Heisman Trophy as the greatest college football player in 1985, the Kansas City Royals persuaded Auburn University athlete Bo Jackson to sign with the Royals instead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League. He … Continue reading

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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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