Category Archives: Baseball

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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Forever Blue”


Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O’Malley, Baseball’s Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles. By Michael D’Antonio. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010. There is no doubt but that Walter O’Malley (1903-1979), known to nemeses … 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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The George Brett “Pine Tar” Incident


It seems like it took place yesterday, but on July 25, 1983, one of the most bizarre incidents in the history of Major League Baseball. It involved future Hall of Famer George Brett, to this day one of my all … Continue reading

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Good Charlie/Bad Charlie: What Made Charlie Finley Tick?


Charles O. Finley, the owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s between 1960 and 1980, had a public persona as one of the dark princes of Major League Baseball. He engaged in manipulation, connivance, and cajolery for what he wanted, and … Continue reading

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