Category Archives: Baseball

The Cardinals and the Counterculture Catcher


Should the St. Louis Cardinals catcher of the 1970s, Ted Simmons, be in the Hall of Fame?I think it would be great, but it won’t happen unless the Veteran’s Committee acts. “Simba,” as Simmons liked being called, became an all-star … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Baseball’s New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998”


Baseball’s New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998. By Fran Zimniuch. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. One of the most significant changes to Major League Baseball (MLB) in the latter half of the twentieth century was its transformation from … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Lefty: An American Odyssey”


Lefty: An American Odyssey. By Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone.  New York: Ballantine Books, 2012. Vernon Louis “Lefty” Gomez was a solid pitcher for the New York Yankees between 1930 and 1942. A seven-time All-Star and a five-time World Series … Continue reading

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Paper Proposal: “A Tale of Two Owners: The Parallel but Asymmetrical Careers of Gussie Busch and Ewing Kauffman”


I have put in to undertake this paper for the 29th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, to be held at the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on May 31-June 2, 2017. Comments are welcome. A Tale of Two Owners: … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang”


Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball. By Doug Feldman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2000. The so-called “Gashouse Gang” was one of the most engaging major league baseball teams of the first half … Continue reading

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The Great 1985 World Series Game Six Showdown


Game six of the 2016 World Series was great, no doubt, especially since the Chicago Cubs brought the team back from a 3-1 deficit to force a showdown game seven. It will be long remembered. As enjoyable as this may … Continue reading

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Game Seven Excitement, 1985 Style


The seventh game of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians was stupendous. Indeed, the whole series was great. Too bad someone had to lose But this is not the first time there was great … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Never Just a Game”


Never Just a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball to 1920. By Robert Fredrick Burk. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994. This work is the first volume of a two-part study on labor relations in Major League Baseball … Continue reading

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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: “Playing the Game”


Playing the Game: My Early Years in Baseball. By Babe Ruth. Edited by William R. Cobb. New Introduction by Paul Dickson. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 2011. Without question Babe Ruth was a force of nature. He strode across the … Continue reading

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