Category Archives: Baseball

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

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History, Personal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Baseball, History, Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment