Category Archives: Sports

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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Jingle Hoops: A Fun Video for the Holidays


Perhaps its real, perhaps its fake. Whether doctored or not, its fun to watch. NBA players shoot hoops and play Jingle Bells at the same time. Enjoy.

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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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Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Browns, and the Challenge of “Small Markets”


Not until the 1960s did baseball executives begin to use terms like “small market” to describe the unique challenges of operating a successful major league franchise in an environment that did not generate the type of revenues available to teams … 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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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Leveling the Playing Field”


Leveling the Playing Field: How the Law Can Make Sports Better for Fans. By Paul C. Weiler. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. Many of the major issues of modern professional sports revolve around issues of the law. Harvard University’s … Continue reading

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