Category Archives: Sports

Celebrity Activism in Sports and Society


It is almost a truism in modern America that celebrities engage in various causes aimed at overcoming various challenges plaguing society. Much of this is accepted and even celebrated. As often as not, it is the result of a unique … 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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My Favorite Weird Baseball Promotions


My longtime friend Mike Green and I recently discussed the weirdest, strangest, most ridiculous promotions we could think of. Since we had collaborated on a biography of Charlie Finley, published last year by Walker and Co., we had a lot … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Keeping Score: The Economics of Big-Time Sports”


Keeping Score: The Economics of Big-Time Sports. By Richard G. Sheehan. South Bend, IN: Diamond Communications Inc., 1996. Although it is now more than 20 years old and sports have changed significantly since the mid-1990s, there are several important insights in this … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son”


Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son. By Paul Dickson. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017. No doubt, Leo Durocher was a talented baseball player, coach, and manager. He was also MLB’s bad boy before Billy Martin took that title from him in the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Ward Montgomery”


A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Ward Montgomery. By Bryan Di Salvatore. New York: Pantheon Books, 1999. Between 1878 and 1894 John Ward Montgomery amazed major league baseball fans on the field and exasperated owners off of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Bad Call: Technology’s Attack on Referees and Umpires and How to Fix It”


Bad Call: Technology’s Attack on Referees and Umpires and How to Fix It. By Harry Collins, Robert Evans, and Christopher Higgins. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016. There is no question but that technology has changed the way in which fan … Continue reading

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Washington Nationals Home Opener Game Results


Today is the home opener for the Washington Nationals. After a long winter, and a deeply disturbing political season, I’m ready to get back to something a bit more uplifting. The Nationals are well positioned to win the National League … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball”


The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball. By J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. If you are even a moderate college basketball fan you cannot go wrong by … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Stillpower”


Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence. By Garret Kramer. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011. I am not much into self-help books, and I would probably not have picked this up except for several positive comments about it … Continue reading

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