Category Archives: Sports

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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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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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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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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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: “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

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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Baseball in 1889”


Baseball in 1889: Players vs. Owners. By Daniel M. Pearson. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1993. This book is not a bad book, but it is a far cry from being a really good one. Daniel M. … Continue reading

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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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