Tag Archives: Playoffs

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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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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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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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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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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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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Was Billy Martin the Most “Bad Ass” Baseball Manager of them All?


  Former Braves manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections from a Major League baseball game by a manager; he has 161 ejections. He surpassed former New York Giants manager John McGraw by 29 games; these are the only … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Forever Blue”


Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O’Malley, Baseball’s Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles. By Michael D’Antonio. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010. There is no doubt but that Walter O’Malley (1903-1979), known to nemeses … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Teams at the Start of Spring Training in 2015


We are now at the point where the 2015 Spring Training is underway. I love this time of year, the majority of the off-season moves have been made, the endless speculation is about to be met by actual performance, and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds”


The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds. Edited by Mark Armour. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. I remember well the “Big Red Machine,” the Cincinnati Reds of the mid-1970s. They infuriated me as they seemingly steamrolled over every team … Continue reading

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