Tag Archives: World Series

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: “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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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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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang”


Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball. By Doug Feldman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2000. The so-called “Gashouse Gang” was one of the most engaging major league baseball teams of the first half … 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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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

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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

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