Throwback Thursday (aka, links dump)

September 17, 2015

Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood that famous quote from Forrest Gump. If it’s a box of chocolate covered cherries, don’t you know exactly what you’re going to get?)

On the one hand, I’m happy to report that I’m catching up/running out of these old links. On the other hand, it’s been cool reminiscing.

I highly recommend Pocket as a way to hold onto links you come that you want to keep. Unlike bookmarks, Pocket keeps the entire page and makes it relative easy for you to find stuff you “pocketed.” I have keepers going back six years — more than 5,000 links — and I’ve decided it’s time to start cleaning house so here are some submitted for your amusement, perusal, and education. Some are not current, but in a sense, they’re timeless. Note: Sometimes individual sites remove the content or simply cease their existence, so Pocket isn’t 100 percent foolproof.

  • From 2012, a video that’s always fun until someone gets hurt (which is reminiscent of this).
  • From the White Sox Observer blog, this piece on “James T. Farrell’s Baseball Diary: A History of Old Comiskey Park 1910-1919.”
  • The Big City Book Club, a product of The New York Times, held an “event” in 2012 about Mark Harris’ Bang the Drum Slowly. You can still about the discussion here.
  • This post by author Larry LaRue (offered in the third person) in the June 27, 2012 Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Washington) is basically an excerpt from his book. Unfortunately, the piece doesn’t actually mention the title of the book. (FYI, it’s Major League Encounters.)
  • review of Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus from Baseball Reflections. Upshot: “Overall, this is a satisfying and thought-stoking release, with much of it coming from a different angle than you might be accustomed to given the heavy dependence in most sabermetric resources on statistics and formulas.”
  • A Kansas City resident contributed this piece — “I’m So Glad the All-Star Game is Over” — to The Atlantic following the 2012 event at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium.
  • Following the Midsummer Classic theme, Time magazine published this article — “MLB All-Star Game: A Case of Midsummer Stupidity” — base don the question, why should the winning league get home field advantage in the World Series?
  • Jewcy published this review of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen. While it’s not strictly about baseball, obviously, there’s enough in it to count for me.
  • A little change of pace: My San Antonio posted this slideshow  of rare baseball cards.
  • A review from Dodgersway of David Plaut’s 1994 publication, Chasing October: The Dodgers-Giants Pennant Race of 1962.



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