Throwback Thursday (aka links dump)

October 22, 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.

  •,204,203,200_.jpgAnother book that uses Extra Innings in its title?
  • Garrison Keillor lends his name to (that is, I don’t know how much he actually contributes to the site these days, if ever). This entry on “How Baseball Saved My Marriage” by Kristen Lindquist was posted in 2012.
  • I wonder how many people have read John Rocker‘s Scars and Strikes? According to Amazon, it ranks — as of this writing — 1,306,550. Whew, would really suck if 501 came in worse than that.
  • From Old Time Family Baseball site, this “Brief History of Robotic Umpires.”
  • purports to be “The Online Book of Baseball History,” so I figure, Book, Bookshelf. So here you go.
  • Jon Leonoudakis has finished work on his documentary  about the legendary sportswriter Arnold Hano. Here’s a profile on Hano by the LA Times from 2012.
  • There was a time when the Mets played the Yankees during the regular season, but as an exhibition known as The Mayor’s Trophy Game. Now interleague for reals play is the norm. One day some sabermetrician will write about the inherent unfairness of it all, how it dilutes fan interest because it’s no longer special and works against some teams in their pursuit of a postseason berth. In the meantime, here’s a piece from The Atlantic on the topic.
  • Has it really been three years since Bryce Harper uttered the immortal words, “That’s a clown question, bro?”
  • Shameless self-promotion: Another of my Huffington Post pieces, “If the Yankees Are Such a Class Organization, Why Do They Cheat?”
  • Here’s an essay from The Hardball Times on baseball cards. But not the photos, but the flip side.



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