Throwback Thursday (aka, links dump), Nov. 19, 2015

November 19, 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.

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If you were Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson, would you want to be seen as being in agreement with former major leaguer John Rocker?

The New York Yankees honored Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada with plaques in their famous “Monument Park,” leading to the question, how much is too much? That is a segue to this piece from SB Nation’s “Beyond the Box Score” blog asking the same thing about retired numbers.

The Hall of Fame produce some videos about their inductees under the heading “Beyond the Plaque.” Here’s one about Ted Lyons, a pitcher who spent his entire 21-year career with the Chicago White Sox, winning the AL ERA title at the age of 41 in 1942 and returning four years later for a final go-around.

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, I wonder if a piece like this — originally posted in 2013 —  could simply be recycled, year after year, since the same issues crop up with every election? (This one, too as well as these two about the question of a player’s “character” when filling out the ballot and this one sticking up for the voters.) Change a few names and I doubt readers would notice or care much if they did.

By the way, that Tim Wiles, former head of research at the Hall, in the above video. He’s the subject of this interview from Baseballisms for his work as coauthor on Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” BK/CD.

A Winnie the Pooh on-line baseball game? Sure, why not?

The latest title in this list of “Baseball in Science-Fiction” seems to be from 2013. I wonder how much of an update is needed?

Joe Posnanski posted this lovely appreciation for Richard Ben Cramer following the writer’s death in January 2013. Cramer wrote the controversial biography, Joe DiMaggio : The Hero’s Life.

Kirkus ran this review of Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel, the second Mickey Tessler novel by Frank Nappi. Upshot: “Ridiculously mannered prose strikes out this ambitious tale of a 1949 minor-league baseball team with an autistic star hurler and a courageous black catcher.” There’s a third story scheduled for release next April.

Do you think the Jets and Bills consulted this piece before making their unfortunate decision to have uniforms that basically rendered them undifferentiated to color-blind viewers?





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