From the category archives:

“Oddballs”

It’s widely agreed that baseball movies as a rule don’t do well either at the box office or with critics. Sure there are exceptions — Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and the original Bad News Bears immediately come to mind. But by and large, meh. Case in point: I recently watched a MLB Network presentation […]

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Make’s it official then. Abbot and Costello’s seminal “Who’s on First” routine was selected by Vulture as among the “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” The jokes are listed in chronological order, not by funniest. In fact the title of the piece makes no promise along those lines. From the Vulture commentary: No single […]

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Brought to you as a public service announcement… The legendary baseball writer/broadcaster Peter Gammons was on the segment preceding my appearance on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove last week. One of the things he discussed was this upcoming music event for charity. Gammons, an avid guitar player, is getting ready for the 16th Theo Epstein […]

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In a vain attempt to clear out my inbox, here is the final B&P for the year. Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about these things as much as I have. Don’t read anything political into the posting of this piece about “How Bernie Sanders brought professional baseball to Vermont,” via The Sporting News. From outsports.com, this […]

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It’s holiday time and what’s more timely for baseball fans than a goo book, or some baseball cards, or anything else that can fit on a bookshelf, or perhaps more relevant, under a tree? Another post about opening up some packs.   Nom, nom, nom. A tasty treat on Baltimore Baseball & Barbecue with Boog […]

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“Double” Jeopardy

December 21, 2015 · 0 comments

Feats or famine. Either there is never a question about baseball on the popular game show, or you have this situation. That day after Mark Blankenship got his baseball movie answer correct we witnessed this in the Double Jeopardy round: In the category “Honest ‘ABE’”(the answer contained those three letters; covered words: “a research society.”) […]

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More or less. One of my appointment podcasts is Extra Hot Great, a smart, funny, and occasionally vulgar program on pop culture. One of my appointment TV shows is Jeopardy. Last night, Mark Blankenship, one of the regular panelists on EHG, was a contestant on Jeopardy. It’s like getting peanut butter on your chocolate. Blankenship […]

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As previously mentioned, I have given away a lot of the books from my baseball library. That’s freed up a lot of room in the attic, but there’s still lots to sift through as I shift things around, still discarding some items while moving others to my main office in the basement. As anyone who […]

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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 […]

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I bet they even have that some place. The movie movie has been hyped out the wazoo for longer than I can remember so it’s not surprising that everyone wants to jump on the Cantina bandwagon to give their product some recognition. That includes ESPN, who has created sports all-star teams for baseball, basketball, soccer, […]

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Sidebar update blues

December 15, 2015 · 0 comments

Got me them Sidebar Update Blues, Them Sidebar Update Blues. Just ain’t got time to pick and choose, replace the old things with stuff that’s new. Some of those links, they’re dead and gone. Sometimes I get tired of carrying on. One of these days I know I’ll come around, but for now… I got […]

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Earlier this year I posted an entry about the relative intelligence of baseball fans when it comes to proper use of grammar, based on a report by Grammarly.com. According to the piece, Mets fans were the worst, with an average of 13.9 mistakes per 100 words; those who called the Cleveland Indians their own were […]

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Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 tomorrow. He had his fair share of baseball chops. He starred with Gene Kelly in the 1949 feature Take Me Out to the Ball Game in which he played second baseman Dennis Ryan of the famed “O’Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” ditty. Might not have been the greatest baseball […]

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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 […]

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My time is your time

November 19, 2015 · 0 comments

It’s all well and good that the pace of games is picking up. According to Billy Witz in the Nov. 11 New York Times The pace of play rules that were instituted last season had an impact, shortening the average length of a game to 2 hours 56 minutes from 3:02, though [Major League Baseball’s […]

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Been a bit busy lately with the two author events, so I know I’ve fallen behind. You never know where inspiration will come from. According to this public radio story, Haruki Murakami came up with the idea for his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, as the result of a 1978 pro game in Japan, […]

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Here’s guy who takes the admonition “Don’t quite your day job” to heart. Dr. Doug Wilson, a full-time ophthalmologist with a thriving practice, has written biographies about four prominent men — including two Hall of Famers — who nevertheless have slipped under the radar, especially for fans who never saw them player. Wilson’s latest — […]

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Lucky (?) 13

November 13, 2015 · 2 comments

I never got that. Without going into the popular history of friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th as opposed to triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number itself), isn’t 13 kind of a good number for the Jews? Bar mitzva and all? According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 299 players who wore the number 13 for part […]

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my baseball cap collection? (Sorry, Little Caesar fans; and if you think I’m talking about the pizza franchise, shame on you, you Philistine). I have a very modest collection of baseball caps — perhaps 25 or so — from major and minor league teams. One of the reasons it’s so small is my rule: I […]

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On our first day of our trip to the Berkshires, my wife and I ventured into Lee for dinner. We found an antiques store where I chanced upon this little item. At $85, it was one of the more pricey things in the shop, where it remained as of our leaving. *** Later in the […]

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