From the category archives:

“Oddballs”

Charles M. Conlon, the famous baseball photographer (he might have shot other subjects, too, but I only know him from baseball), produced some wonderful close-up portraits, a number of which are included in a couple of collections: Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon and The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age […]

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I don’t know what I found more bizarre: the fact that former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza had been accused by his late wife, Jenni Rivera, of “having a relationship” with her daughter, Chiquis, or that he’s coming out with a book. Loaiza pitcher for eight teams in a 13-year career that netted him a record of […]

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To Kill a Metaphor

February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

The “Just a Bit Outside” blog on the Fox Sports site would have us believe that Joe Black, the one-year wonder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, is the baseball equivalent of Harper Lee, whose only published work — to date — was a classic. From the entry: What we’re looking for here is a […]

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And, let’s not forget Anthony Perkins. These three popular actors made baseball films that were memorable for one reason or another and none of them displayed an ounce of athletic talent portraying, respectively, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Jim Piersall. Sure there were others who probably should have turned down such demanding roles,  but those were […]

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万歳!

January 30, 2015 · 0 comments

I hope that means “hooray!” You never know how things might change subtly with Google translate. Anyway, this comes from the Anime News Network (“The Internet’s most trusted anime news source”): Takuya Mitsuda will continue his long-running Major manga series on Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in March. This will be the first new chapter […]

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Uh-oh for A-Rod

January 27, 2015 · 0 comments

You ever have one of the experiences where a picture falls off a wall for no reason? Then you find out later that the person in the photo has had an accident or worse? This just happened as I was working on blog posts: The mini-bobblehead of Alex Rodriguez, then a member of the Texas […]

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I don’t know about you, but I didn’t particularly care for Stephen King’s novella, Blockade Billy. I found his co-authored Faithful with Stewart O’Nan much more in my alley. In this Bangor Daily News piece, he discusses his affinity for the game, among other items. Haruki Murakami, author of such best-sellers as 1Q84, also loves […]

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Just finished a review of the new John Wayne bio for Bookreporter, so I thought it would be appropriate to remind you that he starred in a 1955 television production of Rookie of the Year, aired some 36 years after the Black Sox scandal, which serves as an underscoring theme. Directed by John Ford, the […]

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Do cameras still use hot-shoe flash attachments? Anyway, this was going around Facebook yesterday so I thought I’d pass it along. For only $3,995, you can be the first kid on the block to own this (the link brings you to the page where each of the 134 cards are identified): First edition, first and […]

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He’s got a little list.

November 12, 2014 · 0 comments

I participated in this seemingly futile exercise to determine “The 25 most important people in baseball,” as posted by the Baseball Past and Present blog. Not players. Not executives. Not men. People. This opens the door for the consideration of personalities like Effa Manley, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Eleanor Engle, Hilda Chester, Ila Borders, Jackie Mitchell, […]

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Wonder of wonders

October 31, 2014 · 0 comments

Not a hard-core comic book guy, so I don’t quite get why there are two new books about the breakthrough DC character — the 75th anniversary doesn’t come for another couple of years –  but in thumbing through Jill Leopre’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, I discovered there was baseball content in the second […]

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Baseball Game of Thrones

October 28, 2014 · 0 comments

Proving that you can connect any two things. Also an older link, which might have been more topical had I posted a month ago, but right now it’s down to Jaime Lanister vs. Bran Stark. This worked out pretty well: GoT has a lot of royalty in it and also a couple of giants. I […]

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Here’s my podcast listening schedule: Monday: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me Tuesday: Extra Hot Great Friday: Pop Culture Happy Hour Wednesday and Thursday are used for whatever other programs are around that I pay attention to depending on the topi (Fresh Air, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Sporkful, The Gist, etc.) One episode of the […]

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When I make my regular Amazon searches, I get annoyed at having to wade through a lot of superfluous material. If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they have a mechanism that will allow me to filter out books targeted towards juvenile readers? That would significantly reduce the time I have […]

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Not on my bookshelf

September 19, 2014 · 0 comments

My old friend Steven Rosch posted a link to an SI article about the next big thing in baseball equipment on my Facebook timeline. I know you have to move along with the times, but this, this is an abomination. I understand not all gloves are made of leather; you frequently read about poor  kids […]

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“Reality” TV

September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

Is something I’ve never been into. I find very little “real” about it. And I don’t mean to keep on picking on Brandon Steiner (see here and here), but I accidentally came on his eponymous SNY show, The Hookup with Brandon Steiner, last night. I say “accidentally” because my on-air TV guide said it was […]

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Leave it to the professionals. Post by MLB.

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I understand that MLB wants to honor the members of our armed forces and I’m all for it, even if the cynical side of me thinks this is just about piece of merchandise to market. (I believe the profits from those sales should go to military support organizations.) But in all honesty, I think they’re […]

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A little bit high

August 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Either I’m more sensitive to it or it’s just my imagination (running away with me). There have been, of late, a common theme in baseball novels, especially self-published: substance abuse, whether alcohol or PED. Just this year we have: High and Inside, by Russell Rowland Catching Lightning Without the Bottle, by Timothy F. Bouvine Nine […]

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Slow news day?

August 19, 2014 · 0 comments

I guess as the season goes on and the team in question is not doing particularly well, sportswriters and broadcasters have to look for ways to appear fresh. Is this the best you can do? Follow some anonymous reliever (with all dues respects) as he makes the courageous journey to the ball park on — […]

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