Index to Posts




Baseball History:


The Ballad of Mr. Cub and Leo the Lip
When Johnny Bench's Career Almost Ended at 25
Say It Wasn't So: Joe Jackson, World War 1's Most Famous Baseball Slacker
It Happens Every Spring: Baseball's Infamous Relationships


Veteran's Day Salute: Phil Marchildon: Major League Pitcher, Tailgunner, POW

Fifty Years Ago the Orioles Stunned the Dodgers

Moneyball 13 Years Later: What Have We Learned

The Vacuum Cleaner: 46 Years Ago Brooks Robinson Treated the Country to a Week of Great Plays

When Larry Bird Played College Baseball

Mike Torrez: He Threw Lots of Other Pitches

The Turbulent Life and High Times of Hank Thompson, Major League Baseball's Third Black Player

Milt Pappas: It Wasn't His Fault

The Curious Case of the Cubs' College of Coaches

Ken Harrelson: Behaving Badly on a Plane and the Birth of Free Agency

Johnny Bench and Bob Hope: Heavy Hitting in Vietnam

The Next Generation of Hall of Fame Baseball Players?

A King's Ransom Worth of Memories: My Review of Handsome Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer

Forty Years Ago the Bird Had His Coming Out Party on a Monday Night

Talking About Buck O'Neil and the Kansas City Monarchs With Two Former Players

The Guide to Pete Rose Literature

RIP Sammy Ellis

Talking to Ernie Johnson, Former Negro League All-Star

Talking to Nancy Finley, Charlie's Niece and Author of Finleyball

The Last Ride of Baseball's Dalton Gang

The Bobby Tolan Basketball Injury: Literary Foreshadowing and Manager Knows Best

And Then Pudge Said to Spaceman: Conversations From Major League Mounds

Jackie Brandt: Baseball's Original Flake

Giving Back Bird Style: Mark Fidrych's Post-Baseball Years

Jump-Starting a Baseball Team: Nobody Did it Better Than Billy Martin

Gee Thanks Brooks: Robinson to Give Away Fortune in Memorabilia

Remembering Gordy Coleman

Papelbon vs. Harper: A Study in Old-School Leadership and Team Chemistry

Baseball Economics Part 3: The Aftermath of the 1972 Strike and the Lost Class of Player Reps

When Pudge Met Neon Deion

Say What You Will About Shoeless Joe But These Things Ain't So

Chemistry 101: Why an Extremely Talented Twins Team Failed to Win the 1967 Pennant

Dan Neville: The Man Who Got Close to His Dream But Couldn't Touch It

Denny McLain and the Raccoon That Changed Baseball History

Aaron, May, Bench, Koufax: The Four Greatest Living

1971: When Baseball's Stars All Came Out Together

Dave Criscione and the Best Two Weeks Ever

Ryne Duren and the Art of Getting Hit by a Pitch

Vada Pinson's First Five Seasons: As Good As Anybody's

A Major Baseball Legend: My Interview With Ralph Houk

Baseball Economics Part 2; Bargaining Collectively and How the 1972 Strike Cost the Red Sox the Pennant

The Robinson Boys: How Brooks and Frank Formed an Unlikely Alliance and Led the Orioles to the Promised Land

The Bird's First Start: 39 Years Ago Mark Fidrych Made His First Major League Start

When Ernie Banks Ran For Alderman

Baseball's Other Fights of the Century

The Fight of the Century: Fisk vs. Munson, 1973

Belated Farewell to Billy McCool

Alex Johnson: A Complicated Baseball Player

Gene Baker: First African American Major League Baseball Manager

Forget Deflate-gate: Baseball's Con Men and Rule-benders

The (Big) Boys of Summer: Baseball's All-time Eating Team

Baseball Economics 1971 Style

Gus Triandos: Slowest Man in Baseball or Record-holding Base-stealer

Remembering Jim Brosnan: The Father of Modern Sports Literature

Diamond Jim Gentile: A Baseball Player Who Knew How to Wait

A Veteran's Day Salute to Baseball's Servicemen

Baseball's Pranksters, You Gotta Love 'Em

RIP Mel Queen

Bench Me or Trade Me: Remembering Chico Ruiz

Hutch and Pete: How Fred Hutchinson Helped Pete Rose Break Ty Cobb's Record

RIP Ryne Duren






The Lighter Side:


Putting the Memories in the Memorabilia Business

Life Lessons From College Baseball II: Sociology, Geography and the Workings of the Human GI Tract

Greater Love Hath No Man: Life Lessons From College Baseball

Is Jake Arrieta a Robot? Possible Bad News For Cubs Fans

Plans Unveiled for XLB, New Baseball League Based on Fun

Top Ten Lines in Baseball Movie History

Philistine Commish Expected To Give Ruling on Goliath Eligibility For Hall of Fame

Joe, You Shoulda Made Us Proud: The Disappointing Baseball Career of Joe Shlabotnik

Adam's Rib: The First Surgery

Watching the World Series in School: As Good as it Gets When You're Ten

Baseball's Eternally Great Nicknames, Truth and Fiction

Put Me In Coach, I Can Pitch

The Ken Griffey, Jr. Bobblehead

Great Moments in Baseball History: Rabbit Takes Field, Wins Game Single-handedly

Little League Founder Sounds Off About Latest Scandal

The Harmon Killebrew 3-D Baseball Card

Great Moments in Baseball History: Talking Horse Tries Out for Dodgers, Hits Homerun off Sandy Koufax

Who's On First

The Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards



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