Finally Jim Thorpe has the authoritative, comprehensive biography he deserves. Winner of the Larry Ritter Award, it is a nifty and compelling read. Kate Buford spent years retracing the life of the sad, peripatetic man, one of the world’s all time great athletes. The reader follows Thorpe from his birth and childhood in Oklahoma in [...]
Fans of Darryl Brock will find much to admire in his novel Havana Heat. It is very reminiscent in feel and tone to his classic If I Never Get Back and its sequel Two In the Field. There is no time traveling in this novel but it is aÂ travel back in time. The hero [...]
Baseball rule changes are nothing new. Every few seasons brings about at least one major or minor change to the rules. Sometimes the rules come about because of health and safety concerns such as the 1917 rule to outlaw the spitter and other freak deliveries or the 1908 rule which made catchers shin guards legal. [...]
This winter I joined a Nineteenth Century base ball league team as scorekeeper. As I was not sure I would recover from the injuries I suffered as a result of a bicycle accident in time to be a player, I took a sideline role.
Few things in baseball are as timeless as predictions. Each winter the news racks fill up with various magazines full of predictions for the upcoming season. The Hot Stove League is often times as interesting as the season itself. Fans of every stripe peruse such magazines to get some â€œdopeâ€ about the upcoming season. Before [...]
Charles Webb Murphy was the kind of â€œbadâ€ owner any team would love to have.
Earlier this year Kino released â€œReel Baseballâ€ a collection of deadballÂ era films. It is a remarkable collection of shorts and features that were made in the early days of film.Â However, much more was filmed in the early days of cinema than made it into that collection.Â What is probably the single most interesting [...]