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Tools of Ignorance

February 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The essence of baseball is the matchup at home plate.  One man stands alone in a box against a battery.  The pitcher is the howitzer of the battery; firing from the heights at enemy hitters.  But nothing happens until the forward observer makes his call for fire.  That forward observer is the catcher.  They are […]

This Daly On Baseball History

October 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Red Sox and Braves just collapsed this year.  Where they the worst collapses?  I’m a Red Sox fan and I’ve felt worse.  Maybe it is because the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles added a psychic cushion.  1977 and 2000 were probably the most disappointing Red Sox seasons for me.  I know that they […]

It’s A Small World

June 6, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Old Business 1. A big shoutout to Dr. Memory.  Glad ya liked last week’s edition, Doc.  Your comments mean a lot to me. 2. Buck Turgidson.  That was George C. Scott’s role in Strangelove. New Business Al* and Tipper Gore are splitsville.  There’s an old joke going around that he claims to have invented the […]

Don’t Leave Home Without It!

June 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Bruce Markusen recently wrote about George Scott. The Boomer, as he was sometimes called, battled with the scale as a player. One of his managers said that he went sight-seeing in a supermarket. He was a key member of the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox of 1967. Folks of a certain age may remember that “The […]

Outgoing Is Incoming To The Other Side

March 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

March brings Spring Training- and Madness. Jamie Moyer is trying to play this year. He is the Phillie in Winter. There were a lot of retirements over the past few months: Smoltz, Glavine, Frank Thomas, Garciaparra. It’s like the state offered an enhanced severance package or something. But Moyer keeps plugging along. If he does, […]

Billy The Kid

March 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

People talk about coaching trees in other sports, but I don’t hear much about managerial trees.  Leonard Koppett and Bill James did touch on the subject in their seminal books on managers.  By the way, there is a new book on managers that just came out.  It’s by a longtime friend of mine named Chris […]

The Owner Was a Spy

March 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the bigger Renaissance men in baseball was Mike Burke.  And when I say Renaissance man, I don’t mean that he went to fairs, got stoned and LARPed on weekends.  He didn’t need to do that.  He was a veteran of the OSS and the CIA.  Before that, he was a football star at […]

The Nexus Of The Baseball Universe

February 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was 1994.  Kurt Cobain and Richard Nixon died.  There was no World Series.  And Craig Fass and two of his buddies at Albright College in Pennsylvania invented a popular game about the actor Kevin Bacon. The object of the game was to start with an actor or actress and connect them with Bacon in […]