December 11, 2017

The Sunday Notes: Remembering Tommy Hanson

November 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The first week of the 2015 baseball offseason has not brought the best of news home. In finding ten stories of interest to share with you each week, the goal is to find stories that will make you smile, pass along a tale you might not know or remember someone’s childhood idol. This week, we […]

Sweet 60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who have known me for longer than fifteen minutes, learn that I am a ‘Die hard’ Pittsburgh Pirates fan.  The 1971 team is my favorite Pirates’ team of all-time.  But I have a strange relationship with the 1960 version.  One might describe it as destiny, like the Pirates beating the New York Yankees […]

A Unique Walk-Off

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I attended a SABR meeting of the Connie Mack Chapter in June of this year.  It was held at Waterfront Park in Trenton, New Jersey.  This is home to the Trenton Thunder, the ‘AA’ affiliate for the New York Yankees.  That day one of the presentations was about players that had hit over twenty triples […]

The Glory Days: Dramatic Homers Usher in the 1960s

May 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A pair of monumental home runs ushered in the 1960s, and both blasts have been talked and written about ever since. Bill Mazeroski’s seventh-game homer was the first to end a World Series, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates victory over the New York Yankees. Various polls of fans and writers have ranked it the most dramatic […]

PNC=Panoramic Nonpareil Cityscape

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After hearing for many years about the splendors of PNC Park in Pittsburgh, I finally got there last weekend. My friend and former Hall of Fame colleague Russell Wolinsky wanted to make the pilgrimage, which was enough to persuade me to join him there on one of the three days I visited the ballpark I’d […]

Fireworks in the Steel City

July 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the Pittsburgh Pirates resurgence this summer, I’m reminded of one of the most abysmal pitching performances I’ve ever come across in all my years as a baseball fan. Unfortunately, it happened to my grandfather, Nelson Greene, in the only game he ever pitched in the Steel City. It’s difficult to imagine any modern day […]

The Beacon of Birmingham

November 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the midst of a dark and all-too predictable world, Rickwood Field became a beacon. Birthed out of a conversation with Connie Mack, the ballpark started with a handful of rivals but outlasted each of them to stand peerless. Read Allen Barra’s “Rickwood Field: A Century in America‒s Oldest Ballpark“ because: 1. Similar to last […]

Triples: The Forgotten Base

November 9, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

The art of the triple sculpted by the master, John “Chief” Wilson in 1912.

Dos Ases del diamante (Two Aces of the Diamond)

May 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Los confines del Forbes Field y el Three Rivers Stadium apreciaron el brazalete, la elegancia fildeadora, los batazos entre dos y las carreras desenfrenadas en las bases del jardinero derecho de Puerto Rico. Los rincones del Jack Murphy Stadium, luego Qualcomm Stadium recibieron la regadera de líneas y el progreso defensivo del rightfielder de Los […]