I’ll admit that I’m a sappy sentimentalist when it comes to seeing baseball’s old timers. Who could forget Ted Williams’ appearance at the 1999 All Star Game? And so I was looking forward to Major League Baseball’s presentation at this year’s All-Star Game of the Four Greatest Living Baseball players. Initially I thought, “Great, we […]
It was a moment that now seems almost as if I imagined it. It was the summer of 1972, I was seventeen years old, freshly graduated from high school, away from home, somewhere in Ohio, and Iron Mike was hurling baseballs at me in a batting cage. Having spent considerable time in this same situation […]
Hey baseball fans! I realize I haven’t blogged about actual baseball history in about a week and I apologize for that. Today, I will be blogging about one of my favorite catchers of all time. Yes, I am a Yankee fan, but I’m not talking about Yogi Berra or Bill Dickey. I’m also not talking about Mike Piazza, who […]
I am a native New Yorker who still lives in the NY/NJ area and I watch the 6 PM News on NBC each evening.Â On Monday, December 6, the sports newscaster announced that George Steinbrenner was not elected to the Hall of Fame â€“ and that was it.Â No mention that Pat Gillick was elected […]
Sin embargo existe una faceta del juego que deben rendir todos los equipos cuando saltan al terreno de juego. Hablamos del desempeÃ±o defensivo de los jugadores, el cual puede tener tanta incidencia en el desenlace de un juego como lo que puedan hacer los pitchers o los bateadores.
Inicios de octubre de 1970 desplegaba varias pÃ¡ginas de suspenso para mis 9 aÃ±os de hiperkinesia desbordada. Haber seguido los juegos del Mundial de FÃºtbol por televisiÃ³n y el Campeonato Nacional Juvenil de BÃ©isbol en el estadio de CumanÃ¡, encendÃa toda la fruiciÃ³n de mi expectativa ante la Serie Mundial de aquel aÃ±o. Toda esa curiosidad galopaba en paralelo con el reto de la tabla de dividir y la regla de tres que significaba el cuarto grado. La maestra InÃ©s llenaba el aula con su conocimiento transparente y su pedagogÃa que saltaba entre los pupitres. Cualquier asomo de miedo a las matemÃ¡tica me lo borrÃ³ en el primer instante que escuchÃ© su voz. Me habÃa tocado el turno de la tarde, por lo cual debÃa estar atento en mis juegos y correrÃas por calles y caÃ±averales de regresar a casa antes de mediodÃa.
While going through my old magazines (again) I saw an article from the July 1964 issue of SPORT titled “A Look Into the Future: The 1969 All-Star Team” written by John Devaney.Â Devaney polled more than 50 big league managers, coaches, veteran players, writers and sportscasters to find the players whom they believed would be […]
It was an early April morning and I was sitting on the back porch of the Otesaga in Cooperstown, New York. The twenty minutes or so sitting alone rocking back and forth in a white rocking chair was a surreal moment for me. I have often heard stories of Johnny Bench and others sharing moments […]
One never knows when a ballplayer, young or old, will say something that makes your head spin, creates a comment that you don”t forget and teaches a valuable life lesson for the future. My second book was written because I believe sports provide many opportunities for parents to teach life lessons to their kids. Sometimes, […]
Robert Bofors’ study of caught stealing estimates during the Deadball era proves to be illuminating.