February 25, 2017

The Sunday Notes: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

So, 2015 is now a permanent part of our history as 2016 will take baseball shape this week when we find out who the writers voted into the Hall of Fame. If you will allow me this time around, instead of giving you a few links to read I thought I would share a few thoughts […]

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 […]

Yogi Berra’s Feud With George Steinbrenner

September 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Following Yogi Berra’s death, here is a short look at his estrangement from the Yankees, due to how Steinbrenner fired Yogi as Yankees manager early in the 1985 season, and his reconciliation with Steinbrenner in 1999. Yogi may have been lovable and a great quote, but his general image belied a fierceness that both led […]

An Interview with Billy Crystal

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! I have a really cool interview for you today. This is my first ever actor interview, and it’s someone that I am very honored to have interviewed, Billy Crystal! Before I get to the interview, let me tell you a little bit about this great actor. William Edward “Billy” Crystal was born […]

My Live Interview with Hall of Fame President, Jeff Idelson

July 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! As some of you may remember, back in December, I had the great honor to interview Jeff Idelson, the actual President of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The interview was done over the phone and Jeff couldn’t have been any nicer. Here’s a link to that interview, in case you want to check […]

A Kid in the Hall of Fame

April 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Whitey is Mighty

January 15, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! Today’s post is about one of my favorite players of all time. He is one of the only Yankee pitchers in the Hall of Fame, and he is considered one of the greatest clutch pitchers of all time. Ladies and gentleman, Whitey Ford! Edward “Whitey” Ford was the best pitcher on the great […]

Independent Baseball Season Fires Up Next Week With Three More Leagues Starting Play

May 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Calfapietra is one of the real veterans among the 32 Independent Baseball managers preparing teams to open the season in one week (May 17) when the Can-Am League, American Association and Frontier League hear the “Play Ball” cry. The 42-year-old New Jersey Jackals skipper has had time to develop a plan for building a […]

Why Davey Johnson Is So Unhappy

May 10, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

One thing about Bryce Harper’s steal of home a few days ago, it brought a smile to the face of his manager Davey Johnson. Johnson has otherwise found too little to smile about during the first month of the 2012 season, despite the overall good performance of his team. Davey was a hitter. That is […]

Driving Mr. Yogi

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the recently released book, Driving Mr. Yogi by Harvey Araton, the front seat is occupied ably by Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry, but the back seat is filled with the Pantheon of modern day Yankee heroes. Characteristically, George Steibrenner spills over into the front and tries to take the wheel. But Yogi Berra is too much […]

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 […]

Koufax or Ryan? Tough choice for Torborg

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t ask Jeff Torborg to choose between Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. The only man to catch no-hitters thrown by both can’t make up his mind. A former back-up catcher for the Dodgers and Angels, Torborg caught a perfect game thrown by Koufax in 1965 and no-hitters thrown by Bill Singer in 1970 and Ryan […]

The Most Diabolical Hall of Fame Quiz Ever

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I don’t know if “diabolical” is the right word or not for this quiz. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks, and at different times it has seemed demented, ingenious, absurd, hilarious, or just plain sick. The one person I ran some of it by e-mailed me a few days later to call […]

20 Years in Baseball

March 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

There’s nothing quite like publishing a book a decade to put your life into perspective. I didn’t intend to become a compiler of quotations. It was an accident. Back in 1990, I was just out of college, semi-unemployed, and trying to make my way in LA. I was in between futile attempts at writing movie scripts, so […]

Seamheads.com Partners With “A Glove of Their Own” to Help Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

February 16, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Baseball stars across the country are stepping up to support the award-winning children’s book A Glove of Their Own, which promotes the message and importance of sharing what you have with those in need. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that The Jennifer A. Lynch Fund has joined the Glove team and […]

El lado olvidado del béisbol (The forgotten side of baseball)

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sin embargo existe una faceta del juego que deben rendir todos los equipos cuando saltan al terreno de juego. Hablamos del desempeño 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.

Newest LA Dodgers’ 16 Years Pay Off

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was raining in Quebec and the first Can-Am League playoff series was being delayed by 24 hours, but New Jersey Jackals Manager Joe Calfapietra did not seem at all distressed.  In fact, his mood was clearly that of a happy man. Joe’s year already was a success, and only in part because the veteran […]

Daubach Has Pittsfield Overcoming Obstacles

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pittsfield Colonials faced a monumental uphill task when they joined the Can-Am League this season because they got a very late start in putting together the remnants of Owner Buddy Lewis’s ill-fated team from Nashua, NH.  The Berkshire Mountain area in Western Massachusetts is renowned for its summer culture, which does not necessarily include […]

An All-Star Team of ex-Major Leaguers in Their 90s

June 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

A recent quick visit to Wikipedia produced a list of the ex-major leaguers who are 90 and up, and from there it was an easy process to put together an All-Star lineup for these guys, practically all of whom starred in the ’40s. I’m offering it for consideration and debate: Catcher: Mike Sandlock, who spent […]

Instants Of Clueless Clarity

May 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I had dinner last night with a couple of friends visiting from out of town, and told two of my favorite Hall of Fame library stories. They’re dandies, so I may as well tell the rest of the world. The stories have two things in common. Both involved telephone inquiries from people who were entirely […]

MSG Panel of Experts Selects Dave Winfield as New York’s Best Left Fielder

May 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

From MSG: Last night on Episode Six of MSG’s “The Lineup: New York’s All-time Best Baseball Players,” five left fielders – George Burns, Rickey Henderson, Lou Piniella, Zach Wheat and Dave Winfield – were nominated for one spot in “The Lineup .” Attached is a list of career statistics for each of the five nominees. […]

Derek Jeter Named New York’s Top Shortstop by MSG Panel of Experts

April 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

From MSG Network: Last night on the fifth episode of MSG’s “The Lineup: New York’s All-time Best Baseball Players,” it was time to decide who would lead New York’s greatest infield at the shortstop position. The five nominees were Travis Jackson, Derek Jeter, Pee Wee Reese, Jose Reyes, and Phil Rizzuto. The show’s panel, which […]