Posts in category "Baseball"

Opening Day: American Baseball, Democracy's Sport

Opening Day: American Baseball, Democracy's Sport
It’s no wonder that baseball is America’s national pastime. If you think America is a land of opportunity then the game of baseball explains a lot about who we are and how we pass time. Come to think of it, baseball also should be the national pastime of Canada, all of Western Europe, France especially,... Read more »

8 Things You Never Knew About Clark The Cub

8 Things You Never Knew About Clark The Cub
Monday, the Chicago Cubs broke the winter cold and brightened the locals’ disenchantment. You see, the Bears aren’t in the playoffs, the Bulls stink, and last week it was scraping 50 below zero outside. At least we do still have the Blackhawks. And yesterday the Cubs announced the club’s first ever mascot: Clark, a “young,... Read more »

Trivial Sports Histories: 25 Years of Bright Lights at Wrigley Field

Trivial Sports Histories: 25 Years of Bright Lights at Wrigley Field
Today, August 8, the Chicago Cubs are out of town to play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in what will probably be a drab display of late season baseball by two uninspired, under-performing teams. Unlike the Phils, who won the World Series not so long ago just in 2008, the Cubs have hardly... Read more »
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Trivial Sports Histories: "They'll Land on the Moon Before Gaylord Perry Hits a Home Run"

Trivial Sports Histories: "They'll Land on the Moon Before Gaylord Perry Hits a Home Run"
Tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, marks not only the anniversary of a baseball Hall of Fame pitcher’s first home run, but also the anniversary of fantastic serendipity. Gaylord Perry, as most avid baseball fans know, is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame well over two decades ago.... Read more »

How Men Should Talk Sports With Women 101

How Men Should Talk Sports With Women 101
Let me just put a few things in context by saying one thing: Bloggers aren’t very good at giving advice. Frankly, I think they’re awful at it. And the one thing that gets under my skin the most –as a writer and someone who advocates writing as a good practice for anyone– are male writers... Read more »

Trivial Sports Histories: Pitching Perfect Baseball Games on LSD

Trivial Sports Histories: Pitching Perfect Baseball Games on LSD
Dock Ellis was one of those players –what they call a natural–  that physically possessed everything a Major League Baseball club could ever want in a player.  Between 1968 through 1979 Ellis played for a number of teams including the Mets, Yankees, Rangers, A’s and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club with whom he won the 1971 World Series alongside... Read more »
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Seven Pro Athletes with Unfortunate Bodily-Related Names

Seven Pro Athletes with Unfortunate Bodily-Related Names
Just because I turned 40 this year doesn’t mean I am willing to give up my accomplished knack for bathroom humor. Plus, as a sports fan I’m bound, like anyone else watching TV sports in the privacy of one’s own home, to crack a joke now and again about a questionable-sounding surname. One night several... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"
Picture this: 100 girls ranging from ages 14-18 from all over the United States, all Girl Scouts (GS), one adult supervisor per ten girls, staying in the dorms at the State University of New York Utica. Fourteen years old, and I was the only Minnesotan. By the end of those two weeks in July of... Read more »