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I read a quote this afternoon from best-selling suspense novelist Scott Turow that addressed a concern I’ve expressed more than once during this baseball postseason. Turow wrote, “It’s character-building, when the Cubs stomp on your heart, and you have to put it back in your chest,” he says. “What will it be like for all […]

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A short time ago I listened to Vin Scully call his last half-inning of his last Dodgers-Giants game ever. I have no idea how many contests he’s called over the years between these two rival clubs but it’s got to be close to 1500. It may not sound like much but that was just the […]

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I just finished watching the MLB Presents . . . special one hour documentary on the life of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the right handed pitcher who took the baseball world by storm in the summer of 1976. That was quite a year: America was celebrating her Bicentennial, Apple Computers was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, […]

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On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Dodgers renamed the street in front of Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully Avenue, after the longest active member of the Dodger team. Then yesterday, on the 55th Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and Scully’s last as “the voice of Dodger baseball,” the team held another very special ceremony at Chavez Ravine. Scully, […]

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Okay, Opening Day (Sunday) is winding down here in the NE although the time stamp on this post will read Monday, April 4th. My Buccos won their Opening Day game versus our arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at a cold but sunny PNC Park. Hooray! That, obviously, is the good news. One other piece […]

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Baseball lost one of it’s greatest yesterday. Sorry to have to note the passing of New York Giant great Monte Irvin. The Hall-of-Famer has died at the age of 96. He was the fourth African American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played only eight seasons in the major leagues but enjoyed some […]

Of all his famous Yogi-isms, “It ain’t over til it’s over” may be his most iconic. It was all the more impressive that he said it when the Mets, whom he was managing that summer of 1973, were all but out of the race to win the National League Eastern Division. Soon after uttering his […]

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Roberto Clemente was my first, and greatest, baseball hero. I idolized him as a kid as I still do today. He was “the Great One” in more ways than one. I wanted to play right field because Roberto Clemente played right field. I had no idea in my first year of Little League that right […]

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Years ago, Frank Sinatra asked the above question in a song written for him by Earl Robinson and Lewis Allen. Briefly, the answer was: The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street, the grocer and the butcher and the people that I meet, the children in the playground and the faces that […]

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Dan Epstein has quickly become the authority on the history of our American pastime during the swinging ’70s. In fact, his first book was entitled, “Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s.” It was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable baseball books I’ve ever read […]

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