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NINE : A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
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  • Ballpark Diaries: Notes from the Field

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      Abstract: For three decades and counting, I have had the honor to work on some of America's most memorable places, our baseball cathedrals. My love of baseball is intertwined with my love of cities. They seem inseparable to me. A hundred years ago, the game was played in parks literally shaped by the city blocks that formed the field boundaries. These ballparks were and are a reflection of the architectural characteristics of the city and region where they are built—and everything from the food to the music is unique to that community. From Dodger Dogs in Los Angeles to Fenway Franks in Boston to crab cakes in Baltimore, regional preferences and traditions abound. Baseball parks give us a rare place in our urban environments ... Read More
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  • Women in Baseball Cards

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      Abstract: I can't remember when I began collecting baseball cards with women and girls on them. It certainly grew out of my love for baseball cards in general and my long-time interest in the AAGPBL and women in baseball generally. I remember being interested in the legal fight for girls to integrate Little League in the early '70s, when I was the same age as the plaintiffs, and seeing that reflected in the movies a couple of years later when Tatum O'Neal played the star pitcher in The Bad News Bears. But at some point, I declared women on baseball cards a niche within my card collection. Other niches include cards of players that I've met, cards depicting baseball cards—similar to the stamps on stamps subgenre of stamp ... Read More
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  • How Hammerin' Hank Greenberg Inspired RBG

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      Abstract: For many American Jews observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement creates a challenge at our workplaces. Usually, the dilemma is whether we can arrange to take the day off to attend services. One of the most famous American stories exemplifying this choice occurred in 1934 when Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg, at the tender age of twenty-three, chose to honor his parents and observe the holiday. The much-needed home-run hitter went to synagogue instead of Tiger Stadium during a tense pennant race in Detroit, a city noted for its anti-Semitism in the 1930s. My father would retell this story of Greenberg's courageous decision every Yom Kippur when he drove my brother and me to synagogue. We heard this story so often ... Read More
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  • I Found Him in Baseball

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      Abstract: He was a catcher, so I went looking for him in baseball.He was a stranger to me. A flat figure in black and white, eight-by-ten glossy photographs captured by Wrigley Field photographers standing next to the likes of Casey Stengel, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, and Frank Robinson. It was the golden age of baseball, and my father was there. These men knew him. Baseball knew him. If I wanted to know him, I would have to go there.Everything that belonged to him was in a box in my closet. I moved that box around with me, sometimes leaving it behind stored at my mother's house. An occasional yearning would take me to the box. I would retrieve it and look at it apprehensively. Did I dare to open it' What I ... Read More
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  • There's No Dropping the Ball (On Purpose) in Baseball

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      Abstract: The film A League of Their Own has made more money at the box office than any other baseball film: more than Field of Dreams, The Natural, and Moneyball. The 2013 Jackie Robinson biopic 42 brought in $95 million but A League of Their Own made well over $100 million—and that was in 1992 dollars. It seems as if Hollywood had to focus on the ballplayers in skirts, and to explore an unknown part of our sports history to attract a wide movie audience. I've also been told by Hollywood executives that for date movies it's the women who decide what to see. In filmmaking terms, A League of Their Own is an "evergreen," a work that has lasted through the years and remains a staple of family entertainment. You can find the ... Read More
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  • What Is Here Still

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      Abstract: During the 1970s, the windowless sports department at WABC felt like a club-house, perched kitty-cornered from the station's newsroom, with a sunken entrance and a low hanging ceiling. As a UPI news machine clickety-clacked breaking stories onto spools of white paper below a TV monitor attached to the ceiling, I spent many late afternoons throwing at a dartboard hanging on the wall between the two machines. Someone had attached a headshot of sportscaster Howard Cosell to the bullseye, and with each connection, I nodded at a ceramic mobile hanging above my father's desk proclaiming "Daddy is a Star" in pastel glazed letters.My dad, Sal Marchiano, was a fill-in anchor at a network where Cosell was top dog, but his ... Read More
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  • Finding Ella

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      Abstract: I first learned of Ella Black when reviewing Jean Hastings Ardell's book, Breaking into Baseball. Ardell's book sent me to The Sporting Life, where I read Black's reports from Pittsburgh and was drawn into the story of the Brotherhood War. Black was an easy choice for one of the three sports journalists I used for my book, Reporting Baseball's Sensational Season of 1890. In contrast to Henry Chadwick, who favored the National League, and former major leaguer Tim Murnane, who backed the rival Players' League, Black was the most objective of the three in her observations, coverage, and analysis, despite being supportive of the players' efforts to create fairer labor practices. Like Chadwick and Murnane, Black was ... Read More
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  • My Baseball Family

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      Abstract: Three months before she would have turned one hundred, we buried my great-grandma. We'd buried my great-grandpa twenty years prior, but his tombstone still looked new, brightened by the flowers my grandma brought him every few weeks. The baseballs carved into the stone were still white.The pastor looked askance at the nontraditional tombstone next to the plot he presided over but pushed on. My great-grandma's forty-odd descendants stifled a collective grin. "Hazel was a devoted member of our congregation. She attended every Sunday for decades. Her … faithful husband always dropped her off." He glanced at the tombstone again. "But he never stayed, because he was always on his way to the ball field." The descendants ... Read More
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  • The Curve of My Hip

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      Abstract: When you live in a house filled with violence, addiction, and sorrow, where nowhere is safe, you look for refuge. Refuge lived one block from my house at the neighborhood baseball field. We played at a time when there were no adults hovering over us, consumed with college scholarships and the possibility of future big-league contracts. We played at a time when the little kids learned from the big kids: how to hold a bat, how not to be afraid of your first curve ball. Gloves were passed down from dads and older brothers like they were a million-dollar inheritance from a dead uncle. Mine was given to my older brother by our father and handed down to me. I slept with it tucked to my breast each night to keep the scent ... Read More
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  • Legends in Focus

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      Abstract: I've spent much of my photography career documenting the game and its connection to culture around the globe, from grassroots to the major leagues, with all stops in between.Growing up in New York City with two great hometown teams, how could I not connect with the sport' My grandfather was a diehard Mets fan who listened to games on the radio, so I became a Mets fan. As a young teenager, I worked at an Italian family restaurant whose owner, Tony, had Mets season tickets. He would take his sons, Sal and Michael, to Shea Stadium. Sometimes this Irish kid who worked for him would get to tag along and sit in the fourth seat.Fast forward to northern California, where I was the second female coach in our town's Little ... Read More
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  • Shortstop

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      Abstract: No borders, just horizons—only freedom.At the end of the school day, the ring of the two o'clock bell was beautiful music. That meant the real day was about to begin, at least in my young mind. I raced to the bus as if getting there first would make it leave faster. At home, I ran straight to my room to change out of the dress my mother forced me into that morning and into my pants, T-shirt, and tennis shoes. Dressed as close to a ballplayer as I could get, I set off to find my neighborhood team. All boys. In addition to being friends, most were also classmates. They had just spent hours at school ignoring a shy, unconfident girl. Now they stood around me asking, "Can I be on your team'" "Who is going to pitch ... Read More
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  • Ladies' Day at Boston Red Sox Games: How Discounted Admission for Women
           Impacted Game Schedules

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      Abstract: At a Monday afternoon ball game on June 23, 1947, an estimated twenty thousand women sought admission to Ladies' Day at Fenway Park for the game between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. However, only 9,813 of those women actually scored entry into the ballpark, as the other ten thousand or so were shut out at the ticket window and remained milling outside the ball-park for more than an hour. The Boston Globe reported that it was "the largest Ladies' Day crowd in Boston baseball history," for a promotion that dated back twenty-four years to its reinstitution at Fenway Park in 1923.1Red Sox management had to deny entrance to thousands of female fans because there were no more seats in the grandstand to fill ... Read More
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  • Effa Manley, the Woman in the Hall of Fame

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      Abstract: Effa Manley was a baseball club owner who put her Negro League team squarely in the public eye. She was one of the few female executives in professional baseball in her day, and the most influential. As a public-spirited leader, she gave continuously to the African American communities in which she lived. All this made her a well-known businesswoman and a society figure. But this did not ensure the full measure of respect due her from her peers in Black baseball's male-dominated executive ranks.This was no less true for her, and true for her Negro League colleagues, as well, when it came to dealing with white baseball executives. For example, more than once she recounted her attempt to meet with Minor League ... Read More
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  • Women on the Field and Money in the Bank: The Business of the All-American
           Girls Professional Baseball League

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      Abstract: Sports economics is a field that benefits from an abundance of production data. Scholars have long exploited this bounty to make contributions to the field of economics in general, and sports economics in particular. The existence of financial data to go along with the production data, however, is much harder to come by. Moreover, research on women in professional sports is even scarcer. This article is an early contribution to the literature on the business of professional women's baseball. We make use of a largely unexploited data set to explore the financial performance of one franchise in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which existed from 1943–54, with franchises located primarily ... Read More
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  • Play Ball: Representations of Women on Vintage Baseball Photo Postcards

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      Abstract: Much has been written about the depictions of baseball on various print materials of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From game programs to early tobacco and trade cards, baseball action and players were depicted in drawings and photographs. Among items produced between 1905 to 1915 were suggestive and comic photo postcards depicting men and women in baseball uniforms posed in romantic scenes with suggestive captions using baseball terminology. These cards were produced at a time when societal norms and gender roles were changing. This article describes some of the themes that emerge from a closer analysis of the postcards given the historical context within which they were produced, sold, and ... Read More
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  • "I Was Happy Just to Be Able to Play Baseball": Members of the Japanese
           Women's National Team Reflect on Their Playing Days

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      Abstract: Baseball has grown its international reach over the years. One country where baseball has a storied history and captures the imaginations of its citizens is Japan. Although its beginnings are primarily rooted in participation by men, women in Japan are now establishing themselves in the sport as well, and there is a current movement to increase participation by girls and women in the sport they have grown to love. In order to establish some strategies to do so, it is essential to understand the history of women's baseball in Japan, its present status, and some direction for the future. After first providing background on the development of women's baseball in Japan, the authors discuss the present status and future ... Read More
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  • Remembering Jane Jarvis, the Mets' One and Only Organist

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      Abstract: From the opening of Shea Stadium in April 1964 through the first half of August 1979, baseball fans were serenaded by the special sounds of Jane Jarvis. Seated at the Thomas organ bench near home plate on the press box level, Jane would see it all during those sixteen years. She ached with the team in its struggling first years, exhilarated with them when they became surprise world champions in 1969 and late blooming pennant winners in 1973, and suffered again during their sad decline in the late 1970s. She entertained the crowd before the Beatles' famous Shea 1965 concert and became so well-known at the ballpark that she never needed to show a pass.1"In the days when we looked for anything positive, she was the ... Read More
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  • Tillie Ford, an Early Black Baseball Pioneer

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      Abstract: Iowa's Charles City Daily Press announced on June 20, 1935, that two baseball games would be played in that city on the Fourth of July with a morning game at 10:15 and the afternoon game at 2:30 p.m. The two games would feature the undefeated Farmers Union Ball Club of Des Moines and the barnstorming Texas Black Spiders.1 The National Farmers Union sponsored all events at Charles City's Lions Field that day, including both ball games and an address by National Farmers Union President D. H. Everson.2 The strength of the Farmers Union Ball Club was its pitching staff as it featured a sixteen-year-old future baseball Hall of Famer in Bob Feller and his older cousin and future major leaguer Hal Manders.3V. A. ... Read More
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  • Harriet Goodwill Spalding: Baseball's Pioneering Woman

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      Abstract: The rise of women in leadership roles is one of the more inspiring stories in contemporary Major League Baseball. This paper focuses on the first of such women, baseball's pioneer leading lady, Harriet Irene Spalding. Her efforts were focused on fostering the rise of professional, organized baseball and the creation of the first national sporting goods firm, both officially beginning in 1876. Much of Harriet's story can be found in her self-published memoir of 1910, Reminiscences: An Autobiography of Harriet Irene Spalding.1 As Queen Victoria guided the realm of the British Empire, in the former colonies' realm of baseball, widowed Harriet Goodwill Spalding was its matriarch.Harriet Irene Spalding's life spanned ... Read More
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  • A Lavender League of Their Own' Voice and Visibility of Lesbian
           Ballplayers

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      Abstract: In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General and former dean of the Harvard Law School, to serve on the Supreme Court. The New York Post ran a seventeen-year-old black and white photograph of Kagan smiling and getting ready to swing a bat in a softball game under the headline, "Does this photo suggest high court nominee Elena Kagan is a lesbian'"1 Other news outlets quickly raised the same question, stirring a controversy over Kagan's sexuality, which was no doubt what those opposed to Kagan's nomination intended.The controversy reflected both the persistent stigma against lesbianism and the persistent stereotype that links women athletes—and particularly baseball and softball ... Read More
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  • Louisville Sluggers and Kentucky Rifles: Rediscovery and Celebration of
           the Bluegrass State's All-American Girls

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      Abstract: When Columbia Pictures and director Penny Marshall descended on Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky in 1991 to begin filming A League of Their Own, could they have anticipated the impact the film would have both on the region and on audiences over a quarter of a century later' A full-scale Hollywood production, complete with award winning actors, musicians, and production crew, was not a familiar sight in the region. As the highest-grossing baseball film of all time, A League of Their Own certainly drew its share of fans, but it also introduced millions around the world to a fascinating chapter of history: the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). And what fans they have become! Unsatisfied with ... Read More
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  • 1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK by David Krell (review)

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      Abstract: The old jingle for Certs mints ads used to tout they were "two, two, two mints in one." Well, 1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK is three, three, three books in one. Somehow managing to have it all make sense, David Krell takes readers through an exhaustively researched mix of baseball, history, and pop culture.There is plenty of baseball here, enough for any fan. Nineteen sixty-two saw the expansion of the National League with the addition of the Houston Colt .45s and what would be legendarily known as the hapless New York Mets. The year before, the American League had brought in the Los Angeles Angels and a second incarnation of the Washington Senators.As evidence of his extensive research, Krell ... Read More
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  • Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir by Greg Larson (review)

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      Abstract: Clubbie: A Minor League Memoir is Greg Larson's breezy account of his two-season tenure as clubhouse manager for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the shortseason A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the now-defunct New York Penn League. Self-admittedly not talented enough to play professional baseball at any level, Larson chronicles his attempts to keep the team's players fed and equipped, coaches happy, all the while trying to convince himself that he is a participant in the game. At times, he succeeds, though his attitude toward his job and his performance varies.Larson enters the clubhouse with more than a soupcon of fanboy naivete. His lack of sophistication is apparent in his choice to bring a Minnesota Twins ... Read More
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  • Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood by Dave Parker and Dave Jordan
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      Abstract: Dave Parker was one of the greatest players in Pittsburgh Pirates history; there is no debating that fact. Indeed, he was a key cog in the now long-ago glory of the team's last World Series appearance (and triumph) in 1979. It is certainly correct that Parker lived and played in an era that is radically different from the current days of the major leagues. As this review is written, the All-Star Game is about to take place in Denver after having been moved from Atlanta for political reasons. Whether one agrees with that decision or not is irrelevant; the key point is that the banter and interactions that Parker describes as having taken place in the team's locker room during the 1970s and early 1980s would ... Read More
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  • Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quin by
           Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg (review)

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      Abstract: As one would expect from authors as experienced and decorated as Spatz and Steinberg, Comeback Pitchers is a well-researched, well-documented, well-illustrated, and well-written account of the up-and-down baseball lives of two accomplished moundsmen, Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn, whose careers spanned the last years of the Dead Ball Era and the first decade of the Lively Ball Era. Though largely forgotten today, Spatz and Steinberg seek to restore the reputations of Quinn and Ehmke by offering ample evidence of the character and talent which helped each earn the admiration of not only their baseball peers but also contemporary fans and press.Regarding Spatz and Steinberg, most NINE readers will be familiar with the ... Read More
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  • Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920 by Don
           Zminda (review)

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      Abstract: Two thousand and nineteen marked the one hundredth anniversary of the "Black Sox Scandal," the fixing of the 1919 World Series by eight members of the American League champion Chicago White Sox. As numerous authors have pointed out, it was a seminal moment in baseball history because the aftermath helped shape the game of professional baseball from that moment on in numerous ways, both on and off the field. Because of this importance, the list of scholarship produced about and around the 1919 White Sox is massive. This includes several must-read treatments produced by authors in the last decade on the series, the possibility of a coverup, and the various court cases. It is rather difficult to see where an author ... Read More
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  • Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham by Steve Treder (review)

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      Abstract: From its nascent beginnings in New York, the San Francisco Giants franchise has provided its fans with distinct memories, myths, magic, and mayhem over more than 130 seasons. Giants history is saturated with names and events familiar to even the most casual baseball fan: John McGraw, Willie Mays, and the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," to name just a few. However, many other of the organization's past influential contributors are less well known. The most consequential of those forgotten figures, Horace Stoneham, owned the team beginning in 1936, yet relatively little is known about him. His life and legacy are the subject of a full-length biography for the first time thanks to Steve Treder, who has written the ... Read More
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  • The Giants and Their City: Major League Baseball in San Francisco,
           1976–1992 by Lincoln A. Mitchell (review)

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      Abstract: Lincoln A. Mitchell offers a compelling account of how the Giants became part of the fabric of San Francisco during a tumultuous time that corresponded with Bob Lurie's ownership of the club. While the Giants are "one of the oldest and most famous franchises in baseball and trace their roots back to the 1880s in New York" (xi), San Francisco was never certain to be their home in the Lurie era.The book details the painful historical and political events that took place in the city outside the stadium walls during the Giants' baseball seasons, including the murder of their mayor (George Moscone) and of a civil rights hero (Harvey Milk), the massacre of many of their residents in Jonestown, becoming the focal point of ... Read More
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  • Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball by Dan
           Taylor (review)

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      Abstract: The story of the Hollywood Stars, one of the most successful mid-twentieth century Pacific Coast League teams, is told in Dan Taylor's Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball. The team had been playing in the movie capital for a season when, in late 1938, it was purchased by a group led by Bob Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby Restaurant, an establishment frequented by movie stars. Cobb enlisted such motion picture celebrities as director Cecil B. DeMille and actors Bing Crosby, George Burns, and Gene Autry as investors.During the first ten seasons of the Cobb group's ownership, the baseball team earned the nickname "Terrible Twinks," finishing in the second division eight times and making ... Read More
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  • The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander
           and the Great War by Jim Leeke (review)

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      Abstract: Jim Leeke, who has written numerous books on baseball and World War I, has undertaken a particularly challenging endeavor in attempting to examine the war experience of Grover Cleveland Alexander. First, Alexander left little record of his time during the war. Leeke had to piece it together from numerous other sources, including firsthand accounts and war records. In this regard, Leeke's accomplishments are impressive. He is able to document the pitcher's experiences from the time he was drafted in early 1918 through his decommission more than a year later. Included were his time spent training at Fort Funston in Kansas, the transfer via train to Fort Mills in New York, his Atlantic crossing to England, the channel ... Read More
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  • The Captain: A Memoir by David Wright and Anthony DiComo (review)

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      Abstract: Before 2015, I had never heard of David Wright. Although Chris, my long-time best friend, is a Mets fan, I'm a Red Sox fan and never paid much attention to players outside the American League East. Then, Chris and I got the chance to go to Game Three of the 2015 World Series in which Wright hit his two-run home run. The crowd erupted in cheers as Wright rounded the bases. After that game, anytime I heard Wright's name I made sure to pay attention to what he was doing in baseball. The publication of his superb autobiography, The Captain, gave me and many other baseball fans a chance to learn more about the Mets hero.Mets fans hold the 2004 Rookie of the Year, seven-time All-Star, and hero of Game Three of the 2015 ... Read More
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  • Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer by Lawrence Baldassaro
           (review)

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      Abstract: I was familiar with Tony Lazzeri in name only, knowing he played for the Yankees, specifically the 1927 team. Lawrence Baldassaro hooked me immediately in the preface when he discusses the difficulty of researching for the book, Lazzeri's epilepsy, and the discrimination of Italian Americans during Lazzeri's era. Tony battled the discrimination of Italian Americans in the United States, but he also provided an inspiration to many Italian Americans, bringing them into stadiums to watch him play. One of the reasons that the research was difficult was that Lazzeri was a very quiet person. Baldassaro does a fantastic job of integrating Tony's life and playing time with the time period. When he writes about particular ... Read More
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  • The Chicago Cub Shot for Love: A Showgirl's Crime of Passion and the 1932
           World Series by Jack Bales (review)

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      Abstract: Ninety years after his major league debut, the story of Billy Jurges's life and career has been dusted off the shelf by Jack Bales in The Chicago Cub Shot for Love. In the summer of 1932, the Cubs were in the heat of the National League pennant race led by Jurges, their second-year shortstop. Little did the Cubs know that a showgirl, a revolver, a midseason trade, and Babe Ruth's called shot during the World Series would not only come to define their season but that the complexity of the story would continue to be uncovered and written about nearly a century later.Although Jurges may seem like another obscure footnote in baseball history, he had a remarkable life on and off the diamond. Growing up in Brooklyn, he ... Read More
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  • Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Boston Red Sox in Their Own Words by Erik
           Sherman (review)

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      Abstract: Most often, books that focus on teams from years past are reserved for clubs that won a World Series title, showcasing the adversities overcome in the quest for a championship, the camaraderie amongst the players on the team, or how the team represented a specific city or demographic. In Two Sides of Glory, Erik Sherman addresses each of these issues, albeit with a slightly different twist: he tells the story of perhaps the most famous team to fall short in the Fall Classic, the 1986 Boston Red Sox.Although every World Series will obviously have a losing team, perhaps none of the teams who have come up short in October did so in such a memorable fashion as the Red Sox that year. Hoping to bring Boston its first ... Read More
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  • The Cheap Seats: A Note from the Editor

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      Abstract: As I sit at my kitchen table writing this on my trusty legal pad, my youngest daughter, Marianne, is in the living room working on her science homework. Normally, we'd have both finished our work on these projects days ago, but on short notice the week before the Field of Dreams game between the Yankees and the White Sox, we took some time off when my literary agent emailed me two tickets for the matchup in Dyersville, Iowa. It was Marianne's first major league game, so the combination of tenth row seats behind home plate and an upgrade to a Ford Mustang at the rental car counter made this a pretty tough trip to top.Much has been written about father-son relationships and baseball. I've probably been as prone to ... Read More
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  • Sharing the Game

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      Abstract: Thirty years ago this summer, Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own appeared in theaters. I did not know of the film earlier that year, when unbidden, one gray Southern California winter morning came the idea to examine the women's side of baseball. I figured I'd have to turn to fiction as there wouldn't be enough material for a non-fiction book. Little did I know. My office wall, lined with file drawers stuffed with interviews, photos, and newspaper clippings, would later demonstrate that non-fiction would suffice just fine. I found the stories I discovered compelling, inspiring this lifelong fan to get busy and spread the news that women have long been a part of every aspect of baseball, despite the constraints ... Read More
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  • Diamond Quotes

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      Abstract: "I hadn't aimed to work in baseball. I was aiming to change a city."janet marie smith, architect and urban planner"When I was six, my father gave me a bright-red scorebook that opened my heart to the game of baseball."doris kearns goodwin, author"It is ironic that the game of baseball, so closely associated with men as to become a male preserve, should have a partly feminine origin."dorothy and harold seymour, baseball historians"I was once asked if I got my athletic ability from my mom. 'No,' I said. 'If I got it from my mom I'd be in the Hall of Fame.'"casey candaele, son of helen callaghan, who starred in the aagpbl"If you're out there doing what you're supposed to be doing, your teammates … give you the respect ... Read More
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  • One Prose, One Poem

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      Abstract: When she pitches, she lifts me from her glove, her fingertips caressing my seams gently but firmly. She gazes at me fondly, as if she's memorizing the scars beneath my stitches, or else is about to sing to me.I always have to guess what's next: fastball, curve, or change-up.When she goes into her windup, it's as though we're doing a graceful, underwater ballet. Then she reaches back, tendons humming like the strings of a harp. She holds me there for a second as though she's touching her past, though I know her future's coming soon. Her arm swings forward, waking the air around me, spinning me as though I'm a small planet gone out of orbit.But I never lose my direction.When she pitches me, I become a kind of song, a ... Read More
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  • Coach

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      Abstract: My breathing was quick. My hands were sweaty. My stomach was queasy, and my mouth was dry. It felt like eternity until it was my time to speak into the microphone. As shy as I am, I can't help myself; if there is something that I have to say, I'm going to say it.It wasn't life or death—just public speaking. But my body was in a fight-or-flight mode. I was in Cleveland at the 2008 annual convention for the Society of American Baseball Research listening to a panel discussion that included famous promoter and Minor League Baseball team owner, Mike Veeck, and Cleveland Indians General Manager, Mark Shapiro. When it turned to the Q&A portion of the session, I took a deep breath, steadied my voice and asked, "What is ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-01-25T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Margaret Villa: A League of Her Own

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      Abstract: I first met Margaret "Marge" Villa Cryan in 2012 at her home in La Mirada, California. I remember feeling an immense self-awareness of ethnic pride at meeting one of the only two Mexican Americans who played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) during the 1940s and 1950s. As I approached her front door, an energetic woman came bouncing out, shouting, "Welcome, Richard! You found the house!" My first impression of Marge was that she looked at least twenty-five years younger than her reported age of eighty-seven, could easily pass as a white person, and was shorter than I had imagined. She proudly wore a sweatshirt with the motif of the AAGPBL and had one of the firmest grips when we ... Read More
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