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Lou Gehrig

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Lou Gehrig

With the game of baseball embroiled in one of the biggest scandals in its history, it’s refreshing to reflect on a man who...

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Yankee Stadium

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Yankee Stadium

The original Yankee Stadium, of course. It didn’t have the quirky charm of Fenway Park. Or the ivy walls of Wrigley Field. And yet,...

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Wiffle Ball

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Wiffle Ball

It’s the only game where Justin Verlander can try to strike out Babe Ruth, and Albert Pujols can take Sandy Koufax deep. Take a...

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Film: The Natural

Posted by on Sep 23, 2010 in Film | Comments Off on Film: The Natural

Robert Redford was at his best as Roy Hobbs, the “natural” baseball player whose career was changed forever by an encounter...

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Sports: Baseball All-Star Game

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Baseball All-Star Game

Baseball has been playing an All-Star game since 1933, and though there have been some bumps along the way, for the most part it’s...

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Americana: Louisville Slugger

Posted by on Apr 6, 2010 in Americana, Sports | Comments Off on Americana: Louisville Slugger

J. Fred Hillerich of Louisville, Kentucky, wanted nothing to do with baseball bats. On that, everyone agrees. He focused his woodworking...

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Sports: Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Sports: Baseball Hall of Fame

Today’s post is another that honors two interconnected ideas – in this case, the museum in Cooperstown, New York and also the...

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Sports: Hank Aaron

Posted by on Oct 29, 2009 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron is Major League Baseball’s legitimate all-time leader in home runs. Of course I say “legitimate” because he...

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Sports: Michael Jordan

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Sports | 1 comment

Here’s an oldie but goody: Q. Who was the only person who could hold Michael Jordan to under 30 points per game? A. Dean Smith. Oh,...

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Sports: Babe Ruth

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was big. Not just his body, which to modern eyes looks like a shapeless lump perched precariously on fragile legs. The Babe was...

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