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Baseball’s Spring Training

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Baseball’s Spring Training

True baseball fans (the dwindling numbers that remain) count down the time like a kid waiting for Santa: “Only 24 days till pitchers...

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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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Kid Stuff: Baseball Cards

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Americana, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Baseball Cards

  Don’t pay any attention to all those bandwagon jumpers who decided in the mid-80s that baseball cards were the investment of...

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Sports: Ted Williams

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Ted Williams

  Many baseball people consider Ted Williams the best pure hitter in baseball history. I’m certainly willing to go along with...

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Sports: Sandy Koufax

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Sandy Koufax

No discussion of the best pitchers in baseball history would be complete without including Sandy Koufax. Though arthritis cut short his...

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Sports: The Shot Heard 'Round the World

Posted by on Aug 28, 2010 in Sports | 1 comment

“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” That famous...

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Director: Ken Burns

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Director | Comments Off on Director: Ken Burns

It’s not as if Ken Burns invented the long-form, multi-part documentary. What he did was to bring a sense of style to archive...

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Sports: Joe DiMaggio

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Joe DiMaggio

When Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio were processed at Ellis Island near the turn of the century, they expected they’d raise a new...

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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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Kid Stuff: Little League

Posted by on Jul 26, 2009 in Kids Stuff, Sports | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Little League

If you’re boy between nine and twelve, the most important place in the world isn’t Washington, DC. Or New York City. Disney...

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