Look At Vander Meer’s Double No-Hit A Gem

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In 2006, Sports Illustrated listed its choices for the baseball record least likely to be broken. Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played ranked at No. 1. And Johnny Vander Meer‘s two no hitters placed No. 2. The key word there is ‘broken’. To do that, a pitcher would need to toss three straight no-nos, placing […]

MLB Opener Recalls Japan Tour Of A Different Time


The fabled 1934 “All American” tour of Japan is the subject of a new book, Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan, which details how the trip was about considerably more than baseball,

New York, New York — 1921 Style


For the first two decades of the 20th century, the New York baseball scene was dominated by the Giants, led by their pugnacious manager, John McGraw.  “Mugsy,” who guided the Giants to six pennants and the 1905 World Series, championed “scientific baseball,” with bunts, steals and hit-and-runs trumping the longball that was starting to overtake […]

Pivotal 1920 Opened The Modern Era

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Certain years in baseball evoke immediate memories: 1908, the Merkle Boner and Cubs last title; 1919, Black Sox Scandal; 1927, Murderers Row; 1941, Ted Williams .400 and Joe DiMaggio’s streak.  Nineteen forty seven, 1958, 1961, 1998 and a few others are easily recalled for their game-changing events. But 1920?  The second half of the title […]

Back A Century With Some ‘Havana Heat’


The best historical fiction blends actual events and real people, imagining scenarios rooted in truth but expanded to bring those places and characters to life.  It feels like history, but reads like a novel. Havana Heat (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 322 pp., $18.95), reprinted this year in paperback after its initial run in 2000, charmingly […]

Pastime Paesanos: Italian-Americans Find Their Way In Baseball

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When I mentioned to a few friends and associates that I was reading a book about Italian-Americans in baseball, invariably the name DiMaggio came up within a breath or two.  And understandably so, as the San Francisco-born brother trio of Vince, Joe and Dom possess the most famous Italian surname in baseball, and arguably in […]