Latest from Book of Baseball: “What Inning Is It?”

The Closer, our strongest arm, who holding nothing back for one final inning can blow away our opponent’s hitters, protect our lead, and save the game, is all warmed up in the bullpen. The crowd is on their feet. The other team’s lead off man heads to the batter’s box. But for some reason noContinue reading “Latest from Book of Baseball: “What Inning Is It?””

Latest from Book of Baseball: A List of Former Major Leaguers

And now I will compose a list of former Major League Baseball players… B’cuz I remember their names so easily. My summer action figures and childhood dictionary, I played with their syllables all season. Often as rhythmic and graceful as their on field play, so crisp and delicious sounding, you just wanted to bite rightContinue reading “Latest from Book of Baseball: A List of Former Major Leaguers”

Latest from Book of Baseball: “The Nervous Breakdowns of 19th Century Professional Ballplayers”

Pro baseball in the 19th century was very different than today. They hadn’t invented the hot dog or the national anthem yet. A guy would lead the league with something like a .500 batting average and could also lead the league with something like 1 homerun. A ticket could be had for 25 Indian headContinue reading “Latest from Book of Baseball: “The Nervous Breakdowns of 19th Century Professional Ballplayers””

Latest from Book of Baseball: “The European Starlings in the World Series”

The winner of this year’s World Series was a flock of European Starlings flying with precise coordination across a road near where I live… They’d never been the champions of Major League Baseball before, ever since 60 of them were introduced in 1890 Central Park by a guy who thought all birds mentioned in ShakespeareContinue reading “Latest from Book of Baseball: “The European Starlings in the World Series””

Latest from Book of Baseball: “A Sharp Line Drive”

When I played softball at Sarah Lawrence College I was awesome. Every Friday afternoon for my physical education credits I would show up at Marshall Field and get a lot of hits, score a lot of runs, and snag every fly ball that came my way. Never before had I been so awesome at theContinue reading “Latest from Book of Baseball: “A Sharp Line Drive””