Luke Bob’s Willie Wells: “El Diablo” of the Negro Leagues is a biography of former Negro Leagues player and member of the baseball hall of fame Willie Wells. As always, reading about the great players from the Negro Leagues left me feeling a mix of outrage and disappointment. The idea that those incredible ballplayers were… Continue reading Reviewing Willie Wells El Diablo of the Negro Leagues
I love the four major American sports, but baseball is my favorite sport. It was the first sport I began following in 1983. While I look forward to the beginning of a new season in each of the four major sports, opening day of the baseball season is a holiday for me. The 2023 season… Continue reading Thoughts on Baseball’s Rules Changes
Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb A Terrible Beauty is an important book as much for what it says about society as it says about Ty Cobb. Reading this very well researched book about one of the greatest and in many circles infamous athletes of all time taught me new things about Cobb and was a reminder… Continue reading Reviewing Ty Cobb A Terrible Beauty
Jacob Kornhauser’s The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 players and their brush with baseball history is another light read that fit with my peek interest in this year’s baseball playoffs. In the book, Kornhauser introduces us to and takes us through the experiences of 11 men who managed to play in just one major league… Continue reading Reviewing the Cup of Coffee Club
With all the serious stuff happening, I wanted an entertaining read that would encourage me to think more about comforting subjects. Brad Balukjain’s The Wax Pack was just the ticket. Like me, Brad is a huge baseball fan who began loving the game as a child in the 1980s. Unlike me, Brad was a big… Continue reading Reviewing The Wax Pack
Jim Bouton’s Ball Four is one of the most famous books about baseball. Given my love of baseball and reading, it’s hard for me to believe I didn’t read it until now. Now that I have read Ball Four, I can see why it has been so popular for so long.
Dan Barry’s The Bottom of the 33rd tells the story of a 33-inning game played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. As a fan of baseball, I have been interested in this game since first hearing about it as a child. I would love to hear the recording of… Continue reading Reviewing the Bottom of the 33rd
Robert Peterson’s Only the Ball was White is a must read for anyone interested in baseball and the negro leagues.
This update covers my exercise, the return of live sports, and more thoughts of Ufi.
Growing up in Massachusetts, I heard a little bit about Mark “the Bird” Fidrych I vaguely remember people talking about him talking to the ball. I remember people talking about his patting the dirt in front of the mound. Most of all, I remember people talking about the joy watching him pitch brought them.