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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring

[61.Sup.*] & the Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. (Film Reviews)
[61.sup.*]. HBO Original Films. 2001. Director, Billy Crystal; producer, Robert Colesberry; editor, Michael Jablow; photography, Haskell Wexier; writer, Hank Steinberg. Starring Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane. 2 hrs., 10 min. The Life and Times of...
A Legacy of What-Ifs: Horace Stoneham and the Integration of the Giants
Bobby Thomson's home run that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants is quite possibly the most celebrated single play in the history of baseball. It holds this status primarily, of course, because it was such a suddenly dramatic...
All of the Angels. (Triple Play)
In the beginning, he wanted no pictures and only the most general of words. In the end, he let journalists catch him sweeping tears from his face. Over the months of that transformation, Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew helped his daughter Michelle...
A Topology of Baseball Player Behavior. (Triple Play)
The owner of a Major League Baseball team is interested in achieving a specific goal. The goal may be to win a championship, secure a position of prestige in the community, earn a profit, or some combination of these and other aspirations. In the course...
Baseball's Great Hitting Barrage of the 1990s
In the 1990s, an impressive body of evidence pointed in the same direction. In that decade, baseball entered a new era; it had become a new game. (1) Consider the following. A player strike in 1994--95 resulted in not only two mangled seasons but,...
Bill Veeck and James Thurber: The Literary Origins of the Midget Pinch Hitter
In an end-of-the-century list of baseball's most "Unusual and Unforgettable Moments," the editors of The Sporting News selected St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck's use of midget pinch hitter Eddie Gaedel as the number one event in this category. Gaedel's...
Crossing Bats: Baseball in the Villages of the Upper Miami Valley, 1865-1900
As portrayed by urban sports historians, middle-class Americans in the late nineteenth century saw baseball as a palliative, indeed nearly a sovereign, remedy for the apparent dislocation in the burgeoning urban-industrial cities of the nation: as...
Even Umpires Sometimes Strike Out
Organized labor has had its share of setbacks over the years. The Homestead Strike of 1892 and the Pullman Strike of 1894 resulted in crushing defeats to fledgling unions in the steel and railroad industries. The "Ludlow Massacre" of Colorado miners...
Interview with Bill Stoneman, General Manager, Anaheim Angels. (Oral History)
In just the tenth game of the existence of the Montreal Expos, Bill Stoneman threw a no-hitter, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7--0. In 1972, he was named to the National League All-Star team and pitched a second no-hitter, defeating the Mets...
Missionaries, Cartwright, and Spalding: The Development of Baseball in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii
The most extensive and reliable records available for the study of the development of baseball in nineteenth-century Hawaii are the contemporary accounts of games played between 1867 and 1890 as recorded in the local newspapers and Punahou School's...
Overgrown Sandlots: The Diminishment of Pickup Ball in the Midwest
Somewhere between the late baby boomers and the X generation, baseball seemingly lost its status as the object of spontaneous play among adolescent males. "My friends and I would get games going all the time as kids, but kids today don't," observed...
The Cubs: A Review Essay. (Triple Play)
George Castle. The Million-to-One Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945. South Bend IN: Diamond Communications, 2000. 337 pp. Cloth, $29.95. David Claerbaut. Durocher's Cubs: The Greatest Team That Didn't Win. Dallas: Taylor...
The Impact of Baseball's New Television Contracts
Major League Baseball (MLB) was first televised on August 26, 1939, in a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. By 1949, the World Series was on television, and two years later the first coast-to-coast live broadcast appeared. In...