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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall

After the Game
We know what professional baseball players do on the field, but what about after the game? Most players who have had a bad game usually leave the clubhouse swiftly, while those who have had a good game don't mind lingering, savoring their success and...
Baseball Literary Journals: The Grass-Roots Literature of the Game
The literature of baseball is perhaps the richest of any sport. A wealth of histories, biographies, and reference works as well as novels, poems, plays, and movies is associated with the game. When reflecting on baseball writing, one may be drawn to...
History as Myth in Bernard Malamud's the Natural
Written between 1949 and 1950 and published in 1951, Bernard Malamud's The Natural has garnered more critical attention than any other baseball novel. This attention is not surprising, for The Natural is the first novel of a writer who subsequently...
Hu$tle
HU$TLE. Directed by Peter Bogdanavich. ESPN Original Entertainment, 2004. The way the title of the movie HU$TLE is written in large, white, italicized letters except for the red dollar sign expresses its theme and perspective on Rose. Peter Edward...
Take Me Out
Take Me Out. Written by Richard Greenberg, directed by Joe Mantello. Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle WA. November 12, 2004. Last spring I read Richard Greenberg's play "Take Me Out" and was captivated. I hoped to someday get a chance to see the play...
The Brooklyn Dodgers' Move to Los Angeles: Was Walter O'Malley Solely Responsible?
O'Malley was not just my villain. He was Brooklyn's. He was the man whom Pete Hamill and Jack Newfield famously placed in their triumvirate of evil, along with Hitler and Stalin. But as I began to learn more about O'Malley and about the circumstances...
Two out of Three Ain't Bad: Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, and the Man in the Middle of the Dodger Owners' Partnership
Walter F. O'Malley, 47-year-old Brooklyn lawyer, and Mrs. John L. Smith, widow of the partner of O'Malley and Branch Rickey, will become joint owners of seventy-five per cent of the Brooklyn Baseball Club stock through the purchase of Rickey's twenty-five...
Uncertain Beginnings: Baseball and Long Bob Ewing in Early-Twentieth-Century Cincinnati
George Lemuel "Long Bob" Ewing was born in 1873 on a farm near the village of New Hampshire in Auglaize County, Ohio. According to family lore, he started out pitching potatoes against a target on the barn. He first attracted notice in the mid-1890s...