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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring

A History of South African Baseball
For most casual baseball fans, the sight of a South African team at the 2006 World Baseball Classic must have been befuddling. But after the team--made up almost exclusively of amateur players--took an 8-7 lead into the ninth inning against the established...
Bill Kirwin: Pioneering a Community of Baseball Scholars
At the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in 2003, Rich Puerzer gave a paper on baseball's literary journals--Elysian Fields Quarterly, Fan, and Spitball. (1) It got me thinking that no one had recorded anything about the origins...
"Charlie Finley Has Soured My Stomach for Baseball": Charles O. Finley versus His Players
Kansas City Athletics pitcher Vida Blue uttered this title's quote after resolving a season-opening salary dispute and holdout with A's owner Charles O. Finley in May 1972. (1) The holdout finally ended after Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie...
Diamond Quotes
"The human hand is made complete by the addition of a baseball." PAUL DICKSON "The only way to prove you're a good sport is to lose." ERNIE BANKS "With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even...
John "Jack Quinn" Picus: Not Polish, Not Welsh, and Not Born in America at All
John "Jack Quinn" Picus is now a near-to-mythical baseball player from another era. He became a Major League baseball player with the New York Highlanders in 1909, and, based on the information to be presented in this article, he was definitely...
Louis "Count" Castro: The Story of a Forgotten Latino Major Leaguer
Louis Castro, a utility infielder, joined the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902, the year they won the American League pennant. The following essay documents the mysterious baseball career of a forgotten Latino Major Leaguer and places his story as an...
Still Perfect after Fifty Years
I was there. A nine-year-old boy with a Dodgers cap in the enemy camp: Yankee Stadium, upper deck section 22, box 74A. October 8, 1956, Game 5 of the World Series, the day Don Larsen broke my heart and pitched a perfect game. Pen and scorecard in hand...
The Gordon Base Ball Club of Chicago and the Black Sporting Fraternity, 1884-1886
On March 5, 1884, Sporting Life published this item: "The Gordon Base Ball Club of Chicago, one of the best colored organizations, proposes to capture the championship of the United States. W. C. Sutliffe is the manager. The players in this club receive...
The Impact of Curt Flood's Minor League Baseball Experiences on His Lawsuit against Bowie Kuhn
On October 8, 1969, Curt Flood, the St. Louis Cardinals star center fielder for more than a decade, received a telephone call from Jim Toomey, an assistant to St. Louis general manager Bing Devine, to inform him that he had just been traded to the...
The Rise of Baseball's Racial Quota System in the 1950s
Sportswriter John Lardner was a longtime observer and admirer of Branch Rickey. Assessing Rickey's St. Louis Cardinals before the 1934 season, a fiery outfit that would become immortalized as the Gashouse Gang, Lardner wrote presciently that Leo Durocher...
The Tragedy of the Ehime Maru and the Role of Baseball in the Healing Process
The tragedy of the Ehime Maru and its aftermath illustrates an important aspect of human reaction to calamities. Official apologies, culturally sensitive recovery and treatment of the dead, financial settlements, and time all played essential parts...
Twice Perfect: Jean Faut of the South Bend Blue Sox
In his book Perfect: The Inside Story of Sixteen Perfect Games, James Buckley Jr. describes the rarity of the "perfect game": since the founding of the National League in 1876 to 2002, opposing pitchers have had over 340,000 opportunities (170,000...
World War I and Free Agency: The Fateful 1918 Battle for Jack Quinn
The Quinn case all by itself soured once and for all the relationship between the two founding fathers of the American League. Eugene C. Murdock, Ban Johnson: Czar of Baseball Jack (John Picus) Quinn had a remarkable baseball career that spanned more...