Tag Archives: Mickey Mantle

Home-run Boom June 2017

What gives? Has it something to do with $$$? Yuh think? Elias Sports Bureau registers 1,101 home runs slugged in the two major leagues during June 2017. That tops the one-month record (May 2000) by thirty-two. We at Right off … Continue reading

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Getting All Political, but Not What You May Think

For several dozen reasons, President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on the first day of spring 2016 is historic. We at Right off the Bat have covered everything from baseball in Iran to (probably somewhere in this blog, certainly in … Continue reading

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Priceless

As the 2015 baseball season winds down, with many of the final-season playoff spots secured or all but, the North American Baseball World gathered yesterday in New Jersey to bid farewell to Yogi Berra. They were all there, the ones … Continue reading

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Little Red Scooter

To Martin’s Broad Agonistes, I note two Major League Baseball parallels: and our Right off the Bat is thus chockablock, many being downright spooky. On the night of May 7, 1957, left-handed ace Herb Score—called by Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, … Continue reading

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Baseball and African-American Life

Gerald Early’s meandering yet compellingly, beguilingly honest essay, “Baseball and African American Life”, asks, “Why have Negroes not truly accepted baseball?” The answers are complex and perhaps inconclusive. A first questioning is, “In what way?” Jackie Robinson opened a door … Continue reading

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Notes toward a Supreme Fiction: My Sport Could Beat up Your Sport

As this is the 500th blog generated by the Right Off the Bat project, in the spirit of collegial, international, and inter-sport collaboration, we thought we’d put our heads together (ouch) in doing some outside-the-box thinking . . . and … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (5): Houston, We Have a Problem

The Houston (Reliant) Astrodome, once The Eighth Wonder Of The World, will likely succumb to the wreckers’ ball, as Ebbets Field did, as the Polo Grounds did, as countless great ballparks have, unless local politicians and/or individuals step in. Read … Continue reading

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