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Great Stadiums (9): Daphne du Maurier Stadium (SF)

Daphne du Maurier wrote “The Birds,” a short story expanded upon by Alfred Hitchcock to a film of eco-psychology that features his greatest special effects, glamorous skulduggery on Mount Rushmore notwithstanding. Oracle Park—Pacific Bell, then SBC; after those corporate-naming auspices … 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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We Are the Champions, We Are the Champions, We Are the Champions

In the end, it was diminutive Venezuelan Marco Scutaro delivering as ballyhooed Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera struck out without offering a swing. The Giants earned their seventh World Championship, second in three years, as well as second since leaving New York … Continue reading

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Ruth in Early Retirement

Get a good look at that face. It is Babe Ruth, in a WPA photograph from 1936, taken at the Polo Grounds before or during the World Series, September 30. The year after Ruth called it quits was Joe DiMaggio’s … Continue reading

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Bobby Abreu: The Human Rolling Blackout

“News: Abreu went 5-for-5 with two walks in Sunday’s extra-innings loss to the Royals. (Sun Apr 3) “Spin: Despite the monster day at the plate, Abreu came away scoring just one run, on his own homer in the seventh inning, … Continue reading

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“Willie, Mickey, and the Duke” (and Probably in that Order)

The New York Times obituary portrays a self-lacerating Duke Snider. I had no idea. Snider’s career (1947–64) overlapped my early following baseball only on the late side. I therefore had a slight connection to this member of the New York City … Continue reading

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