Tag Archives: Willie Mays

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 psychology and ecology that features his greatest special effects, glamorous skulduggery on Mount Rushmore notwithstanding. Oracle Park—Pacific Bell, then SBC; after those … Continue reading

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An A-bomb from A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez surpassed Willie Mays last night by batting career home run 661. Not all of them came out of a bottle or from stiletto hypodermic needle. When the New York Yankees signed A-Rod, when the late George Steinbrenner their … Continue reading

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The Unhappy Recap, Part 2

The Players Tom Seaver’s June 15, 1977, exile to Cincinnati represented the apex (or nadir) of the dismantling of the great and beloved Mets teams of 1969 and 1973. Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, Ron Swoboda, Nolan Ryan, Rusty Staub, and … Continue reading

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Watching “Empire of Cricket”

The 2009 BBC production Empire of Cricket is highly (and I, Evander, mean highly) recommended to all baseball fans in the throes of this fallow, no-baseball, hot-stove league/Winter Meetings period. The series is comprised of one-hour episodes devoted to the … Continue reading

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Jackie Robinson to Be Played by Chadwick Boseman

The film 42 will star up-and-coming Chadwick Boseman in the role of Jackie Robinson. Robinson plays himself opposite Ruby Dee in The Jackie Robinson Story, along with the flamboyant Joel Fluellen. (Dee also stars in the World War II-set The … Continue reading

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Mike “King” Kelly, Nineteenth-century Baseball Star, Makes the News

He was one of the early superstars, sold to the Boston Beaneaters for a whopping ten grand. Before there were songs about Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays, there was one about the exploits of “King” Kelly. An autographed … Continue reading

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The Man

I want to thank my writing partner Martin for his dispatch from Finland. I was wondering if he’d give us a Wilsonian allusion: Edmund that is. And he did! . . . Although Martin is The Man, I want to … Continue reading

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