June 13, 2016 |
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
April 18, 2016 |
He didn't wave to the crowd. He didn't bow, shake anyone's hand, or tip his cap. There was no spotlight. In fact, said those who were there, in the last moment of the most mythical career in American sports, Babe Ruth never even looked up. Instead, he stuffed his glove into a back pocket of his gray Boston Braves uniform and, rather than jog toward the visitors' dugout, limped off alone toward Baker Bowl's center-field clubhouse. And there, like a god ascending into the clouds, he disappeared.
February 29, 2016
ISSUE | DONALD TRUMP A disregard for truth and rights In his campaign for president, Donald Trump has sought to rewrite history to suit his point. For example, he accused Gen. John J. Pershing, when he was commander in the Philippines, of shooting 49 Muslim prisoners with bullets dipped in pig's blood ("No-brainer to support Trump?" Wednesday). There is no evidence that Pershing, one of the most revered American generals of the early 20th century, did such a thing. Trump's high level of misinformation is unprecedented, even for a presidential primary.
December 7, 2015 |
There were no tears or celebrations when his life's obsession was done. There was only great relief. "I was ready to be done," Norman Macht said. "I lived with it for so long. " Early this year, Macht sent off the galley proofs for the third and last volume of the Connie Mack biography he began in 1985. He was 56 then. For three decades, he immersed himself in the man who managed and owned the Philadelphia Athletics for a half-century. He traveled everywhere Mack had been.
September 24, 2015 |
Municipal Judge Clarence Cravath's reputation for crustiness led California lawyers to avoid certain topics in his Laguna Beach courtroom. Mentions of foreign law or Washington bureaucrats could ignite the prickly temper that decades earlier earned Cravath the nickname "Cactus. " And any attorney who mentioned Babe Ruth's name risked not just his case but his well-being. "He wasn't much of a fan of Babe Ruth," his granddaughter, Ginger McMillian, told the New York Post in 2000. "He didn't like Babe's style.
January 26, 2015 |
After Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the first American president with a fadeaway jumper was accused of trash-talking. Those critics might be on to something. Unable to put away rival Republicans, President Obama appears lately to have resorted to a sports standby, getting into his opponents' faces and heads. After Republicans mockingly applauded his reference to a final campaign, the president's "I won twice" zinger was a retort any sports fan could appreciate. All that was missing was a "sucka!"
September 3, 2014 |
A slight drizzle began falling, but the teenagers filling up two flatbed trucks in the Acme parking lot didn't appear bothered. This parade assembling in the lot in Newtown Square, Delaware County, was for them. "Everybody look over, there's Mrs. Mathes," a coach told the Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth baseball players on the two trucks. Suzanne Mathes, up on the sidewalk, focused her camera on both trucks. She had grandsons on each, and each were national champs. Sunday's parade was to honor the 15-year-old and 13-year-old teams from Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth.
August 24, 2014 |
The Broomall-Newtown squad claimed the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series championship with an 11-4 victory over Chandler-Mesa (Ariz.) in Glen Allen, Va., Friday night. Broomall-Newtown, the Mid-Atlantic Region champions, was down by 4-3 before breaking the game open with a three-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Broomall-Newtown tacked on five runs in the sixth. Jim White, the MVP of the Mid-Atlantic Regional, had three hits and four RBIs. In the semifinals, Alden Mathes pitched Broomall-Newtown to a 13-0 victory in five innings over Gainesville-Haymarket (Va)
June 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - When Don Zimmer debuted in 1954 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was no longer the team's everyday second baseman. Robinson floated around the field at the twilight of his career, and he manned left field on July 2, 1954, at Connie Mack Stadium in North Philadelphia. Zimmer played shortstop. Zimmer, who died Wednesday at 83, was baseball's Forrest Gump. He once met Babe Ruth, got married at home plate in a minor-league stadium, called Robinson a teammate, played under Casey Stengel, was assaulted by Pedro Martinez, and instructed Derek Jeter.
June 9, 2013
Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age By Allen Barra Crown Archetype. 498 pp. $27 Reviewed by Bill Lyon Once upon a time, though not so very long ago, there was delivered unto us from Mount Olympus two players of baseball. They ran like cheetahs and sent batted balls into the stratosphere and their throws trailed blue flame and very soon it became evident that the case could be made that these two were not just players of baseball but the two very best.