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.
May 22, 2013 |
San Francisco may have a one-game-to-none lead over Washington in the teams' current series, but the Giants and Nationals are even-steven when it comes to broken right hands on righthanders. (The Nats, however, have an overwhelming edge in margin of stupidity, as we'll explain.) Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, the pride of Octorara Area High, suffered two broken bones in his pitching hand fouling one off in the fifth inning of Monday's 8-0 win over the Nationals. He had surgery on Tuesday morning and is likely out for two months or more.
October 26, 2012
By Paul Jablow The phrase "hot stove league" speaks of a different era. With the baseball season over, fans around the country gathered to talk about what their team would need to get to the top next spring. Envision, for example, a group of guys in dripping work boots sitting around a stove in the back of a general store in rural Missouri, guessing whether the Cardinals' aging star pitcher had anything left, or whether the kid rightfielder who hit .325 in triple A could do that in "the show.
July 27, 2012
Robert W. Creamer, 90, a sportswriter whose richly researched biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel are considered two of the finest books ever written about baseball, died July 18 at a nursing home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He had prostate cancer, said his son, Tom Creamer. Mr. Creamer was in his 30s when he joined Sports Illustrated as a charter member of the magazine's staff in 1954. His name remains on the magazine's masthead 58 years later as a special contributor. He wrote about horse racing and track and field, and he worked as an editor, but he was best known as a baseball writer.
May 9, 2012 |
HEY MITT, you might as well concede the presidential election now — Charles Barkley says you don't have a chance. Barkley, a former Sixer turned NBA analyst and SportsWeek columnist, is already calling November's election in favor of President Obama. Barkley was part of TNT's broadcast team for Sunday's Celtics-Hawks game when the camera showed Romney, the Republican nominee, in the Boston Garden crowd. "Mitt Romney. Listen main man, we're going to beat you like a drum in November," Barkley said over-the-air.
October 6, 2011
BASEBALL has its Cy Young Award for best pitcher; football, the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the Super Bowl champs. There's a Bill Russell award for the NBA's most valuable player, and hockey has a Prince of Wales Trophy for whatever. So why not an award for political leadership? In this 24/7 scream-bite news cycle, in which bullying and divisiveness seem to have the upper hand and little gets done, let's recognize political leaders who speak softly but carry an effective stick. It would be passé to name it after Teddy Roosevelt.
July 12, 2011
Playing at: Reading (AA) Position: Catcher Height: 5-11. Weight: 181. Age: 27. Born: Aug. 17, 1983, in Freeport, Ill. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. How obtained: Selected in the 11th round in 2005. This season: Is hitting a career-best .282 (through Sunday) and is likely to set personal bests for home runs and RBI. He has eight homers and 42 RBI . . . Has hit two of Reading's four grand slams . . . Had a career-high six RBI against Akron on June 1. Career notes: Has been a non-roster invitee to Phillies' spring training each of the last four seasons . . . Was named the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League in 2010 . . . Hit .200 in 16 games at Triple A Lehigh Valley in 2009, the highest level he's reached.
June 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Because he had not yet officially signed with the New York Yankees, Brian Gordon had to throw a bullpen session on a field adjacent to the new Yankee Stadium upon his arrival Wednesday afternoon. It was on a patch of Bronx real estate where Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle once played the game, and a bystander was impressed by the anonymous righthander getting his work in on the hallowed ground where the original Yankee Stadium once stood. "No one recognized me, but one guy said: 'Hey, you have a good arm,' " Gordon recalled.
June 14, 2011
Playing at: Reading (AA) Position: Starting pitcher Bats: Right. Throws: Right. Height: 6-3. Weight: 205. Age: 25. Born: May 23, 1986, in Atlanta. How obtained: Drafted in the 15th round in 2009. This season: Is 6-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 12 starts . . . Is tied for second among Eastern League pitchers in wins, trailing only Harrisburg's Brad Peacock . . . Has gotten bounced around lately, surrendering 16 earned runs in his last 27 innings . . . Will start tonight at Bowie (Md., tickets: 301-464-4865)
May 31, 2011
A team that might look good in plaid As the region's blood pulses a little bluer with the equine extravaganza cantering on in Devon and the last hounds finding their way back to their estates after the Radnor Hunt, Low&Outside reader Sandy Sorlien (Putney School, Bennington, Roxborough? ) sends some suggestions for an All-Preppy/WASPy-Sounding American League team. These player selections have nothing to do with their skill, only their names. They also have nothing to do with their actual WASPiness - some are black and one is part Navajo.