May 23, 2016 |
Nostalgia is history's makeup. Apply it liberally to the old and unsightly, and, from a distance at least, you can't spot the warts. What it also does, of course, is obscure the truth. "Nostalgia," said the late diplomat George Ball, "is a seductive liar. " Fans of sports, and in particular baseball, seem more susceptible to this wistful whitewashing than most. For so many, the ballparks, players, and artifacts of the past, no matter their flaws, have acquired a permanent, sepia-toned perfection.
January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
June 23, 2014 |
Dan Snyder has been forced to circle the wagons in his greedy defense of the controversial Washington Redskins trademark. And few outside of Cleveland would be surprised, or dismayed, if the Indians' overtly racist logo - the toothy Chief Wahoo - soon vanished. The supporters of these anachronistic sporting symbols see them as worthy, innocent, and long-standing traditions. But to believe that, you've got to overlook the disturbing history from which they arose. There was a time in American sports, predominantly in early 20th-century baseball, when deformed or degraded mascots were the norm.
October 21, 2012
Peter Rozovsky is an Inquirer editor who also writes about international crime fiction at Detectives Beyond Borders, www.detectivesbeyond-borders.blogspot.com As the San Francisco Giants battled the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, it was worth recalling that, one hundred years ago, a great New York Giant took a pioneering look inside the game. Bill James has famously scorned the idea of "inside baseball," insisting that insiders are too close to the action and too self-interested to offer accurate perspectives on the game and how it is played and won. But before Moneyball , Ball Four , and James' new statistical measures called sabermetrics, an insider, though one far more articulate than most, analyzed the game as rigorously from the dugout, the pitcher's mound, and the coach's box as Bill James does from his home in Kansas.
May 13, 2011 |
Here are baseball's longest hitting streaks since 1900, topped by Joe DiMaggio's 56-game streak in 1941. The longest hitting streak in the last 5 years belongs to the Phillies' Chase Utley at 35 games. Five players have reached 30 games since and been stopped in their attempt at No. 31. 56: Joe DiMaggio, Yankees, 1941 44: Pete Rose, Cincinnati, 1978 41: George Sisler, St. Louis, 1922 40: Ty Cobb, Detroit, 1911 39: Paul Molitor, Milwaukee, 1987 38: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies, 2005-06 37: Tommy Holmes, Boston, 1945 35: Ty Cobb, Detroit, 1917 George Sisler, St. Louis, 1924-25 Luis Castillo, Florida, 2002 Chase Utley, Phillies, 2006 34: George McQuinn, St. Louis, 1938 Dom DiMaggio, Boston, 1949 Benito Santiago, San Diego, 1987 33: Hal Chase, Yankees, 1907 Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis, 1922 Heinie Manush, Washington, 1933 32: Harry Heilman, Detroit, 1922-23 Hal Morris, Cincinnati, 1996-97 31: Nap Lajoie, Cleveland, 1906 Vada Pinson, Cincinnati, 1965-66 Willie Davis, Los Angeles, 1969 Rico Carty, Atlanta, 1970 Ron LeFlore, Detroit, 1975-76 Ken Landreaux, Minnesota, 1980 Vladimir Guerrero, Montreal, 1999 Tris Speaker, Boston, 1912 30: Charlie Grimm, Cubs, 1922-23 Lance Richbourg, Boston Braves, 1927-28 Sam Rice, Washington, 1929-30 Goose Goslin, Detroit,...
June 11, 2008 |
Second-chance stars Give Texas manager Ron "Father Flanagan" Washington credit. Under his watch, players with troubled pasts - most notably, Milton Bradley and Josh Hamilton - have become American League hitting stars. And Vicente Padilla, another guy with a checkered past, has become a quality pitcher. Bradley, who's probably best-known for his run-ins with fans, managers and umpires, leads the AL in hitting. Hamilton, who has recovered from a drug addiction, tops the AL in homers and RBIs and is among the league's hitting leaders.
July 30, 2007 |
Ben Broussard, a former everyday position player now relegated mostly to pinch-hitting situations, was in the training room stretching out for a possible at-bat. Suddenly, he was sprinting up the tunnel and scrambling to find his hat and glove after Richie Sexson's quick ejection yesterday. It might have been the best scenario for the Mariners. Just an inning after Sexson was tossed, Broussard hit a two-out, two-run homer to tie the game in the seventh, and host Seattle scored four more times in the eighth for a wild 14-10 win over Oakland.
October 31, 2004 |
A picture in the photo collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame shows a young girl standing on a ball field gazing up at a grinning Babe Ruth. The girl is Jean Farrington, who later donated this image to the Hall of Fame Library. The photo will be part of a new pictorial history, Grand Old Game: 365 Days of Baseball, written by baseball historian Joseph Wallace and scheduled for release in February. "In an age before radio or television when most children never got to see the legendary Ruth play . . . to be able to stand beside him must have been a thrill of a lifetime," Wallace wrote.
May 28, 2004 |
Carlos Pena and the hard-hitting Detroit Tigers left their mark on the Kansas City Royals - especially Justin Huisman. Pena's line drive struck the Royals reliever on the forehead, leaving a clear imprint of the baseball. Huisman was OK after Pena's single, one of a team record-tying 27 hits by the visiting Tigers in a 17-7 romp yesterday. Pena went 6-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI, and now shares the club record for hits in a nine-inning game with Ty Cobb and two others.
May 7, 2003 |
On the most phenomenal night of his major league career, Detroit's Dmitri Young did more than just go 5-for-5 with two homers, two triples and five RBI. He also passed up a chance to hit for the cycle, and fell tantalizingly close to matching a record that Ty Cobb has held for 78 years. Led by Young, the Tigers clinched their first series victory since August by defeating Baltimore, 7-6, last night. Young finished with 15 total bases, one short of the team record set by Cobb in 1925.