Quote of the day

A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance

~Branch Rickey

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Branch Rickey, 1912 (Wikimedia Commons)


“October,” by Hester Jewell Dawson

Here’s a piece that was first published in 1986 in Stone Country.  I haven’t been able to figure out whether Stone Country is a newspaper, magazine, journal, or what, but that’s not nearly as important as the poem itself.

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the high fly ball,
arches out above left field,
hangs there in the sky
outblazing the sun
while fifty thousand heads swings and cry
“Over the wall! Over the wall!”

then hold, fixed and dumb
as the ball drops
down and down, a dead bird
into a waiting glove

and there you have it: the song,
the flight, the perilous whisper of truth
or of love or possibly of faith

then the descent
and the end of the game


The 2014 World Series is upon us

Just a casual reminder, in case anyone hasn’t been paying attention…

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals

The 2014 World Series starts tonight!

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This day in baseball

In Game 5 of the 1988 World Series, Orel Hershiser keeps the A’s to a meager four singles.  The 5-1 victory becomes the final game of the series as the Dodgers clinch the World Championship.  The Dodgers pitcher also won Game 2 of the series and is named Most Valuable Player.

LA Times

LA Times


Quote of the day

Any minute, any day, some players may break a long standing record. That’s one of the fascinations about the game, the unexpected surprises.

~Connie Mack

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/Major League Baseball/Getty Images


“My Oh My,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

You don’t see a lot of hip hop songs about baseball, but this one by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is pretty good.  This elegy for legendary Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus was performed at Safeco Field after Niehaus’ death in 2010.


This day in baseball

In spite of a 99-63 record for the season, on October 17, 1964, the New York Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra.  The Yankees had lost the 1964 World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.

Deadspin


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