“Grand Slam,” by Marjorie Maddox

This piece manages to create in me a sense of nostalgia, a touch of depression, and feelings of peace and hope all at the same time.  It is short and sweet, and every time I read it, it evokes a different emotion entirely.  Written by Marjorie Maddox, this poem was published in Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems in 2009.

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Dreams brimming over,
childhood stretched out in legs,
this is the moment replayed on winter days
when frost covers the field,
when age steals away wishes.
Glorious sleep that seeps back there
to the glory of our baseball days.

Countdown to Opening Day

Spring Training is underway, which means that the countdown to Opening Day is also in full swing!  37 days to go…

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Quote of the day

The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid.

~Don Drysdale

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LA Times


1904 Yale vs. Princeton

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Here’s a cool, old school panoramic of a Yale-Princeton game, dated July 2, 1904, found in the Library of Congress collection.  The photo was contributed by R.H. Rose & Son, and the game took place in Princeton, New Jersey.  I tried to find a box score or other details about the game, but didn’t have any success in doing so.  However, if you go to the photo link here, you can zoom in and pan around the photo.  In doing so, you can get some cool views, like this one:

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This day in baseball: Gehrig’s new deal

On February 19, 1935, Lou Gehrig signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees for $30,000.  The previous season, Gehrig hit .363, 49 homers, and led the American League with 165 RBIs.

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Just make contact

We’ve all heard this bit of advice before.  Here’s an interesting new way to think about it.

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Quote of the day

Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do?

~George Bernard Shaw

 

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Bernard Shaw, 1894 (Wikipedia)