Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

This is a repost of the second entry in my first short-lived attempt at blogging back in 2012. The link to the original post can be found here. No site dedicated to reviewing sports biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs would be complete without a review of Ball Four. I grew up loving baseball and could recite … Continue reading Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path

Who would have known that a decision I made as a nine-year-old would have predicted the career I have chosen for the past 33 years. When I was about nine-years-old I discovered that I liked swimming, and with my parents' encouragement, I joined the local swim team. I think back then swimming was a more … Continue reading A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path

Take Me Out to This Ballgame!

Once again, only in Florida... The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp -- the Miami Marlins' Double-A affiliate -- are hosting "Florida Man Night" in what is one of the weirder promotions out there. The team will break a "weird Florida law every inning" on July 26, according to the team. PROMO HIGHLIGHT>> Florida Man Night - July 26 - Join … Continue reading Take Me Out to This Ballgame!

Thinking Outside the (Batter’s) Box

Baseball is a game steeped in tradition; changes to the game are rare, although there have been some over the years. It used to take eight balls to walk someone, then six balls, then four. Walks were called hits and then they weren't. Pitchers had to throw underhand (which is why we still call them … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (Batter’s) Box

Take Me Out to the Ball Game – in Japan

Byron Tau wrote a great piece in today's Wall Street Journal about watching a baseball game in Japan. Baseball is my favorite of the big 4 professional sports, probably because it's the one I played the most as a kid (not well, however). It sounds like they take their baseball quite seriously in Japan. Just … Continue reading Take Me Out to the Ball Game – in Japan