Bacall, Baseball, and an Extraordinary Bit of Detective Work

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When the legendary Lauren Bacall passed away last week at the age of 89, a gratifying number of the obituaries and personal recollections that sprang up in the wake of her death referenced a single, star-making moment – “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?” from her first film, To Have and Have Not. This scene: It’s not [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”

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Bing Russell was a largely-unsung character actor. Someone whose face you recognize immediately, but whose name lags far behind — often to the point of anonymity. He appeared in a host of Westerns, most famously as Deputy Clem Foster in 50+ episodes/13 years of “Bonanza,” but his greatest claim to fame is probably the fact that his [Read More...]

Little-League Baseball in Big-League Wineskins

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As I’ve remarked in the past, one of my favorite things about baseball is its unpredictability; its often mesmerizing and just as often hilarious unpredictability. But my favorite kind of mesmerizing-hilariously unpredictable thing is the one that involves Major Leaguers doing things that I myself (or my Little-League-playing kids) would do. Because along with being such [Read More...]

Kershaw’s Historic Night

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So, Dodger ace (and all-around good guy) Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night. (Against the Rockies, which means my MLB.com account had me blacked me out for most of the game. Because Wyoming. …though they relented when things got REALLY interesting.) It was probably the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen (on TV). Clayton [Read More...]

Dipped in Magic Waters

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I’m not the world’s greatest Field of Dreams fan. I’ve enjoyed it pretty much every time I’ve seen it, and I’m glad for its fame. I’m even planning to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary Year with a re-viewing or two. But if I’m honest with myself, I find that I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the story [Read More...]

A Special Anniversary for Dodger Fans

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Yes, I realize this is a day late. But I almost missed it altogether. Thanks to Jon Weisman, though, I didn’t: Ten years ago tonight, Alex Cora stepped into the batters’ box in the bottom of the seventh inning against Matt Clement of the Cubs. You could be excused for thinking that 10 years went [Read More...]

Definitely Not in Kansas Any More

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Last night, Son Number One  – the newly-teen-aged-one (also OMG!!!) – had his first baseball game of the season. Because we’re talking about Dominic here and he lives/breaths/dreams baseball for a couple of months before the season actually starts, it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. He was about to explode. Also, by the time [Read More...]

Closer and Closer

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Just getting myself ready for tomorrow night with this “little” long-distance number from the occasionally-healthy Hanley Ramirez: OK, so that particular clip isn’t of something getting closer and closer. It’s of something getting really, really far away. Almost impossibly far. But baseball itself is getting closer and closer. For which I am deeply, almost frighteningly [Read More...]

One of the Best Baseball Stories EVER Is Finally Over

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Yesterday, one of the most fascinating, most inspiring, most inscrutable baseball players in recent memory finally decided it was time to hang up his cleats: Rick Ankiel has retired. A quick backstory: Rick Ankiel was a “can’t-miss fireballer.” In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today. That same [Read More...]

They’re Back!

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They’re back! No, no. Not the poltergeists. I hate horror, remember? The Boys in Blue! They’re back! The excitement has shifted to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Saturday. The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Sunday. Position players report next Thursday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for [Read More...]


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