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Pitching: Poetic Violence

Hall of Fame pitcher and three-time Cy Young winner Sandy Koufax once said, “Pitching is the art of instilling fear.”  I love these words.  Sandy’s career ended in 1966, 23 years before I was born.   1,761 more words


For the Love of the Game

Ron Berger —

I share Mark Richardson’s interest in nonfiction baseball books (see Wise Guys, February 17, 2016) and thought I’d take the opportunity to also share a few that I’ve read over the last 14 years. 1,653 more words


Thoughts watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Sally Field working with Robert Osborne on TCM’s The Essentials said it very well in hoping that actor Jack Nicholson appreciates the greatness and opportunity that manifested regarding he and his extraordinary performance in “one Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now over 40 years ago. 267 more words

Does religion trump the job?

Jewish people will not work on Saturday.

n 1965, Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in Game One of the World Series because it was Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. 200 more words


A lull will exist in baseball for the next few weeks until we get past the Super Bowl, Spring Training opens, and the arbitration hearings move into full swing. 468 more words

Baseball Blogs

Brandon McCarthy's Players' Tribune mailbag

By Jon Weisman

When I think of the Players’ Tribune, my mind goes back to the old Players Club ads with Telly Savalas. This is where I picture all these athletes hanging out, catching a show in the lounge while writing their pieces for the PT. 324 more words

300 K Seasons

A clear sign of a stand-out season for a pitcher is 300+ strikeouts. Since 1900, no pitcher has ever finished with more than 300 strikeouts and an ERA above 3.36. 820 more words