Thursday, June 29, 2006


Their other fan in Los Angeles is a quiz show writer

About a month ago, "Jeopardy!" brought us this nugget of information, and then on Monday, as the $600 clue in a category called We're No Angels, this came up...

Then, on the Thursday show, the $2,000 clue in Musical Instruments was the following. Not baseball-related, but I know Levi will enjoy it...

(Monday's clue was correctly answered -- or, you know, correctly questioned. The three contestants didn't even attempt the Thursday one.)

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Friday, June 23, 2006


Someone else has been reading lately

Steve Rushin's column in the new issue of Sports Illustrated is about Karl Cicitto, a collector of baseball books who has some 4,000 volumes in his house. As you can see even from the first paragraph in the free online preview of the column, Karl's pick for best baseball book is Veeck As in Wreck by Bill Veeck, available from the University of Chicago Press.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006


In favor of stirrup socks

I realize that I should bring Uni Watch -- it's both a blog and a column appearing biweekly-or-so on -- to the attention of the readers of this blog who may not already be aware of its existence. It covers uniforms in all sports, but this being baseball season, the content is pretty baseball-heavy right now.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006


Cool Flickr baseball photos every Thursday!

Comerica Park in the midst of desolate Detroit.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006


At last, something on Flickr other than photos of Levi reading

I am certain that the Baseball-Related Program Activities crowd will enjoy the Flickr submissions of a user called baseballart (actually two people, one an artist and one a collector) -- in particular, the Baseball Books and Baseball Paintings sets.

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Friday, June 02, 2006


Dropped third strikes

Here is a discussion of a question that has come up among my cadre of seatmates several times over the years: why did the rule allowing a batter to attempt to reach first base safely on a dropped third strike come to be?

My seatmates and I have tended to the position that it's a rule based in the idea that, to record an out, the defense must make a positive action, having position of the ball.

But a guy at the indispensable has a different opinion. He's fairly convincing.

God, I love this game.


Thursday, June 01, 2006


Block that baseball metaphor!

From the June 5 Sports Illustrated: "Life these days for the Tigers is one big bowl of Frito pie: They've got a little bit of everything, and the end result is better than you think. They are stick-to-the-ribs good."

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