Archive for May, 2009

Ballplayers I have interviewed

Posted: 18th May 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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I majored in journalism in college at Cal Poly, with an unofficial focus on sportswriting, and between my time on the campus paper and freelancing and interning for various publications, I got to talk to some pretty cool people. The following are baseball players I have interviewed: Ozzie Smith: My first big interview, done my […]

1. Pete Rose: No surprise here. The all-time hits leader is easily the most-talented (and charismatic) player who doesn’t have a plaque hanging in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York. Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 for sports betting, a shame, considering racists like Ty Cobb and Cap Anson are […]

My interview with Dom DiMaggio

Posted: 9th May 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB
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A few days ago, I alluded on here to an interview I did with Dom DiMaggio, calling it a story for another time. As fate would have it, the former Boston Red Sox center fielder and seven-time All Star died early yesterday morning at 92. Thus, I will now tell of the time I sought […]

My top five baseball books

Posted: 7th May 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB
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Anyone who reads this space consistently will find that I make a lot of references to baseball books in my writing. Most of these are in fact books that I own. I’m proud to say I have a pretty decent personal baseball library that I’ve been accumulating since childhood. For whatever reason, baseball is a […]

Joe DiMaggio’s boyhood home

Posted: 6th May 2009 by Graham Womack in MLB
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I found an old notebook this weekend that reminded me of a cool story I haven’t written about before: About five years ago, I got to go inside Joe DiMaggio’s boyhood home. It happened like this: Starting in middle school, I often wrote about baseball for term papers. First, in eighth grade, I decried Pete […]

The Aloysius Travers of wiffle ball

Posted: 4th May 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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On May 15, 1912, Ty Cobb went into the stands in New York after a crippled heckler and set up for the one of the more bizarre games in major league history. As recounted in one of my favorite books, Ken Burns’ Baseball, the Detroit Tigers immortal earned a suspension from organized ball after going […]

Batter up

Posted: 1st May 2009 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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I have been urged by my friends– all of whom mean well– to begin writing in this space without introducing myself, as if I have been standing here all the while only you haven’t noticed.  But I don’t think I’ll do that.  I think I’ll start off by telling you a little about myself and […]