Baseball: Past and Present

Archive forNovember, 2009

I was just watching an ESPN video about the retirement of New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard, when I noticed something interesting.  Included in the feature was the lineup card from Sheppard’s first game, between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox in 1951.  Among the Sox was Lou Boudreau, who I never realized […]

Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is poised to collect a substantial payday. Preliminary indications are that Toronto will not attempt to resign the 32-year-old free agent to-be, whose contract is up after 2010. While a big team like the Red Sox, Yankees or Mets (or maybe the Dodgers or Angels) will gladly overpay Halladay, […]

I read on ESPN.com today that the latest Hall of Fame ballot is out, with first-time candidates like Barry Larkin and Roberto Alomar joining holdovers like Andre Dawson and Mark McGwire. It’s always interesting to look at who has a good chance of making it to Cooperstown each year. I also enjoy reading the names […]

The news concerning the trade of Tug Hulett the other day prompted two reactions for me: 1) Who the hell is Tug Hulett? 2) Why haven’t I ever heard of a player with such a cool name? Tug Hulett sounds like the name of a boat in an old Disney cartoon, a small, happy little […]

I was a sophomore at Cal Poly in 2003 when the university announced Ozzie Smith would be speaking at commencement that June. From a school known for producing architects and engineers, Smith was the most-famous athletic alumnus, easily, with his Hall of Fame career at shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres.  […]

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  • Written by Graham Womack