Baseball: Past and Present

As anyone who’s a regular here has surely noticed, posting at this site has been a bit sparse of late. I’ve had a bit going on in my life, including a new job, and the truth is I’ve also been at a bit of an impasse here. I run hot and cold with this website, and for the past couple of months, my creative fires have cooled, at least in regard to BPP. I assume they’ll come back; they always do.

I apologize for anyone who misses my writing here, though with that being said, as the title would suggest, I have some cool news. A few months of hard work (that I’ve neglected to mention here before now) has culminated with my first-ever freelance piece in the San Francisco Chronicle. I wrote about Tony Gomez, a sandlot player from the 1930s who faced an uphill battle getting into professional baseball because of the dark color of his skin.

The story will be in the Tuesday edition of the paper and can be read online here.

I hope everyone enjoys this story, and I’d love some constructive feedback from anyone who can offer it. My hope is that this is the first of many pieces in the Chronicle and that I can build on my work and continue to grow as a writer.



4 Comments so far

  1.    Tim Newey on July 10, 2012 7:04 am      

    Great story Graham! You have such a talent for finding interesting people and fascinating stories from baseball’s past. I always enjoy reading what you write.

  2.    Bob B. on July 11, 2012 8:44 pm      

    Nice story, and that’s pretty awesome you got an article in the Chronicle. Hope you have many more!

  3.    BENJAMIN RAUCHER on July 14, 2012 3:14 pm      

    Congratulations on your article in the San Francisco paper

    BENJAMIN RAUCHER

  4.    Francisco X Camplis on July 18, 2012 1:22 pm      

    First, muchas gracias para su articulo. It was very moving and thank you for bringing this painful history to light. Interestingly enough, my recollections of my uncle, Tony Gomez, did not include his drinking. What I do remember were a few years when he returned from serving in the army during World War II; his stressful job as a dispatcher for the Longshoremen’s union; his other interests in dancing, and Mexican and American music; and his role as a family man. Thank you again. best wishes and goodluck, Francisco X Camplis

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