Archive for the ‘MLB’ Category

Notes from the 19th annual Pacific Coast League reunion

Posted: 25th August 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Rugger Ardizoia didn’t know he was the oldest living New York Yankee until a few days ago. It’s probably fitting. Though the 93-year-old San Francisco resident still keeps his team identification card in his wallet, he comes across soft-spoken and reserved, not one to boast about his past or demand attention for it. It’s probably appropriate […]

An interview with Sean Forman

Posted: 18th June 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB, Sean Forman

I joke sometimes that if I were ever marooned on a desert island and could bring one thing, I might take with me. The world’s greatest baseball website has enough content to keep a hardened fan or researcher occupied for months if not years. I’ve certainly killed weekends on it. I was lucky enough […]

Thoughts about a famous Vin Scully quote

Posted: 18th May 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: For support, not illumination. -Vin Scully Three years ago, in the early stages of this blog, I wrote a post suggesting the best eligible player not in the Hall of Fame. It was three years ago, granted, so I knew less about sabermetrics, less about […]

Tolerating the Hawk Harrelsons of baseball

Posted: 27th April 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

April 1987 marked the 40th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. On April 6 of that year, the ABC program “Nightline” had on baseball author Roger Kahn and the Dodgers executive who signed Robinson, Al Campanis as guests. At first, it went smoothly, with Kahn noting that his late friend Robinson might be […]

Why I love baseball history

Posted: 18th April 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

I was literally just asked WHY fans should respect MLB history — including that of each of its franchise’s (past/present). WHAT THE HELL?! — Melissa Dickson (@WhiteSoxDiaries) April 18, 2013 Thursday afternoon, news broke on Twitter that Derek Jeter would be out injured until at least the All Star Break and the response was fairly […]

Editor’s note: With Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ due in theaters Friday, it is my pleasure to present Nick Diunte’s latest: an interview with someone who faced Robinson in his minor league debut in 1946. ______________ Jackie Robinson’s impact on baseball was felt immediately the moment he stepped on the field for the Montreal Royals in their […]

My latest at Hardball Times

Posted: 2nd April 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Hi all, A quick note this morning to say that I have a new piece up at the Hardball Times. As some of you may know, added salary information and an inflation calculator to player pages not long ago. Using this info, I recently ranked every Hall of Fame player for their top salary […]

Announcing a new policy at BPP: Paid guest posts

Posted: 16th March 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

There’s something I’ve been mulling for some time now that I think needs to be said. I’ll try to keep this brief. I’ve reached the point in my writing career where I only want to do paid work. My ultimate goal is to make a living as a writer, preferably a sportswriter. I worry that […]

An open letter to Bill Dwyre

Posted: 9th March 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Dear Bill Dwyre, My name is Graham Womack. You probably don’t remember me, but I attended a sports journalism workshop you helped put on in 2003 as sports editor of the Los Angeles Times. I was one of 30 college students selected from around the country to spend a few days at Hollywood Park horse […]

Stan the Man

Posted: 27th January 2013 by Doug Bird in MLB

Stan Musial represented everything that I believed baseball was when I was a kid. He represented everything that is sorely missing from the game today. He played the game and loved the game for the sake and the beauty of the game. Above and beyond his tremendous accomplishments on the field, Musial was a rarity […]