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Thanks, Robin. Those are very kind words. Melissa, thank you--for the photos for one, but more importantly, for the support and encouragement.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2011 on The Final Pitch at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
This is the final entry for Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff. Thanksto all who have faithfully followed me for 332 blog entries over the past two years. I am moving on both literally and figuratively. I now contribute to Seamheads.com,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
I am pleased to announce that Baseball in the Valley, a half-hour podcast, will make its debut on Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p. m. EST on the Seamheads National Podcasting Network. I will host this call-in show that promises... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
All Baltimore Oriole fans know the name Ernie Tyler. The long-time umpires' attendant at Memorial Stadium and then at Camden Yards died last Thursday. His funeral is today. Ernie began as an usher in the Orioles' inaugural year of 1954... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Listing humanity's greatest inventions may daunt some, but not me. As I have put absolutely no thought into this list, it is impossible for me to be daunted. The top five in descending order: 5) The front porch. Well, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
By my count there have been 1,032 gray, overcast days this winter. I may be off by a couple days, but no more than that. I can't remember a winter more bleak than this one. I don't think that I'm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
High Heat, by Tim Wendel is a fascinating, 250 page conversation about the fastest pitcher ever. Joining Tim in the conversation are Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, Billy Wagner, and a host of players, scouts, and biographers. Listening in will certainly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
My little home town of Williamsport, current population around 2,200 has produced three major league pitchers over the years: Nick Adenhart, who died tragically in 2009 in a car accident, Dave Cole who pitched in the 1950s, and Boots Poffenberger,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
It's been a winter for reading some excellent books in the Gisriel household and The Real All-Americans by Sally Jenkins, a Washington Post columnist, is no exception. Subtitled, The Team That Changed a Game, A People, A Nation, Jenkin's book... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
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As of last Friday I am now the envy of many a boy (and probably a few girls) my age, which happens to be 53, because that's the day that my official Roy Rogers Riders Club card arrived in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
It's one of those Fridays on which I need to clear a couple of items out of the old notebook. Spring Training is fast approaching and that means that some of you are already beginning to put together your fantasy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
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When speaking or writing about Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley, I often want to use the word we, because the book truly belongs to so many. If I am the father, then surely this book has many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Yesterday marked the 113th anniversary of the birth of one of the great Western movie stars, Randolph Scott. Born in Orange County, Virginia (his mother was born in Luray, Virginia) Scott grew up in North Carolina and in his early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
I'm very pleased to say that I have been accepted as a blogger on Seamheads.com. It's a great site that brings together a myriad number of writers who expound on a variety of topics in the world of baseball. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Game of Shadows, by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams is the subtitled, "Barry Bonds, Balco, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports," and that is an apt summary of this 269 page book that was released in 2006. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Today marks the anniversary of one of the most significant battles in American history, although I'm guessing not one in five Americans have ever heard of the Battle of Cowpens. The fight took place in South Carolina in 1781 and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Hard to believe, but Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley made its debut a year ago this past Sunday at a book signing at the New Market Library. (Even harder to believe given this past winter is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Monday, Becky called to tell me that Major Dick Winters had died. If you don't know who Major Winters was, you should. He was the commanding officer of "Easy Company" of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
After watching the Ravens try desperately to lose their final game to Cincinnati, I had little hope that they would turn it around for the playoffs and consequently predicted a 17-13 loss. Instead, the Ravens finally put together 3 good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Robbie Alomar and Bert Blyleven have been voted into baseball's Hall of Fame this week. That is no surprise and both are deserving. What does come as a surprise to me is the low vote total of Dale Murphy, who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Former New Market Rebels coach Mo Weber, who retired this past June, was presented his jersey at the Rebels Holiday Party on New Year's Day. Weber's number "1" was retired on June 24th--his 87th birthday, but he was not formally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
Happy New Year, everyone! With the new year comes a new look. That's what happens when the technologically challenged blogmaster finally decides to start playing with all the buttons available from the TypePad folks. Let me know what you think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
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A friend of mine recently made a very wise statement to me: "Never forget where your joy comes from," she said. Too often, adults subsitute distraction for joy. We're so bogged down at work or worried about our children or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
It dawned on me recently that there aren't many baseball jokes out there and I think that the reason is because it would be hard to make up anything funnier than what baseball players actually do and say. Therefore, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff
As I wrote earlier I just haven't been feeling the Christmas spirit this year and from what my friends have told me, neither are they. The radio station which I mentioned in that previous entry began to run commercials several... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at Baseball, Life, and Other Stuff