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watching the game
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
writer, teacher, and mother of three
Interests: family, baseball, literature, travel, classical and country music, the beach to contact me: jljchatham@comcast.net
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thanks so much, Perry. I'm honored to have you as a reader.
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A paper presented at The 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets Hofstra University ~ April 28, 2012 ________ Judy Johnson, Hall of Fame, 1975. “Sure-handed third baseman from the sandlots of Delaware. A key player in the Negro Leagues. Good instinctive base-runner . . . line drive hitter with... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at watching the game
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__________________ It will be my great pleasure to present a paper at the 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets conference, in memory of Professor Dana Brand: "Literature, the New York Mets, and the Tug of Baseball" Session: The Writer's Game Saturday, April 28 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. What an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at watching the game
Of course - please do! I was thrilled to find your FB page earlier today. Please check out my archives for lots more posts that feature girls and women: Lucky Me (one of my first pieces, but still a favorite) In Memory of Christina Fathers and Daughters My Favorite Glove Did You Play? Mother’s Day Memories Baseball Soul Mate Sensational Girl Player Girls and Hardball What Do You Believe In? (Bull Durham) Understanding the Game Men and Moneyball Thanks,and a very happy Opening Day!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2012 on Girls and Baseball Long Ago at watching the game
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"There are more people out there touring the nation . . . chasing the purity offered by minor league baseball than you'd think." - James Bailey In his debut novel, The Greatest Show on Dirt, James Bailey does our national pastime a genuine service by bringing to life a few... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at watching the game
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“And listen to the sound of a new beginning Oh, this is where the old is ending Listen to the sound . . . .” Building 429 We arrived at the ballpark early, my sister and I. Very early. Two weeks ahead of pitchers and catchers. Few people walked the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at watching the game
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"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart." Veterans Field, Chatham I am taking a break from baseball and baseball writing. See you in the spring! "I was counting on the game's deep patterns, three strikes, three outs, three times three innings, and its deepest impulse, to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at watching the game
thank you very much for the thoughtful comment, James - it's great to hear from you again!
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2011 on Men and Moneyball at watching the game
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"I think about baseball virtually every waking hour of my life." - Bill James courtesy of google images Good face. Good jaw. Five tools. Clean stroke. He’s cheap. Buy wins. Buy runs. The what? Rich teams. Poor teams. Who’s that? That’s Pete. So what? Yes. Please. Shake things up. Who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at watching the game
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The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers, Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed. And their friends, the loitering heirs of City directors; Departed, have left no addresses.” T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land ________ The Cape Cod Baseball League's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at watching the game
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The signs I viewed soon after touching down in central Mississippi sounded nothing like home. A town named Pearl. The Chunky River. Holy Revival Tabernacle and Minnow Bucket Road. Two quick flights from Boston had taken me to another world. In retrospect it seems odd that I didn’t notice a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at watching the game
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When you drive young boys to a baseball game, you don’t have to supply much conversation – they do all the work. Back when the kids in our family were much smaller than they are today, I’d often pack a portable supper and round them up early. Tommy, Will, Gomo,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at watching the game
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"I just felt the spirit of the game in me. At that moment I felt the love of baseball." "It all came together, the sunshine and the music and I said to myself, 'Man, how fortunate you are to be playing this beautiful game in this beautiful country!'" "I just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at watching the game
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It matters how you get there - how you approach the ballpark and when you arrive. Like the route you take to the beach house every time, choosing the scenic road that winds along water instead of cutting a more direct angle inland past a strip mall, drawing near the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at watching the game
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"Jefferson is the only president of the United States who was also a great artist. Other presidents have noodled at the keyboard or daubed at easels. But Jefferson was a building architect of large ambition and achievement, as well as a landscape architect and an interior designer. There are no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at watching the game
So glad to hear from you, and more important, it's great to know that you have such fond memories. Thank you, Sherry!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2011 on The Man at watching the game
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Please enjoy this post from my 2010 archives while I man the grill. Happy Father's Day! It's not even a complete sentence. No command or question, no declarative statement, no imperative verb, no main verb at all. Just a phrase with an -ing participle (maybe a gerund) which indicates some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at watching the game
Thanks, Bill. You may also borrow my copy, complete with annotations!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2011 on The Man at watching the game
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"There is only one man in this town." - Albert Pujols (a.k.a. El Hombre) canvas by John Falter, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum No act of biology automatically turns a boy into a man. There’s no set chronological age – say, 18 or 21 – at which a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at watching the game
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June 4, 2011 Fenway Park Red Sox 9 - Athletics 8 W: Aceves (3-1) L: Moscoso (2-1) 14 innings Baseball is the ultimate story. One inexorable and seemingly timeless plot - full of many subplots over which we have no control - drives to an uncertain but ultimately sure conclusion.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at watching the game
Thank you, John.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2011 on Last Days at watching the game
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Ted showed Josh pictures of his Marine exploits, and told him about being shot down in Korea. He gave him the full load: the mission, the attack, the ordnance involved, his eventual crash landing. He said his favorite song, right behind "God Bless America," was "The Marine Hymn." He said... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at watching the game
Ugh, I know. An unfortunate situation indeed.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2011 on On the DL at watching the game
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In Memory of Dana Brand 1954-2011 "All mankinde is of one Author, and is one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torne out of the booke, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated . . . . No Man is an... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at watching the game
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Part I. Professional ballplayers suffer from a variety of aches and pains, vague ailments, legitimate worries, and career-ending injuries. A few days ago, I sat down to read Major League Baseball’s official Disabled List. Impressed with its length and fascinated by the ways in which some injuries were presented (vocabulary,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at watching the game