Sports

Killing the Umpires: Technology and Baseball

By |2019-09-05T23:54:47-05:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Sports|

Now we might have computers that transmit their ball-and-strike calls via an iPhone to an earpiece worn by the home-plate human umpire. With the flip of a switch, one of the richest traditions in a tradition-rich sport—arguing, disputing, and hooting at the umpire, as well as adjusting to his finely calibrated (or maddeningly arbitrary) [...]

Baseball and the Cure of Souls

By |2019-04-03T22:51:54-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, Sports|

Baseball has an essence that mirrors the heavenly city and the precision of creation better than other sports. Its calmer nature also embodies that sense of tranquility which the restless heart seeks. The baseball season has arrived. America’s pastime sport returns, like Persephone from her bondage in Hades, to signal the return to life [...]

The Ballpark: A Paradise Into Which Evil Comes

By |2019-03-28T14:22:11-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Quotation|

The ballpark is a paradise into which evil does occasionally come, whenever the Yankees are in town, and this occasionally lends the game a cosmic significance that it would not be improper to call “apocalyptic.” This, in fact, is why that dastardly franchise is a spiritually necessary part of the game in this country; even [...]

On Baseball

By |2019-03-27T22:20:45-05:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Jacques Barzun|

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game. That baseball fitly expresses the powers of the nation's mind and body is a merit separate from the glory of being the most active, agile, varied, articulate, and brainy of all group games. People [...]

Forgotten Virtue: The Baseball Hero Nobody Knows

By |2019-03-20T14:11:34-05:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Gil Meche His career stats indicate that he was a mediocre baseball pitcher—perhaps the epitome of mediocrity: 84 wins; 83 losses; a 4.49 Earned Run Average; a Walks-plus-Hits-to-Innings-Pitched ratio of 1.42. Yet Gil Meche, who played for the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals, was responsible for one of the most astounding, yet almost unnoticed, [...]

Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football

By |2019-02-01T14:48:31-05:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Books, Character, Culture, Football, History, Sports|

While the evolution of collegiate football was gradual, its rise in popularity was quite sudden—and it all began with Walter Camp, consummate Yale man and watch company executive. Minneapolis lawyer Roger Tamte has now given us the definitive Camp biography… Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football by Roger R. Tamte (408 pages, University [...]

Who Was the Real Ty Cobb?

By |2018-10-24T12:40:38-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Books, Character, Sports|

People have been told that Ty Cobb was a bad man over and over, all their lives. The repetition has felt like evidence... Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen (464 pages, Simon & Schuster, 2015) Baseball fans familiar with major league records remember Ty Cobb for his .366 lifetime batting average during the dead-ball era. Some [...]

“The Brothers Karamazov” and the Power of Memory

By |2018-08-03T23:43:22-05:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Family, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Books, Literature|

Strong memories—of good times, of challenges met, of shaping experiences commonly shared—are the critical foundation of a good and meaningful life, particularly if you are young. Cherished memories of days passed can spur us on, can exhort us, and can motivate us when our own days seem dark and unendurable... On my desk sits a [...]

My Guiding Philosophy

By |2018-05-08T12:29:13-05:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Quotation|

"My guiding philosophy was that playing every day for your team was the most honorable thing you could do. They were counting on you. You had a challenge that day, and you came to the ballpark to meet that challenge. You played. That was the highest level you could achieve." —quoted in The Streak: Lou [...]