Marianne Moore’s Baseball Poems

By |2020-08-12T16:15:48-05:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Baseball, Character, Christianity, Culture, History, Literature, Poetry, Sports|

As we attempt to understand Marianne Moore’s baseball poems, it is important to see the contextual influence of her brother and their mutual interest in Pauline Christianity, a tradition they never abandoned. There is some mystery in the space between sport and religion that many Christian athletes inhabit and of which Marianne Moore is [...]

Woke Baseball Forgets Life’s Most Important Lesson: “It’s Not About You”

By |2020-07-24T19:21:41-05:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Baseball, Civil Society, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players —As You Like It, William Shakespeare In a sadly predictable development, Major League Baseball is going the way of the Woke, with players kneeling during, or before, the playing of the National Anthem, donning Black Lives Matter T-shirts and uniform patches, and [...]

Judging the Black Sox: The Baseball Scandal of 1919

By |2020-06-30T18:30:55-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Baseball|

The Black Sox Scandal was a Major League Baseball game-fixing scandal in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox (Arnold "Chick" Gandil, Eddie Cicotte, Oscar "Happy" Felsch, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Fred McMullin, Charles "Swede" Risberg, George "Buck" Weaver, Claude "Lefty" Williams) were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in [...]

“Baseball Has Marked the Time”

By |2020-05-16T13:36:23-05:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Baseball, Film|

The following is the speech of Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones) from the film Field of Dreams. Ray, people will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway, not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as [...]

“Give Us Back Our Game”

By |2020-05-10T14:31:34-05:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Baseball, Music, Sports|

"Give Us Back Our Game" appears on Terry Cashman's 1995 album, Passin It On: America's Baseball Heritage in Song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQPfGLOZy8 Give us back our game It belongs to us The people of America Give us back our game It's a song about us Before the fields and all of the dreams turn into dust [...]

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 |2020-03-07T17:10:51-06:00March 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 |2020-02-21T11:59:53-06:00March 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, [...]

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 |2020-06-12T10:21:09-05:00August 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 [...]

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