My Guiding Philosophy

By |2020-02-24T10:59:26-06:00May 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 [...]

Was Ty Cobb Really a Nice Guy After All?

By |2020-06-11T16:54:49-05:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Books, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

It's rare that an author billing his work as a piece of revisionism ends up, seemingly unwittingly, reinforcing the traditional interpretation of his subject. But Charles Leerhsen accomplishes this unusual feat in his biography, "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty." Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen (464 pages, Simon & Schuster, 2015) It's rare [...]

The Republic of Baseball

By |2020-04-22T13:05:18-05:00March 10th, 2018|Categories: Baseball|

Our deepest norms of order can still be seen in operation on the diamond when they’ve been adulterated everywhere else. Baseball is our Utopia — not in assuring us of the victories we dream of, but in guaranteeing ideal conditions even of defeat. We are players or spectators of other sports, but citizens of baseball. [...]

“Baseball Is Our Game”

By |2020-07-10T14:33:51-05:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Quotation, Tradition|

"I like your interest in sports ball, chiefest of all base-ball particularly: base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. Sports take people out of doors, get them filled with oxygen generate some of the brutal customs (so-called brutal customs) which, after all, tend to habituate people to a [...]

Why Hating the New York Yankees Is Good for the Soul

By |2020-02-09T02:54:29-06:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Evil, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

The Yankee franchise represents the worst side of modern baseball and is thus the fittest of villains in the cosmic drama embodied by the game... "They are the 'Dark Side.' They represent all that is evil about baseball, and about our society in general." —Bill Lee, former major league pitcher It was the late winter of 2002, [...]

“Chances”

By |2020-05-22T17:50:54-05:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Poetry|

When the fielder loves his record More than victory for his team Doubtful chances miss his glances For his caution is extreme. Going after every grounder Means a slip-up here and there, And in terror of an error He will choose the chances fair. Spotless records are enticing In a ball game as in life, [...]

“Field of Dreams”: Baseball, the Prodigal, and Paradise

By |2020-05-28T08:50:38-05:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Featured, Film, Imagination|

The film “Field of Dreams” beautifully portrays in a contemporary idiom the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but even more so, the grand cosmic drama to which that Parable points: that of Paradise lost and Paradise regained. In view of the beginning of baseball season, and as the father of two Little Leaguers, I [...]

Cruel September: The Tragedy of Fall Baseball

By |2019-09-16T22:15:25-05:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Baseball, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

“April is the cruellest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote in the first lines of The Waste Land, but for baseball fans it is the month of September that marks the time of bitterest disappointment. Whereas April, the opening month of the baseball season, is filled with hope and promise, September is the final full month of the [...]

Reflections on America from the Ballpark

By |2020-03-03T12:57:21-06:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Baseball|

Recently I went to see a baseball game. The New York Yankees were playing the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Usually I am perfectly content to watch sports on TV in the comforts of home and avoid the contingencies of weather and traffic, and the costs of parking, tickets and concessions. I am also sensitive [...]

The Day Rick Monday Saved the American Flag

By |2020-07-05T00:19:03-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Independence Day, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

On April 25, 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned by two protestors who had trespassed onto the field during a game at Dodger Stadium. As the bottom of the fourth inning got underway, the protesters placed the flag in left-center field [...]

Little League Baseball as Culture Tonic

By |2020-03-27T09:30:53-05:00June 15th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Culture, Sports|Tags: |

Baseball is republican; baseball is deliberate; baseball is particularly American. May Little League baseball endure as long as the Republic it supports. Tonight one of the most important episodes in the life of the Gregg family came to an end.  With Nolan (12) throwing a newly developed knuckle ball toward home plate, thirteen years [...]

So, Three Umpires Are in a Bar: Or How to Call Reality Right

By |2020-04-21T12:17:21-05:00July 24th, 2012|Categories: Baseball, Liberal Learning, Robert M. Woods|

Among the many conversations I have had with Great Books students over the years, none is more lively than when we discuss various theories of truth. It seems to always come up when we are reading and talking about Thomas Aquinas’s Summa. In order to make immediate connection with them, I tell the story [...]

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