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|Jun-21-12|| ||playground player: <Jim Bartle> Little League and its imitators killed pickup baseball. Kids can't conceive of playing baseball without uniforms, sponsors, parents in the stands, an electronic scoreboard, etc. When I was in college, you could always get up a pickup football game at the county park--but not anymore.|
|Jun-21-12|| ||Jim Bartle: All that is true. I was referring to professional players, particularly when they are on strike or locked out.|
But the "organized" games definitely has had a negative effect, leaving kids to play much less. My friends and I as kids fashioned fields out of cow pastures to play, as schools were too far away.
|Jun-21-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <vonKrolock> If you're looking for the physical issue with the Babson photo, the White Collection should have it. BUt it won't be easy to find it elsewhere.|
I have a vague recollection of having seen a group picture of the Babson family somewhere, but can't place it at the moment.
|Jun-21-12|| ||WannaBe: Just about 3:30 left in the 3rd qtr, I think it is all over for OKC.|
|Jun-21-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Good. Now we've got all the irrelevancies out of the way and can concentrate on what's really important ... at least until NFL Training Camp.|
|Jun-22-12|| ||WannaBe: Summer Olympics and who will win the Doubles Synchronized Floor Exercize Rhythmic Gymnastics with Hoola Hoop??|
|Jun-22-12|| ||vonKrolock: <Phon> Never mind, the hints are great, thanks again|
|Jun-22-12|| ||Alien Math: <vonKrolock> If find one pictures of, then able same search with picture url | |
Right-click the image to copy the URL.
On images.google.com, click the camera icon, and "Paste image URL".
Further search options then.
|Jun-22-12|| ||Jim Bartle: OK, it finally happened. A broken bat clobbered someone, and it was the home plate umpire, right in the head, in the Cincinnati game. Went down hard, but walked away leaving the game.|
|Jun-22-12|| ||Phony Benoni: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news...|
Thankfully, he doesn't seem to have lost consciousness, but there's surely a concussion there.
By the way, here's the game where Steve Yeager got it in the neck:
One of those accidents you don't dare think about, simply because they aren't preventable.
|Jun-23-12|| ||vonKrolock: <Alien Math> Sure , provided the <<"service is available in your country">> ... (not always)|
|Jun-23-12|| ||Phony Benoni: A number of remarkbable features in this game:
The eleven home runs is no longer a record, the Tigers and White Sox having combined for twelve a couple of times since. But how often do you see: (a) a "walk-off" inside-the-park home run; (b) a grand slam home run by a relief pitcher?
|Jun-23-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Are there statistics on the number of inside-the-park homers in different stadiums from back in 1950? I'll bet there were more on a huge field such as at Yankee Stadium than at most other stadiums.|
|Jun-23-12|| ||playground player: <Jim Bartle> Don't forget Casey Stengel's inside-the-park home run in the 1921 World Series, the first World Series held in the then-new, now-vanished, Yankee Stadium. He was pretty famous for that homer he hit for the Giants, but became even more famous for managing the Yankees and testifying (inimitably) before Congress (anybody got some video of *that*?).|
|Jun-23-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Damon Runyon report on Stengel's inside-the-park home run:|
<"This is the way old Casey Stengel ran, running his home run home when two were out in the ninth inning and the score was tied and the ball was bounding inside the Yankee yard.
“This is the way—
“His mouth wide open.
“His warped old legs bending beneath him at every stride.
“His arms flying back and forth like those of a man swimming with a crawl stroke.
“His flanks heaving, his breath whistling, his head far back…
“The warped old legs, twisted and bent by many a year of baseball campaigning, just barely held out under Casey Stengel until he reached the plate running his home run home.”>
You don't see sports writing like that every day. But good grief, Casey was only 33.
Stengel had another, more conventional game-winning home run in that series:
|Jun-25-12|| ||playground player: <Phony Benoni> Yeah, that's great writing, all right. It makes the event described come to life--reading it is almost as good as being there. But to have that kind of writing, you have to have the kind of audience that can appreciate it. The video-game/comic-book generation has no imagination and no feel for the English language.|
|Jun-25-12|| ||Jim Bartle: In general there's a lot less imagination in sportswriting (though there are exceptions) because we actually get to see the events described via TV. Before TV (and in 1921, I believe, before radio broadcasts) the writers had to work a lot harder to describe the action.|
I do think you hear a lot of excellent radio broadcasting in sports, especially in baseball.
|Jun-26-12|| ||Phony Benoni: You should have heard Homer complain when they started writing his stuff down instead of relying on memory. "This modern generation has no imagination and no feel for the Ancient Greek language..."|
That's a joke (I hope!). However, I think that technological innovations do not destroy imagination, but direct it into different paths and channels. If anything, I'd say this generation has too much of it.
And who needs the English language when a picture is worth a thousand words and a YouTube clip a thousand pictures? In the future, the only job English majors can find will be writing instruction manuals.
|Jun-26-12|| ||I play the Fred: <You don't see sports writing like that every day. But good grief, Casey was only 33.>|
To be fair, 33 was older then than it is now. (And my previous sentence reads like a Yogi-ism)
|Jun-26-12|| ||Jim Bartle: You could look it up.|
|Jun-26-12|| ||WannaBe: News: Big Ben to be renamed: http://news.yahoo.com/big-ben-renam...|
Reaction: Not sure if fans in Pittsburgh would like the fact that their starting QB is now named Elizabeth.
|Jun-26-12|| ||Phony Benoni: The game that broke a remarkable streak, at least for these days:|
Rick Langford had completed his previous 22 starts. He would complete his next three before going ten innings to a no decision in his last appearance for the year.
That was the season, you might recall that Billy Martin had invested in Tommy John Surgery futures. Oakland's starters completed 94 games. Each of Oakland's five starters pitched over 200 innings and completed at least 10 games. Even the team leader in saves pitched a complete game shutout near the end of the year.
|Jun-26-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "That was the season, you might recall that Billy Martin had invested in Tommy John Surgery futures."|
No kidding. All five of the starters were basically finished two years later. I guess you could say McCatty lasted another year or two, but even he wasn't effective past the age of 29.
I remember Sports Illustrated had an article on the team in May or so, and the opening photo was of the bullpen pitchers watching and looking totally bored.
|Jun-26-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Cleveland vs. Yankees: Did he catch it or not?
You'll know what I mean before too long. Spectacular play in any case. Paul O'Neill called it "home cooking. We have 43,000 people here tonight, and six of them helped him make that catch. I bet it's some little league ball which ended up in his glove."
|Jun-26-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Yankee announcers are having a great time laughing about what a bad call it was, and showing a slo-mo where the umpire calls out before he's anywhere close enough to the stands to see Wise has the ball is in the glove.|
So a rules question: Runners on base. Player dives into the crowd and makes the catch. The runners can tag up and just keep running? Can there be fan interference? I mean, what if the home team has the bases loaded and the the shortstop dives into the stands and (foolishly) makes the catch? And the fans hold him down while all three runners score?
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