1913 United Gas Improvement team
Baseball Heaven: United Gas Improvement v. Brooklyn Gas at Ebbetts Field, August 2, 1913
Sousa Band baseball team circa 1902
1926 House Republican baseball team
1926 House Democratic team
The Republican team's grand entrance
House Speaker Nicholas Longworth
March 27, 2013
With Color Blind
hitting bookstores this week, why not celebrate with a toast to Satchel Paige, star pitcher of the Bismarck, North Dakota baseball team that is the focus of the book? Paige starred for lots of team in the course of his peripatetic career; perhaps as many as 100. He took two sabbaticals (more…)
March 20, 2013
The Library of Congress is a dusty attic crammed with memorabilia and geegaws. In researching Color Blind
I had occasion to rummage through the online annex of that attic, where I found a few wonderful surprises. This photograph is an example. Just another rec league baseball game, right? Not quite.
The game was (more…)
March 15, 2013
As far as anyone knows, Sitting Bull never played baseball. However, he killed his first buffalo at age ten so the man certainly wasn’t lacking in athletic ability. Color Blind
is about the weave of baseball and history, the latter being where Sitting Bull fits into the story.
In the 1870s (more…)
March 11, 2013
Sousa Band baseball team, circa 1902. Sousa, the pitcher, is seated front row center.
The late sports historian Harold Seymour - who was a batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1920s - coined the term “House of Baseball” to describe the multiple levels of the sport. Professional baseball occupied the top floor, with minor league and semipro ball hovering just underneath. (Color Blind is about the (more…)
March 7, 2013
The 1926 House Republican baseball team takes mass transportation to Griffith Stadium
What to do with all the cool, surplus research material that doesn’t make it into a book? You can’t hold a garage sale. Answer: Start a blog!
So here we are. This will continue only as long as I have photo out-takes and tidbits worth sharing. There should be enough goodies to (more…)