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Few American athletic endeavors are as aware of their own history as baseball. No professional sport is as devoted to the past as baseball, a pastime that spans a century-and-a-half at this point; this is a game that draws direct connections between the players of today and the stars of yesteryear.

Of course, this means that there is a wealth of writing about the game past. Biographies and memoirs, books laden with legends and statistics. As a lover of the game, I dig them all, but I’ve always had a particular affinity for oral histories, the books where the players of bygone times offer up the stories from their mind’s eye. Memories of how the game once was from the men who once played it.

Peter Golenbock’s new book “Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It” (Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95) compiles a wide assortment of these memories as dictated by the men who were there. Players remembering their time on the field during the tumultuous and triumphant stretch from the 1940s to the ‘60s – acknowledged by many to be the titular Golden Age of the sport.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 11:37

Latest no-hitter makes MLB history … twice

It’s been a minute, but MLB notched another no-hitter over the weekend. And this one made history – twice.

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Gilbert threw the no-no against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. It was the rookie’s first-ever major league start, making him just the second pitcher in modern baseball history – and the fourth ever – to accomplish the feat; he joins the legendary Bobo Holloman, who accomplished the feat while pitching for the St. Louis Browns back in 1953.

In addition, Gilbert’s game marks the eighth official no-hitter of the year, making this the most prevalent year for no-hit games in modern MLB history; the previous record of seven was achieved in three previous seasons – 1990, 1991 and 2015. The only other year with as many as eight is 1884, a year in which the game bore only a passing resemblance to what we see today.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:06

The life and times of the Old Perfesser

“Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character”

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:09

Just-missed history – ‘Almost Perfect’

Book looks at 16 pitchers who fell short of perfection

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:58

The Sports Edge - Trading places

By the time you read this, the major league baseball trading deadline will have come and gone, the 'experts' will have weighed in on the winners and losers, and the Red Sox will likely find new ways to disappoint fans down the stretch. New Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski has been proactive both in the offseason and in advance of the deadline but while he may have made some good deals, Double-D has a way to go to join the ranks of truly memorable trades that I've assembled in my unscientific list of the greatest moves in the history of the game.

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