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Sports Book Reviews – – October Edition

A couple of years back my wife Myrna and I were interviewing for our oral history IT HAPPENED IN MIAMI.  We were taken aback by the many wonderful stories we heard about Muhammad Ali and his time spent at the Fifth Street Gym where he trained and entranced so many

New Look Mets Front Office May Change the Team Outlook

Nobody is sure that the Mets will be aggressive in the free agent market this year. So far general manager, Sandy Alderson has accepted the resignation from Terry Collins and made him his special assistant. Then he fired Dan Warthen and stated he will stay with the team. Mets trainer

REMEMBERING ELSTON HOWARD

“A man of great gentleness and dignity” –on his Plaque in Monument Park “He deserves credit and where would I be without him?  Phew! He can give me a job in the outfield and he can catch, too.  Good kid, too. He's good.”—Casey Stengel   With all the newspaper headlines today documenting angst

How Murderers’ Row Shaped Baseball

When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert's "Rough Riders," as some called them in the late 1920s, were not going head to head against their American League competition, they were playing exhibition games in Buffalo, Omaha, Rochester, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis... Everyone in the little cities and small towns wanted to catch a glimpse

REMEMBERING MEL ALLEN

I had the very good fortune in 1990 to visit the legendary Mel Allen at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. I was there to collect memorabilia for the “Stars of David: Jews in Sports” exhibit that I was the curator and executive producer for at the Klutznik Museum in Washington,

Jackie and Me Book Review

Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship appeals to me for a lot of reasons. My family used to vacation in the Catskills. My mother is still a huge fan of the old Brooklyn Dodger days and Jackie Robinson. Grossingers is a legendary name in resorts so this had the

REMEMBERING YOGI BERRA

“Mr. Berra is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” –Casey Stengel “Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball, is like talking to Homer about the gods.” - Bart Giamatti The kid who grew up in St. Louis eating banana sandwiches with mustard grew up to be one of the legends of

REMEMBERING THE YANKEE CLIPPER

All the hype and histrionics over Aaron Judge and some of the over-reaching comparisons to Joe DiMaggio trigger the need to go back and re-visit what the Yankee legend was all about. He was born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, one of nine children of Rosalie

Ultimate Zone Rating: Defense is a pitcher’s best friend

There's nothing more frustrating for pitchers than an expected out that goes awry. Squandered grounders, dropped fly balls, and wild throwing errors have been the bane of pitchers since Cy Young threw 400-plus innings a season. Instead of a one-two-three inning, the battery must now deal with a baserunner, increasing

Pitching the numbers: Why baseball’s the easiest to bet on

Similar to any athletic competition, betting on sports is most enjoyable when you win. After all, as Red Sanders said, “winning isn't everything, it's the only thing”. Fans of wagering on multiple sports know that each league has its own quirks. Some consider basketball to be the most predictable sport

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