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REMEMBERING “ROBBY” (Part II)

Wonderful reactions to Part I, so here as we approach “Jackie Robinson Day” in Major League Baseball is Part II. Enjoy. Growing up Years Jerry and Mallie Robinson were impoverished sharecroppers who lived in Cairo, Georgia. Jerry deserted the family six months after Jackie was born in 1919. Mallie, strong, religious, family-oriented

1927: New York Yankees, Spring Training Flashback

Another spring, another spring training for the Yankees of New York. All of them have had special meaning for baseball’s greatest franchise. Perhaps none was more special than for the ’27 team, best in baseball history. Comfortable among the high and mighty or the ordinary, friendly with the press, moving around

Red Sox Flashback: The First World Championship

With the Sox on the cusp of winning another World Series, with fans all over New England savoring the time, a look back to 1912 provides a marvelous historical treat. Business in Boston virtually shut down on September 23, 1912, as  100‚000 cheered the Red Sox returning from a western trip

How Far the Game Has Come

With apologies to the great poet Robert Frost, the game was ours before we were the game’s. And the game goes on decade after decade and now into the 2018 baseball post-season it still continues as part of the fabric of American culture. Much, however, has changed in the national

The Greatest Baseball Team — Ever

There is always the debate among baseball aficionados, experts, fans - -what was the greatest baseball team of all time? In my book Five O’Clock Lighting, there is provided for all the definitive answer, the 1927 New York Yankees, hands down. You could look it up: http://frommerbooks.com/five-o-clock-lightning-NEW.html When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert's

REMEMBERING JACOB RUPPERT

Owners come and owners go. Some have been hands-on and others have tended to their own affairs and let the teams they owned function led by pros. The Jake, the man who created the New York Yankee empire was so involved that he even took a broom from time to

Fenway Flashback

The glory days are back at the Fens as the 2018 season heads down the home stretch. There is a lot of excitement about the real possibility of another world championship for the Sox. Royal and loyal rooters, though, still have in their memory bank images of a sad long

Red Sox vs Yankees

Throughout the 2018 season, the Yankees and the Red Sox have kept their eyes on the ball and the standings as baseball’s greatest rivalry plays out again. Coming up another series between the two rivals, another head to head confrontation in the “blood feud.” Way back then, as the story goes,