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Baseball on Ice

Posted 05-04-2009 at 02:39 PM by tebman (Try To Hit 'Em Where They Ain't)

We had tickets to Opening Day. The key word there is "had," because the game was snowed out and postponed until the next day. Disappointing, but it happens. This is April in Chicago after all.

We couldn't make it to the next day's game so I exchanged the tickets for April 28th. A bummer, because I love Opening Day: the crowd, the pageantry, the spring-is-here feeling that accompanies the event. But I already had tickets to the April 25th game and I resigned myself to making...
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APBA Game 12

Posted 04-28-2009 at 10:27 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

Just finished game 12 of my APBA season. It was the type of game that would cause 500 reply postgame threads, server overload and a complete crash-and-burn on WSI were it a real game.

The 1936 Sox took the early 2-0 lead, but Boston answered right back to make it 2-2. The White Sox eventually made it 6-3. Zeke Bonura was in fine form with two 2 RBI hits. John Whitehead (what a name. Just hearing it brings back painful memories of adolesence) pitched well for the Sox. Boston chipped...
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Baseball Phrases, Old and Older

Posted 04-28-2009 at 12:26 PM by tebman (Try To Hit 'Em Where They Ain't)

When I decided to make use of the blog feature on WSI I tried to think of a clever title. Something catchy, maybe a little snarky, and somehow relevant to baseball. Hoping to post some original thoughts, the notion of "hit 'em where they ain't" seemed to fit.

With lantern in hand, I regularly prowl the web looking for nuggets of insight, prospecting for information gold. To my surprise I found that a message board for Baltimore Orioles fans already calls itself "Hit...
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"Baseball in Chicago" Dream Documentary-cont.

Posted 04-26-2009 at 01:47 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 05-11-2009 at 12:04 PM by TommyJohn

*The "Black Cubs?" Was the 1918 World Series fixed? Unearthed evidence that seems to point this fact would be explored.


*The Federal League challenge of 1914-15 and Chicago's forgotten pennant winner-the Chicago Whales of 1915.

*Charles Weeghman and his forgotten impact on the game. It was he who built Wrigley Field and moved the Cubs there after the FL went out of business. Shrewd businessman or Accidental Genius?

*The Cubs and White...
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"Baseball in Chicago" Dream Documentary

Posted 04-26-2009 at 01:13 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-26-2009 at 10:08 PM by TommyJohn

"MLB Network is proud to present....Ken Burns' 'Baseball!" Thus sayeth the voiceover announcer on the network. Ah, yes. The definitive documentary of our National Pastime...if you are from New York or Boston and want to see the doc pay an inordinate amount of attention to Boston blowing Game 6 or Doris Kearns Goodwin wax rhapsodic about how she chose Boston to root for after the Dodgers left Brooklyn because she couldn't root for the Yankees, or some such nonsense.

The documentary...
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