When Willie Comes Marching Home

It didn’t take long. Three days after the San Francisco Giants traded Willie Mays to the New York Mets in 1972, the “Say Hey Kid” smacked a home run in his first game with the Queens-based ball club—a solo blast securing a 5-4 victory over his former team on Mother’s...

The New York Mets, Josh Lyman, and “The West Wing”

Post hoc ergo propter hoc. When President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet inquires whether anyone in an Oval Office meeting knows the translation of this Latin bromide, Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman understands “post” (after) and “ergo” (therefore).[i]  Chief of Staff Leo...

26 Innings

Like an avid mystery reader frustrated after finding the last two pages identifying the killer ripped out of a 600-page novel, so were the fans at Braves Field on May 1, 1920. There would be no closure for a game that went nearly triple the standard nine-inning...

Sputnik

60 years ago today, the world marveled, reeled, and responded to Russia’s launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite. And so mankind’s journey towards manned spaceflight began.  Time described the chirping sounds coming from Sputnik as...

JFK vs. LBJ

“Neither heroic nor exciting.” That is how Patrick O’Donovan of the Herald Tribune – London Observer Service described President Eisenhower’s America of the 1950s. 1960 reversed the political status quo in the White House. Or at least detoured it towards a feeling of...

The Night That Ted Turner Managed the Braves

Some things aren’t meant to last. Prime time television’s roster has a handful of shows that didn’t endure more than episode, e.g., Co-Ed Fever, Public Morals, South of Sunset. Major League Baseball’s annals boast tales of players who only...

Bowling, Tim Matheson, and “Dreamer”

“You just dream about something, that’s all it’s ever gonna be.  Just a dream.” So says Harold Nuttingham in the 1979 film Dreamer, a post-Watergate, feel-good movie with a down-to-earth vibe. Nuttingham dreams of being a bowling...

The Hall of Fame Case for Charles Ebbets

For reasons passing understanding, Charles Ebbets is not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is shameful at best and unforgivable at worst.  Imagine a baseball lineage without Ebbets Field, which débuted in 1913, becoming the home for a team with various...