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USFL’s Brief Spring Fling Chronicled In New Book

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Names like Jim Kelly, Reggie White and Steve Young—all immortalized as Pro Football Hall of Famers—got their starts not in the established NFL, but in an upstart outfit known as the United States Football League (USFL) that lasted only three years (1983-1985) but provided fans not only a football fix ...

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Amore Book Takes Fans Up On The Hilltop

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Origin stories aren’t just for superheroes. True Batman fans know about Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered in front of his eyes, and those who love Superman know he left Krypton just before its destruction and ended up on Earth. And while baseball’s lineage is long disputed and quite a story ...

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From the Oval Office to the Diamond, Smith Book Tracks the Presidents and Baseball

The National Game

There is a famous political cartoon from the 1860 U.S. Presidential election, depicting Abraham Lincoln winning a baseball game against fellow candidates John Bell, Stephen Douglas and John Breckinridge. The Currier & Ives piece uses terminology like “put out,” “strike,” “short stop,” “home run” and “fair ball,” words that would be familiar to voters even then, ...

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‘If Ifs and Buts…’ New Book Looks At Great Sports What-Ifs

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“Deep to Left… Yastrzemski will not get it… it’s foul by a few feet. Bucky Dent just missed giving the Yankees the lead.” Had Bill White‘s memorable call of Bucky Dent‘s iconic 1978 A.L. East playoff at-bat gone something like the above, followed by Dent making the out that his ...

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‘The Year of the Pitcher’ Highlighted In Book 50 Years Later

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Baseball fans know 1968 as “The Year of the Pitcher”—batting averages and ERAs looked like those of the Deadball Era across the board, led by the last 30 game winner, Denny McLain of the Tigers, and the MLB record 1.12 ERA of the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson. Those two big personalities ...

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A ‘Heavenly’ Fantasy Baseball Contest, For All The World

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Fantasy sports may be all the rage on earth, but what if the result of a single baseball game, whose teams are comprised of players selected by God and the Devil themselves, from among anyone ever to play in the Majors or Negro Leagues, would determine the fate of the ...

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Deals, Deals, Deals! New Book Looks At The Best… And Worst Of Them

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout after an inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday July 29, 2007 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. .

Baseball’s trading deadline is a few weeks away (and Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us!). Trade talk around the league has been ramping up, in what could culminate in a bonanza like July 2017 or — like many other years — a lot more speculation than actual swapping. Will teams ...

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Appel Spins Another Gem With ‘Stengel’

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When Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, author Marty Appel surmises, he likely “played with or against or managed more” fellow Hall of Famers than any of the then-100+ enshrinees. Having been born before Babe Ruth, started his playing career in ...

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Great Dunbar HS Teams Chronicled In New Book

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Good things come in small packages. That’s how’s the saying goes, but when it comes to basketball, it usually doesn’t apply. Enter Muggsy Bogues, the “missing link” that completed the Baltimore Dunbar High School basketball squad that 35 years ago began a two-year undefeated reign as the consensus national champions. ...

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Early Star’s Career, Untimely Death Recalled In Biography

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Even avid baseball fans are not likely to have heard of Win Mercer. His career–and, sadly, his life–over just before the detente between the National League and upstart American League would lead to the first World Series, Mercer toiled for always losing and mostly dismal Washington teams in seven of ...

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