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A mid-August game at Citi Field between the Pirates and the Mets involved good friends and good baseball. It also involved, in our section, a racial moment. Two young men brought a flag of the Republic of Korea to the game, standing quietly to display the flag each time Pirates’ rookie Jung-ho Kang came to […] Read More

On every baseball team there is always a kid who has a hard time judging fly balls. This is the guy who is so fixated on where the ball is that he never can figure out where the ball is going to be. So the coach puts him out in right field, where fewer balls […] Read More

The Field

My brother and I grew up in a small town in the East Arkansas Delta in the ’40s and ’50s. We lived on Division Street. It was a great place to live if you were white. Our small frame rent house was in the last block of South Division before it passed under the railroad […] Read More

It was a powerful, nonverbal symbol recognized by every player on the old New York Yankees baseball club during their successful 1956 season. When manager Casey Stengel wanted to signal the identity of the person he had chosen to pitch for the next game, he would get to the locker room early and place a […] Read More

I have loved baseball all my life. It is a wonderful game with a rhythm of its own. It’s the only major sport where the game is played on its own time, which doesn’t designate a specific length of time, only innings. But more than that, there are so many positions and so many strategies […] Read More

In November 1934, the U.S. Major League Baseball All-Stars were on a noteworthy tour to Japan. The story of that tour is engagingly told in Robert K. Fitts’ new book, “Banzai Babe Ruth.” Actually, Fitts’ book is about much more than baseball: the subtitle is “Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan.” […] Read More

ST. LOUIS (RNS) As members of The Gathering began to hear of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments after Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had signed a $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, they decided to act. “We heard people were burning their Pujols jerseys, and someone said, ‘Why […] Read More

(RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. More than two dozen members of the coalition group Faith United Against Tobacco wrote May 30 to Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major […] Read More

Barry Bonds*

Wednesday was declared Barry Bonds Day in San Francisco. Bonds was given a day because the night before he broke one of the most revered records in sports–the career home run record. Bonds hit career home run No. 756 off of Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik. The asterisk beside Bonds’ name in the headline of […] Read More

Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of major league baseball from 1969 to 1984, died last Thursday at age 80. Kuhn served as commissioner during the years that I really started paying attention to baseball. Indeed, he is the first commissioner about whom I remember hearing. I remember not liking him very much. The best I can […] Read More