The extraordinary thing about Jim Bouton for me was not the influence he had on me as baseball fan, writer and indeed human being, but that he had a similar effect on so many other baseball fans with whom I have become good friends. The single most important indicator of whether or not I will really connect with another baseball person is whether they have read and appreciated Bouton’s seminal book Ball Four. My sons are now young men, but when they were boys of about 12 years old, I did not make them read Ball Four. However, I did make it clear that if they wanted to continue to be fed and housed, they should read the book. They did and they loved it too.Read More
“Hey Dad…Wanna have a catch?”
“The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball…”
If You Build It, He Will Come…
“Our friends from Iowa advised that April is out of the question for catching or playing ball. The fields will either be flooded, soggy, squishy, or snow-covered. Expect mud. That’s the best we can expect. Mud…”Read More
A few years ago I traveled to the legendary Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa to have a catch with my dad. I have often shared the story of how that trip came to be, but I have never told the tale about what happened on those magical days in Iowa in 2016.
This, then, is that story…Read More
Today is the 30th Anniversary of the movie Field of Dreams. In honor of this special movie and what it has meant to me and my family, I will post three articles today commemorating this occasion. The fact that tomorrow is Fathers’ Day makes these stories all more poignant and meaningful.
Today’s posts will go live according to the following schedule: (We have also linked each article for direct access.)
Is This? - posts at 10:00 a.m.
Field of Dreams II (It Is!) - posts at 12:00 p.m.
Looking On (A Mom’s Perspective) - A Brand New Story! - posts at 2:00 p.m.
Watching the Yankees and the Giants play this weekend was a bit of a dissonant experience for me. I have been rooting for both these teams since I became a baseball fan in the mid-1970s. As a child back then, this never seemed like a problem because the two teams were so rarely good at the same time. There was no interleague play in those years, so having one National League and one American League team was relatively easy. Since the advent of interleague play, I had seen the two teams play each other once at Yankee Stadium, but never in San Francisco.Read More
It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon so I went into the attic and milling around I found an old box of 1975 Topps baseball cards.
As I started to flip through this box of common cards from long ago, cards that I probably sorted a million times as a kid, I wondered if I would discover the cards of any former New York Yankees…Read More