Jim Bouton

Jim Bouton

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.

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Field of Dreams - 30th Anniversary (Stories, Reflections, and Movie Scenes)

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.

Field of Dreams Movie Scenes - posts at 3:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

Notes from San Francisco

Notes from San Francisco

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.

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A Look Back - 1975 Topps (Vol. 1 - Frank Tepedino)

A Look Back - 1975 Topps (Vol. 1 - Frank Tepedino)

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…

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