The Frauds of Memory, the Limits of Penitence. And Baseball.
On God, childhood, and baseball.
On God, childhood, and baseball.
He pauses and glances around him. Just about everyone in the place is aware of him now. When he continues, the voice is still under control, but the eyes have become lasers. “I know that some of the press is out to get me. It’s ’cause I’m more intelligent than they are, I handle myself well, I’m wealthy and I’m black—and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.” He flashes his joyless smile
Australian Rocky Perone, age 21, made his minor league baseball debut with a stolen base in 1974. Except he wasn’t Australian, wasn’t named Rocky Perone and most definitely wasn’t 21.
A profile of Yankee legend Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday.
The baseball game that launched a career in fiction.
Daniel Norris lives out of his car. He’s also the #1 pitching prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I was in the visiting clubhouse waiting to interview one of the Oakland A’s this year when one of the players called, ‘Here, pussy’—as though he were calling a cat. But of course, he hadn’t lost Fluffy; he’d found a woman in his locker room.”
Human emotions and contact in the far future.
"Ethan begins moonlighting at the touch center on weekday mornings. Off-peak hours. He robo-cabs it there and back alone. Still, working there is a leap from the isolation of his apartment, and it’s the first time he’s felt inspired in years. He knows he’s not handsome by conventional standards, but he can give a mean hug and they never have enough guys to work at places like this anyway."
Relief pitcher Donnie Moore is best known for giving up a crucial home run during Game 5 the 1986 ALCS. It’s not what led to his suicide a few years later.
An essay on the pitcher, friendship and death.
An essay on Derek Jeter.
This is what happens when you concoct game-fixing allegations against a Major League pitcher because of a perceived slight on Facebook.
Johnny Damon, after baseball.
The joys of watching baseball.
Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball, his iconic instructional videos a mainstay on ESPN. Then he disappeared.
A flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sex predator.
A father who brought his daughter to a ballgame and the fallout from a foul ball.
Inside a struggling franchise’s radical rebuilding project.
A final visit with late boxer Teófilo Stevenson, who could have fought or even been Muhammad Ali had he not stayed in Cuba.
A Little League season in Camden, New Jersey, where the murder rate is 17 times the national average.
On May 16, 1913, after he’d spent years earning a chance at American stardom, Canary Islander shortstop Alfredo Cabrera played his one and only Major League Baseball game.
Yasiel Puig’s journey to the Dodgers.
A story of a playoff at-bat, a franchise, and a spectator couple.
"Coco has watched every home game with her husband from these seats since the ballpark opened in 2008 while listening to the game play by play on 106.7 FM. She has endured horrible seasons, but 2009 when her beloved team lost 108 games, and 2010 when they lost 93 more, are distant memories. Now she feels like a winner. This is the playoffs. After marriage, and kids, and grandkids, after retirement and their dream trip to Dubrovnik, this is what she has been hoping for. It is the last of her major life events. Something to retell at family dinners. Remember the World Series of 2012?"
Race and major league pitcher Chris Archer.
The Giants' miraculous 1951 comeback wasn't all that it seemed.
Previously: The Longform Guide to Cheaters.