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Thursday, March 27, 2008

At the Old Ball Game

It's baseball season already? Two games in the books, played in Japan, and a full slate starting next week. Weren't some games postponed last year because of snow?

A baseball - will it blend?


Still, I love baseball. I love its traditions. I love its attention to arcane statistics. Speaking of which: What team and in what season did every player with over 300 at-bats had a batting average over .300, the only time in history this has happened?

Baseball is.... narrated by the legendary announcer Ernie Harwell - I have this on CD


The hardest part of the new season is finding out where players got traded to. I know pitcher Johan Santana signed with the Mets and that Mets OF Lastings Milledge was traded, but not much else.

A version of Abbott & Costello's Who's On First different from the version I own on CD


Baseball by Bill Cosby, from the album 'To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With'


According to this story, actor Richard Widmark, who died this week, was the father-in-law of Dodger Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.

Baseball and Football by George Carlin: I own a different version on LP. This one seems more recent, more expansive. I most love that final description of football.


The answer to the trivia question: the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals. I did not know that; I would have picked the 1927 Yankees.
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Oh, and it's March Madness in college basketball. I know for nothing about it, yet managed to get 15 of 16 right on the first day. I picked Davidson over Georgetown! I picked Siena, located in Albany County, NY over Vanderbilt! And I still lead my pool. The bad news: I had Pitt going to the Final Four, losing to UCLA (with UNC beating Kansas, and UCLA over UNC). All my remaining picks are overdogs. Go, Bruins!


ROG

2 comments:

Scott said...

Some very good videos there, Roger. Especially the first one, being teh Tigers' fan that I am . It's always good to hear Ernie Harwell's voice.

For the record, I would have picked the '27 Yankees (Murderer's Row) as well, or the '34 Cardinals (The Gas House Gang).

Good luck with your NCAA B'ball pool. I am in 8th place in mine. Unfortunately that means I'm in last place. But all my Final Four teams are still in it.

Greg said...

Actually, I was thinking it was the 1931 Phillies (I think it was the '31 team). One of those late '20s-early '30s Philadelphia teams had a team batting average of something like .320 but finished last because their pitching was so very, very bad. The 20s and 30s were awesome in baseball.