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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.
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!



Anonymous 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.