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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

NAME THAT IMAGE

Would call this one: Never Gets Old.  Cody Bellinger signing autographs for some future major leaguers. A while ago... early days of televising baseball. Even the image is black and white.  Call this one:  No lights, one camera, action! Confucius got nothin on this...

IT’S JUST A GAME, RIGHT?

It's just baseball.  A game.  Not life or death, by any means. Why then does it bring tears, at times? Just last year a possibly washed up major league player, who was sitting at home thinking his career may be done, was still being pushed by his dad to keep at it....

SHOEBOX TREASURES

Imagine a story on a small piece of cardboard, with a photo. A couple inches by a couple inches, maybe. And you spend quite a bit of time looking at it, front and back. You look at it many, many times. It is possible -- I don't think it can be denied -- that baseball...

THE PICTURE SAYS IT ALL

I write a lot here - of all the items I have posted on Facebook to date, this is the one that received the most likes, the most shares, and the most comments.  And yes it is indeed just a photo.  A picture of a time.

SAP, JUST PURE SAP

"No offense, but that's more syrup than I put on my waffle this morning..." That remark is one of my favorite comments about a column that posted on this web site.  I am sappy.  I don't want to be sappy, but it rhymes with happy, so I guess that's ok.  And I admit, I...

A TRULY FINE VINTAGE

Serendipity is defined as an unplanned, fortunate discovery. You see, we were in Tennessee.  Some of the folks in our group are history buffs, which meant a longish-stop-over at the home of our seventh President, Andrew Jackson (aka "ol' Hickory").  Not the nicest...

SLUGGER, AND THE ENDURING POPULARITY OF BASEBALL

About a third of the way through our tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, our guide Natalie said something that has really stayed with me:  "The size of the crowds here on any given day are a testament to the enduring popularity of the game of baseball."...

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