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SOME VINTAGE VIN SCULLY, THE LYRICAL POET OF BASEBALL

KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

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."...

OH YEAH?

With the season on the horizon, some of us have donned boxing gloves (ok, not really, baseball mitts), but we're ready.  We are REDDDDDDD DEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Just in case anyone asks what's such a big deal about baseball, that slow, yawner, boring game where players...

DAD

Dad took me to baseball games slapped my knee when something good happened played catch with me after sometimes at night under the moon On those rare occasions when he was not working he talked to me about baseball players some he really admired Had all sorts of very...

THE BABE’S BIGGEST FAN

Julia Ruth Stevens died recently at the great age of 102 (which is less than one seventh of the home runs hit by her adoptive father George Herman Ruth). Babe married his second wife, actress and model Claire Merritt Hodgson in 1929, and adopted Julia thereafter. She...

ARGUING AGAINST THE KNIFE

Ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions, also known as Tommy John surgery.  The first was in 1974, thank you to  the remarkable Dr. Franklin Jobe whose patient was indeed Tommy John.  When Dr. Jobe did the surgery back then, he projected about a 1 in 100 chance of...

A BASEBALL POEM ABOUT A KID

Could be a girl you know In fact may just be. Could be anyone's kid you know probably is. Gotta watch as the kid takes swings stands ready to hit that pitch to maybe you know well make you stand up and shout wildly like a crazed person. But, when did being a parent...

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