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Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball

Charles O. Finley was the most innovative baseball owners since Bill Veeck. His two most important, lasting changes were accidents that forced him out of baseball: he was the first to lose a star player in salary arbitration and another star to free agency. A career insurance salesman with no baseball experience, he also took a team of perennial losers and, as his own general manager, won three straight World Championships with players he developed in his farm system. Only Connie Mack, owner/general manager of the Philadelphia A’s, a lifelong baseball man, matched that achievement.

One Swing Of The Bat Changed And Linked Two Lives Forever
Baseball and Football

One Swing Of The Bat Changed And Linked Two Lives Forever

Bobby Thomson’s home run to win the 1951 National League pennant will always be baseball’s most memorable moment because baseball will never be as important to the country as it was then.

Conversation Is a Vital Part of Baseball
Baseball and Football

Conversation Is a Vital Part of Baseball

Baseball conversation is almost as important to the game as bats, balls and gloves. Some questions, issues and disagreements are never resolved, but people never stop discussing them

Baseball Writing is Part of Our National Literary Heritage
Baseball and Football

Baseball Writing is Part of Our National Literary Heritage

Baseball and boxing used to attract all the best writers. Now boxing is dead in the water, and all the great American non-fiction writers are writing about baseball.

Spring Fills Me With Images of Baseball and Crocuses
Baseball and Football

Spring Fills Me With Images of Baseball and Crocuses

The Red Sox were a second-rate, stupid, racist organization, who blamed their futility on a dead man’s curse. In 2002, when new owners put Theo Epstein in charge of player decisions, and won their first World Series in 86 years two years later. Here’s a look back at some infamous Red Sox failures that were wrongly blamed on Babe Ruth’s curse

Why 1960 Was the Best World Series Ever
Baseball and Football

Why 1960 Was the Best World Series Ever

The 1960 World Series was the biggest upset and most exciting ending to a Series up to that time. It changed the lives of the Pirate players, and the city of Pittsburgh itself.

Grandpa taught me baseball, and baseball taught me math
Baseball and Football

Grandpa taught me baseball, and baseball taught me math

“Fathers and sons playing catch” means baseball binds generations. Grandpa Isaac tied me to Lefty Grove, and I tie my nieces and nephews to Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Brooks and Frank Robinson.

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