Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball
Baseball and Football

Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball

George Steinbrenner changed baseball, like him or not.

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

Tom Cruise Apologizes to Brooke Shields
Mental Health

Tom Cruise Apologizes to Brooke Shields

Tom Cruise apologized to Brooke Shields after criticizing her for taking medicine for post-partem depression. Shields accepted the apology, but some questions remain

Recovery-Based Therapy: What Helps, What Hurts
Mental Health

Recovery-Based Therapy: What Helps, What Hurts

Many clinicians already practice recovery-based therapy. Others think it is just a new vocabulary for what they’ve always done. And some, with the best of intentions, hold back their clients’ recoveries. Here’s how therapy can be made more recovery-based.

Personal Transformation and System Change
Mental Health

Personal Transformation and System Change

I had life-threatening mental illness, got well, and stayed well. Here’s how I did it, and how we can turn our mental health system into one that helps people get well, instead of keeping them sick, hopeless, and dependent all their lives.

We’re Killing Britney Spears and Enjoying the Show
Mental Health

We’re Killing Britney Spears and Enjoying the Show

Britney Spears was dying from two deadly diseases: substance abuse and mental illness. People watcher her self-destruction with ghoulish curiosity. In 2011, after three years’ absence from public view, she emerged to announce she would soon release a new CD

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