Monthly Archives: January 2014

They Could Play Football, Too!

The stylish waffle-weave uniforms worn by the Los Angeles Angels in 1956 were inspired by the football jerseys of the 1955 UCLA Bruins.  This was fitting because the slugging Seraphs were once mashers on the gridiron with more speed and firepower than a lot of football teams.   One of the spring training stars was […]

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Life is a Knuckleball

Life is a knuckleball. I was two years old when I was stricken with polio and sent to a hospital with a bunch of other kids. Some never went home. I did and a few years later was playing catch and, inspired by Willie “The Knuck” Ramsdell, trying to throw a knuckleball.   Ramsdell pitched […]

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A Tribute to Mom

Mom turns 93 today. There are many nice things I could write about my mother but the biggest tribute is saluting her wisdom and vision for saving my baseball card collection after I left home for college. This may seem trivial to some but there are legions of boys who lost their treasured cards when […]

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Tale of the Ring

Raymond “Moe” Bauer and his son, Paul, were in Atlanta to see the Braves play the Montreal Expos, managed at the time by Gene Mauch. Moe called a batboy over to his seat near the dugout and handed him a ring. “Take this to Coach Mauch and ask him if he’ll see the person who […]

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