Monthly Archives: April 2014

Let’s Play Two

It was the summer of 1969 and the 100-plus temperatures in Chicago were taking its toll on the Chicago Cubs, embroiled in a heated pennant race with the New York Mets. Ernie Banks looked around the clubhouse at his weary teammates and made his now famous declaration, “It’s a great day for a ball game. […]

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‘Pleasant Look Back’

The Bilko Athletic Club “is a pleasant look back at what a man and his excellent ball club could mean to a California community in the days when the Major League Baseball map extended only to St. Louis,” Bill Littlefield says on Only A Game, the nationally syndicated program he hosts weekly on National Public […]

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Extraordinary Book

“Thank you so much for putting together this extraordinary book,” Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones says to author Gaylon White in wrapping up their 16-minute conversation about White’s book, The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels. Dr. Alvin features “world leaders and thinkers” on his radio show, which is broadcast on […]

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Beyond the Game (and the ’56 Angels)

Fielding questions from a prosecutor is something you want to avoid. But if it’s John Vorperian, a prosecutor in White Plains, New York, and the subject is baseball, it’s a totally different story. Vorperian is host and executive producer of “Beyond the Game,” a sports talk show he has anchored on White Plains Cable Television […]

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Fun Times at the Ballpark

Bobby Bragan was talking about one of the many times he got thrown out of a game for a run-in with an umpire. “I said: ‘If you don’t mind, before I leave I’ve got a message for the pitcher.’ So I walked out to the mound.  He followed me to the mound. I said: ‘I […]

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