Category Archives: Baseball

You’re never too old to ask for an autograph

When I read that former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin was due to appear at a minor-league baseball game in Syracuse, I knew I had to be there. Timlin, who played for the Syracuse Chiefs in the early 1990s … Continue reading

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Where have you gone, Jeff Bailey? I owe you one

Eight years ago during a professional baseball game, I made up for a fielding error I had committed earlier that season. OK, that’s misleading. I was a spectator in both cases, not a player. But redemption was mine, thanks to … Continue reading

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Taking the long way home . . . on purpose

I wasn’t looking forward to the 496-mile drive home from Michigan, so I decided to take the long way and add 90 miles. Crazy, right? I had my reasons, including avoiding border crossings in and out of Canada that can … Continue reading

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115-year-old photo illustrates family’s link to baseball

Many of the family photos I inherited after my parents died remain a mystery. But there’s one that explains my family’s apparent genetic addiction to sports in general, baseball in particular. For years I’ve been in possession of a photograph of the 1900 … Continue reading

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Team’s visit to children’s hospital is a big win after a bad loss

A professional baseball player whose team gets clobbered, yet shows up the next morning at a children’s hospital — I mean really shows up, doesn’t just phone it in —  is more than OK in my book. Ten players from the Syracuse … Continue reading

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‘… a time when every summer will have something of autumn in it’

If you recognize the quote in the headline, you’re a fan of baseball and great writing. Those words sum up the urgency that accompanies growing older, the passion with which we can live our lives — and for me, how I want … Continue reading

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