Category Archives: baseball

“Spring Training” by Maxine Kumin

for Victor Some things never change: the velvet flock of the turf, the baselines smoothed to suede, the ancient smell of peanuts, the harsh smack the ball makes burrowing into the catcher’s mitt. Here in the Grapefruit League’s trellised shade … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ballgame

IB, his two Japanese guests, JB, and I all went to a Cubs game Tuesday night. The Cubs are somehow quite renowned in Japan and the guests were thrilled with this opportunity. We had bleacher seats (general seating) so we … Continue reading

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Analysis of Baseball by May Swenson

It’s about the ball, the bat, and the mitt. Ball hits bat, or it hits mitt. Bat doesn’t hit ball, bat meets it. Ball bounces off bat, flies air, or thuds ground (dud) or it fits mitt. Bat waits for … Continue reading

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Mike Royko’s Birthday

Mike Royko’s (1932-1997) birthday is today. For those of you outside of the Chicago area, Royko was a gritty, blue collar, sarcastic, humorous newspaper columnist who wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, always poking … Continue reading

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