Category Archive: Articles.2007-TNP

Dave Frishberg and the writing of 'Van Lingle Mungo'

In 1969, I was working as a pianist in New York City and beginning…

The Magician: Don Mueller and the New York Giants

As outfielder for the New York Giants in the 1950s, Donald Frederick…

Billy Harrell: Two Careers of 'Helping the Kids'

Billy Harrell has had two careers: his first started in 1952,…

Joe E. Brown: A Clown Prince of Baseball

You will not find Joe E. Brown's name in a major league box score.…

Jim Riley: A Unique Two-Sport Athlete

We always remember the exploits of our favorite sports stars.…

Once Around The Horn

To see anybody in Shelby, NC, on a Saturday afternoon in the…

Debs Garms: 1940 National League Batting Champion

If a baseball fan scanned the list of National League batting…
The National Pastime #27 (2007)

John Wesley Callison: 'I'm the Biggest Worrier in the World'

In December 1959 I was studying for my master's degree in history…

Ray Brown in Canada: His Forgotten Years

Ray Brown: Hall of Famer When Negro Leagues great Ray Brown…

The Suspension of Leo Durocher

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight,…

Tom Greenwade and His 007 Assignment

On April 24, 1943, Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey sent…

Dirty Jack Doyle: A Baseball Life

The Ball It all started with a baseball. My wife Marilee's otherwise…

The Night Elrod Hendricks Pitched

If Earl Weaver's retirement repose is ever disturbed by nightmares,…
Merle Harmon interviews Herb Score. The 1955 American League Rookie of the Year winner later joined the baseball broadcasting fraternity after his career ended prematurely. (COURTESY OF MERLE HARMON)

Merle Harmon

Merle Harmon interviews Herb Score. The 1955 American League…

The Best-Pitched Game in Baseball History: Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal

Like raging dinosaurs in some prehistoric swamp, the Milwaukee…

Smoky Joe Wood's Last Interview

Author's note: I met Joe Wood in the early 1980s after I called…

Don Who? Padgett's Brush With .400 Average in 1939

Consider the following list: Nap Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby, George…

An Unusual Record: Ted Wingfield's Single Strikeout

Pitching in relief in the final innings of a 12-2 loss to the…

Emmett Ashford: Entertainer and Pioneer

He spent 20 years as a professional umpire, baseball's loneliest…

Cannonball Bill Jackman: Baseball's Great Unknown

"The greatest pitcher I have ever seen," whispered John McGraw…

Lester Spurgeon Cook: Catcher, Trainer, PCL Legend

When I first became interested in baseball as a little leaguer…

'He Never Was Much with the Stick': The Story of Silent Bill Hopke

One of baseball's most exciting plays comes when a batter unexpectedly…

Eliot Asinof: A Baseball Life

Every summer thousands of baseball fans flock to Cooperstown…

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