Cummings: Q&A with Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin

From SABR member Scott Cummings at Twins Daily on July 30, 2015:

Ever wondered how the jockstrap was invented? Or how about the evolution of catching balls with bare hands to the gloves of today? In it was said that shaking hands with a catcher without any protection was like “shaking hands with walnuts.”

Sports Illustrated writer and Bloomington, Minnesota native Steve Rushin wrote about the jock strap, how Americans were more skilled throwing grenades compared to their European allies because of baseball and more historical oddities. The book is called 34-Ton Bat, The Story of Baseball as told through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black and 375 Strange and Unusual Objects.

Here are 10 questions about his life growing up in Bloomington, The Met, how he landed his sports illustrated writing gig and about his recent visits to Target Field with his young children.

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Originally published: July 30, 2015. Last Updated: July 30, 2015.