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MORE HOT STOVE REVERIES AS PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT SOON!

December 30, 2009

Tags: "Eye for Talent" - Dragseth book on baseball scouts, Julian Mock, Dick Wilson, "Juan and John" play

I just finished an interesting if somewhat uneven book "Eye For Talent: Interviews with Veteran Baseball Scouts", edited by the Northern California writer and sociologist P. J. Dragseth (McFarland, 2009). Among the wonderful insights from oldtime scouts are Five Questions that veteran Cincinnati scout Julian Mock always asks young players thinking of a career in (more…)

"THE BEAUTY OF THE COMPETITION" AND OTHER HOLIDAY SEASON COMMENTS

December 14, 2009

Tags: Paul Richards, Warren Corbett's biography "Wizard of Waxahachie", Joe Posnanski, "The Machine" on 1975 Reds, Football Foundation dinner, Archie Manning, Phil Knight, Oscar Wilde, Tiger Woods

The above phrase comes from the epilogue to Warren Corbett’s absorbing and fluently written new biography of baseball man Paul Richards, THE WIZARD OF WAXAHACHIE (Southern Methodist University Press). It refers to the essence of sports, the ongoing never-ending struggle to find out who is best.
Corbett’s book ends with a lovely quote from Richards about baseball: “It starts over every spring, with you or without you.” (more…)

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