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The Joys of Chautauqua And In Memory of Bob Wolff and Lee May

I just got back from a blissful week at the Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State past Jamestown and not far from Erie, Penna. For the second straight summer, I was privileged to teach a class in Baseball and American Culture.

My students were a diverse and fascinating group that included former concession  Read More 
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MORE HOT STOVE REVERIES AS PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT SOON!

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  Read More 
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