Lou Brissie: Baseball’s Wounded Warrior

During World War II, major league baseball stars who were called up to serve in the military often got relatively cushy assignments, working as physical education trainers or playing in exhibition games to entertain their fellow troops. But not pitcher Lou Brissie, at the time a promising prospect coveted by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Connie Mack. After leaving South Carolina’s Presbyterian College to enlist in the Army, the 20-year-old corporal nearly lost his life on an Italian battlefield in 1944, when a …

Baseball Brings People (and Places) Together

I am a lifelong baseball fan. I grew up going with my dad to Yankees Stadium and watching Whitey Ford throw fastballs. Decades later, when the Montreal Expos brought baseball back to Washington, D.C., and became the Nationals, I threw my support behind them. And even though my Nats didn’t live up to the media hype of this season, I’ll be with them through thick and thin. Over the past 20 years, cities across the country have been developing baseball …

All-Star Game Will Have Audience of One on Rooftop in Cuba

Major League Baseball’s young pitching phenom José Fernández, the sole Miami Marlin on tonight’s All-Star Game roster, is confident he’ll get the ball. “I talked to the pitching coach and most likely I’m pitching,” the rookie told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know what inning. But I’m good to go.” [Editor’s note: That inning was the sixth, and Fernández mowed down the heart of the American League lineup 1-2-3] That’s going to make one fan very happy. Olga Fernández, 68, …

Stickball Hall of Fame Celebrates ‘Poor Man’s Baseball’

Two weeks before the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., six athletes celebrated their own Hall of Fame inductions with a game of stickball, baseball’s scrappy, streetwise cousin. Veteran players gathered in an East Harlem schoolyard on July 12 to play the classic neighborhood sport, where broomsticks and manhole covers take the place of bats and bases. Another departure from baseball: Hall of Fame induction is based on bragging rights, not statistics. Stickball’s popularity …

Tips for Cheap Summertime Fun

Ready for summer fun? Cheap Life host Jeff Yeager shares his tips for frugal summer entertainment if you like to take in baseball, theme parks or a swim at the beach. Be sure to enter your your favorite free summer activity at the bottom of the video for a chance to win a $50 gift card.   Also of Interest 5 Frugal Lessons from My Father How to Have a Successful Yard Sale Join AARP: Savings, resources and news for your well-being …

‘Pepper’ Paire Davis: In a League of Her Own

If you’re a fan of sports movies, you’ve probably seen A League of Their Own, director Penny Marshall’s 1992 homage to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The latter was a circuit of women’s teams that Major League Baseball put together in 1943 to keep fans coming to ballparks at a time when  male baseball players were being drafted into the nation’s armed forces.The film focuses largely on the travails of a fictional player, Dottie Hinson (portrayed by Geena Davis), …