Stan Musial: 10 Fascinating Facts about “Stan the Man”

Back in 1960, a DC-6 airliner took off from an airport in Pittsburgh with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team aboard, and 30 seconds into the takeoff, one of the plane’s prop engines abruptly failed. As an article in Time magazine recounted the incident, the ballplayers, understandably, became anxious – all except for the team’s best player, the great hitter Stan Musial, then in his 19th year in the majors. “I can see the headline now,” he joked to a …

Marvin Miller: Economist Who Revolutionized Baseball

Try to think of a game-changers who altered and reshaped the great American pastime, and it’s usually a player who comes to mind – someone like Babe Ruth, the slugger who introduced the long ball in the 1920s, or Jackie Robinson, the infielder who not only broke the color barrier in the 1940s but also presaged the modern, speed-oriented game with his aggressive, daring base-running. But there’s another man who forever changed baseball, even though he never went to the …

Vin Scully Making Baseball History (No Performance Enhancement Required)

Old guys and baseball were in the news over the weekend . But while Roger Clemens got most of the attention, he much better old-guy-and-baseball story played out in Los Angeles, where Vin Scully, who has been announcing Dodgers games on radio and television since 1950 said that he’ll return to announce the games again next season.

Robert W. Creamer: 5 Fascinating Things He Dug Up About Babe Ruth

In the early 20th century, Babe Ruth transformed baseball from a low-scoring strategic contest that emphasized speed into a clash of titans, in which a power hitter could win a game with a single stroke of the bat. But it was sports biographer Robert W. Creamer, who died on July 18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at age 90, who transformed Babe Ruth in baseball fans’ eyes, from a name on a candy bar into a flesh-and-blood hero who achieved greatness …

Trove of Rare Baseball Cards Brings Back Sweet Memories

Well, that settles it. No mom will ever be able to throw away her kid’s baseball card collection again. I mean, how could she — after the news broke yesterday of a trove of rare cards, from the early 20th century and found in an Ohio attic, that could fetch up to $3 million? The news reports brought back memories of what I, and every kid I knew, said when we moved out of our parents’ house after high school: …

What Would You Sacrifice to Pay for Grandkids’ College?

I was so moved when I read a recent  article about baseball great Don Larsen, who is auctioning off the uniform he wore when he made history in 1956, pitching the only perfect game in a World Series. That uniform must be like the ruby slippers were to Judy Garland or the lunar space suit to Neil Armstrong or the pen John Adams used to sign the Declaration of Independence. OK maybe we won’t go that far, but seriously – …