baseball

Trove of Rare Baseball Cards Brings Back Sweet Memories

Posted on 07/11/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWell, 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?

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyI 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 – …

Doris Sams, inspiration for A League of Their Own

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyI never heard of Doris Sams until she died last week at age 85. And yet I owe her a huge debt. So does my daughter, and so do lots of little girls who grow up dreaming of playing baseball. Doris lived A League of Their Own as a superstar for 8 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – the circuit immortalized in the 1992 film. She pitched a perfect game; she won a batting title; she led …

100 Years Old, Throwing Fenway’s First Pitch…. Twice

Posted on 04/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe following is a guest blog from Austin O’Connor. You can read his full piece on his grandfather here. Well, it happened. He threw the pitch. Twice, actually. After months of training, my grandfather walked out onto the field on a spectacularly sunny afternoon at Fenway Park last Saturday to toss the ceremonial first pitch on his 100th birthday. As the ballpark PA announcer ticked off the highlights of his biography — Bill Hogan, Jr., President of the Boston College class …

How ’bout a senior prom – for senior citizens?

Posted on 08/19/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

RelationshipsThis week is full of great stories. It’s a toss up for me on whether I like this one better than the man who rode the roller coaster 90 times in one day… Have you folks heard about the Pepsi Refresh Project? It’s an initiative that Pepsi started to help “refresh” communities across America. The MLB got involved and all of the teams are submitting ideas to win a $200,000 grant to fund their project. It’s a pretty cool idea …