Book excerpt: Cheers to the author of the Southern League’s first perfect game

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. Next time you’re having one of those TV nostalgia nights, watching some classic … Continue reading Book excerpt: Cheers to the author of the Southern League’s first perfect game

New York and NASCAR: Memories from championship banquets past

You can’t appreciate where NASCAR came from, where it was on the sports spectrum, where it was so desperately trying to go, unless you were loitering around the sport in the early 1990s, as I was. You couldn’t fully appreciate it unless you were standing in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, near to that … Continue reading New York and NASCAR: Memories from championship banquets past

Book excerpt: The heavyweight matchup, Peavy vs. Prior

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. It was the kind of hype rarely seen in the minor leagues, where … Continue reading Book excerpt: The heavyweight matchup, Peavy vs. Prior

Book excerpt: Cal Ripken, a close call in Asheville and long run in The Show

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. Cal Ripken Sr. was a baseball lifer, a winner of more than 1,000 … Continue reading Book excerpt: Cal Ripken, a close call in Asheville and long run in The Show

Book excerpt: The inimitable “Super Joe” Charboneau

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. The Spanish Trail Inn sat on the fringe of Tucson, a motel whose … Continue reading Book excerpt: The inimitable “Super Joe” Charboneau

Book excerpt: Manley Johnston, the first two-way superstar of the ‘modern’ Southern League

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. Manley Johnston, a towering figure with a huge, strong right hand that could … Continue reading Book excerpt: Manley Johnston, the first two-way superstar of the ‘modern’ Southern League

Book excerpt: Phillip Wellman, much more than three minutes of video infamy

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. He was the winningest manager in the first 50 years of the Southern … Continue reading Book excerpt: Phillip Wellman, much more than three minutes of video infamy

Book excerpt: Jose Canseco, character and caricature

“Never a Bad Game,” which chronicled the first 50 years of the Southern League, has been updated and re-released. (Ordering information below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll present excerpts from 10 of my favorites of the 50 stories told in the book. On a partly cloudy, 85-degree fall day in central Florida, Jose Canseco did … Continue reading Book excerpt: Jose Canseco, character and caricature

The anniversary of Don Mincher’s first World Series homer: ‘You’ve still got to hit it when a Hall of Famer throws it’

Don Mincher did many great things in baseball. Among those, 55 years ago today, he hit a home run off Don Drysdale in his first World Series at-bat. So it’s appropriate for me to retell this highlight moment of a man I was honored to consider one of the closest friends I made in this … Continue reading The anniversary of Don Mincher’s first World Series homer: ‘You’ve still got to hit it when a Hall of Famer throws it’