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’

How an obit became a book title, and how you can read the book

The title of this blog site comes from a book title, and the title of the book comes from an obituary. Now, most anybody with a keyboard can write an obituary. As long as it doesn’t suggest the dearly departed drowned kittens for a hobby or served as a fry-cook for the Taliban, most folks … Continue reading How an obit became a book title, and how you can read the book

Recalling a low-tech visit during a high-tech political convention

I can say with relative certainty that I was the only journalist to cover both the Republican National Convention and the Brickyard 400 in the same week in 2000. The winners were a pair of Texas guys. Both were emerging from the shadows cast by more imposing members of their own families -- George W. … Continue reading Recalling a low-tech visit during a high-tech political convention