Learn As You Go

I don't read much, so it's odd that I'm kicking off Ballhype's books/sports series. But I did. It's all about baseball, I've meant to write it for a while, and I like it a lot. I hope you enjoy it.

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At 1/28/2008 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The picture says:
Hemmingway: "Big Two Hearted River" , and a thousand other barbar shop outdoor magazine issues.

As to the link, Pete Resier was not obscure two generations ago.

He was known for his wall-crashing recklesness.
Think Gianobli in the outfield.

At 1/28/2008 1:25 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

Pete Reiser is one of the most fascinating cats in baseball history. He came out of the boonies in St. Louis, and before he ever played an inning of professional ball, had already had the Cardinals and Dodgers engaged in a to-the-death behind-the-scenes negotiation over his rights, which delayed his coming up to the majors for about three years. At this point, he already had people calling him the greatest to ever set foot on a diamond. Has a knockout rookie year. Then he started---almost compulsively---running into walls. Almost dies of pneumonia in basic training in the Army once WWII breaks out. Comes back to baseball. Sets the all-time record for stealing home (although I'm no expert on the subject, there's something mildly FD about that). Runs into a few more walls. Hangs it up. He's probably the all-time case of what might have been.

Anyway, sorry to ramble. Pete Reiser has always been a preoccupation of mine.

At 1/29/2008 9:50 PM, Blogger T. said...

Unrelated to anything, but perhaps related to everything, Eric Karabell in today's ESPN Daily Dime sezs the Birdman is about to fly (again)


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