Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Four (Best of Nine)

As expected, the move from Muehlebach Stadium to Hilldale Park led to an explosion of offense. Unexpectedly, that explosion came from only one team. The Buck O’Neil offense jumped out to an early lead, then poured it on late to cruise to a 9-0 win, evening the series at two wins apiece. Buck O’Neil knewContinue reading “Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Four (Best of Nine)”

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

(Audiobook) Cormoran Strike returns in Troubled Blood, the fifth in Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling) Strike series, and for a pitching coach, there’s nothing more exciting than talking about strikes. On April 18, 2012 Bartolo Colon threw a modern day record 38 strikes in a row between the 5th and 8th innings in a 3-1 victoryContinue reading “Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith”

The Girl With A Fairy’s Heart by Cody Lakin

A family friend came to one of my games when I was younger, maybe eleven, twelve, thirteen, and after the game when I thanked him for coming he said he’d rather watch one of my games than the pros. And at the time that made absolutely no sense to me. At all. The pros wereContinue reading “The Girl With A Fairy’s Heart by Cody Lakin”

Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Three (Best of Nine)

For the third straight game, the score was tied after seven innings played between the Oscar Charleston All Stars and Buck O’Neil All Stars. The difference late in game three was Bullet Joe Rogan. After giving up four runs over the first four innings, Bullet Rogan decided enough was enough and took control of gameContinue reading “Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Three (Best of Nine)”

Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Two (Best of Nine)

After both bullpens struggled in game one of the best of nine championship series, neither manager made the slow walk to the mound to remove their starter. For Buck O’Neil that restraint paid off; for Oscar Charleston that faith in his starting pitcher backfired and allowed the Buck O’Neil all stars to even up theContinue reading “Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game Two (Best of Nine)”

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

(Audiobook) Curt Schilling would probably be the best choice for this book. In Ready Player Two, Wade Watts returns after having won James Halliday’s Easter Egg hunt and taking control of the Oasis and Gregarious Games. Curt Schilling also stepped into a role in a video game company, then created his own company Green MonsterContinue reading “Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline”

Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game One (Best of Nine)

The clamor amongst the fans filing into Muehlebach Stadium in Kansas City was almost unanimously for the battery of the Buck O’Neil All Stars in game one of a best of nine against the Oscar Charleston squad. The consensus seemed to be that Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson would be too much for any teamContinue reading “Oscar Charleston vs. Buck O’Neil Game One (Best of Nine)”

The Searcher by Tana French

The Searcher is about retired Chicago police officer Cal Hooper who retires to a small village in Ireland after his divorce. So, of course, when thinking of a Cal in Major League Baseball you immediately think of… Cal Eldred. Why didn’t I initially think of the most obvious and famous Cal of all time, CalContinue reading “The Searcher by Tana French”

Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues Set

I don’t generally get excited much, but I am really, REALLY excited to begin playing with the Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues All Stars Set. The set includes 103 players, all of the big name Hall of Famers I’ve read about over the years, and many more players who I hope to learn about now that IContinue reading “Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues Set”

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

(Audiobook) Okay, bear with me on this one. Fredrik Backman is a wonderful Swedish author. There have been four Swedish-born players in MLB history, but none of them were born after 1900, so the Swedish-born angle was out. There is a father-son (Jack and Jim) pair of police officers in the story, and there haveContinue reading “Anxious People by Fredrik Backman”