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Birmingham Hosts a Baseball Game for the Ages

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Keith Thomson

In 1991, Chicago's Comiskey Park became a parking lot (for the new Comiskey Park). Thus Birmingham, Alabama's Rickwood Field, which turns 106 this season, earned the distinction of America's Oldest Professional Baseball Stadium.

Tomorrow: This Season's Best Baseball Game

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Sports
Keith Thomson

On Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m., the Birmingham Barons, currently 21-24 in the Southern League (AA-level minors), will host the last-place Jacksonville Suns. In and of itself, no, it's not the Game of the Year. Still, if you can see just one game in 2015, this is it. Because it's the only game of the year at Rickwood Field.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Francis Levy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

here's an inner circle that hangs over all our lives, an inner sanctum to which we will never gain admittance. Of course the oedipal chamber, where the primal scene is enacted is the inner circle which all children are excluded from.

5 Most Unbreakable and Impressive MLB Records

Dave Kreissman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

145 years for baseball's legends, and underdogs, to set the most unbelievable and unbreakable records in their sport. Let's take a look at some of the best.

Dead Ball at the Met

Michael Busch | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Busch

As the title of this most recent exhibit indicates, the cards on display date from the so-called "dead ball era," a period when home runs were rarely hit, and when the small-change tactics of today's game were the chief engines of run production.

Lebron Comes Clean

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 08.13.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

Lebron James, obviously overcome by the series loss, has exposed the raw underbelly of professional sports by what could be the most insensitive, hurtful post-game comment since the invention of ESPN.

Josh Hamilton, Pete Rose and the Power of Redemption

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Don McNay

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. John Newton Before he played in his first major league baseball game in 2007, I w...

Pete Rose, the Player, Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Denny Dressman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Denny Dressman

End the contradiction that denies Pete Rose eligibility for Cooperstown for betting as a manager, yet allows Mark McGwire to return to baseball as a major league batting coach.

Publishing Trends? I Haven't Got Any Ideas

Benjamin LeRoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Benjamin LeRoy

I don't pay much attention to the trends, and conventional wisdom is that you shouldn't chase them if you know what they are because by the time you finish your book, the train will have left the station.

McGwire Used Steroids: Are You Surprised?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

McGwire's admission will be characterized by some as a tragedy and by others as justice served. The far more difficult issue is whether the steroids really did help him reach the fences.

What Wonders He Has Seen

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger I. Abrams

On Saturday, April 24, we went to Fenway Park to see Arthur Giddon, the Red Sox honorary bat boy. Also scheduled was a match between the Red Sox and t...