The pregame ritual happened every spring between 1951 and 1956. I bounded down the stairs of my family's two-flat in Brooklyn, a leather mitt covering my left hand, and excitedly knocked on my grandparents' door. Ready to go, Pop?
In the film about Jackie Robinson's first year in the majors, Chapman shows up spitting one racial epithet after another from in front of the Phillies' dugout at Ebbets Field, a monologue of bitter bigotry that left Tudyk feeling slightly hungover after each day of filming.
I was thinking about a dream yesterday morning when, turning to the sports pages of the Times, I spotted a brief notice directing me to the obituary page: Billy Loes, 80, had died in a hospice in Tucson, Arizona.
Our good friend George Duran, the host of Food Network's Ham on the Street, and now TLC's Ultimate Cake Off, grew up in Venezuela where baseball is an obsession, and he shared his recipe for Venezuelan Hot Dogs with us.