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Tim Wendel
Tim Wendel is the author of eight books, including High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time (Da Capo Press).

Entries by Tim Wendel

The Ties That Bind in Havana

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:25 PM


"Sixty dollars," said the cabbie in Havana.
"For the day?" we answered.

He nodded in agreement and surveyed the street again. At eight in the morning, the block in front of the Hotel Inglaterra was quiet. But we...

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Ocean Racers Sound Alarm About Sea Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:30 PM


The Volvo Ocean Race ended several weeks ago, with the competitors back in port after spending 38,739 nautical miles at sea. For the record, the Abu Dhabi team won the event, followed by six other boats.

Perhaps the...

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Sailing the Roaring 40s

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:31 PM


We like to believe that we've tamed the world. Cut it down to our size. But then you try to sail the "Roaring 40s" and you realize how much we're fooling ourselves.

That's where the Volvo Ocean Race currently finds itself and...

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Around-the-World Boat Runs Aground

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Baby, baby, it's a wild world out there. Just ask the star-crossed crew of Team Vestas.

The Volvo Ocean Race has seen plenty of mishaps during its 40-year history: broken masts, hull de-laminations, sailors overboard - even a sunken boat when Spanish-entry Movistar went down in Atlantic in the...

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Toughest Job in Sports Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Sideline reporters in sports are usually window dressing. The cameras cut to them between innings or after the game as they try to chat up the likes of Richard Sherman or Buck Showalter.

Yet the onboard reporters in the Volvo Ocean Race need to be more than just another...

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Volvo Ocean Race Ready to Set Sail

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Star power and rapid-fire scheduling, with every day bringing us another big game, are considered key to marketing sports to the American fan.

While Major League Baseball grapples with length of its games, the focus will be on the big names -- Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw --...

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A Salute to Baseball's First 'Worst-to-First' Winners

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:16 AM

Almost a quarter-century ago, the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves met in one of the best World Series of all time.

The two ballclubs sported several individuals who would end up in the Hall of Fame -- Kirby Puckett for the Twins in 2001, and Tom Glavine and...

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Racing on the Bay: An America's Cup Sailor Ahead of His Time

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 11:37 AM

When Oracle Team USA crossed the finish line on Wednesday, culminating the most improbable comeback in America's Cup yachting history, somewhere Tom Blackaller had to be smiling.

Only a sports footnote now, it was Blackaller's dream to turn San Francisco Bay into a winner-take-all sailing arena. A place where crowds...

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Detroit and the Tigers: The Ties That Bind

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 10:07 AM

From the Panic of 1907 through World War II and certainly during the tumultuous sixties, the city of Detroit has turned to its favorite ballclub when it matters most. So it's only fitting that in the worst economic times since the Great Depression, the Motor City once again is cheering...

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Once Again, Baseball Confounds and Amazes

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 12:57 PM

Somewhere the baseball gods are laughing. In fact, they are rolling the aisles and splitting their sides over what happened to two storied franchises -- the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox -- on the last night of the regular season.

By now you've seen the highlights....

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Following the Fun of the Fireballers

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 6:22 PM

"Follow the fun."

Several years ago, when I was writing a new novel, Alice McDermott gave me that advice. In essence, don't be so concerned about explaining every plot point and character nuance. Go where the heat is. Follow the fun.

With baseball's Opening Day upon us, perhaps that's the...

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Bob Feller's Famous Motorcycle Test

(10) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Bob Feller agreed to the stunt because he was as curious as everybody else. How fast could he really throw a baseball? Where did he possibly rank among baseball's fastest of the fast?

That's what led him to the middle of closed-off street running through Chicago's Lincoln Park on...

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California Dreaming: The Old Days at Candlestick Park

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 10:35 AM

My neighbors back in California always knew when I was heading up the Peninsula to cover another ballgame at Candlestick Park. They'd see me with that blue parka slung over my shoulder, something I'd actually bought to ski at Tahoe or Squaw Valley, and they'd shout out, "You going back...

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Nolan Ryan Strives to Turn Texas Rangers into Winners

(5) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:35 AM

Despite a Hall of Fame career, successful business ventures off the field, some still underestimate "Big Tex." The oh-shucks moniker belongs to Nolan Ryan. Those close to him are more than willing to play along with this game. That success for Ryan, a.k.a. Big Tex, just sort of happens.


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Fireballer Strasburg Sidelined Until 2012

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 12:49 PM

When Stephen Strasburg, the biggest pitching phenom in a generation, stuck out 14 in his major league debut, he seemed certain to join such epic fireballers as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan.

But with five weeks left in his rookie season, the game's latest young gun...

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Fireballer Stephen Strasburg

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 12:25 PM

Isn't it amazing when the debut is actually better than the hype?

That's the moment we have to treasure after right-hander Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters in his first major league outing for the Washington Nationals. A bona-fide prospect, especially a pitcher who can throw at 100-plus miles...

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