OneForFive Top 5 Greatest Hits

In the 4+ years of this blog’s existence, there have been somewhere around 450 published posts. The 5 listed below have had more hits than any others:  Damocles of the Dodgers – probably my favorite post of all time, too. The reason it ranks so high is that NBC Sports linked to it on their site. It’s a word-for-word transcription of a story Vin Scully told on air during a Dodgers broadcast on April 15, 2013. I heard it while watching the game and immediately knew it had to be transcribed for posterity, and thousands of others seem to have … Continue reading

Game Reviewer Receives Poor Review

I’m talking about yours truly, of course. In many aspects, I’m proud of this blog. On the other hand, there are so many things – i.e., everything – that I think can be done better. Just A Bit Outside, Rob Neyer’s website under the Fox Sports umbrella, was unceremoniously ditched by its parent company today. I’m sad to see it go. Together with the shut-down of Sports Illustrated’s Grantland, those of us who enjoy intelligent, nuanced, and oftentimes innovative baseball journalism have had a pretty bad offseason. A blow has been dealt to the cause of intelligent baseball writing. This … Continue reading

Turkey Mike Donlin

From Sabr.org’s Biography Project (Donlin’s entry written by Michael Betzold): A flamboyant playboy and partygoer who dressed impeccably and always had a quip and a handshake for everyone he met, Mike Donlin was “one of the most picturesque, most written-about, most likeable athletes that ever cut his mark on the big circuit.” “Turkey” Mike Donlin was born in Peoria, IL in 1878. According to Betzold’s bio: “When he was eight his parents, railroad conductor John Donlin and his wife, Maggie, were killed in a bridge collapse. Forced to hustle for a living, young Mike worked as a machinist and was … Continue reading

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Baseball Card Hall of Fame

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

In March, 2012 I wrote a post about a hypothetical “Baseball Card Hall of Fame” where I nominated the 5 cards that should be in the inaugural class as “inner-circle” Hall of Famers. Here is the list: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. 1909 T206 Honus Wagner 1933 Goudey Gum Babe Ruth 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb In 2016, Griffey will be appearing on the BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (that’s the real deal, in Cooperstown) for the first time. There has been some speculation that he could become the first player unanimously elected to … Continue reading

From the Wayback Machine: The (Nearly) Complete Collection of Avalon Hill’s All Star Replay

AVAILABLE ONLINE Originally Posted May 26, 2014 Thanks to this website, tabletop-sports fans now have the opportunity to read 19 issues of Avalon Hill’s All-Star Replay magazine. Click Here to go to the Google Docs folder (no sign-in required) to view and download pdf versions of every All-Star Replay magazine published from Volume One, Number One in fall, 1977 through Volume Five, Number One in summer, 1983. All-Star Replay was Avalon Hill’s in-house magazine that covered all AH sports titles, which included the Statis-Pro Baseball, Basketball, and Football games, Title Bout, Baseball and Football Strategy, Speed Circuit, the horse racing … Continue reading