From the Wayback Machine: RIP Ray Bradbury

On today, what would have been his 95th birthday, here is an anecdote from my own life that I posted when science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91 on June 5, 2012. * I met Ray Bradbury when I was 12, maybe 13 years old, in Fresno, California. He had just given some lecture to some literary society and I had used my big puppydog eyes to full-effect to charm my way in to the event, though I didn’t have a ticket. It was after the event and he had been ushered off-stage (it was a … Continue reading

Bleacher Rat by Joyce Kessel

Bleacher Rat by Joyce Kessel I grew up a National League fan of the Pirates, Cards, Reds & Giants, not even knowing many decades before my Buffalo Bisons played in the Senior League well before becoming a minor league stalwart. So I’d pray for sunny skies over Forbes Field rather than Cleveland’s “Mistake by the Lake.” My rare defection to the American League came when the Orioles gained Frank Robinson in that lopsided trade and after, who couldn’t have appreciated Cal Ripken? My dad & I would troll the minor leagues where for some reason affiliations didn’t seem to matter … Continue reading

Buy This Book: MysteryBall ’58

Those of us who followed this “season-long whodunit” as it was published in serial fashion on Jeff Polman’s blog a couple years ago (which, by the way, was named 2012 Best Tabletop-Sports Replay of the Year), were treated to a fantastic noir mystery with all the exciting twists and turns you’d expect from the genre. Starring one ‘Snappy Drake,’ former minor league pitcher and current usher at Seals Stadium in 1958 San Francisco, Polman’s story is told in a classic voice reminiscent of the drugstore pulps that were the fashion in that post-WWII, pre-Vietnam era. It’s a murder mystery, … Continue reading

See Your Name in Print

Submission Guidelines for Print Edition Are you a budding (Official Historian of Major League Baseball) John Thorn? A Joe Posnanski-ite, a Roger Angell-in-the-making? Are you the Bill James of your draft league? Have you written for the APBA Journal, StratFan, All Star Replay, Strat-O-Matic Review, Pro-Gamer…or have you read articles in one of those publications and thought, “Meh. I can do better than that.” If so, then Paul Dylan, editor and publisher at Print Edition, would like to hear from you. If you have an idea for a column or article, or if you’ve already written something that … Continue reading

Just a Bit Inside

In Which I Become Disproportionately Upset At Your Standard And Otherwise Innocuous Offseason “Let’s Fix the Hall of Fame” Piece Written By a Journalist I Greatly Admire   Rob Neyer is the Senior Baseball Editor at Just A Bit Outside – a Grantlandish baseball site.  You probably know Neyer, as he is greatly respected for his prodigious body of work. Neyer is formerly of, he’s a former protege’ of Bill James, and he’s an author of numerous fantastic books such as The Neyer/James Guide to Pitching (written with Bill James), Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Lineups, Rob … Continue reading