- You may have noticed, but there is a new link on the Blogroll. Love, Life, and APBA Baseball launched on January 1, 2012 and author Kenneth Heard has consistently impressed with this personal journal of his life and his replay of the abridged 1981 Major League Baseball season. If you want to read just one of his posts to find Heard at his best, read “Caught in the Corner of My Eye.”
- Speaking of links on the Blogroll, if you haven’t been following Jeff Polman‘s saga at the Mysteryball ’58 site, you’re missing out.
Jeff is writing a novel wrapped around his Strat-o-Matic 1958 replay, and it’s fantastic. Bodies showing up stuffed into a scoreboard, femme fatales, plenty of scotch and cigarettes, the San Francisco fog, the Hollywood glam, and a fantastic pennant race in the National League – Raymond Chandler couldn’t spin a better yarn.
I’m co-managing the Phillies in this replay of the 1958 season and the dice have been kind as we are only 2 games out at the All Star Break. A Fun Leisurely Contest For All was announced today. I wish you luck.
- My favorite memoirist-disguised-as-a-guy-who-just-writes-about-baseball-cards is, of course, the great Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods. If you’re ready for some heavy but beautiful reading, give his essay on Cardboard God-turned-fallen Angel Rusty Torres a read.
- For some great news, how about that Felix Hernandez, huh?