Daily Diversion #222: Play Ball

Game four in the Ohio Cup: Indians vs. Reds at Great American Ball Park, 7 August

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”-Babe Ruth

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

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[Book Nerd Links] Lighthearted Literary Links for a Gorgeous Monday

It’s Opening Day! If you live in America, you know what this means. For the rest of you, I’m referring to our national pastime: baseball. This is my excuse for being (otherwise) absent from the blog today. Here are some links to tide you over. See you tomorrow!

Bob Feller for Roadmaster, 1941

Legendary Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller for Roadmaster, 1941.

A Year in Books/Day 43: The Big Bam

  • Title: The Big Bam The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
  • Author: Leigh Montville
  • Year Published: 2006 (Doubleday)
  • Year Purchased: 2010
  • Source: History Book Club
  • About: A first-rate biography of Babe Ruth, written by a first-rate sports writer, Leigh Montville (‘Ted Williams’). A good biography is easy enough to find. If you can manage to locate one that combines in-depth research with a nuanced understanding of human psychology, all blended together with sports knowledge and the ability to tell a damn fine story, then you are likely in the presence of greatness.
  • Motivation: I grew up watching baseball with my Grandpa (the Indians, not the Yankees). It remains one of my favorite past-times, evoking fond memories whilst simultaneously creating new ones. I love a good character study and, wow, is Babe Ruth’s life perfect fodder for that!
    Babe Ruth, full-length portrait, standing, fac...

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  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 122: “The Los Angeles Times reported that this was the biggest national rumor since the famous “Fake Armistice” story of November 7, 1918, which at first sent people into the streets in celebration of the end of the world war, then resulted in a number of riots when the news turned out to be false. The Babe rumor, while it did flash through poolrooms and boardrooms everywhere in the country, had a much quieter finish as baseball officials immediately denied it.”
  • Happiness Scale: 10