Author Archives: Wendy Parker

Before there was Bouton there was Brosnan

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Why sports fans are the way they are

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Taking some time off for the summer

TweetI’m going to step away from this blog for a while, and not just because we’re in the dog days of summer.
It’s a good time to take a break because my creative batteries are running low. The schedule I’ve developed for writing this blog needs to be re-evaluated. Somewhere along the way I need to [...]

Baby boomers and their baseball books

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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As Grantland contributor Bryan Curtis’ recent sweeping survey of baseball bibliography shows, there’s a baseball book for just about everybody.
But like Abraham Lincoln was to the massive [...]

Saying farewell to the baseball game story

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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For those who read about last night’s game in this morning’s paper, the following sentence from the Associated Press explaining its new baseball game story format must [...]

The Midsummer Classic and the American pastime

TweetJuly is the time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction, so I’ll be devoting some posts this week to topics related to baseball’s future — and as always the case with this sport — and exploring how its past is immortalized.
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I’m [...]

Sports History Files: Remembering Alfredo Di Stéfano

TweetOne of Argentina’s — and the world’s — greatest soccer players ever never played in a World Cup.
Alfredo Di Stéfano, who died on Monday at the age of 88, was one of the central figures of the great Real Madrid teams that won five consecutive European Cup titles in the late 1950s.
After the end of [...]

Midweek Books: From Galeano to Golazo!

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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“Every time the national team plays, no matter against whom, the country holds its breath. Politicians, singers and street vendors shut their mouths, lovers suspend their caresses.”
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Quantifying the art of Lionel Messi

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Words often fail when the subject is Lionel Messi, even from those who are wordier than most.
Famous for declaring the Argentine star “a magnetic spectrum of [...]

Monday, Monday: Leafblowers and LeBron Twitter

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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I just Tweeted the above headline, but deleted it and thought those two things actually have something more [...]