Author Archives: Wendy Parker

From the archives: Baseball and the Romantics

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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With another Baseball Hall of Fame Class having been inducted into Cooperstown, I thought I’d dig into the XCs vault and link to a post from January 2013, “Baseball’s Dwindling Romantics,” [...]

PEN/ESPN honors Anderson; BASW 2014 lineup announced

TweetWhen hearing the news this week that he had been awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, Dave Anderson said, ”I’d put that right on the same level as the Pulitzer Prize.”
Anderson, a columnist for The New York Times and a Golf Digest contributor, did win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1981. [...]

Midweek Books: The odyssey of golf in China

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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Golf was outlawed in China until 1984.
Now there are believed to be several million players, and hundreds of new courses have opened in recent years. These figures [...]

Summer Readings: Roger Angell and ‘An Angel or the Devil’

TweetRichard Sandomir writes about Roger Angell of The New Yorker, the J.G. Taylor Spink honoree into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his writing. Now 93, Angell joins the company of Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Shirley Povich and Dick Young.
His baseball essays for the magazine in 1962. He had no previous experience covering the [...]

Sexuality, domestic violence and the sports media herd

TweetLast week, Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam and Roger Goodell’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice revealed quite a bit about an American sports media that continues to ditch journalistic rigor about issues involving gender, sexuality and domestic violence.
(I posted recently about pop feminism invading the sports pages, and that was evident last week.)
Typical of [...]

The cultural roots of race and baseball

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting 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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On the [...]

Sports History Files: Germany’s stylish soccer renaissance

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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Midweek Books: Cycling and fiction

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting links this week 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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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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