Category Archives: sports culture

Weekend arts and culture: A sports art competition

TweetA new exhibit has opened in Florida featuring the finalists of the National Art Museum of Sport’s 3rd annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport.
Last night a reception was held in Bradenton to kick off the exhibit, which continues at the¬†ArtCenter Manatee’s Kellogg Center until Sept. 21.
The exhibit, co-sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic [...]

Weekend arts and culture: A sports museum’s revival

TweetThe recent odyssey of the Negro Leagues Museum is the subject of this terrific piece in The New York Times last weekend by Nate Taylor, who writes about president Bob Kendrick’s return to the Kansas City institution and its greater state of financial health.
Kendrick left the fold following the 2006 death of the legendary Buck [...]

Weekend arts and culture: Baseball cards at the Met

TweetThis isn’t just another baseball card collection, but rather the second-largest collection in the world that’s been on display since early July at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Legends of the Dead Ball Era,” continuing through Dec. 1, includes 600 of collector Jefferson Burdick’s 30,000 baseball cards — dating from 1900-1919 — that he donated to [...]

Weekend arts and culture: In praise of slowness in sports

TweetNFL training camps are open and major domestic European soccer leagues are set to begin (including the German Bundesliga today), which ought to placate those who have been grousing over a “slow” period in spectator sports.
For those of us who don’t mind the low gear of summer, with the baseball pennant races soon to take [...]

Weekend arts: An ode to a baseball poem — or two

TweetGiven a previous rant here about baseball poets — most notably those who come out of hibernation in the spring — I may not be temperamentally suited to write about the most recent commemorations of “Casey at the Bat,” which turned 125 years old this week.
(Is a centenary and a quarter even a noteworthy milestone? [...]

Friday arts: Plimpton at his creative best

TweetThe new documentary about the life of George Plimpton won’t be in wide national release as it’s slowly rolled out this summer, so many of us will be reading more about the film and the man.
Playing at the Film Society at Lincoln Center through next Thursday, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself doesn’t appear to [...]

Spiffing up soccer with a song — actually, an anthem

TweetSam Borden of The New York Times tells the tale of how “Champions League” — the anthem composed by Tony Britten specifically for the UEFA Champions League competition — has gained as much popularity as the soccer it introduces since it debuted 20 years ago.
The Lords of European soccer, Borden writes, were seeking an image [...]

The sports magazine art of Richard Ben Cramer

TweetThe writer known best for his mountainous study of the 1988 presidential race, “What It Takes,” was remembered just as much this week for his equally memorable magazine work.
Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize winner who was 62 when he died Monday from lung cancer, was especially hailed by fellow authors and journalists for his [...]

A requiem for Oscar Madison

TweetDave Kindred on the sportswriting character that the recently-departed Jack Klugman made famous:
“Anybody can be hard on Lance Armstrong. Oscar was hard on Christmas: ‘Don’t talk to me about Christmas, will ya? All that sticky, phony goodwill. I’d like to get a giant candy cane and beat the wings off a sugar plum [...]

When Net skeptic meets sports-and-gender philistine

TweetEvgeny Morozov Tweeted the other day that:
True story: Harvard’s library subscribes to “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport” but not to “Journal of the Philosophy of History”
The author of “The Net Delusion” is embarking on a Ph.D. in Harvard’s lauded history of science program, so this must have been an odd discovery. But not [...]