Author Bio & Stories

  • October 26, 2012
    Evidence - Three: Rocky Roe

    In an uncertain world, it’s nice to come upon hard evidence, even if the evidence doesn’t matter. Maybe this is what’s behind our attraction to meaningless baseball occurrences.

  • October 25, 2012
    Evidence - Two: Mr. October

    Mr. October got his name for his apparent ability to play spectacularly well when the games mattered the most. The narrative truth of this rests on his iconic three-homer game in the clincher of the 1977 World Series. His exploits, and the outsized personality that went with them, seemed to illustrate the notion that some guys are able to rise to a higher level during big moments.

  • October 24, 2012
    Evidence - One: Donnie Moore

    Donnie Moore was an all-star pitcher with a long major league career, but he’s best known for surrendering a late lead in what would have been a pennant-clinching game in the 1986 American League Championship Series and for being so haunted by the failure that he ended his life. This latter point is a garish reduction of the complex reality of Donnie Moore’s life and death, and of the complex causes of suicide.

  • In 1979, his only major league year, Butch Edge notched three wins. The last was a complete game 3–2 victory over Hall of Famer Jim Palmer and the eventual American League champ Baltimore Orioles. For a moment, the future through thick glasses: not bad. Butch Edge.

  • September 4, 2012
    Cardboard Gods: 1962

    In 1981 Fleer and Donruss disrupted the Topps monopoly on baseball cards. The photos on the new Fleer cards were often drab, dim, even slightly unfocused. But that wasn’t the problem with them. The problem was that the statistics on the back were upside down.

  • Rick Rhoden had a solid career as a pitcher (and an exceptionally good hitter, as pitchers go) in the Major Leagues. But there was something else, something harder to describe, that places him among Bruce Jenner and Jan-Michael Vincent in the ranks of the world's finest athletes.

  • July 26, 2012
    Cardboard Gods: Diedre

    How a near-perfect moment on the hard road of life reminds you of the paths you could have taken and the ones still to come. 

  • Luis Tiant was a great pitcher, if perhaps one too interesting, flawed, and non-linear for the Hall of Fame. But he was also more than that, and a pitcher whose uniquely contorted and violent motion carved out a new and strange type of baseball grace. From the new e-book "The Hall of Nearly Great."

  • The card at the top of this page was intact, with a face, when I pulled it out of my shoebox of old cards at random few days ago. I always hope that by selecting from my shoebox blindly I’ll see the card drawn as if for the first time. I stuck with this hope for about a minute, lost focus, and then compulsively typed the player’s name into an internet search window.

  • June 15, 2012
    Cardboard Gods: Harold

    From the beginning, Bill Bene threw very hard and yet with so much wildness as to be nearly useless to his team. Scouts began to appear, more and more all the time, drawn to his promise, ignoring his flaws, much in the way one falls in love.