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New York Mets: 1962–1966

Manager Casey Stengel theatrically pointing the way at the start of spring training in 1962. “The history of the New York Mets began in 1962 when the team was introduced as part of the National League‘s first expansion of the … Continue reading

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Artifacts of the Analog Era – Rex Weiner

“As I pack the FedEx box addressed to the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York—a nonprofit study center for ‘objects created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, t-shirts and buttons, audio recordings…’—I am … Continue reading

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The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. – Robert Coover (1968)

“The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. is Robert Coover‘s second novel, published in 1968. J. Henry Waugh is an accountant, albeit an unhappy one. However, each night after he comes home from work, Henry immerses himself in … Continue reading

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Our Man in Havana – J. Hoberman

April 10, 1984: “… Well, a lot of things have changed since 1957, but Havana remains a cornucopia of ’50s imagery. It’s actually in fashion! Even modest bungalows out in the suburbs sport curlicue grill­work and harlequin mosaics, jazzily tapered … Continue reading

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Game of the Century

“In men’s college basketball, the Game of the Century was a historic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) game between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins played on January 20, 1968, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. It was the … Continue reading

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Pelé

Italy v Brazil, 12 May 1963 “Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé ([peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as one of the … Continue reading

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Jacques Plante

“Joseph Jacques Omer Plante (…January 17, 1929 – February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. During a career lasting from 1947 to 1975, he was considered to be one of the most important innovators in hockey. He … Continue reading

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Another Side of Kerouac: The Dharma Bum as Sports Nut

“Almost all his life Jack Kerouac had a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs never knew about. He obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, charting the exploits … Continue reading

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Roger Maris’s Misunderstood Quest to Break the Home Run Record

Allen Barra (Jul 27, 2011): “Fifty summers ago, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were chasing Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, and the country was enthralled. (The overwhelming number of Yankee fans were rooting for … Continue reading

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The Summer Game – Roger Angell (1972)

June 11, 1972: “The Summer Game provides such finely observed and finely written reportage on major‐league baseball during the past decade that I hope it will triumph over certain of its disadvantages. One is that it is a collection of … Continue reading

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