Hall of Fame Weekend 2013: A preview

I’ve been in Cooperstown since 1995 and have seen a variety of turnouts for Hall of Fame Weekend, including a throng of 50,000 for Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn and the record turnout of 80,000 for the 2007 induction of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn. In stark contrast, this year’s turnout will undoubtedly be […]

Pop culture and the pastime: The Walking Dead and baseball

You’re probably wondering what in the world The Walking Dead has to do with our great game of baseball. I’ll get into that in a moment, but last night’s enthralling season finale tied up more than a few loose ends to one of my favorite programs. Rick’s crew pulled off the upset of the century […]

Remembering Gus Triandos

It’s easy to overlook how fine a player Gus Triandos was during the 1950s. After all, he wasn’t a Hall of Famer, and never received the promotional boost that comes with performing in the postseason. His prime seasons occurred for some non-contending Orioles teams, and that will always prevent him from receiving his full due. […]

A baseball card mystery: Wally Backman and the unknown Pirate

If you’ve seen recent pictures of Wally Backman, you’d be hard-pressed to think that he was once a speedy, 160-pound middle infielder. The Triple-A manager of the Las Vegas 51s looks nothing like he did in this 1987 Topps card. To put it lightly, he’s put on more than a few pounds in his post-playing […]