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About Bruce MarkusenBruce Markusen is the author of seven books on baseball, including the award-winning A Baseball Dynasty: Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s, the recipient of the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research. He has also written The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, Tales From The Mets Dugout, and The Orlando Cepeda Story. Bruce currently works as a museum teacher at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum, all located in Cooperstown. In addition to The Hardball Times, he also contributes articles to Bronx Banter. Bruce, his wife Sue, and their daughter Madeline reside in Cooperstown.
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He's best known as a Miracle Met, but maybe that shouldn't be the case anymore.
He is forgotten now, but at one time, he was a pretty big deal.
Who says baseball doesn't change? Some old footage obliterates that myth.
He didn't much look like a ballplayer, but he was darned good for awhile.
His nickname was "Groove," a particularly apt name for the 1970s.
Some careers end under mysterious circumstances.
This Beetle wasn't one of the Fab Four, but he was pretty good.
A new book is making news, but is the charge legitimate?
Long before there was Theo, there was Mike, the original Superjew.
This retirement was handled a bit differently than today's farewells.
This little left-hander carved out a neat place in the game.
If you want to learn about baseball in the South during the 1960s, then read this groundbreaking book.
These two players are linked in more ways than you might think.
Let's remember a good team that set the stage for something greater.
It's time to take a look at an unheralded hero.
Two very different ballplayers deserve to be celebrated.
In an era when shortstops didn't hit much, Little Leo was one of the exceptions
He has a strange name, but his story is worth hearing.
There was no need for this legend to grab some bench.
He could block home plate better than anyone. Now he's trying to put the block on cancer.
Simply put, it is one of the weirdest looking cards of all time.
From Dodger Stadium to the The Brady Bunch.
"Now batting for Pedro Borbon..."
Amos was famous for one-handed catches and for being part of a one-sided trade.
He wasn't Horace the Horrible.
1973 Topps might have marked his swansong from the big leagues, but it also provides invaluable insight on one of the game's most colorful characters.
He went from Fenway to The Fund, with a bump in between.
Can events from 1947 be accurately re-created?
If you like stories of loud crickets, tight flannels, and large Afros, you will love Jose Cardenal.
He was the game's ultimate travelling man and lived a baseball life like no one else.
There's a reason why so many Maryland parents have named their sons for this man.
He's written a fine new book that explores baseball and America 40 years ago.
The man could play center field, not only on his baseball card, but in the 1969 World Series.
It's not just players who find their jobs on the line during spring training. Sometimes the managers have to watch for the boom.
Few batters enjoyed stepping in against this pellet-throwing left-hander.
Spring training of 2013 is not boding well for the Bombers.
His is a story of hard hitting, hard drinking, and legitimate concern.
"Daddy Wags" needs to be remembered.
It's time for the big fella to take a whack at 1973 Topps.
It's Black History Month, a perfect time to examine a link between civil rights, baseball and tragedy.
Follow a journey that took a man from drug addict to hero.
Baseball has a long history of brothers in the same clubhouse.
When talking about catchers of the 1960s, this man deserves a prominent place in the conversation.
Let's remember two players who left us, along with a favorite old radio show.
Barry made news this week when he fell short of Hall of Fame election, but his father was also a pretty fair player.
Let's begin the New Year with one of the biggest rule changes of our lifetime.
As we bid a fond farewell to 1972 Topps, a popular TV show meets a Gold Glove outfielder known as "The Bandit."
How does a knuckleballer age? And who are truly the greatest fielders?
The Great One takes his turn at Topps.
What happened to the trade-filled meetings of old?
A Windy City favorite takes the spotlight in 1972 Topps.
A Hall of Fame passing, free agent news, and a managerial hiring hit the Hot Stove this week.
He might be the best pitcher in obscurity.
The Hot Stove League season has arrived. That means managerial rumors, free agent bargaining, and even a looming Hall of Fame election.
His journey took him from Baltimore to San Diego, with stops in between. Along the way, he made impressions on everyone from Jim Bouton to Charlie Finley.
Uniforms, steadiness, and class come together in this latest entry from 1972 Topps.
Looking at Cleveland, Boston and Colorado—and remembering Bill Jauss
Where else can you find Animal House and Charlie Finley in the same place?
When the majors said no, he made the best of it.
If you like good, old-fashioned sluggers, then read about this redheaded Bucs strongboy.
Long before Billy Beane, Martin's Gang rode wild in the Bay Area.
If you think some of today's players are controversial, they're nothing compared to this man.
He was a good player, and a better man.
Many of us flipped cards, but this man liked to flip bats.
One is a pitcher, and one was a slugger, but a comparison can be made.
Summer camp, card collecting, and a little-known left-hander come together in this week's edition.
Some trades stay with us longer than others.
He's relatively forgotten now, but at one time, major league pitchers feared him.
It's a Blue Moon Rising in this week's look back at vintage Topps.
If you say that Old-Timers' Day should go go away, well, those are fighting words in these parts.
A star-crossed career comes under the microscope in the latest edition of 1972 Topps.
He's a well-known and successful manager today, but he got his start in a place far less glamorous than the major leagues.
It's time to talk about Hondo as we continue our journey through 1972 Topps.
Relievers are supposed to be a little offbeat, but this man was the king of the wacky.
He's not baseball's most famous Duke, but his 1972 card helps make him memorable.
Hitting coaches are in the news these days, bringing to mind the king of the hitting gurus.
The workings of the Baseball Reliquary prompt this week's foray into 1972 Topps.
The Can is making news again, so let's look back at a 1980s sensation.
Let's walk downtown as we return to 1972.
A current day pitcher brings back the exploits of a Hall of Famer.
Stormin' Norman, pine tar, and table legs highlight this memorable entry from 1972 Topps.
A spring training ailment recalls another tale of injury and woe from the 1980s.
The yearlong series on 1972 Topps continues with a look at a baseball original.
A career that started with so much promise became filled with twists and turns, and ultimately, tragedy.
An attempt at a retro uniform has revived interest in the origins of the Houston franchise.
You've heard of Hunt's Tomato Sauce. How about Huntz the ballplayer?
Let's pay tribute to an old-fashioned platoon player.
Here comes "The Judge," the latest centerpiece to our tribute to 1972 Topps.
What could have been. Those words can be said over and over in describing the tragic life of Tony Conigliaro.
It's time for a side of Veale with the latest review of 1972 Topps.
Beer alone did not make this man's career.
Ollie Brown, Johnny Grubb and Ernie Banks make cameos as we learn about the journey of Silent George.
A former All-Star first baseman and the architect of the "Big Red Machine" take the stage in this week's column.
For many collectors, 1972 represented an iconic set. Let's begin a year-long look back.
As the year comes to an end, so does a retrospective of 1971 Topps cards.
Five winters ago, baseball lost a popular guy known as "Dobber."
This may not be the Oscar Gamble you remember.
Trader Lane wasn't there. Neither was Syd Thrift. Or Billy Beane. But it was still one crazy swap meet.
The 1971 Topps set was a groundbreaking set, with a little shortstop supplying one of the most memorable of the cards.
Colorful characters abound over the last 45 years of Phillies history.
It's that time again. But will the Veterans Committee come up with a different decision on the great third baseman of the 1960s?
The yearlong series on Topps' 1971 set continues with the ultimate free-swinging catcher.
The Bay Area has had its share of over the past 39 years.
The Cardinals and Rangers don't have much of a history of playing each other. But there are common threads.
The Great Depression, Connie Mack Stadium, and recollections of M*A*S*H all come together in this week's Confidential.
If you like hard-nosed players, there were few tougher than this man.
Collapses are not a new thing in baseball. They just get bigger headlines today.
Two baseball deaths provide two different kinds of food for thought.
Managers are hired to be fired, but are they meant to be traded?
The national pastime and the anniversary of a tragedy come together.
On a quiet September night in 1971, nine men made baseball history.
You never know what you'll see when watching TV on the weekend. A Hall of Famer might turn up in a horror movie.
Baseball is not always joy and winning. A recent passing brings to mind some tragic losses of the past.
Two players for the price of one.
We know all about Gaylord; now let's learn about Jim.
Braun sounds like a ballplayer's name. But he wasn't all brawn; he has brains, too.
He was not a superstar, but he was an integral part of two franchises during the 1950s and 60s. He also ate right-handed pitching for breakfast.
The 40th anniversary of the 1971 Topps set gives us a good reason to talk about my one-time neighbor.