December 13, 2013
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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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As Topps begins its countdown toward the best card ever, it's time for Card Corner to weigh in with its final installment of the year.
Topps has named Mike Schmidt's rookie card from 1973 as the 60th greatest card in history, but Bruce Markusen is thinking about a lesser known player from the 1972 set in this week's installment.
Topps is determining its greatest card ever, but other companies have produced memorable cards. Let's look at a classic from 1986.
As Topps tallies the votes for its 60th anniversary competition, nominations continue to pour in from Cooperstown.
Voting for the best Topps cards of all-time has concluded, but that won't stop us from posting some more favorites.
As Topps continues its search for the best card ever, let's consider one that delivers two stars at once.
As the Topps Company continues its contest to determine the 60 best cards of all-time, a collector in Cooperstown offers another of his favorite selections.
The games are gone for now, but baseball cards will remain with us throughout the winter.
It's time for the Bucs and the Bombers to put the finishing touches on a most memorable Fall Classic.
With the Pirates and Yankees deadlocked at a game apiece, the 1960 World Series moves on to the third, fourth, and fifth games of a developing classic.
As this year's World Series approaches, let's look back at one of the best Series ever.
Wrapping up the season-long series on the 1980 Topps card set, Bruce Markusen looks back at a favorite old player.
The mound is another good place to find nicknames.
As the major league season winds down, some managers are facing the inevitable ax. One can be found in New York City.
Some war veterans in the baseball world have received short shrift. It's high time to end that practice.
An old baseball card produces a mix of feelings, some good, some sad.
Right fielders have to have the best throwing arms—many of the better ones require a creative nickname.
He has three college degrees and a slew of major league accomplishments, but no baseball job.
One of baseball's most underrated general managers passed away earlier in the week. He leaves us with a legacy of progressiveness—and winning.
It's time for a lunar landing on the 1980 Topps set.
The nicknames keep coming. As we move through the outer pasture, let's put the spotlight on the middle of the field.
A new book revisits 'Big Hair and Plastic Grass.'
You should go, and here are some tips if you do.
Another unusual pitcher makes the grade in the latest look at the 1980 Topps set.
It's time to move from the infield to the outer pasture on our tour of baseball's historical nicknames.
He's part standup comic, part circus attraction and part retired player.
It's now been two years since the Hall of Fame Game dissolved into oblivion. Its replacement is doing just fine, according to Bruce Markusen.
The 1980 Topps set had it all: cool action shots, plenty of colorful characters and numerous cards of retiring players. This week's "Card Corner" brings all of those elements together in one unusual package.
Sometimes lessons in baseball are learned, either directly or indirectly. Just consider the distinct cases of two heralded pitchers.
Let's complete our infield tour of nicknames by making a stop at third base
The look back at the 1980 Topps set continues with an examination of the original "Boomer."
A new book has Bruce Markusen thinking about beanbag chairs, key parties and players who don't bathe regularly in this week's Confidential.
"The Corner" usually highlights one card at a time, but a new exhibit has 25 cards taking the spotlight this time
Our ongoing tour of baseball continues its way around the infield. This week, the most demanding position takes the spotlight.
When it comes to the Hall of Fame, Marvin Miller remains a hot topic. One former major leaguer has started a grass roots effort to enshrine Miller.
Bruce Markusen combines a wonderfully unique nickname with his continuing series on the 1980 Topps card set.
It's time to turn the pivot as we continue our tour of baseball's greatest nicknames.
Continuing our series on the 1980 Topps set by learning more about the strange and continuing saga of Bernie Carbo.
A look at some fashionable trends displayed over the past six weeks.
Bruce Markusen bids a fond farewell to one of the game's colorful characters.
A half-dozen catchers get their due.
Jim Bibby, Slick Surratt and a minor league team are gone.
A favorite old set, an old pitcher, and a young first baseman all come together in this week's Card Corner.
Baseball nicknames come in all shapes and sizes. Some are rather insulting, as we see in this week's Cooperstown Confidential.
Baseball lost one of its legends last week, a one-of-a-kind personality and character.
Let's have some fun with names in this week's Cooperstown Confidential.
A blast from the past made some news, showing us that some things—and some people—don't really change.
It's only natural that the latest Hall of Fame election brings a reaction from Cooperstown in this week's Confidential.