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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 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.
His trips to Cooperstown are becoming an annual tradition. And he always has plenty to say.
Were the A's, Rangers and Marlins justified in making managerial and coaching changes?
It's time to resume our look at 1971 Topps baseball cards, replete with Hollywood starlets, carnival barkers, and even a mention of Hugh Hefner.
So what's a symposium? It's more fun than you might think.
Baseball can embody both humor and tragedy, as we see through a pair of oldtime southpaws.
"We like Ike." Many Tigers fans expressed that sentiment back in the day. Even 10 years after he left us, there's still a lot to like about Mr. Brown.
The great fielders receive all the credit on the highlight reels. But what do the bad fielders get? Nothing, until now, when we reward them with their own all-star team.
A major league catcher from the '60s and '70s recalls a colorful career.
Willie Mays will always be linked to the Giants. Some of his teammates can be linked to good nicknames.
It's time to examine another player action shot from 1971 Topps. He was sometimes called The Big O, but it's not Oscar Gamble.
Baseball is back, but the characters never really go away.
Too much in the way of statistics, and too little in terms of stories? Bruce Markusen addresses the debate through a favorite player.
It has a funny name, but the Baseball Reliquary offers an unusual alternative to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Black borders, action shots, and a middle infielder named Cookie. They're all part of the 1971 Topps baseball card set.
He was not a household name, but his life was anything but pedestrian.
If you like good nicknames, the White Sox of the early 1970s provide an excellent stomping ground.
The 40-year look-back at 1971 Topps cards continues with one of Bruce Markusen's favorites. And don't forget to look in the background.
Baseball needs more black players and more black fans. One man may be able to help.
George Crowe was quiet, lived part of his life as a recluse, and didn't enjoy being interviewed. He was also a civil rights hero.
It's time to begin a new series on "Card Corner." Let's turn the clock back by a few decades.
There's some unfinished business left over from 2010. It's time to give relievers' nicknames their proper due.
One of baseball's great gentlemen is facing the challenge of a lifetime.