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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 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.