December 9, 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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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.