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About Richard BarbieriBorn and raised in New York City, Richard still lives there to this day. He works full-time at a large New York City government agency, a job which funds both his apartment and the many, many baseball books that occupy that space. But not much else.
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In the first of a series, Richard looks at the best players from the year's final month
Less than 20 shopping days left until Christmas. In the spirit of the (off) season, Richard suggests some books.
From Weihe to Bass; follow the path
Is the Ranger lefty the missing jewel in the Yankee crown?
On November 4, 2009 the Yankees won the World Series. For the Yankees, this represented their twenty-seventh championship, but was also an important win in another tally. Richard explains why.
The offense is strong as usual, but who will take the bump behind Sabathia?
On September 17, 1941, Stan Musial made his debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, the only franchise for which he would ever play.
On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched the greatest game Richard has ever seen.
In honor of the blackouts caused through the East Coast by Hurricane Irene, Richard looks at some hitters who were lacking power themselves.
On Aug. 25, 1970, Doug Glanville—perhaps the most prominent of recent Ivy League ballplayers—was born. In his honor, the All-Ivy team.
August 17 is the traditional Roman celebration of Janus, the god with two faces. In honor of this, Richard looks at the best of switch-hitters.
This week Richard’s column goes to the birds as he looks back on some of the notable aviary events in baseball history that centered on this week.
On July 30, 2011 Richard will be running a half-marathon. In honor of his run, he looks at the distance travelled by some notable players.
On July 20, 1901 Heinie Manush was born. Richard looks back at his Hall of Fame career.
On July 4, 1859, Mickey Welch was born. He became one of just five pitchers to win 300 games before the 20th century.
On June 29, 1936, Harmon Killebrew was born. Richard looks back on his Hall of Fame career.
A look at Jack McKeon's path to managing again at 80 years old
On June 15, 1938, Billy Williams was born. This week Richard looks back on his life and career.
On June 8, 1925, Eddie Gaedel was born. This got Richard thinking about other famous one-game players.
On May 23, 2008, Richard went to his first game at Coors Field. Today, he writes about the park's history.
On May 21, 1902 Earl Averill was born. "The Earl of Snohomish” would become a six-time All-Star and a Hall of Famer.
On May 12, 1935 Felipe Alou was born. He was the first of the Alou dynasty to reach the majors, but where does the family patriarch fall on the scale of similar players?
On May 6, 1994, Anthony Young won a game he started for the first time in more than two years, linking him to Ike Pearson and Dolly Gray, to say nothing of Spud Chandler and Jon Lester.
On April 28, 1788, Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, the seventh state to do so. In honor of its joining the Union, Richard creates the All-Maryland team.
Looking through a pack of baseball cards to see what history can be found in Topps’ 2011 set.
On April 12, 1880, Addie Joss was born. Joss played only nine seasons and won just 160 games but still earned Hall of Fame election in 1978.
Taking a break from writing history, Richard reviews The House That Ruth Built, the story of the original Yankee Stadium's inaugural season.
On April 2, 1869, Hugh Jennings was born. Through his life, he would be known as Hughie, Ee-Yah and finally as a Hall of Famer.
On March 24, 1951, Tommy Hilfiger was born. What does that have to do with baseball? Surely he could have designed better uniforms than these.
A two-for-one special recapping the careers of “Little Poison” and “Big Poison.”
The first of a series looking at the keys to the 2011 season for all 30 teams.
In honor of his upcoming 27th birthday, Richard looks back at some of the great seasons ever posted by men that age.
On Feb. 20, 1975, Livan Hernandez was born. He's is part of a rare club: pitchers with more than 150 victories despite an ERA+ less than 100.
On February 18, 1915, Joe Gordon was born. The 1942 Most Valuable Player and nine-time All-Star, “Flash” was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009. Richard looks back at his life and career.
On Feb. 6, 1895 Babe Ruth was born. Many would consider him a no doubt choice for the list of 10 most influential figures in baseball history, but does he deserve it?
On Jan. 30, 2011 the NFL Pro Bowl was played. Though that football game is Hawaii's sports highlight, this does not mean the state has not produced baseball players.
On January 29, 1960 Steve Sax was born. Sax’s career took him from Rookie of the Year to Simpsons guest star to “Steve Sax Syndrome.” Richard looks back on these moments and more.
On Jan. 21, 1916 Germany Schaefer was purchased by the New York Yankees. For a simple transaction, there are a number of good stories involved.
On January 13, 1939, Jacob Ruppert died. Ruppert was a National Guard colonel, a four-term Congressman and a Brewery owner, but his real fame came from ownership of the New York Yankees.
On January 7, 1982 Francisco Rodriguez—K-Rod to his fans—was born. This is just one of the historically important closer births this week.