A former teammate at Grinnell College, Jim is currently working towards a Masters in journalism at the University of Iowa and is assistant editor at IowaWatch.org. Be sure to check out Jim’s work at Iowa Environmental Focus, and also his blog, How To Train A Watchdog: (Mis)Adventures in Non-Profit Journalism. Unfortunately, none of these sites have anything to do with America’s pastime.
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In conjunction with Dee’s post about our recent Grinnell College alumni weekend, I thought it would be a nice change-of-pace to post some videos from our glory days. We’ll get things going with a yardball from Dee circa 2008. He may have only hit a couple in his college career, but that no-doubt trot would [...]
Justin Verlander revived a decades-old dugout tradition Sunday afternoon by giving teammate Don Kelly the ‘ol “hot foot.” Perhaps Verlander just felt the need to bring Kelly down to earth after the career .236 hitter (.628 OPS) was spotlighted by the New York Times as the only active major leaguer to have played innings at [...]
Backup Catcher Edition What has Vance Wilson been up to in his post playing days? Even for baseball fans of the hardest core, that’s a seldom-asked question. Why would anyone ask about the former Met and Tiger catcher, forever a backup, who never played in more than 96 games in any of his eight years [...]
As the above photo indicates, Tigers take their baseball civics seriously. But it’s easy to see why they might be miffed if Alex Avila, who trails the Yankees’ Russell Martin by about 500,000 votes, doesn’t land a starting catcher role in the All-Star Game. Avila leads all catchers with a .304 batting average – 74 [...]
Before it’s too late, baseball history buffs may want to pilgrimage to a Motown, home to a neglected and rarely discussed slice of America’s pastime’s past.
In an often dark, locked room in the Detroit Public Library, you can find $4 million worth of baseball memories compiled by legendary Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell during his 68-year career. It’s a collection that’s trumped only by the treasure housed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In the library you can find more than 2,500 rare baseball cards from as far back as the 1880s, the 106-year old letter that told Ty Cobb to report to the Tigers, and four decades worth of All-Star Game programs, among much more.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – As the sun set and the air cooled over Veterans Stadium on Wednesday, Kane County Cougar pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon kept getting hotter. His fastball popped, his splitter vanished and the hometown Kernels, slogging under the weight of an eight-game losing streak, couldn’t connect. The 22-year-old Columbia native had held them hittless through seven innings, and it seemed to the few hundred fans still remaining that Marimon was on pace to notch a feat that’s sweeter than his first name: a no-hitter.
What’s in a name? A great many syllables, if you’re Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. But while the former journeyman pitcher’s title is impressively weird, it has many rivals – most of them old-timey – for the goofiest name in professional baseball history. I’ve compiled a brief, unordered list of those names. Who is [...]