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Rub Some Dirt on It photo
April 30, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Rub Some Dirt on It

Sam DeLeo

And yet, when it came to hitting a baseball, I always liked my odds.

Save photo
April 30, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Save

David E. Yee

I watched Jim Johnson try to close out the 9thin front of a half-capacity Camden Yards. My father was supposed to come, but he was six blocks up... more

Stomping Grounds photo
April 29, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Stomping Grounds

Chad Schuster

The solidity of contact is registered first in the hands. The knowledge radiates outward from there. 

Autograph photo
April 29, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Autograph

Scott Palmieri

I have torn up the boy whose baseball
You are signing again.
He was beautiful,
As you are, Brooks Robinson,
As you lean your name back, a... more

In the Crypt of the Cathedral photo
April 26, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

In the Crypt of the Cathedral

Alicia Winokur

“You can’t pee here,” Brendan tells me as I climb inside the doorway leading into the belly of the Green Monster. What he... more

At Old Seals Stadium photo
April 26, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

At Old Seals Stadium

Steven Kennedy

Old Seals Stadium is a shopping center now. It is a parking lot, a grocery store, a 24 Hour Fitness, a Ross Dress for Less, a... more

Baseball Movie photo
April 25, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball Movie

Dorothy Bendel

The girl wonders how he went from a boy with big league dreams to selling booze at a store on Long Island.

Waiting For the Break photo
April 25, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Waiting For the Break

Caleb Michael Sarvis

I’m sitting on our carpet, legs crossed, beer in my crotch. 

Team of Goofballs photo
April 24, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Team of Goofballs

Janet Bowdan

It's their first practice in good spring weather,
not only not raining, not cold, but full of light.

A Good Game photo
April 24, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

A Good Game

Maria Sebastian

good game
good game
good game

Role Model photo
April 23, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Role Model

Greg Oldfield

He said that Thompson could be the fastest to hit five hundred, a first ballot Hall of Famer, but I just nodded and sipped my coffee.

Take Addison East to Clark photo
April 23, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Take Addison East to Clark

Sandra Marchetti

Breathing heavily, we make it to the corner of the vacant dry cleaner’s. Still no one has rented it, I say. 

Litany for Those Awaiting Bill Mazeroski at Home Plate after His Home Run to Beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series photo
April 22, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Litany for Those Awaiting Bill Mazeroski at Home Plate after His Home Run to Beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series

Joseph Bathanti

Blessed be the millwrights on the open hearth that awaited him; the nurses and elevator operators; secretaries; plumbers; electricians

Big League Chew photo
April 22, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Big League Chew

Margaret Madole

Wrigley had put out a study claiming that gum chewing increased performance on assessments and my elementary school took it as gospel, sending letters home asking for us to bring it on test days. Marshall brought Big League Chew. 

"Talkin' Bout Practice": quitters photo
April 20, 2019 | Dispatches

"Talkin' Bout Practice": quitters

Alyssa Oursler

The first doctor who called said I couldn’t play. The scan showed stress fractures and the only remedy was rest. It would... more

The Bottom of the Order: A Photograph of Gaylord Perry Being Investigated for Foreign Substances photo
April 19, 2019 | BASEBALL, The Bottom of the Order

The Bottom of the Order: A Photograph of Gaylord Perry Being Investigated for Foreign Substances

Andrew Forbes

Gaylord Perry toiled for twenty-two seasons in the majors, and the look on his face suggests it was hard toil indeed.

If You Build It Baseball Dads Will Come photo
April 18, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

If You Build It Baseball Dads Will Come

Bailey Gaylin Moore

The first time this happened, I sighed when he walked away, squinting my eyes to see if he had a wedding ring.

The Slugger, The Ace, The Shortstop, The Catcher, The Pinch Hitter photo
April 18, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

The Slugger, The Ace, The Shortstop, The Catcher, The Pinch Hitter

Jose Hernandez Diaz

The solitude. In the summer, I dine. On hot dogs. And fast balls. Go Dodgers!

Summer League photo
April 17, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Summer League

Terrance Wedin

Take your pick. Me, they said I hung my off-speed stuff, lost track of the count, lacked mental toughness. I waved off too many signs.

Tinker to Evers to Chance photo
April 17, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Tinker to Evers to Chance

Nicole Callihan

The spring we didn’t make love,
I started following baseball—

radio on the kitchen table,
me in that old night... more

In July, 2002, The Mascot Answers A Question photo
April 16, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

In July, 2002, The Mascot Answers A Question

Robert Halleck

I joined the crowd and bought an XL.

Béisbol  photo
April 16, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Béisbol 

Francisco Martínezcuello

When I am young I wish I were invisible so that the white boys will stop screaming, “Go back where you came from.”

Quiz photo
April 15, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Quiz

Robert Clinton

1. What company made the gum drops called Fancy Nancies after the famous Beantown slugger duo?  

The Art of the Blowout photo
April 14, 2019 | Sunday Comics, BASEBALL

The Art of the Blowout

Mark Neeley

An Abbreviated Directory of Women in Baseball photo
April 12, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

An Abbreviated Directory of Women in Baseball

Courtney Preiss

Kinsella, Annie: Cinnamon-haired romantic lead in Field of Dreams. Played with zeal by Amy Madigan. Equal parts romantic and pragmatic, she raised a farm and a daughter, vanquished small-town Nazism, and offered unconditional support to her crazy-ass ghost-loving husband.

Fan Interference  photo
April 11, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Fan Interference 

Thomas Genevieve

The smell of grilled hot dogs is in the near distance. 

The Gospel According to the First Base Umpire  photo
April 10, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

The Gospel According to the First Base Umpire 

John McDonough

And everyone in section ten is standing

When Gills Gets Sent Down photo
April 9, 2019 | BASEBALL, Fiction

When Gills Gets Sent Down

John Jodzio

After tonight, I’ll be demoted to my parents’ couch and a job at my uncle’s lumberyard.

Ode to Baseball photo
April 8, 2019 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Ode to Baseball

Jimmy Pappas

Everyone was welcome. No one was cut 
in this league.

Yankees at Shea photo
April 5, 2019 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Yankees at Shea

Laura Scalzo

In 1974 or 1975 my father took my sisters and me to our first baseball game. It was always going to be a Yankee game, wherever that might be.