A Delicate Topic

Okay, this is a delicate topic. The other day I saw a full-page, full-color, newspaper ad showing Babe Ruth in his Yankees uniform pointing to the outfield from the batter’s box. The headline read: ‘His finger called the shot. Next up, your prostate.’ The shot, of course, refers to the Called Shot Home Run from… Read More

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More Than a Million Strong

Steve Tellefsen is President & CEO of the Babe Ruth League which is a huge sports organization with over one million players and two million volunteers. That’s a lot of people. Take that group and it would constitute one of the biggest cities in North America. How it came to be is quite a story… Read More

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A primer on Mr. Ruth

Remember the TV show Gilligan’s Island? A group of tourists take what was supposed to be a ‘three-hour tour,’ get caught in a storm, and wind up as castaways on an uncharted island where they remain for years. Michael Gibbons was supposed to run the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore for one year, and for… Read More

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For almost everyone today the Roaring Twenties are an era known only from history books and movies. I say ‘almost’ because Julia Ruth Stevens is going on 102 and her memories are still razor sharp. A few years ago I spent an afternoon with her at her home in New Hampshire, and we were talking… Read More

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A man ahead of his time

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. A half-century ago. While America has made progress on the race issue since then, racial turmoil remains. But a major development on the racial front also took place a half-century before King’s assassination. In 1918 the Cuban Stars from Havana, an all-black baseball team, toured… Read More

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An Enigma Without Equal

The 2018 baseball season is under way and my new book about its biggest star ever is out. But BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy involves a lot more than baseball. This is a real-life, rags-to-riches story about the most unlikely hero to ever grace the covers of Time Magazine, Vanity Fair and Popular Science… Read More

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Perspective and Balance

The call came on a Wednesday morning. They were a group whose guest speaker had suddenly taken ill and was in hospital, and could I come and take his place. And when might that be? The very next day. Well, they say it’s best to be flexible in life and so, I did it. My… Read More

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Best-sellers say a lot

You can learn about a country by checking the best-seller list, especially for non-fiction. Judging from the latest New York Times list, Americans – those who read – are fascinated with U.S. history and political figures. No fewer than eight of the top ten NF books are in those categories. The list: 1. Leonardo Da… Read More

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