Bridges to the Past

Bridges to the past I cherish stories that provide a bridge to the past which is probably why novelist James A. Michener, who penned many historical epics, is my favourite scribe. But photographs can do this as well as books. One such photo, taken June 5, 1948, is of two men. One of them is… Read More

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Four years ago I visited a major Canadian university and asked students questions about World War II. FDR? Never heard of him. Churchill? There’s a statue of him but I don’t know what he did. The Allies? Can’t tell you who they were. D-Day and the Beaches of Normandy? Nope. It wound up in a… Read More

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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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