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The Local Game

The baseball season has ended. For fans just about everywhere outside of Boston, this will signal either melancholy or relief. Or possibly disgust. Melancholy...

Leo Durocher: The All-American Contradiction

The coming of October, and of the World Series as culmination, invites reflection on yet another season in which the home run (and the...

University Press of Kentucky, Group Think, the Farm Bill, and more

“An Open Letter.” The bad news is that the University Press of Kentucky lost some of their funding in the new state budget. The...

Baseball, Liberty Hyde Bailey, and more

“Quit Trying to ‘Fix’ Baseball: Its Leisurely Pace Is Just What Our Society Needs.” Gregory Hillis tells Rob Manfred (and the rest of us)...

America, One Minor League Ballpark at a Time

Being a report on a journey whereupon I dragged my wife to see seven minor league baseball games in seven days, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and including many other wonders seen on the road from Cleveland, Ohio, to Portland, Maine.

Baseball: Official Sport of the Front Porch Republic?

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball” –Jacques Barzun Grove City, PA. Opening Day, 2011 Dutifully following the links...

New FPR Feature: MLB predictions that you can take to Vegas…

Spring training is over, and I find myself at loose ends. Since moving to Phoenix a few years back, this has become the saddest...

The Lightning Oracle

What a trifling thing it is to control man! How easily we believe in fairy tales when they come cloaked in the black box of authority and superior knowledge.

St. Dennis of the Bleachers

It’s been almost six years now and I suspect he’s still talking St. Peter’s ear off.

Foreign Policy and the Gift of the World

Devon, PA.  In February 2007, as the Iraq war crept to the end of its fourth year, I published this short essay, proposing a...