Baseball’s Timeless Beauty

  "...your baseball glove. It’s got a soul, a memory all its own, and a future that never fades because it has never let go of the grasp the past has on you and so many others." Extract taken from Mike Barnicle's "The Timeless Beauty of Baseball." [...]

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THIS COULD BE THE WEEK FOR A SOX TITLE

Originally published April 4, 1980, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe The Red Sox, behind the 32­hit pitching of Mike Torrez and the hot bat of Stan Papi, clinched the 1980 American League East title yesterday before a crowd of 612 fans at Fenway Park. The 19­14 victory over the [...]

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A PLAGUE ON THEM ALL

Originally published June 15, 1981, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Why should we get upset because a bunch of guys averaging around $150,000 in salary for seven months work now claim their bosses are unfair? How can you feel sympathy for bosses who, as a group, should be given [...]

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FROM ME TO MA BELL: BOO!

Originally published August 19, 1981, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe This is a story about a little league baseball team, the Parkway All Stars of West Roxbury and Roslindale; two big league guys, Paul Nicholson and Frankie (Ballgame) Long; and a bush league company, New England Telephone. It will [...]

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STILL A BIT OF MAGIC

Originally published April 10, 1981, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Somewhere today, someone will jump to their feet and shout at the top of their lungs over something that means nothing in the long run. A man, a woman, a young boy or a young girl will be delighted [...]

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DIMAGGIO . . . THOMSON . . . DAYS OF GLORY

Originally published October 4, 1982, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe This is the way it was meant to be with rust colored afternoons and shadows creeping slowly across infields that stand as the last, faint reminder of summer. And, yesterday, as the Birds of Baltimore went at the Brewers from [...]

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IN FOUL TERRITORY

Originally published July 15, 1983, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Every once in a while ­ about twice a day as a matter of fact ­ you hear a little story that makes you stop for a second, scratch your head and mutter about how much things have changed. [...]

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WHO STOLE OUR SUMMER?

Originally published June 24, 1983 by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Somehow, this is the saddest of all baseball seasons. It is a lost and joyless summer, a few months cut out of a year when the Olde Town Team seems intent on filling us with all the anticipation of [...]

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YAZ: ALWAYS A CHAMPION

Originally published September 30, 1983, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Once, it was a simple game played on grass under the sun and fans deceived themselves into thinking that men played it only for fun. Over the years, the night took it from warm afternoons and there are green [...]

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FOLKS, IT’S QUIZ TIME

Originally published March 16, 1984, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe With snow covering much of the ground and political bull filling a lot of our air, it is time to pay attention to something truly important. In case you have not noticed, the Olde Towne Team is at it again [...]

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