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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MIKE BARNICLE; RED SOX? NEXT CASE

Originally published May 7, 1984, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Today's question: Are the Red Sox really as bad as they have looked so far? Today's answer: certainly not. They are much, much worse. All we have to do is give them the chance to prove it. "You really believe that?" [...]

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THE CLOCK TAKES A HOLIDAY AT FENWAY; A WORLD OF MOOD AND MEMORIES ­ ­ AND IT’S STILL ONLY A GAME

Originally published April 13, 1986, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Baseball is a game of memory, and it returns tomorrow to a place where grass has not yet given way to a carpet. It comes home to a green haven filled with reminders of both heartbreak and happiness, a [...]

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WEEDING OUT THE YUPPIES

Originally published June 30, 1986, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Now that the Olde Towne Team and Tom Seaver are both on a roll, fans are coming out of the woodwork. It's the end of June with the boys in Crimson Hose out in front and the ballpark is [...]

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SIGNING UP IGNORANCE

Originally published April 13, 1989, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Inside the old Hotel Kenmore, to the right of the front desk, there was a coffee shop where, if you hung around during those faded baseball summers of the 50s, you could collect autographs of ballplayers in both leagues. [...]

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