Archive for National Baseball Hall of Fame

Earl Weaver on Optimism

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who died in 2013, was one of the nicest guys I ever knew. His public image was that of a tempermental curmudgeon, but he was a softie at heart.

One thing we definitely shared was an optimistic spirit towards life. Earl never gave up, even when his teams seemed to be impossibly behind. He encouraged others to persevere. Weaver was not only a baseball Hall of Famer, but one of life’s hall of famers as well.

The last time I saw Earl was at a 2009 dinner in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which was held in the gallery. Earl suggested posing in front of the plaque of Larry Doby, another guy with a zest for life. I’m happy that we got the chance.

Baseball was lucky to have a passionate guy like The Earl of Baltimore. We need more of his type of manager around. Thanks Earl.

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Oscar Winners Who Have Portrayed Baseball Players On Screen

The two great past-times of American summers, baseball and the movies, sometimes come together in thrilling ways.

Ballparks have been the setting for some of Hollywood’s best loved sports films.

Baseball is such an integral part of growing up in the United States, that many actors have a natural feel and look when it comes to taking on the role of a ballplayer, even if they’ve never actually spent time on a diamond.

In fact, some of our most talented actors have been captured on screen as they roamed the infield, outfield, bullpen or dugout.

Here, in chronological order of the films as they debuted, are several Oscar winners who have portrayed baseball players on screen:

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Why Horace Stoneham belongs in the Hall of Fame

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Horace Stoneham

In my book, Seeing Home, I mention the late Yankee owner George M. Steinbrenner, who was a wonderful person. I call him one of life’s hall of famers, a guy who quietly and consistently helped those in need.

Unfortunately, for reasons I’ll describe below, he isn’t yet a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

It reminded me of another should be Baseball Hall of Fame owner that is mentioned in Seeing Home, Horace Stoneham of the New York Giants.

While he was never the household name that Steinbrenner was, Stoneham had just as big an impact on New York baseball. It was his last move in New York, however, that might be the thing that’s unfairly keeping him out of the Hall.

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