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John ArmstrongBaseball

George Ushela is a suburban Chicago high school baseball coach. In Sunday’s Chicago Tribune (June 4) he considered three parts of the game that still fascinate him after twenty-one years of coaching. 1. Failure. The hitter can do exactly what he wants to do and still make an out. The game has failure built into it. For this reason maturity … Read More

A Beatiful Day in the Sun at Wrigley Field

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My love for baseball borders on passion, as readers already know. I thus enjoyed one of the loveliest days of the year on Friday. My daughter, who got her passion for this rgeat game directly from me, accompanied me for a gorgeous day at the old ball park—Wrigley Field. We had seats twenty rows above the Cubs dugout and soaked … Read More

The Greatest Game in the Greatest Stadium

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I have loved baseball since 1956. I fell in love with the Milwaukee Braves during the summer of 1957, in my eighth year. They were the underdog in the Fall Classic to the much ballyhooed New York Yankees. The Yanks were led by the greatest switch-hitter of all-time, Mickey Mantle; and the greatest post-season pitcher of all-time, Whitey Ford; and … Read More

Let the Season Begin!

John ArmstrongBaseball

Many of my friends know that baseball is my game! I always get a surge of hope each April when I hear an umpire yell, “Play Ball.” For those of you who just don’t get it I can only say “You are missing one of America’s greatest gifts to human pleasure and summer relaxation.” Steroid controversies aside this game will … Read More

The Rite of Spring

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The world is back in its proper orbit. The rite of spring has arrived. This is much bigger than Groundhog Day, at least in my world. I heard the sound of a 32 ounce bat hitting a small well thrown white ball yesterday. I refer to seeing my first spring baseball game in Florida. For the record the Atlanta Braves … Read More

Chicago Has a Champion and Its Not the Cubs

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Last night, at 10:42 p.m., fireworks were going off all over my community. Neighbors were celebrating the first World Series championship in Chicago in 88 years. Thats a long time to go without a champion. In fact, only the Chicago Cubs, those lovable losers, are now more desperate for a championship, having not won in 97 years! And the die-hard … Read More

Do You Get What You Pay For?

John ArmstrongBaseball

All baseball fans tend to love, or hate, the New York Yankees. When they win some fans are filled with joy. Others, like me, relish the moment. I became a real fan, at age eight, in 1957. That was the year the Milwaukee Braves beat the New York Yankees in seven games in the World Series. I became a real … Read More

My Love for Baseball and Anita

John ArmstrongBaseball

I took a trip today. It is the kind of trip that my wife teases me about mercilessly. It was "a trip down memory lane." I attended the Hall of Fame Luncheon for the Atlanta Braves at the 755 Club at Turner Field in Atlanta.  The luncheon allowed me to relive history as we celebrated the 1995 World Championship Braves … Read More

Life Really Is a Lot Like Baseball

John ArmstrongBaseball

Life is a lot like baseball. Former slugger Frank Howard put my point well: "The trouble with baseball is that by the time you learn how to play it, you can’t play it anymore." So very true. Yeas of dedicated hard work, constant repetitions, and honing little things into real skills for the long haul all go into learning this … Read More

Moneyball and Life

John ArmstrongBaseball

I am a baseball fan. No, make that "I am a huge baseball fan." I have loved the game since I was a small boy when I picked up my first bat and glove. In fact one of my first memories of childhood is playing pitch and catch with my dad in the backyard of my Tennessee home. And also … Read More