Over the summer, Chicago Alderman Gilbert Villegas drew the ire of animal activists by proposing an ordinance that would sanction pigeon racing in Chicago. As outlandish as that may sound to some people, it is a popular sport in some parts of Europe, particularly in Poland, enjoyed by both trainers and spectators. The racing is based on the homing skills that these birds possess. Whether racing or not, pigeons seem to stir up controversy among urbanites and this proposed ordinance was no exception. My initial reaction was to think about how my view on pigeons has evolved through the years.Read More
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In 1991, a group of my SABR friends and I decided to share a weekend of minor league baseball each year. We named our group the Universal Baseball Association (UBA) after the famous BB Novel by Robert Coover. We have attended games in over 40 minor league cities. This year we decided to meet in Charlotte, home of the Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate the Charlotte Knights.Read More
As soon as the 2019 MLB schedule came out, I looked to see who the Brewers were playing in their home opener. Boy, did I get lucky! For the 2nd year in a row, the Brewers were opening against the Cardinals a week before there would be any baseball in Chicago. Better yet, the 2019 series would be 4 games as opposed to the 3 game series in 2018. Another plus in Milwaukee: the roof at Miller Park (see below) is retractable, thereby removing the possibility of a rain (snow) out.Read More
In January 2019, I was made an offer I could not refuse. I had told good friend Brett Pontoni many times I had one country in Europe I wanted to visit and that was Italy. Apparently, Brett got tired of me making this request because soon after the Holidays, he adamantly told me to get a passport, block out some time in April and get ready to go. What follows are the details of a 7-day trip to Italy I will never forget.Read More
Sources: Compiled from variety of sources including SABR List Serv, google searches, and contributions of many baseball friends.
Note: The descriptions of the below injuries are primarily based on the explanations provided by the injured. Players have been known to cover up the real reason for their injuries to avoid violation of their contract for participating in dangerous activities.Read More