He was intelligent and a commanding presence, though much softer than his reputation as a player.
The biggest name who died in 2019 was a superstar as a player and a trailblazer as a manager.
Martin broke into the major leagues with the New York Yankees in 1950, the same year I started following baseball as a youngster in Detroit.
I was surprised the Nats won Game 6 and was rooting for Houston to pull out a win in the final game before the home crowd.
In 1985, I became the answer to a trivia question: Who counted each and every seat in Tiger Stadium?
Last month, I wrote about a 22-inning game in June 1962 between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers that lasted seven hours and...
New York scored another run in the second; the Tigers added three in the third and another in the sixth, tying the score at 7-7. Neither team scored for another 15 innings.
Baseball keeps the older people younger and gives the younger people something to look forward to.
While Jews in Europe didn't know which way to turn, American Jews found entertainment by turning the radio dial.
President Woodrow Wilson sent a mission in September 1919 to investigate atrocities against Jews in Poland and Russia.
Shai Abramson, chief cantor of the IDF, belted out the national anthem while Mets and Cardinals players stood at attention.
In 1943, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had actually forbidden training south of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers or west of the Mississippi River.
Of all the audiences I’ve spoken to, the Boynton Beach guys were among the best informed on baseball history and trivia.
I had many conversations with Rusty, who was considered baseball's most eligible bachelor, while on the baseball beat.
I was lucky enough to be on the baseball beat in the 1970s when many of Babe Ruth's former teammates were still alive.
On the other side of New York, the Mets, unlike the Yankees, don't have the young bats to excite the fans. However, a Mets farmhand led the minor leagues in home runs in 2018.
The 1968 baseball season was especially memorable because it was the last time a pitcher won 30 games and because it saw the end of Mickey Mantle's playing career.
The war affected America’s national pastime in several ways. Rubber was in short supply, so games in the 1943 season used a baseball with less rubber. The new ball resulted in low-scoring games...
The very first All-Star Game I ever saw was in 1950, a few weeks after our family got its first television. That was the year I started following baseball and collecting baseball cards.
Cleveland was the center of the baseball universe in 1948, and Hank Greenberg was the spiffiest dresser in its front office.
The coliseum could house over 100,000 fans. On Opening Day the Dodgers drew 78,672 paying fans – almost double what their beloved former home, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, could accommodate.
I always seemed to end up with, what they call in card-collecting circles, "commons." To me, Ed Mayer was even less than a common.
The rivalry between fans of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will heat up as the season progresses.
Those of us who winter in the Orthodox enclave of Century Village in West Palm Beach are lucky to be so close to Florida's finest baseball facility, which boasts many stars and superstars.
I have many memories of him talking to Ralph Branca, who also pitched for the Tigers in the mid-fifties.
Jake Pitler was a caring Jew who agonized over the plight of his fellow Jews on the other side of the ocean as he continued his baseball career.
Wilson had no problem finding whiskey during Prohibition and drank most of his money until his wallet was dry.
I enjoyed watching the Yankees this year with their young players like Judge and Gary Sanchez.
Events morphed into what became known as the Six-Day War. While the war lasted less than a week, millions of words were devoted to it in newspapers and magazines over the days and weeks that followed.
My father would have taken us to the game but I declined because the Dodgers would soon leave Brooklyn and Ebbets Field would no longer house a major league team, so who cared?