Other Good Reading

Happy November everyone!

As we prepare for Game 6 tonight – it’s still hard to believe that it’s November 4 and we haven’t even played Game 6 of the World Series yet – I just wanted to take a few minutes to point out a couple of things that I found pretty cool.

1924 and You Are There! – This is about one of the coolest blog ideas that I’ve ever seen and I really hope that Jeff can keep up the output (which, I have to say, is pretty outstanding already). In short, Jeff is replaying the 1924 baseball season through Strat-O-Matic and writing about the games (and the world of 1924) through the eyes of two young fans. It might sound a little strange at first, but it doesn’t take too long to get it and appreciate it. Here’s a random sample from a recent post:

July 26, 1924

Okay, enough of this already. The Phillies had lost six games in a row, and hadn’t won since we beat the Cubs 5-3 nine days ago in Chicago. Heck, me and Benny had even been kidnapped by Al Capone’s men and ridden to Indiana on a smuggler’s boat since then.

Well, luck finally showed up today for us in the personing of Vic Keen. With his crummy 6-13 record, the Cubs hurler has loads of talent but never seems to catch a break. Ring is the same kind of black cat pitcher for us, but Johnny Couch was going instead so I knew we had a chance. 

The players all have their own ways to fend off the spooks, though. Mokan always stops to grind his shoe into the foul line chalk when he runs out to left field. Holke starts wearing his underwear inside out whenever we lose three straight, and even Art Fletcher puts a dollar bill under his cap if we have a lead in the 9th. I personally don’t believe in that stuff, and got no problem walking under a ladder on 13th Street on Halloween night, but I can see why baseball people do it, because sometimes there’s almost fifteen sec

It truly is some great stuff. If you’re at all interested in reading about the old-time players, or in reading classic-style baseball recaps, or even just in supporting someone who has thought of a completely novel way of enjoying the game of baseball (especially as the season is about to enter a six-month hibernation), I highly recommend clicking on through and checking out “1924 and You Are There!“.

(Click “Read More” to continue reading.)

Most of you who read Wezen-Ball here probably already saw this, but, in case you haven’t, I just wanted to point out that our good friend ShysterBall – Craig Calcaterra – announced yesterday that he will be quitting his day job in the lawyer biz and becoming a full-time baseball writer/blogger over at NBC Sports. To that I say: many, many congratulations, Craig! Well deserved! You’re blog is my absolute favorite to read on a daily basis and I’m excited to hear that you’ve been able to make this blogging thing work so well for you that you’re about to take on your dream job. Fantastic.

Everyone who blogs for a while has, at their heart, an itch to do it for a living. To drop all the crappy day-to-day stuff that they have to do and get paid good, real money to write what they really want. Craig has been able to pull that off (in only about two-and-a-half years), and that’s wonderful. Of course, we aren’t all as talented (or brown-nosing) as Craig, but it’s something to shoot for. And the fact that Craig was probably the main guy to help motivate me to keep blogging (by linking to my original “Baseball in the Year 2000” piece that then got picked up by Baseball Think Factory and Rob Neyer…) just makes it all the better. If you’ve never read ShysterBall, you should definitely give it a look. And, if you have read it, you probably want to go give Craig his congratulations. Either way, go check it out.

I’ll be posting more later this week. In the meantime, enjoy these sites, and anything over there in the blog roll (including the other Bloguin sites). Oh, and go Phillies!

Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.