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Catch Royal-Mania!

Today’s edition of “Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids”:

It is possible to be “vacationing in Kansas” and take a quick side trip to Missouri to go to a Royals game. It’s not that far away, as we know.

Of course, The Comics Curmudgeon had the best possible, and most obvious, response to this strip: “Ha ha, [...]

The Yankees mascot — yes, the Yankees mascot

From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: trying to keep pace with the Phillies in the late-’70s mascot race, the Yankees ended up with a mascot named Dandy. There are a number of reasons why no one remembers this.

Current baseball events

Well, about as current as one can be in a comic strip.

This is the “Doonesbury” strip for today, Friday, May 21, referencing an event that occurred on Sunday, May 9, twelve days earlier. Back in my younger days when I had dreams of becoming a nationally syndicated cartoonist (i.e., the early-to-mid-1980s), the rule of thumb [...]

Things to read

On the occasion of today’s Dodgers home opener — their 53rd in Los Angeles, if I am counting correctly — the L.A. Times printed an op-ed piece about why their interlocking “LA” logo is awesome.

Speaking of awesome, @raysjoemaddon has been quiet on Twitter so far this season. Fortunately, there is @cubshaiku to pick up [...]

Ichiro!

{Photo of an Ichiro mouse on a kleenex box in Japan taken by rocketlass.} From a New York Times article about Ichiro’s nine straight 200-hit seasons comes this quote:
“Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me,” he said. “I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d [...]

Fortunately, they've solved the "extra baseballs" problem

From the February 13, 1967, issue of Sports Illustrated (via Uni Watch):

More dramatic than the playoffs?

Courtesy of my father, here’s the last half-inning of Vin Scully calling Sandy Koufax’s perfect game on September 9, 1965. I’ve heard a bit of him on the radio during both Dodgers division series games so far, and he still sounds pretty much the same, 43 years later.

During the regular season, for the games [...]

Rays awesomeness watch, newspaper edition

I’m not sure if merely making the playoffs is worthy of doing the front page as a full-page photo, but that’s what the St. Petersburg Times did today.

Skip Caray, R. I. P.

The Skip Caray anecdote in this David O’Brien column from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution made me laugh embarrassingly loudly at my desk this afternoon, even after Craig Calcaterra of Shysterball warned his readers how good it was–and pointed out that it was most likely Chip Caray’s finest hour as well.

Enjoy, folks. And rest in peace, Skip.

Goodbye!

Here’s the cover of the May 26 issue of Sports Illustrated…

At first, I thought I was looking at some major mistakes in the artwork, but then I realized, no, the action depicted is taking place in Bizarro World. (That was a little less clear on my subscription copy, which has the address label printed [...]