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Kobe tweet

Kobe Bryant was drafted at #13 in 1996, passed over by my beloved Celtics, who took Antoine Walker instead. Ouch.

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Chief’s ring

Robert Parish is selling his 1986 Celtics NBA championship ring. How sad. Best single-season NBA team I’ve ever seen. (Via Red’s Army.)

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Giamatti on baseball

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

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Fenway ’56

rain check

August 7, 1956. 68 cents + 7 cents tax. Via Eephus League.

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John Fox on ball games

Book trailer for The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game by my friend John Fox (on sale May 14). The footage shows the Kirkwell Ba’, an ancient “folk football” game played twice a year, on Christmas and New Years Day, in the streets of Kirkwall, a tiny coastal town in Orkney, northern Scotland.

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Yale vs. Princeton, 1903

The oldest surviving video of an American football game, Yale vs. Princeton in 1903 (via Kottke)

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“A fair-haired crew-cut lad”

Imlach letter

“You will no doubt remember a fair-haired crew-cut lad…” In the spring of 1960, Anthony Gilchrist, an old army buddy of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Punch Imlach, recommends a 12-year-old prospect named Bobby Orr. The Maple Leafs’ response is here. The whole story is told here. (Via Pension Plan Puppets.)

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Bob Cousy, 1956

Bob Cousy drives the lane against the Rochester Royals, December 12, 1956. (Sports Illustrated)

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Lou Gehrig


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Touch the Hem of His Garment

Bobby Orr sweater

Now up for auction: 1972 Bruins road sweater worn by Bobby Orr in the Stanley Cup finals. If you were a kid in Boston in the ’70s, you’d understand.

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Quarterbacks of the NFL, 1961

Quarterbacks of the NFL 1961

Back row (left to right): Milt Plum (Browns), Bobby Layne (Steelers), Sam Etcheverry (Cardinals), Bill Wade (Bears), Bart Starr (Packers), Johnny Unitas (Colts), Norm Snead (Redskins), Zeke Bratkowski (Rams). Front row: Jim Ninowski (Lions), Fran Tarkenton (Vikings), Don Meredith (Cowboys), John Brodie (49ers), Sonny Jurgensen (Eagles), Y.A. Tittle (Giants). Photo by Ralph Morse. First published in Life magazine, November 17, 1961.

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October baseball

Joe McCarthy and Birdie Tebbetts

“Umpire William Grieve issuing a walk to pinch hitter, outraging Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy and catcher Birdie Tebbetts, during Senators and Red Sox game.” October 1949. (Life Magazine.) The story of the memorable Yankees-Red Sox pennant race of 1949 is told in David Halberstam’s Summer of ’49.

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Think Different, cont’d

Muhammad Ali Think Different poster

Poster from Apple’s Think Different campaign (1998).

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Ali for Apple

Think Different 15-second TV ad, 1997

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Ted Williams, 1939

Ted Williams, 1939

Photo by Arthur Griffin. (via)

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The origin of Roy Hobbs

Eddie Waitkus

Phillies first-baseman Eddie Waitkus, Clearwater, Florida, 3/9/53 (source). On June 19, 1949, Waitkus was shot in the chest by a deranged fan, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, in a Chicago hotel room. The incident inspired the similar episode in Bernard Malamud’s The Natural.

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Bill Russell, 1961

Bill Russell 1961


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NHL ’67

Amazing footage of the 1967 NHL season (though you may want to turn the sound down).

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Front page

Globe - B's win Stanley Cup


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Wings not included

Bobby Orr skates

On auction: Bobby Orr’s skates, worn during the 1974-75 season.

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