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Well, that long, long, too long season known as baseball has begun. I check the scores and standings of my two favorite teams nearly every day, but don’t really watch any games until around late September.

Though, I once met a man who said he was a diamond cutter, turns out he mowed the lawn at Wrigley Field during baseball season. Baseball players seem to get injured rather easily and have to sit out many games because of minor cuts and bruises, whereas football and hockey players would just live (and play) with the pain. To finish this train wreck of thought, I think it was Yogi Berra who said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half physical.”

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A reader emailed some photos of baseball in the 1950s and after perusing images of old Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds (New York Giants), and other black-and-white ballfields, it struck me that the only people wearing baseball caps were the ballplayers. And just to show I’m a nice guy, I spent hours (okay, not quite an hour) looking for a positive item for those long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans.

Well, way back in 1935, the Chicago Cubs’ Augie Galan set a record when he batted 646 times without hitting into a double play. However, he did hit into one triple play...


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