This was the name of a column I used to write in college for the Loyola Greyhound. The column was a collection of unrelated snippets of information that I liked to throw out there, usually to get them off my chest. In person, I can drive people nuts unloading eclectic notions that I find interesting. Here, you get to read them in their shortened form.
"If you listen carefully, you can hear the echoes of a great game played long ago."
"The people who say that if you've seen one game, you've seen them all, have generally only seen one game."
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else.It has to be yours. -- Peggy Fleming
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. ---Mike Tyson
I need for someone to explain one of the funny things about Berks County. This has been taking turns amusing me and perplexing me [makes me ferhuddelt at times]. The Pottsville Pike is the name most people casually refer to the road while it's official designation is Route 61. Why don't people call it "Highway 61" because there is a veritable host of things that could happen on "Highway 61" and that would jazz it up a bit. I could be wrong, but I think if I was still living in Laureldale, I would be calling it "Highway 61." For the Dylan-challenged, I suppied his lyrics below. Simon and Garfunkle said it was "all happening at the zoo" but I think Dylan got it right. It's all happening out on Highway 61.
Bob Dylan's "Highway 61"
When people list their favorite sports movies, baseball in particular, usually the relatively newer movies come to mind. I count "It Happens Every Spring" among my favorites and it was made before I was born. The premise is hilarious: a college professor working on an experiment to perfect wood preservatives has his apparatus destroyed by a baseball crashing through the lab's window. The resulting liquid mess turns into a substance that repels wood. If you dipped a baseball into this liquid and it couldn't make contact with wood...well, you need to see this movie.
Another little known baseball movie involves one of my favorite actors, William Bendix. He is mostly known for the "Life of Riley" a part actually shared with Jackie Gleason, I believe. Even though I was young, those episodes with William Bendix are indelibly inscribed on my memory. I haven't been able to see it in years but "Kill the Umpire" is a funny story about a man who absolutely loves baseball to the point where it starts interfering with his functioning in everyday life. He keeps getting fired from different jobs because he listens to the radio and gets too involved in the game. Finally, the only job he can hold down is being an umpire and even that employment almost has tragic results for him. Nobody I talk to about movies and baseball has heard of this gem, but it's definitely worth checking out.
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