From the Luckiest Man to a pariah

We touched a little on the relationship between Bill Dickey and Lou Gehrig in my recent Grave Story on Dickey. Not only were they roommates on the road, but they were also good friends, and Gehrig’s illness and death had a profound affect on Dickey. Though these are events that took place more than 80 … Continue reading From the Luckiest Man to a pariah

Losing to win: Tony La Russa & the 1981 split season

The Chicago White Sox have a long and frequently glorious history--with legendary teams, renowned players and memorable moments. But you lose one lousy World Series on purpose, and that's all anybody talks about. There's so much more to the White Sox than the fact that a bunch of their players threw the 1919 World Series. … Continue reading Losing to win: Tony La Russa & the 1981 split season

SABR completes Ed Williamson Grave Marker Project

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) 19th Century Grave Marker Project completed its latest grave marker installation on Saturday, November 6. We held a dedication ceremony in Rosehill Cemetery to honor 19th Century home run king Ed Williamson (also known as Ned Williamson). There is a full story about Ed's life and times available … Continue reading SABR completes Ed Williamson Grave Marker Project

John Reilly survives a shipwreck but breaks his heart

(Note: For the full story on John Reilly's life, click here.) On June 11, 1880, John Reilly boarded the steamer SS Narragansett, which was traveling from New York City to Providence. He’d later achieve fame first as a slugging first baseman and then as a lithographer, but at the time he was a 21-year-old Cincinnati … Continue reading John Reilly survives a shipwreck but breaks his heart