Ever wonder what it's like writing baseball-related obituaries in 2020? In a word, it's been exhausting. Let's use this week as an example. I wrote and published stories on Tommy Sandt and Bill Spanswick on December 5 and 7, respectively. While I was working on those, reports came out that that Lorenzo "Chico" Fernandez died, … Continue reading 2020 was as bad as you thought it was
First and foremost, thank you for visiting RIP Baseball. I've been visiting cemeteries for baseball-related gravesites for about four years, and been writing about them and recently deceased ballplayers on this blog for a year and a half now. In the beginning I had no idea if there was any kind of an audience for … Continue reading The awkward but necessary financial support post
Minneapolis Star-Tribune history columnist Curt Brown has written a really nice article about the life of Elmer Foster, the 19th-Century baseball player/actor/hell-raiser. He references this blog and includes a quote from me in his story, which marks the first time I've ever been mentioned in a newspaper since the time I got a scholarship in … Continue reading RIP Baseball mentioned in Star-Tribune
I'm up in my hometown of Chicago for the week as part of a family vacation. The purpose of the trip is to hang out with my family and take the kids around the city. As a side trip, I get to visit the occasional cemetery and find a few more gravesites of interest. A … Continue reading R.I.P. Baseball road trip to Chicago
I've been a journalist for more than 20 years now, and my travels have taken me all over the country and even a couple foreign countries. Up until this week, I'd never made it to Oklahoma, so I was glad to make the trip to Oklahoma City, even if it was for just a couple … Continue reading Road trip to Oklahoma City: ballplayers, outlaws and puddles
Hi there, this is my "help support your friendly baseball blogger" kind of post. I hate marketing myself, but sometimes a writer's gotta do what a writer's gotta do, so please indulge me for a few paragraphs. Like pretty much every baseball blogger out there, I'm doing this out of a love of baseball history. … Continue reading So you want to support RIP Baseball…
Hey there, I hope you're enjoying your visit to this blog. I've been writing it since mid-October, and in that time, I have added (as of this moment) 30 stories on graves I've visited and 42 obituaries of recently deceased baseball players and others connected with the game. To help you keep up with anything … Continue reading Site news: RIP Baseball archive page!
Greetings to everyone who's found this new blog, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I started down this journey of gravesites and baseball history a few years ago, and on a lark, I thought that there might be other baseball fans who would be interested in what I found. Since then, this project has grown … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving from RIP Baseball
Apologies for the lack up updates. I am on a business trip out of the country, and the travel schedule has kept me too busy/tired to do any baseball research. We will hopefully be back on a semi-regular posting schedule next week. Thank you for your patience! If you want to see some pictures from … Continue reading A quick note
If you like baseball podcasts, you should be listening to Rounders: A History of Baseball in America. Very interesting, well-researched topics -- and I'm not just saying it because I'm interviewed in the most recent episode! Check out the podcast now, available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, to learn about my baseball background, the … Continue reading RIP Baseball featured on Rounders podcast!