Category Archives: Baseball

Opening Day

OPENING DAY By Sam Garfield Mickey Mantle’s muscles in the October sun. A Willie Mays basket catch, Sal Maglie’s chin music. Jack Quinlan’s boyish buoyancy, Vin Scully’s eloquence. Russ Hodges: “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! … Continue reading

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Winds of Change

WINDS OF CHANGE By Sam Garfield Oct. 11, 1957 (Chicago) –A nice walk on a crisp afternoon in autumn is a good way to clear your mind. On a recent stroll in my neighborhood I stopped by a schoolyard to … Continue reading

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Building Memories

BUILDING MEMORIES By Sam Garfield Feb. 8, 1958 (Chicago) – There’s something hypnotic about a February snow. I’m watching the city fall under its spell from my fourth-floor office window. Traffic crawls. And it’s slow moving for pedestrians on the … Continue reading

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Slaying The Mick

  SLAYING THE MICK By Sam Garfield July 15, 1957 (Comiskey Park) –I took in the White Sox-Yankees game yesterday afternoon with my friend Ted, a visiting scribe from a New York tabloid. We both agreed it was the first … Continue reading

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Playing Hooky

PLAYING HOOKY By Sam Garfield April 16, 1958  (Comiskey Park) –I took in the White Sox-Tigers game at Comiskey Park yesterday. There’s nothing better for the soul than to ditch the office and head out to the ballpark on a … Continue reading

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Opening Day

OPENING DAY By Sam Garfield Mickey Mantle’s muscles in the October sun. A Willie Mays basket catch, Sal Maglie’s chin music. Jack Quinlan’s boyish buoyancy, Vin Scully’s eloquence. Russ Hodges: “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! … Continue reading

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Campy

CAMPY By Sam Garfield May 7, 1959 (Los Angeles) –He sat motionless in his wheelchair as the hands of a former teammate moved him across the infield toward second base. Fans in the field boxes noticed his paralyzed body jostle … Continue reading

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