Tag Archives: Mid-Century

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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Homecoming

HOMECOMING By Sam Garfield May 7, 1955 (Chicago) –In all likelihood Mrs. Margaret Kelly Clark will arrive at the train station early, well before Bud. You see, five years ago her son left for Korea, and today he’s coming home. … Continue reading

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A Battle Brewing

A BATTLE BREWING By Sam Garfield Nov. 1, 1956 (Airwaves)—There’s a battle brewing at your own front door…and in your living room, too. And they’re fighting over you. It’s really not a battle yet…more like a skirmish. Americans still rely … Continue reading

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Skywatcher

SKYWATCHER By Sam Garfield Feb 25, 1958 (Edgewater Beach Hotel) –What’s it been, four months since the Russians launched their first Sputnik? Four months –shorter than a baseball season; one semester of school; about the proper amount of time to … Continue reading

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Going Home Again

GOING HOME AGAIN By Sam Garfield Nov. 27, 1958 (Lisbon Falls) —“You can’t go home again,” wrote Thomas Wolfe. How true. “Where’s Lisbon Falls,” you’re probably asking. It’s a mill town in southeastern Maine. Pretty enough, I guess, with plenty … Continue reading

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Birth of an Army

BIRTH of an ARMY By Sam Garfield April 7, 1958 (Augusta, Georgia)—Golf has a new champion, and the staid old game may never be the same. Amid the Monet-like landscape of Augusta National, a brazen, brawny lad from the hill … Continue reading

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Baseball: Reality and Myth

BASEBALL:  REALITY AND MYTH By Sam Garfield August 23, 1952 (Chicago) –There she stands, arm-in-arm with her parents and her attorney on the steps of the Criminal Court Building, head held high, a tall, attractive brunette, just twenty-two years old, … Continue reading

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