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A few guys from (or almost from) QuincyDick Flavin

When I was a kid, I'd often go by myself down to Merrymount Beach in Quincy, which was located right at the foot of our street, at low tide and, using a stick as a bat, hit stones out onto the clam flats. ...

The sad tale of Steve Dalkowski Dick Flavin

Back in the days when I was freshly out of college and trying to figure what to do with my life, my fascination with baseball flagged somewhat, if only temporarily. The Red Sox stunk and had for some ...

Remembering Jerry ColonnaDick Flavin

Are you old enough to remember Jerry Colonna? I'll give you a hint; he was not a utility infielder for the Red Sox. Unless you've been kicking around this planet for 75 years or more, you probably have ...

Who compares to Tom Brady? Dick Flavin

Recently, an old pal asked me an interesting question: Who, in baseball history, is most comparable to Tom Brady? Well, thought I after giving the matter a moment of thought. Babe Ruth was and is baseball's ...

Nothing lasts foreverDick Flavin

Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe has written a book about the good old days of not so very long ago, but nevertheless are days that are gone forever. It's about the Boston Celtics of the 1980s. They ...

This means war! Who cares? Dick Flavin

Commence firing! Well, not really. There is nothing to fire at -- yet. But the long awaited war has officially begun between baseball and its archenemy, which is, of course, itself. Call it a civil war, ...

Oscar Madison, a fictitious throwbackDick Flavin

Do you remember Oscar Madison? Sure you do. He was a well-known sportswriter from half a century ago. A real old school type. Kind of slovenly in appearance. Famously hosted a weekly card game for his ...

Dissing St. Bobby Dick Flavin

He said what???!! He said the guy is overrated. Then, in case someone missed it, he said it again. Right out loud. On the radio. And simulcast on cable television. He said that Bobby Orr is overrated. If ...