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A walk is as good as a hitDick Flavin

"A walk is as good as a hit." That's a baseball axiom with which I became very familiar as a kid, having heard it called out to me by my teammates virtually every time I stepped into the batter's box. ...

Computer: the death of me and maybe of baseball Dick Flavin

Baseball has been through gambling scandals, strikes, and steroids, and still it has survived as the best of all games. But can baseball survive computers? The explosion of information we now have at ...

Mookie Betts and his missing smileDick Flavin

There is something missing from the Red Sox this year. It's something that endeared us to the team in recent years, especially last season. I'm not sure if the fact that it's gone missing is a cause of ...

Pumpsie Green and his inspiration Dick Flavin

When the late Pumpsie Green died last week, just four days short of the 60th anniversary (June 21, 1959) of his becoming the first player of color ever to play for the Boston Red Sox, it rekindled interest ...

The RocketmanDick Flavin

Thirty-five years ago, Roger Clemens played for the Pawtucket Red Sox before being called up to Boston to launch a major league career that was filled with more twists and turns and dramatic storylines ...

A mid-season assessment Dick Flavin

Question: What's wrong with the Red Sox? Answer: Not as much as you think. In fact, not much at all. At least, that's what I think. Since the early days of April, when the Olde Towne Team came stumbling ...

A dangerous gameDick Flavin

A week or so ago, in a game at Kansas City with two outs in the top of the second inning, Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox cracked a vicious low liner directly at the Royals' pitcher, Danny Duffy. The ball ...

The book on pitching Dick Flavin

Preacher Roe, a pitching wizard for the old Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and early 1950s, wanted to get his driveway black topped. So, shortly after he retired, when Sports Illustrated offered him $2,000 ...