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The rise and hard fall of a hard drinkerDick Flavin

Just 90 years ago, Sunday, Sept. 28, was the final day of the 1930 baseball regular season. In the last of the eighth inning that day, at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Lewis "Hack" Wilson of the Cubs singled, ...

The new conventional wisdom Dick Flavin

Old habits die hard. But, like most everything else, they eventually die. So it is with the age-old tradition of teaching young baseball players how to hit. Conventional wisdom has always -- at least ...

History, skulduggery, and bad luckDick Flavin

Time for a bit of ancient baseball history, mixed in with a touch of skulduggery and a bushel of bad luck. In the summer of 1934, a 15-year-old kid snuck into a tryout on the St. Louis Cardinals held ...

Statistics matter, some more than others Dick Flavin

I got an email from an old pal the other day, asking if I agreed with him that RBIs were baseball's most meaningful statistic. RBIs are important, of course. Runs are how we keep score, and if there ...

The straw that stirs the drinkDick Flavin

So, there I was, sitting in front of the TV during the ninth inning of another dispiriting Red Sox loss, listening to O'Brien, Eckersley, and Remy as they performed their nightly balancing act, that of ...

Ah, if only I knew Dick Flavin

"How did it all happen?" That was the question that German ex-Chancellor Prince von Bulow famously posed more than a century ago to his successor as Europe plunged into flames at the outset of World ...

Happy anniversary to Lizzie MurphyDick Flavin

Ninety-eight years ago, on August 14, 1922, the Red Sox played host in an exhibition game to a team of all-stars from the American League that was filled out by several players from around New England. ...

The season, so far Dick Flavin

When we tune in to watch games in this weirdly strange, pandemic-altered sports season, we hear the artificially fabricated sound of crowd noise, without which the telecasts would have a hollow feeling. ...