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Category Archives: Ty Cobb

Babe and Billy

“Hey, Kid, get out here,” Babe says, inhaling cold air and exhaling hard. “This place is our Yankee Stadium.” A wiry man of medium height appears and says, “How about you quit calling me Kid.” “I’ll be happy to, soon as I learn your name.” “How long you need? I’ve been here thirty years.” “I’ve […]

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Ty Cobb v. John J. McGraw

I’m damn embarrassed. There stands John J. McGraw, once a star player and now the finest manager in baseball, and here I stand, several inches taller, behind the registration desk at an elegant hotel in Havana, hoping McGraw won’t recognize me. “Hey, didn’t you try out for my team about twenty years ago?” “Don’t recall,” […]

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Objective, Atherton

Don’t misunderstand, I love the plains of Atherton but even more the hills where I can gaze over the Silicon Valley and dream I’ll someday be part of this. I know I’m not now. I live in a Section 8 studio in Modesto and can only drive to the Bay Area once a month for […]

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