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Category Archives: Willie Mays

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 […]

Also posted in Atherton, Baseball, Bay Area, Computers, Football, Joe Montana, Larry Ellison, Mental Health, Poverty, Ty Cobb

Tiger’s Many Aches

About fifty years ago a wisecracking Brooklyn-born barber clipping in Sacramento took a yellow newspaper article off his wall, handed it to me, and said, “This is for you. And don’t forget, despite all these injuries he’s got more World Series home runs than anyone. How many does your guy Willie Mays have?” Uncharacteristically, I […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Baseball, Golf, Jack Nicklaus, Jason Day, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jordan Spieth, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mickey Mantle, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Willie Mays is Eighty

I can recall no adolescent experiences nearly as vivid and pleasurable as going to Candlestick Park, that cold and blustery point on San Francisco Bay, and watching Willie Mays play baseball. I first saw him live the last game of the 1962 season. As I note in another essay, “With but three games to play, […]

Also posted in Babe Ruth, Baseball, George Thomas Clark, Hank Aaron, Juan Marichal, Lon Simmons, Orlando Cepeda, Russ Hodges, San Francisco, Uncategorized, Warren Spahn, Willie McCovey

Spring Break in Cuba

In the twilight of their lives the once-intransigent Castro brothers, Fidel and Raul, have begun behaving in at least moderately encouraging ways. Fidel recently summoned writer Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine and told him President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was outrageous for demanding the destruction of Israel and a nincompoop for continuing to insist […]

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