Author Archives: Ray Wyvill

Part 2: The Two Worlds of Baseball

The very nature of baseball is the absence of frenzy.  It is our only major sport without a game clock.  So it should be no surprise that the game takes its sweet time doing things.  Since the introduction of a … Continue reading

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The Two Worlds of Baseball

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Baseball changed irrevocably in 1969.  Prior to that year the two leagues were comprised of ten or less teams apiece.  At the end of the year the team with the best record … Continue reading

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Let’s Go (fill in the blank)!

With Labor Day at-hand summer stands at the threshold waving goodbye.  With her, she will take the last of the faintest of hopes remaining for this Nationals’ season.  What began with such great anticipation will surely grind to an unsatisfying … Continue reading

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Umpiring: A Look under the Hood

Baseball churns along here in mid-August to its old and familiar rhythm.  The Division chases warm up for some and chill for others.  The number of days left on the schedule begins dwindling.  And even the most office-bound of fans … Continue reading

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A Notable Anniversary

Lost in the pantheon of baseball-related books, movies, and entertainment is a small forgotten gem.  On August 5 we will mark the 65th anniversary of the  1953 Kraft Television Theater airing of a live performance of Old MacDonald Had a … Continue reading

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The Dog Days: Baseball’s Prime Time

About a month after the summer solstice the atmosphere gets with the program the sun has been laying down.  It gets hot, humid, and stays that way.  Life slows down just a little.  It has been that way for as … Continue reading

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A Curious History of Washington D.C. All-Star games

This year’s All Star Game will mark the fifth time that the exhibition game has been played in Washington.  There is plenty of history involved.  A listing of players involved in the games played here is long and loaded with … Continue reading

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An Odd Profession

We look at the various professions across the landscape with a mixture of acknowledgement and respect.  A Physician papers the walls with certificates and diplomas.  That age-old practice isn’t there for the Doc’s ego.  It’s to impress upon you that … Continue reading

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Mercenary Territory

The baseball world lost an iconic figure this month.  Red Schoendienst was a veritable institution.  His Hall of Fame career is inseparable from the image of him as the life-long St. Louis Cardinal.  We tend to think of old revered … Continue reading

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A Leader is…

One of the staples of Supervisory Training is an exercise where the room is broken into small groups which are tasked to independently finish the sentence, “A Leader is…”  It’s such stock-in-trade that some of us have suffered through it … Continue reading

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