Author Archives: Ray Wyvill

A Spring without the Rites

Spring will silently arrive tonight just before midnight.  It always comes.  Some seasons get a pass every now and then.  There was “The year without a summer” in 1816, caused by volcanic eruptions.  There have been years without a winter.  … Continue reading

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Baseball and Orion

Few things state winter more strongly than the sight of the powerful constellation Orion the Hunter situated squarely in the southern night sky after dusk.   He is the de facto lord of the long nights.  Like all rulers his time … Continue reading

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Of Dreams and Thanks; Nationals’ Baseball

There’s a sneaking suspicion that the turkey will taste better this year for Nationals’ fans.  They award a World Series Championship every year.  Washington baseball fans just had to wait out 95 of them to get the city’s second title.  … Continue reading

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Baseball; A Delicate Balance

There have easily been more than a billion photographs taken of the various aspects of baseball.  From that large supply only a scarce few  are truly indelible.  Nathaniel Fein’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Babe Ruth bidding farewell on June … Continue reading

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Washington and Baseball’s Original Sin

Today we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in commemoration of breaking the color barrier in baseball on April 15, 1947.  This could have been a very different story, however.  In 1945 the Washington Senators came close to breaking the color barrier. … Continue reading

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An Opening Day Reflection

It is often said that a picture is worth 1000 words.  This one is worth 1000 more.  With a full blown smile future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker looks out onto the greenery of Griffith Stadium as a Washington Senator … Continue reading

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Baseball’s “Opener”

  During the course of the winter there was no shortage of consternation among players about a lack of free agency movement.  Fast-forward to mid-March with The Bryce/ Manny Show having inked big, fat deals and all is well.   Or … Continue reading

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“And then what?” A Bryce Perspective

It is often said that life imitates art.  Actually, it’s the other way around.  But, the idea that what we witness on a daily basis can be captured in just a few hundred pages of writing or a few hours … Continue reading

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A Late Winter of Discontent

  Coming into the final week of February the baseball world should be slowly emerging from the caves of hibernation hungry, but in good spirits.  Already this month there is nearly 40 more minutes of daylight than at the start. … Continue reading

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February and Baseball

Old Man Winter is a malicious soul.  He arrives to great fanfare in the midst of any number of celebrations.  The Winter Solstice sits near the peak of the holiday season.  Punctuated with gatherings, family, and rituals the period is … Continue reading

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