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Karl Lindholm: It was old – and then it was new

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Lindholms at game.jpg

I had forgotten just how much fun it is to go to a professional baseball game in Burlington. I used to go all the time, but age, obligation, and habit combined to change my summer routines. I became less keen to drive up Route 7 to Centennial Field (and back!) night after night.

The first few years the Expos were here (they arrived in 1994), we had season tickets and came to as many games as we could, giving away our tickets to Middlebury friends when we were otherwise obliged.

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Karl Lindholm: Ubiquitous announcer-man: Dave Sears

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Editor’s note: Local sports figure Dave Sears died on Saturday at the age of 56 (see obituary on Page 6A). In February 2007, sports columnist Karl Lindholm offered this perspective on Dave’s generous, gregarious nature, and his powerful engagement in the community.

Every time I turn around I bump into Dave Sears. The man is everywhere. I think there must be three or four of him.

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Karl Lindholm: Baseball uses silent language

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

(Five Man Electrical Band)

 

All I did was open and close my fist, subtly — then all hell broke loose:

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Karl Lindholm: 'Play Balle!' au Montreal; will Major League Baseball return?

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



They’re talking about bringing Major League baseball back to Montreal. How great would that be!

“They” are Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, big boys who can make things happen, or at least get things started.

It’s a long way off, no doubt, until expansion or relocation brings an MLB team to La Metropole. Manfred has said that the “big thing” for Montreal is to have an “adequate facility to support baseball over the long haul.”

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Karl Lindholm: Pete Rose and the Hall: Do it if you must, just get it over with

Posted on May 6, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I am not Pete Rose’s biggest fan.

Actually I can’t stand the man. He’s repulsive.

Go ahead. Reinstate him, put him in the Hall of Fame, and be over with it. Just do it. I’ll get used to it.

Pete was a great player, more or less, and deserves to be in, I guess. He’s not as great as he and his supporters think: his most celebrated attribute was superfluous hustle — sprinting to first on a walk, sliding head-first.

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Karl Lindholm: All that dough for a baseball class?

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I was sitting in Sama’s, near the rear, with my back to the door, drinking coffee and grading papers, hard-copy, the old-fashioned way.

My neighbor entered, sat down opposite me, and asked me what I was doing.

“Reading student papers. I’m teaching a course this spring,” I explained. “I get to teach one a year in retirement.”

“So,” my neighbor asked, “what course?”

“A baseball class. It’s called, “Segregation in America: Baseball’s Negro Leagues.”

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Lindholm: Beautiful day — Let's play two!

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



When Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, he began his acceptance speech with his customary invocation: “We’ve got the setting. Sunshine. Fresh air. We’ve got the team behind us. So let’s play two!”

Ernie Banks died on Jan. 23, and the flag of every Cubs fan flew at half-mast on that day. He was officially “Mr. Cub,” having played only for the Cubs for all his 19 years in the majors. It is safe to say there has not been a more beloved athlete by fans in any sport than Ernie Banks was to Chicagoans.

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Karl Lindholm: Vermont's Schoolmaster is in the Hall of Fame

Posted on February 4, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I was skeptical.

When I first heard that Middlebury College was considering an Athletic Hall of Fame, I had reservations.

A hall of fame can be a can of worms, producing as much discord as concord, as much dismay at who’s not included as celebration of who gets in.

Halls of fame are by their very nature exclusive. We preach in schools the joy of competition and the benefits of participation, but we know the most highly accomplished are not always the most highly dedicated.

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Clippings: Making sense of time as clock ticks

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I tend to stay up too late at night.

I watch sports on TV — the Red Sox every night in the summer, and then maybe when the game’s over an old “Law and Order” episode, with the computer on my lap. I check Facebook and send an e-mail or two to old pals, maybe even start an old movie and fall asleep on the coach for a few hours, before I go to bed, “climb the old wooden hill,” as my dad used to say. Fatigued as I am, I nonetheless am careful to take the pills that I’m told are keeping me alive, who knows.

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Karl Lindholm: Whither baseball: Just too slow?

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Karl Lindholm



I know, it’s football season and here we are basking in the glow of the Middlebury Tigers championship, and excellent seasons from the Middlebury College team and the Otters down the road at Otter Valley Union High.

Next week, we will cook a bird and overeat and collapse, many of us, in front of the TV to watch football. But as the temperature drops and winter beckons, I have baseball, the summer game, on my mind.

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