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Karl Lindholm: Imperfect perfection — it ain't fair!

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Imagine this baseball game:

The first batter of the game walks on four pitches. The pitcher who issued the walk is outraged by the umpire’s calls. They exchange words and the pitcher charges the plate and punches the umpire in the face, whereupon he is summarily ejected from the game.

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Karl Lindholm: One goal: 'Pamoja Ngudu!'

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Ever been to Lewiston, Maine? Maybe to visit Bates College.

Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine — not Augusta, the capital, or Bangor in the north. 36,000 people live in Lewiston and another 23,000 reside in Auburn just across the bridge over the Androscoggin River.

That’s my hometown, Lewiston, where I grew up and why in some considerable measure I am who I am.

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Karl Lindholm: A most unforgettable character: Coach Alaimo

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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In the middle of a practice scrimmage, the coach blew a shrill whistle and gathered his minions around him at mid-court. He exhorted his boys to play with greater abandon: “Every loose ball has to be ours. Get on the floor!”

He then instructed one of us with a ball (it might have been me!) to roll it on the floor and he proceeded to demonstrate. He dove on the rolling basketball … and broke his wrist.

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Karl Lindholm: A calm place in a world of flux – Bill McKibben and the Red Sox

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Who’s that tall slender fellow in the Red Sox hat?

Why, it’s Bill McKibben of Ripton, the environmental activist and writer, back home after five weeks in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Canada and California, fighting coal mines and working for fossil fuel divestment.

Bill McKibben, baseball fan.

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Karl Lindholm: Many pitchers could, and can, also wield bats

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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By the way, who decreed that pitchers can’t hit?

From little League through high school, the most athletic player is often the pitcher — and the best hitter, batting cleanup.

Yet at the professional level, and even in college baseball, pitchers are relegated to specialist duty, never carrying a bat to the plate and taking their licks. Pitchers sit while a designated player hits in their turn.

In the Major Leagues, the National League is the outlier, still allowing pitchers to hit for themselves (most often ineptly).

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Karl Lindholm: San Antonio and all that hoopla!

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It was a giant basketball party, a fiesta de hoop: just so much hoopla in San Antonio the weekend before last — March Madness, the Final Four:

And we were there.

This was the second trip to the Final Four for the four of us, a reprise of an Atlanta adventure in 2013 when we witnessed Louisville defeat Michigan in the national championship game in a cavernous football stadium, the Georgia Dome, along with 70,000 of our closest friends.

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Karl Lindholm: An enterprise of the Spirit: Why play?

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I am playful when I ski (and I rarely am in everyday life). I sing when I ski — the tune dictates my speed and rhythm.

I feel weightless in heavy boots and skis attached — and heavy winter clothing covering my whole body. I almost fly when I ski.

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Vietnam vet to read from his combat novel

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Mike Heaney’s platoon was in the lead on patrol in the dense Central Highlands of Vietnam when his company was ambushed by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army regulars, twice their number.

“I was about the seventh or eighth position and 10 men were killed around me in less than a minute,” he recalled.

Heaney’s unit was surrounded and almost overrun. “I remember thinking, ‘we’re not getting out of this alive,’” he said.

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Karl Lindholm: A century of hoop at Middlebury College

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Basketball, unlike our other major sports, has an actual creation story: our Canadian friend, Dr. James Naismith, really did invent basketball in the gym at the Springfield (Mass.) YMCA in 1891.

Only 27 years after Naismith nailed those peach baskets up in the Y, Middlebury College had a basketball team and an intercollegiate schedule.

In that inaugural season, 1917-18, the Middlebury team was undefeated, playing six games, two each against UVM, Norwich, and Saint Michael’s, outscoring their state rivals, 200-83.

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Elysian Fields, Papa Karl, sports and kids

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Last Saturday, I found myself in the Elysian Fields, or at least a reasonable contemporary facsimile thereof.

The Elysian Fields was the realm after death where heroes romp, according to the ancient Greeks.

Baseball fans know that the Elysian Fields was a real place too, a park in Hoboken, N.J., just across the Hudson from Manhattan, where the first recognized baseball game was played in 1846: The Knickerbocker club of New York City took on a team simply named the New York Nine (and lost 23-1).

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