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Karl Lindholm: From the Panthers to the Orioles

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Middlebury College senior Mike Joseph loves baseball — and now he has a shot, a long shot perhaps, to embark on a career in baseball, having signed a contract in August with the Baltimore Orioles.

As you read this, Mike is in Sarasota, training and competing for a month (15 games) in the Florida Instructional League. He’s the first Panther to join a Major League organization since the early 1950s.

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Sports column: Mike Trout - big catch, or one who got away?

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

Here he comes, just at the start, and he’s a beauty.

The Phee-nom.

I wish it were the old days, when baseball in August was just heating up, prelude to the pennant run and the Series, and not a concession to the colossus that is football these days. 

What a great baseball season in the Majors we have, this summer.

Sure, the Red Sox are down — how can they not be, with all those injuries: 26 players on the “disabled list” this summer, the most of any team in the last 25 years. Now, Middlebrooks.

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Nordic ski club has something for everyone

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



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GOSHEN — “If there ever was a state made for Nordic skiing, it’s this one.”

That’s the view of Cam MacKugler, coach of Frost Mountain Nordic (FMN), and his friends in this local organization, which has the goals of developing “a community of skiing enthusiasts” and providing the coaching and tutelage necessary to help athletes reach the highest levels of competition.

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Larry & Satchel; The Buckeyes and the Indians

Posted on July 26, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Black kids in the U.S. don’t play baseball anymore.

As a generalization, that’s true. Participation by African-Americans in baseball has declined precipitously at all levels in the last two decades or so.

In 1975, 27 percent of all major leaguers were African-American. Now that number is 8 percent. The Red Sox have one African-American on their 25 man roster, Carl Crawford.

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Boys, men, golf and war

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Now that no one is publishing books, I have decided to write them. My timing is impeccable, as usual.

My golf book is pretty much done. Now I have to figure out what to do with it.

It’s about the Poland Spring Caddy Camp and the eight summers I spent there from age 13 to 20, a formative time indeed.

Caddy Camp — cute name but not a cute place. We drew a firm distinction between our camp and the fun camps, which surrounded us in central Maine. Ours was a residential work camp, 10 weeks from mid-June to late August (but we had some fun too).

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Local athlete, national champ: Kate Livesay

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Katy Perine was a surprise.

When her parents, Carolyn and Ken, went to Porter Hospital for the birth of their third child, they discovered only then that Carolyn would indeed deliver their third — and fourth. Their doctor and friend, Chip Malcolm, examined an X-ray and said, “Looks like two!”

Kathryn was born 15 minutes after her sister, Kristi. That was July 19, 1980.

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'Moneyball': Pitt spitting into a cup

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Generally, I am quite protective of this narrow patch I have carefully cultivated in the academy.

I am something of a baseball scholar, Dr. Baseball, teaching baseball courses in the American Studies Program at the local college.

When something of a serious nature about baseball enters the public discourse I feel I should take notice and have something to say.

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Pure baseball: The sounds of the game

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Bliss.

Cloudless sky. 75 degrees. Palms swaying beyond the outfield fence. Two good teams in a tight, well-played game, on an immaculate, professional grade ball field.

Pitchers are throwing strikes, batters are raking, fielders are scooping ’em up and hauling ’em in.

And I don’t want to be anywhere else.

That was Arizona, where I watched Middlebury College baseball last week, six games in three days, double headers. I’m the baseball “faculty affiliate” (all Midd teams have one).

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Fun behavior, sportsmanship and change

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Big crowd at a college basketball game, full of noisy anticipation as tip-off approaches.

The public address announcer presents the starting teams: “And now, for YOUR (insert home team’s name)!” Crowd goes wild.

The last ritual before the game starts is the P.A. announcer reading a statement that urges “good sportsmanship . . . and cooperation by supporting participants and officials in a positive manner,” and indicates that “profanity will not be tolerated.”

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Run and gun: Hoop mayhem

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Steve McKibben lives in Cornwall, but teaches in Connecticut at Hotchkiss School. He’s also the junior varsity basketball coach there.

Last year, when he was the assistant coach, the team won only one game and lost 11. “It was a miserable season,” he says. “Everyone was down, no one had any fun.”

Handed the reins this year, he decided to do things differently.

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