JULES TYGIEL’S HISTORY of the integration of baseball is among columnist Karl Lindholm’s favorite non-fiction books on the sport because of it’s first-class scholarship and narrative appeal.
SABR, the Society of American Baseball Research, is in its 50th year. Begun in 1971 by 16 serious baseball fans, the organization today has over 6,000 members. To celebrate it 50th anniversary, SABR is publishing a book of 50 essays, “SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game,” one for each year. One of those essays, (“The Book”) from SABR’s research journal, The National Pastime, (1996) is by our sports columnist Karl Lindholm and is included in this volume. Here is a condensed version of that piece.   “I never play by the book...
GEORGETOWN, Texas — The Middlebury College baseball team opened its season by taking two out of three games this past Saturday and Sunday from Southwestern University in Texas. The Panthers return to action this weekend with three games in Pennsylvania, one on Saturday at Muhlenberg, followed by two at Swarthmore on Sunday. On this past Sunday the Panthers edged Southwestern, 9-8, in 11 innings. In the decisive 11th, Andrew Gough doubled, Justin Han was hit by a pitch and Henry Strmecki reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. An error on a ball hit by Andrew Hennings scored...

RUBE FOSTER, THE “Father of Black Baseball,” founded the Negro National League of teams from Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City in 1920.
I grew up a baseball-obsessed boy at a time when there were lots of boys who shared my obsession. I was born in Boston and raised in Maine, a suburb of Boston, so I was a Red Sox fan. It was unavoidable, a birthright. The 1950s was an era of excellence for the Red Sox — unfortunately, that excellence was exclusive to one player, Ted Williams, a prickly hero. The team itself was mediocre at best, year after year. I was thrilled by the excitement of baseball’s integration, of the breakthrough and careers of Jackie Robinson and other early black players for the Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and,...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Longtime former Clemson University Baseball Coach and American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Member Jack Leggett will be speaking at South Burlington High School clinic on Saturday morning on behalf of the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association.  Vermont coaches association member Jeff Stetson said coaches at all levels are welcome to attend, registration at the door is welcome and the cost for youth coaches is $15. Leggett, who Stetson said recently spoke to thousands of guests at a national baseball convention, will present from 9 a.m. to noon.  Stetson...

Whenever I go to a Lake Monsters game in Burlington, I find an occasion to declare casually to my companions that I played at historic Centennial Field for the Middlebury College nine, many years ago. If pressed, I have to admit that it was just one game and I was the starting pitcher, and only lasted three innings. We lost 13-5 to the University of Vermont. I always add: “They were really good!” Nonetheless, only a few years after my dismal performance, the decision was made to drop baseball as an intercollegiate sport at UVM, or more accurately to suspend the program. It left in 1971 for “...

JIM CARTER, SHOWN talking with players on the UVM club baseball team that he coaches, has shown as much passion for promoting organ donation as he has shown for baseball. He has made 3,000 presentation on the subject — many to high schoolers. David Matthews/The Vermont Cynic
Jim Carter is a man of passions. He is passionate about baseball: He coached baseball at Winooski High for 21 years and at the University of Vermont for six years, and now is the coach of the UVM club baseball team, and is the energy and brains behind the Friends of UVM baseball. He has another passion: organ donation. In the past 20 years he has made more than 3,000 presentations, mostly to young people, emphasizing in an hour-long talk the importance of seat belts and the impact of organ donation. He speaks at some Health classes, and civic groups and other organizations, but primarily...
ADDISON COUNTY — Eighteen members of the Otter Valley, Vergennes, Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school baseball teams received postseason honors from the Lake Division or the Marble Valley League B Division. From VUHS, Jeffrey Stearns was named the Lake Division Player of the year, and Jarret Muzzy and Tucker Stearns joined him as First-Team All-Stars. His peers also voted Commodore Coach Dwight Burkett as the Lake Coach of the Year. Also picked as Lake First-Team All-Stars were Wyatt Cameron and Sean Deering of MUHS. OV was well represented on the MVL First Team: The league’s...

OV SENIOR JOSH Beayon repeats as the Addison IndependentBaseball Player of the Year after another outstanding season on the mound and at the plate. Beayon is pictured here during the Division II final at UVM’s Centennial Field. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Once again the Otter Valley baseball team proved to be the best locally, even though a heartbreaking loss in the Division II final left the talented Otters one win short of the top prize.  Still, Coach Mike Howe’s Otters won 18 games. They were led by four members of the 2019 Addison Independent Baseball All-Star Team, including senior Josh Beayon, who repeats as the Addison Independent Player of the Year. The other three Independent all-stars teamed up with Beayon not only this year, but also during the past four years for an outstanding run that included the 2017 D-II title...
MIDDLEBURY — Recently graduated Middlebury College baseball pitching ace Colby Morris has signed a professional baseball contract to play with the Trois-Rivières Aigles in Quebec, Canada, a member of the Canadian-American League, an independent professional baseball league. The Can-Am League has a long history in minor league baseball. The first Can-Am League was formed in 1936 with cities in upper New York state and Ontario and existed until 1951. The Can-Am was reformed in 2005 with many of the teams from the former Northeast League and now features three teams in the Northeastern U.S. and...

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