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Five O’Clock Lightning

There is always the debate among baseball aficionados, experts, fans — what was the greatest baseball team of all time? Perhaps after reading the new edition of Five O’Clock Lightning, you will have the definitive answer, the 1927 New York Yankees.

When Yankee owner Colonel Ruppert’s “Rough Riders,” as some called them, were not going head to head against their American League competition, they were playing exhibition games in Buffalo, Omaha, Rochester, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, all kinds of places. Continue reading

When It Was Just a Game with a Different Name

Next fall my WHEN IT WAS JUST A GAME will be taking center stage. As promised, for those of you who are interested in excerpts, sneak previews, samples, here you go.

One of Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s suggestions for the name of the new game was “The Big One.” That name never caught on. “Pro Bowl,” was another Rozelle idea. Had the name been adopted there would have been confusion for that was the name used for the NFL’s All Star game. Another name was floated “World Series of Football.” That died quickly. It was deemed too imitative of baseball’s Fall Classic. Continue reading

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