Old Time Family Baseball: Pirates Win Game, Take 2-1 Series Lead. But Who Was More Fashion Forward?


It was a big game today for the Pirates as, with Francisco Liriano struggling with his command and Carlos Beltran homering and driving in three runs, the Pittsburgh Nine still found a way to win and take a 2-1 series lead. It was an exciting and, to me at least, potential heart attack-inducing…

Before he was one of the most feared pitchers of all time, Bob Gibson was an All-American basketball player at Creighton who also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. He retired from the Globetrotters when the Cardinals paid him $4000 to quit.


Final Score: Mets 9 D-Backs 5

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An American Coach in London

Some of Navy’s gear for the 2013 Army-Navy clash. Too bad they don’t sell it to the public.

Sources: Brian Wilson to sign with Dodgers

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St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates runs to the dugout before the game on July 29, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

Last year I wrote about some very interesting research being done by Paul J. Heald at the University of Illinois, based on software that crawled Amazon for a random selection of books. At the time, his results were only preliminary, but they were nevertheless startling: There were as many books available from the 1910s as there were from the 2000s. The number of books from the 1850s was double the number available from the 1950s. Why? Copyright protections (which cover titles published in 1923 and after) had squashed the market for books from the middle of the 20th century, keeping those titles off shelves and out of the hands of the reading public.

Read more. [Image: Paul J. Heald]