Unlike, perhaps, many baseball fans, I have not been a fan all my life. Neither of my parents had much interest in sports (although I think my mother was a casual Indian fan when younger). So, other than a dabbling in baseball cards and little league, baseball was not a part of my life as a child.
I first started following the Boston Red Sox during 1986. I was in the hospital recovering from surgery, and could do damn little except watch television. I happened upon some Red Sox games during my stay there, and continued to watch. As most baseball fans know, the Red Sox went to the World Series that year, and lost through a spectacularly tragic turn of events in Game Six to the New York Mets.
For some reason, I don't recall following baseball in 1987 at all.
My memories of the next several years are hazy: I remember the Sox and the Blue Jays alternating winning the AL East during the late '80s. I remember the '88 playoffs, when the Oakland A's powerhouse swept the sox. (Boy was I happy to see the Dodgers whomp the A's in the series. I'm not much of a National League fan, but I've always liked the Dodgers, Orel Hershiser, and Kirk Gibson since that series.)
I remember the 1991 World Series, with the tight games between the Twins and the Braves. And then I remember 1992, picking up the paper the day the Sox clinched last place in the AL East; a dismal day.
In 1993 I was recruited for a rotisserie baseball league, and very soon began following the Sox and the American League as a whole quite closely. It's nice not only to enjoy and be proficient at something like roto-ball, but to have it rekindle an interest in baseball as something to enjoy watching, and to learn the subtleties of.
Since I live in Madison, WI these days, I don't get much chance to watch the Red Sox. however, I do listen regularly to the Milwaukee Brewers. They have good announcers (such as Bob Uecker), and nice wrap-ups at the end of the game with details about other games around baseball.
In 1996, Madison got new professional team, the Madison Black Wolf (yes, the name is singular, so to speak) of the independent Northern League. As Madison has lost 2 minor league teams in the mid-90s, hopefully this team will be successful enough to stick around for a while. Madison is a rapidly growing city, and deserves a good team.
My Baseball Pages
General Baseball Resources
- MLB @ Bat, the official Web site of Major League Baseball
- Baseball 1, Sean Lahman's incredible archive site.
- The Baseball Hall of Fame
- ESPNet SportsZone, which is slightly lamer than it used to be now that you have to pay for some services (so sue me, I believe in free Web stuff!)
- Fanlink, specializing in minor league baseball teams
- NandO Net's Baseball Server, a very good resource maintained by the North Carolina News and Observer
- Retrosheet, dedicated to collecting full game stats for all Major League games in history
- Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) - Halsey Hall Chapter, notable for its extensive list of baseball-related Web links
- SABR Webzine, an unofficial publication of SABR, with articles from the mailing list.
- Total Baseball, one of the greatest statistical baseball resources is online
- Tulane University, my alma mater, has a page for its baseball team (sadly, the UW-Madison cut its baseball program several years ago)
- USA Today's Baseball Page
- USA Today Baseball Weekly
Baseball Statistics Resources
hits since 1 July 1996.
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