Tag Archives: John Thorn

Never Had an Eden

Years ago, when I was a young reporter, an equally young colleague wrote a column endorsing a candidate in a Congressional race. That was against the rules; only the newspaper’s editorial board made endorsements and would not do so for some weeks. My colleague wasn’t fired, just banned from covering the rest of the race. […]

Don’t Know Much About History

For my birthday, Adrienne presented me with a copy of John Thorn’s excellent book “Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game”. Among the things I’ve learned: – The rule allowing a batter to run if a catcher drops a third strike is one of baseball’s oldest (1845), pre-dating both […]