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  • "I HATE EVERY HITTER"

    As a former magazine editor, I love browsing through old magazines. Holding a garage sale and have a box of crusty old magazines you want to get r...
  • Keeping Score: The Novel

    Book design: it can be genius and elegant or cringe-worthy. I've heard of horror stories of authors that labored for years on a manuscript for it ...
  • Baseball: A Game Designed to Break Your Heart

      When collecting baseball cards, I was always delighted to find a card that didn't feature a single player, but something else, like a team photo...
  • The Axe and the Axe Bat

    My son hikes through the winter woods with an axe. It is a medium-sized Hudson Bay axe that is good for all-around camp use. Felling dead trees is...
  • Playmaker Picks: HomePlate Peanut Butter Spread

    There is a reason why this jar of peanut butter is scraped clean: it's the best peanut butter I've ever had and I'm the kind of guy that isn't exa...
  • Memories From The Ball Diamond

    Whenever I travel, I love to buy newspapers of the small towns where I am passing through. Last summer, my family and I cruised up to Escanaba and...
  • About Umpire Signals

      When I first started coaching Little League, I was keen on getting the kids well practiced in the basics: hitting, throwing, fielding and so on....
  • School Night Lights

    Remember the first time your kid got to play under the lights? Perhaps it was the same field he or she always played on--it was just dark. But the...
  • Journal Notes: Ty Cobb and Ernest Hemingway

    Ty Cobb, considered to be the greatest player of the dead-ball era, kept a pocket diary that is about the same size as a Playmaker Journal. It is...
  • The One Constant Through All The Years, Ray, has been . . .

      The September 9, 1987 final draft of the script of "Field of Dreams." The ending still brings a tear to the eye and serves as a reminder to pla...
  • Basebell in the Time of the Coronavirus

    This is President Franklin D. Roosevelt's letter to Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, asking that baseball go on during World War II. "I hones...
  • How Youth Bats Got So Expensive

    This is a good read and summary on how youth bats now can cost $300. When Little League authorities made a change to bat specifications in 2018, th...