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  • The Odds of Turning Pro

    In the September 4, 2017 issue of TIME magazine, there was a story titled, "How Kid's Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry," written by Sean Grego...
  • Ted Williams & Stan Musial Shoot Air Guns

    Baseball and BB guns--a great childhood combo.
  • The Torch Bat Project

    PART ONE: MAKING LIGHT Back when I was a magazine editor, I was tasked to create a survival/preparedness magazine to cash in on the prepper craze....
  • "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...