London, 1939. Vivian Smith thinks she is being evacuated to the countryside, because of the war. But she is being kidnapped - out of her own time. Her kidnappers are Jonathan and Sam, two boys her own age, from a place called Time City, designed especially to oversee history. But now history is going critical, and Jonathan and Sam are convinced that Time City's impending doom can only be averted by a twentieth-century girl named Vivian Smith. Too bad they have the wrong girl. . . .
The National Pastime offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, The National Pastime establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball.
A Note from the Editor, Robert L. Tiemann:
Baseball intrigues its followers on many different levels. Its statistics lend themselves to endless interpretations and speculations, spawning SABRmetrics, the Baseball Research Journal and numerous offspring. In this journal we examine not the statistics but the lives and careers of players and teams of the past and them game and times in which they performed.
In an uncertain and changing world, there is comfort in the timeless patterns of baseball. When a team like the Hitless Wonders can upset an apparently invincible squad like the 1906 Cubs, underdogs can forever take heart. And with the right formula and attitude, surprise teams like the 1894 Orioles and 1961 Reds can leap from the second division to the pennant. Whole communities can come together in support of the local ballclub in times of need, as happened in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1942, but the pressures of the pennant race can also cause some performers to do strange things, like Flint Rhem's allegations of kidnapping in 1930. Promising youngsters like Christy Mathewson and Rube Waddell often struggle before emerging as stars, while proven performers like Hack Miller may find their careers derailed by changing managerial strategy. But even after their fabled skills have faded, some old heroes are able to stay in the game as managers, executives, or, like Harry Heilmann, as broadcasters.
Although baseball's continuity is vital in explaining its stature as our national pastime, the game is constantly, if subtly, changing. It took pioneers like Dickey Pearce to define how the game is played both on offense and defense. And an examination of the 1901 Boston Americans reveals differences in nearly all aspects of the game. Yet not all apparent innovations are new. Indeed, the first midget pinch-hitter was used in 1905, not 1951 as generally believed.
At its best baseball teachers us larger lessons of life. Batboys take their clubhouse experiences into the outside world with a greater understanding of humanity. And one former batboy and amateur club organizer had gone on to world renown as an historian of the game. Bobo Newsom's brilliance in the face of personal tragedy in 1940 aroused the admiration of the entire nation, not just that of the fans. Andy Cohen and Jackie Robinson had to overcome social prejudices as well as the normal pressures to establish themselves as big league performers.
An encounter with loss is a powerful thing. It awakens in you the strongest kind of hunger imaginable. A hunger for clarity. For closure For destruction For healing For reassurance For numbness Mostly, for answers that you will spend the rest of your numbered days desperately searching for. Remember Me as a Time of Day is a testament of emotion. It is an analysis into the thoughts of a grieving heart. It is about me, but it is also about you. It is about what it means to be a human being, completely and unapologetically. It is about the very obvious frailty of the human condition and how that is our biggest strength. It is the soul expressed into words on paper. It is about the certain, the random, the painful, the sudden, the permanent, the transparent and the unknown. It is a tribute to every person alive who has sailed through and submerged into the storms caused by loss. May this be your lighthouse.
Caillou is absorbed in his construction project. He is building a magnificent castle that he wants to surround with a fortress. But as the day goes on, Caillou has more and more trouble with his project. A nap restores Caillou's energy so that he can finish his work. A nap is a healthy and necessary component in a child's development. Children often resist napping, but a rest helps them enjoy their entire day. In this collection, Caillou grows as his universe expands. Step by step, he acquires greater autonomy.
ER doc Nick is back in town, and he's shocked to see his childhood friend Whillimena - Bill - has gone from scruffy kid to gorgeous woman! But Nick's about to get a big surprise - a baby on his doorstep! - and a helping hand from Bill. Can two friends become a real-life family of three?
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