|Archived News & Information||Archived May 30, 2002|
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May 27, 2002Cosmic Baseball Games
Memorial Day Game: Dharma Beats @ Wonderland Warriors
May 14, 2002Cosmic Baseball Games
Selected Boxscores of Cosmic Baseball Games
"The greatest data compression in the world today is nothing as compared to the [baseball] box score invented in the 19th century." (Dan Okrent). Henry Chadwick (1824-1908) invented the newspaper box score as a means of capturing and accounting for the events of a baseball game. Chadwick, a transplanted Englishman, based his box score on the form utilized in Cricket (which with Rounders was a likely forerunner of Baseball.) Chadwick began publishing box scores of baseball games in the 1840s.
In addition to official cosmic baseball game "Boxscores" there are "Scoresheets" which itemize every "at bat" during a game. Scoresheets are not routinely published online but are available by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the game date and the competing cosmic teams (found on the boxscore plate.)
May 12, 2002Cosmic Baseball Games
Mothers Day Game: Armageddonia Anarchists @ Motherland Mothers
May 1, 2002Reality Baseball Notes
Case No. 400545: Popov v Hayashi for Barry Bonds' 73rd Home Run Ball
Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball, hit in 1998, was sold for $3 million dollars. Mr. Hayashi, an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley, apparently contacted Michael Barnes, a Missouri-based lawyer who brokered the McGwire baseball sale. Barnes estimated that the Bonds baseball might be worth $1 million. He advised Mr. Hayashi to sell quickly.
Shortly after these events Mr. Popov, who owns a health food restaurant called Smart Alec's Intelligent Food Eatery in Berkeley, California, sued Mr. Hayashi. Judge David Garcia will hear the case in San Francisco Superior Court. The issue is: who owns the baseball?
On November 13, 2001 the court issued a temporary injunction forbidding Mr. Hayashi from selling the baseball. The Court has taken custody of the baseball until the issue is resolved. On November 19, Mr. Popov signed a court document indicating he would not sell the baseball.
Legal pundits point out that this is a fairly unique case. Mr. Popov's lawyer, Marty Triano said, "When we prevail, our victory will also protect all baseball fans who attempt to catch a fly ball." Triano arranged for Paul Finkelman, a professor of law and the author of Baseball and the Rule of Law to submit a statement supporting his client's position. Finkelman has written that baseball is a metaphor "for the way you think about a rule-based society."
(Parenthetically, Mr. Popov caught the ball with a baseball glove he borrowed from his girlfriend.)
The trial is scheduled to begin October 7, 2002...exactly one year after Bonds hit the home run.
Scholars at the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance (COBRA) have issued a Preliminary Opinion based on the known facts of the event. Since greed and not historical appreciation is most likely at the root of the contestants' desires to possess the baseball, the COBRA Scholars suggest that Mr. Popov and Mr. Hayashi jointly agree to donate the baseball to the Hall of Fame. That would be a gesture completely absent of greed. Alternatively, the suggestion of newspaper columnist Frank DeFord might make sense: "Let us go to an appeals court and place the matter before Judge Solomon. Surely he will decree that the ball should be split down the middle. Let Popov and Hayashi both sell a semi-share. Half a homer is better than none." Seriously, gentlemen, give the ball to the Hall of Fame and call it a day.
April 29, 2002Cosmic Baseball Coaches
Bohemians Owner Turgenev Fires Thackeray, Hires Dostoyevsky
Russian writer and pitcher for the Armageddonia Anarchists, Peter Kropotkin, remarked that, "the artistic qualities of his [Dostoyevsky's] novels are incomparably below those of any one of the great Russian masters..." This doesn't tells us much about the kind of cosmic baseball coach Dostoyevsky is. However, this tidbit might: in 1997 Dostoyevsky left the Bohemians as a disgruntled and angry man unable to communicate effectively with the players. If team owner Turgenev's motives are nationalistic and not focused on what's best for the team on the cosmic baseball field, we can kiss the Bohemians goodbye for awhile.
April 23, 2002Cosmic Baseball Players
Ex-Superba Robert Blake Arrested & Charged With Murdering His Wife
Robert Blake has been in show business practically his entire life. Born Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi in 1933 in New Jersey, Blake's show business parents had him performing by the age of two. The Gubitosi family moved to Southern California in 1939 and young Michael Gubitosi (the name change occurred in 1942) began acting in the Our Gang comedies (also known as The Little Rascals on television.)
April 21, 2002Cosmic Baseball Players
Jack Kerouac Baseball Game on Display
The Berg's press information statement for the exhibit entitled Victorians, Moderns and Beats- New In the Berg Collection, 1994-2001 explains that available for public viewing will be,
Special Note to Our Members & Visitors...
If you visit the exhibition and would like to write about your experience please consider letting the Cosmic Baseball Association print your words. We would like to get a wide variety of reactions to the Kerouac baseball materials in the Berg Collection. And then we would like to include them in the next issue of the Journal of the Cosmic Baseball Association. For more information, please email email@example.com.
*The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature includes collections of literary first editions, rare books, autograph letters, and manuscripts. It was assembled and presented to The New York Public Library in 1940 by Dr. Albert A. Berg, New York surgeon and trustee of the Library, in memory of his brother, Dr. Henry W. Berg.