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- Zelda Fitzgerald: 1998 Cosmic Player Plate (July 24)
- Cosmic Game Report: Anarchists @ B'Stormers (July 21)
- 1998 Cosmic Player Draft (July 20)
- Call for Baseball Poetry (July 18)
- Book Review: Lydia Arendt on Kersade (July 16)
- CBA Website and Membership Data (July 11)
- Cosmic Game Report: Superbas @ Woodsox (July 5)
- Statistics: 1998 Rookie Batters (July 3)
- Mid-Season Notes (July 1)
- June News (Archive)
Her husband called her a "whirlwind", Hemingway called her a "hawk", and Virgins manager Sappho thinks Zelda has the best arm of any pitcher in cosmic baseball today.
At first, it looked like the Barnumstormers were going to prevail behind the solid pitching of Vantile Mack (257 lbs at age 7). Mack pitched 3 perfect innings but opened the fourth inning by yielding three consecutive hits. After getting American-born anarchist Murray Bookchin and Russian-born anarchist Alexander Berkman to fly out he walked Spanish-born anarchist Buenaventura Durruti pushing Italian-born anarchist Nicola Sacco across the plate for the Anarchists' first run. But the B'Stormers came back in the bottom of the fourth inning when, thanks to an error by Italian-born anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti, three walks by Russian-born anarchist Peter Kropotkin and a timely hit by Jane Campbell (628 lbs), two runs were scored.
Things fell apart for the B'Stormers in the top of the eighth inning when the Anarchists scored three runs on three hits, two errors and a walk. The B'Stormers made a comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning when they posted two runs and led the Anarchists 5-4.
The Anarchists were able to convert three hits into two runs in their part of the ninth inning and the weary B'Stormers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, ending the game with an Anarchist victory at 6-5.
Other first round selections included Clifford Odets (Eden Bohemians), Gordon Craig (Delta Dragons), and Hugo Munsterberg (Alphatown Ionians),
Lili Brik has played baseball in the Russian Artists League for three years and has distinguished herself as a solid-hitting, hard-throwing player. Her association with the poet Mayakovsky began in 1915 when they met in Moscow. A book about their love affair was written by University of Connecticut professor and 1998 Dharma Beat player Ann Charters. I Love: The Story of Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik was published in 1979 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Mayakovsky's friend and fellow Futurist Viktor Shklovsky describes Lili: "[She] has brown eyes, a large head, is beautiful, redhaired, light, wants to become a dancer...She likes objects, earrings in the shape of golden flies, and old Russian charms, has a string of pearls and a lot of lovely trinkets, very old and familiar. She can be sad, feminine, capricious, proud, frivolous, fickle, amorous, wise, and what you will..."
Arendt writes that "many of [Kersade's] poems are very good, despite the fact that the reader must overlook the poet's obsession with female sexuality." Well, ultimately, it is up to each reader to make their own judgment, but Arendt provides us with some useful insights into Kersade's poetry, pointing out that "one of Kersade's most unique qualities as a writer is the ability to wildly vent while at the same time to calmly purport some philosophical tenet on human nature."
Since the advent of CBA's website operations, the number of members has grown at a phenomenal rate. As of June 30, 1998 there were 1,100 members of the Association. Membership in the CBA is open to everyone. Annual dues of US$10 are optional. For more information on joining the CBA visit the Membership Plate.
For more information about the Cosmic Baseball Association visit the Details Plate.
Also, we would appreciate it if visitors would take the time to sign the Member/Guest Book.
The woeful Psychedelphia Woodstockings are on target for another sub-.500 season. This team of prominent and notorious characters from the 1960s just can't seem to put it together on the cosmic baseball field. It won't be surprising if the team undergoes a makeover during the off-season. Mario Savio continues to be the team's top offensive weapon but the Woodsox leave an average of ten runners on the bases each and every game. The pitching staff is old and wobbly. Look for a youth movement soon as management realizes it's time to rebuild from the ground up.
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Elizabeth Siddal, the enchanting Pre-Raphaelite shortstop leads all cosmic batters in all leagues with an outstanding .408 batting average. Ludwig van Beethoven in his first year as the Pisces' regular catcher leads all cosmic batters in homeruns (26) and runs batted in (69). In the pitching department, Pisces pitcher Timothy Leary is the only 11 game winner so far. Moung Phosset of the Barnumstormers leads all cosmic pitchers with 89 strikeouts
CBA's membership continues to grow and this season's rate of increase will probably set a record...Volume 17 of the Journal of the Cosmic Baseball Association has a September publication date...Cosmic Player Plates for Zelda Fitzgerald (Virgins), Vladimir Mayakovsky (Pisces), and Henry Miller (Pisces) are in the process of being completed and should be online within the next couple of months...CBA's Board of Directors is considering expanding the Underleague from ten to sixteen teams for next season...Enjoy the second half of the season.