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|October 1998 Archives|
- CURRENT NEWS & INFORMATION
- Tanya Merrill: New Poet at the CBA (October 28)
- D'Anne Bodman: New Poet at the CBA (October 27)
- Herm Card: New Poetry (October 22)
- Mary Sternbach: New Poet at the CBA (October 21)
- Why the "World Series"? (October 17)
- Pisces Will Dismantle and Rebuild (October 14)
- Harvey Nosowitz Named Commissioner of the CBA (October 12)
- Paradise Pisces Win 1998 Cosmic Universal Series (October 11)
- Herm Card Named Senior Baseball Poetry Editor (October 10)
- CBA Celebrates 17th Anniversary (October 9)
- Journal of the Cosmic Baseball Association Vol. 17 (October 6)
- Muckrakers Beat Superbas in Subleague Series (October 5)
- Final 1998 Cosmic Season Statistics (October 3)
- Tina Akers Compton Drafted by the Vestal Virgins (October 2)
- Linda Tripp Becomes a Cosmic Umpire (October 1)
- September News (Archive)
|October 28, 1998|
|Tanya Merrill: New Poet at the CBA|
|October 27, 1998|
|D'Anne Bodman: New Poet at the CBA|
|October 22, 1998|
|Herm Card: New Poetry|
Tom Curley, a professor of philosophy and education at LeMoyne College writes that The Poetry of Teaching "gives wonderful insights into the life of a teacher. [The book] is a welcome addition to the literature about the soul of teaching."
In addition to his new poetry, CBA has previously published Herm's "Casey at the Pen", a parody of the Thayer classic and an ode to Jackie Robinson, The Railroad Stops in Syracuse.
|October 21, 1998|
|Mary Sternbach: New Poet at the CBA|
Sternbach received a Masters in Fine Art degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently lives in Manhattan.
|October 17, 1998|
|Why the "World Series"?|
1884 "World Series"
The fact is, until the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 World Series, there wasn't anything worldly about the series. All the teams had been from just one of the world's countries: the United States.
The exact origin of the term "world series" is not precisely known. In the 1870s and early 1880s, when teams played post-season baseball, there were a variety of regional and local series yielding local champions. But the words "world champions" or "world series" did not get used. In 1882 the best team in the National League, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, played an aborted series against the best team in the American Association, the Chicago White Stockings. The series was tied at 1-1 when, because of interleague frictions, the teams withdrew from the series. Still, no use of the word "world" was used. There was no series of any kind in 1883.
In 1884 responding to a challenge from the New York (AA) team, the Providence (NL) team went to New York for a three game series at the old Polo Grounds. Providence won all three games and The Sporting Life publication called the team "champions of the world." In that sense, the 1884 championship was the first "world series" although the two words were not used together.
In 1885, according to David Nemec in his book Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Firsts, the series played between the St. Louis Browns (AA) and the Chicago White Stockings (NL) was called "The World Championship Series" by Alfred Spink in his newspaper The Sporting News. The 1885 "world series" ended in a tie; each team won three games.
In our own limited research, the first documentary proof we have seen where the words "world" and "series" are related comes from a score card for the 1894 "Temple Cup" series which bills the match as the "World's Championship Series." William Temple was an owner and president of the Pittsburgh Pirates team in the National League. With the decline of the American Association in 1891 Temple's formula for post season play was to have the first and second place National League teams play a best of seven series for possession of the $800 silver cup he had a New York jeweler make. The Temple Cup version of the series began in 1894 between the New York and Baltimore National League teams. It was discontinued in 1897. Ironically the Pittsburgh club never made it to the Temple Cup "world series."
In any case, 1903 is recognized as the first official "World Series" by Major League Baseball. However, mythology isn't history and the 1903 series was neither the first "world" series nor the first "world series."
By the way, for the 1998 World Series, we like the Yankees in four straight.
|October 14, 1998|
|Pisces Will Dismantle and Rebuild|
The newly reconstituted Pisces will consist only of players and staff who have a birthdate between February 19 and March 20. Only three members of the current team meet that requirement. One is retiring from Cosmic Baseball and the other two will hold non-playing management positions. Anais Nin (February 21, 1903), the team's current General Manager, and presumed orchestrator of the redesign effort, will become the Field Manager, replacing her former lover, the axed Henry Miller. Chelsea Clinton (February 27, 1980) a current member of the Pisces pitching staff will replace Nin as the team's new G.M.
The announcement did not specify the composition of the 1999 team. However, some of the current active Pisces players who have been dismissed will play for other existing cosmic teams. Pitchers Sigmund Freud and Thales will join the Alphatown Ionians. Pitcher June Miller will play for the Vestal Virgins. Pitcher Nathaniel West will rejoin his old team the Eden Bohemians. Pitcher Luis Bunuel will pitch for the Bolex Poetics. Pitcher Timothy Leary will join the Psychedelphia Woodsox. Pitcher Christina Rossetti will return to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood baseball team. Outfielder Robert Goddard will play for the Ionians. Frances Farmer will play outfield for the Virgins. Outfielder Hollis Frampton will play for the Poetics. Shortstop Caresse Crosby will go to the Virgins. Thirdbaseman Moshe Dayan will return to the Wonderland Warriors. Catcher Ludwig van Beethoven will catch for the Delta Dragons. Utility infielder Andy Warhol joins the Bhutan Vanguards and utility outfielder Virginia Woolf has signed with the Bohemians. Disgruntled firstbaseman Allen Ginsberg will get his wish and return to his beloved Dharma Beats. Several players and staff members have elected to retire.
It is an extraordinary move by a successful team and it will be interesting to see if Nin and Clinton can put together a competitive team by the start of next season.
1998 Paradise Pisces Statistics
Other Pisces Rosters
|October 12, 1998|
|Harvey Nosowitz Named Commissioner of the CBA|
Harvey Nosowitz joined the CBA in 1983. On August 20, 1983 he was appointed President of the CBA Flat League and on February 10, 1984 he became President of the Sharp League (later the Overleague). In December of last year he took over as managing director of the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance (COBRA), usually considered a grooming position for the Commissioner's job.
While no official report of the vote tally by the Board is ever made, insiders indicate that Mr. Nosowitz's election was unanimous. Mr. Nosowitz succeeds Andrew Zinebrenner who is retiring after more than nine years in the Commissioner's seat.
|Paul Arthur||November 15, 1981 - August 31, 1984|
|James Jerue||November 30, 1984 - February 11, 1989|
|Andrew Zinebrenner||March 12, 1989 - October 9, 1998|
|Harvey Nosowitz||October 13, 1998 -|
CBA's New Commissioner
|October 11, 1998|
|Paradise Pisces Win 1998 Cosmic Universal Series|
Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader and Pisces secondbaseman garnered the series' Most Cosmic Player award. But the real stars of the show were the Pisces pitchers who yielded only 5 earned runs and posted a pathetically low collective 1.25 earned run average. Timothy Leary pitched a phenomenal Game One shutout and Chelsea Clinton apparently has come into her own as a startng Pisces pitcher with her 1-run standout performance in Game Three that included nine strikeouts.
The Muckrakers who roared through the last half of the regular season and the Subleague Series never got on track offensively amassing a team batting average of .216 for the four game series. Journalist Bob Woodward (7 for 15, .467) was the only Muckraker with a .300 or better batting average.
Pisces Field Manager Henry Miller stated at a post-Series news conference that he thinks this year's Pisces pitching staff is the best he's ever seen. When you take a look at the pitchers' numbers it's hard to refute him or the concept that good pitching is the key to winning in baseball.
Click Here for the Cosmic Universal Series History Plate
|October 10, 1998|
|Herm Card Named Senior Baseball Poetry Editor|
Herm, a published poet, English teacher, NCAA umpire and a self-described "Beat generation guy" has recently published a book called The Poetry of Teaching. Examples of his poetry at the CBA include "The Railroad Stops in Syracuse" about Jackie Robinson and "Casey at the Pen" which is part of the CBA's Casey at the Bat special plate.
Members and fans of the CBA will recognize Herm as the current chief of the CBA's umpires, a position he assumed nearly two years ago. In agreeing to accept additional responsibility Herm wrote the selection committee, "Holding both positions enhances my credibility in each, softening the hard reputation of the men in blue, while giving the common man touch to the poetic side." This streak of duality embedded in Herm is understandable enough. He grew up in a home where the mother was a Dodger fan and the father rooted for the Yankees.
|October 9, 1998|
|CBA Celebrates 17th Anniversary|
|October 6, 1998|
|Journal of the Cosmic Baseball Association Vol. 17|
The new issue contains articles about Roger Maris, baseball statistics, CBA as a post modern idea and a sound piece where you can listen to that most famous of baseball songs, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." You can also listen to the CBA's official anthem. (Both sound files are in the MIDI format.) There is also a COBRA report on what the CBA should do if Washington Presidents pitcher William Jefferson Clinton is impeached by the United States Congress. A fine essay on the uniqueness of baseball as a team sport rounds out the issue.
Zev Paradise again edited the online journal (he was also responsible for Volume 16). Jessie Numata has utilized her intelligent and eclectic design philosophy as the issue's graphic designer. For information on contributing to CBA's online journal please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unsolicited contributions are appreciated.
|October 5, 1998|
|Muckrakers Beat Superbas in Subleague Series|
The Muckrakers won the fifth and decisive game against the Superbas mostly by relying on the basic formula of hit the ball, advance the runners, cross the plate. Neither team showed remarkable power at the plate but the Muckrakers did show guile. The Muckrakers used five different starting pitchers and CNN reporter Christine Amanpour dominated the series opener with her wonderful 5-hit shutout.
Washington Post newsman and Muckraker secondbaseman, Bob Woodward, was named the series Most Cosmic Player for both his hitting and fielding performances. Woodward batted .333 (7 for 21) including 21 homeruns and 7 runs batted in. He made several spectacular defensive plays around the keystone bag.
The Muckrakers now go on to meet the Overleague's Paradise Pisces in the best-of-seven Cosmic Universal Series beginning October 8.
|October 3, 1998|
|Final 1998 Cosmic Season Statistics|
Final numbers organized by cosmic league and showing individual team and player statistics are available on the following plates: 1998 Overleague Statistics, 1998 Middleleague Statistics, 1998 Underleague Statistics. This season's batting and pitching department leaders are displayed in a statistical table at the 1998 Statistics Plate. These are the various players who outperformed all their colleagues in hitting and pitching skills.
All that's left of this season is the completion of the post season games. Visit the 1998 Post Season Plate for more information about the 1998 Subleague Series and the 1998 Cosmic Universal Series.
And thanks to all our members and friends who helped make the 1998 cosmic baseball season so interesting and exciting.
|October 2, 1998|
|Tina Akers Compton Drafted by the Vestal Virgins|
Tina, age 13
The Tina Compton story is controversial. She will have to drop out of the 7th grade in order to play for the Virgins. But Tina says she loves the game, so perhaps her desire is enough.
Tina is 13 years old. She's one of eight children of Aubrey "Steven" Akers and Nancy Akers. Steve married Nancy when he was 26 and she was 16 in 1978. The marriage ended in divorce this year.
Tina is a wife. On August 24 of this year Tina married Wayne Compton, age 29, an unemployed roofer who stopped his education during his junior year in high school. Wayne met Tina through one of Tina's brothers. After a 2 month courtship Wayne and Tina fell in love.
Wayne, Austin & Tina
Tina describes her husband as nice and lovable. "I just love him," she coos.
A candidate for the Anne Arundel county state attorney office, Richard R. Trunnell, claims "there's no way that a 13-year-old can know it's time to quit school and have a child." Others think the marriage inappropriate and ill-advised. And others even think that Wayne Compton is a sexual predator and a pedophile and guilty of statutory rape.
Tina's parents did not object to the marriage. Tina's father, age 46, says the couple "got involved when she was too young. But they're trying to do the right thing." Steve Akers is supportive of his young daughter and new son-in-law.
In response to her critics, Tina replies, "I'm married. It's over and done with and no one can do anything about it."
The Vestal Virgins are banking on Tina Akers Compton to be the cornerstone of their rebuilding project. We wish all concerned the best of luck.
|October 1, 1998|
|Linda Tripp Becomes a Cosmic Umpire|
Ms. Tripp's appointment to the Roster of Cosmic Umpires is a result of her transgression with regard to her misunderstanding the nature of human friendship. Regardless of her motives, her betrayal of Monica Lewinsky (a former General Manager with the Washington Presidents) whom she befriended in 1996, is an egregious moral transgression.
Linda Tripp was born in 1949 in Morris County, New Jersey. She was the daughter of a high school teaching father, Albert Carotenuto. Her mother, Inge was a homemaker mother. While Tripp was still in high school her parents got a divorce, apparently because of her father's extramarital affairs. Albert Carotenuto would evenutally marry two more woman.
Tripp graduated high school in 1968 and in 1969 the record indicates she was arrested in New York on charges of grand larceny. According to her lawyer, the stealing charges were later dropped.
In 1971 she married a career Army soldier, Bruce M. Tripp. After nearly 20 years of marriage the Tripps were separated and later divorced. The marriage produced two children, a son Ryan and a daughter, Allison.
Ms. Tripp was hired by the Bush administration for a job in the White House. She remained in the White House when the Clinton regime took over in January 1993. She was one of the last persons to see Vince Foster alive before he killed himself on July 20, 1993. Foster was a close associate of the Clintons. In November 1993 Tripp claims that Kathleen Willey told her of a sexual experience with President Clinton in the White House. In August 1994 Tripp was transferred to a job in the Pentagon. It was at the Pentagon that Tripp befriended Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern. Unknown to Lewinsky, Tripp recorded telephone conversations that the two had regarding Lewinsky's affair with Clinton.
In January 1997 Tripp contacted the office of the independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr (a Cosmic Umpire) and offered to cooperate with his investigation of Clinton. With that act Tripp brutally betrayed her friend Monica Lewinsky who had confided in Tripp as a trusted friend. Tripp's motives for such a betrayal are not entirley clear. Were they ideological or financial?
In the summer of 1998 after she completed her testimony to the Starr grand jury, Tripp made a public statement. In that speech Linda Tripp asserted,
I'm you. I'm just like you. I'm an average American who found herself in a situation not of her own making.Well, maybe yes, maybe no. We welcome Ms. Tripp to the cosmic baseball family and trust she will make an excellent cosmic umpire. Tripp replaces the rehabilitated Hildarose Tsai on the Roster of Cosmic Umpires.
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