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2006 CUS
Decontraction Begins
Elka Stein Passes
New Arbusians?
2006 Batting Stats
2006 Pitching Stats
Tolling the Taco Bell
CBA 25th
Season 2006 Ends
States @ Colleges
Mrs. Tombaugh
Team Nominations
Planet Pluto
Dragons @ Pisces
Mel Gibson, Umpire?
Is Baseball for Men?
All Star Baseball
Woody Guthrie
Poets @ Philosophers
Signs @ Planets
Presidents @ Beats
Pat Nixon
Diane Varsi
Dr. Sax to Manage Beats
Train Game Report
Recent Linescores (April)
Garcia Game Report
On Deck Notes
Stereo Hypocrisy
Recent Linescores (March)
Baseball is Cuba's Pastime
Dragons Beat Presidents
Season 2006 Begins
8 Teams Deactivated
Kerouac Memorial Game
China Strikes Out
Where Have You Gone
Hiram Bithorn?


November 23-28 2006

Link to 2006 CUS Main Plate

2006 Cosmic Universal Series

November 28
PISCES WIN SERIES, 4-2

November 27
PISCES LEAD SERIES, 3-2

November 26
PISCES LEAD SERIES, 3-1

November 25
PISCES LEAD SERIES, 2-1

November 24
SERIES TIED, 1-1

November 23
BEATS LEAD SERIES, 1-0


The 2006 edition of the Cosmic Universal Series (CUS) got started today in Dharma as the Paradise Pisces and the Dharma Beats compete for the honor of being the best 2006 cosmic baseball team. This is the 25th iteration of the series which is a best-of-seven contest.







November 20, 2006

One More Team Approved

5 Team League The Cosmic Baseball Association will add one more team to its 2007 edition of its regular playing league. This begins the first step in the league's decontraction process. The number of regular cosmic baseball teams will now be five (5). No specific team has been chosen but there are over 200 team nominations currently pending before the selection committee. A selection will likely be made after the completion of the Cosmic Universal Series which this season begins on November 23 (Thanksgiving).

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November 14, 2006

CBA Board Chairperson Passes On

Elka Stein, 1928-2006 Elka Stein, the Cosmic Baseball Association's Board Chairperson since 1988, passed away today (23 Heshvan 5767). Ms. Stein was the CBA's third Board Chairperson and like her mother, Rose Stein (CBA's first chairperson, 1981-1985), was a forceful and passionate guide who influenced broad policy initiatives and provided, as leader of the Board of Directors, moral navigation and guidance.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Stein was first elected to the Board of Directors on June 28, 1985. She was elected Chairperson, three years later, to the day, on June 28, 1988. During her tenure the CBA became more complex with more teams and players. During Ms. Stein's term in office the CBA launched its internet operations. Other significant initiatives, including the growth of the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance and its library, are hallmarks of her Board leadership.

Ms. Stein was an avid supporter of children and their education, and believed in supporting those good souls who have chosen a career teaching the young. She helped create the Elinor Lampert Faculty Education Fund, in honor of a very close friend. Contributions in memory of Elka Stein can be made to:

The Elinor Lampert Faculty Education Fund
c/o The Park School
171 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445.

The CBA Board has not yet announced a replacement, but the speculation has begun.




November 13, 2006

Diane Arbus Nominates Another Team

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography Famed American photographer, Diane Arbus (1923-1971), has submitted a second petition for a cosmic baseball team. In 1997 she nominated the Arbusians and the team almost made it to the Underleague. At the last moment, the Arbusians lost out to the Franklinton Zappas (see News Item of March 5, 1997). Arbus' first nominated team consisted of people who were somehow interconnected with her life, including her brother (poet Howard Nemerov), biographer Patricia Bosworth, and daughters (Doon and Amy).

The new team consists of photographs created by Arbus and therefore if the nomination is accepted, Arbus' team will be both the first new team since the "2006 Contraction" and the first non-humanoid team to join CBA since the Omegatropolis Procoders (software application/programs) who were deactivated during the contraction spasm.

Arbus herself was a cosmic baseball player. She was an original member of the Bhutan Vanguards, a CBA team of visual artists. She pitched for one season accumulating a dismal 9.00 earned run average during six innings. She managed to strike out four batters and walked three. At the conclusion of the CBA's first season Arbus retired, one step ahead of being deactivated. In October 1997 the CBA honored Arbus' unique contribution to culture by publishing the Diane Arbus Honored Cosmic Player Plate, one of seven "memorial" plates at the CBA's website.

Parenthetically, one of Arbus' most famous photographs, A Jewish Giant at Home With His Parents in the Bronx, N.Y. (1970) is a photograph of Mr. Eddie Carmel who suffered from acromegaly which accounted for his large size. Carmel is on a short list of Paradise Pisces rookie candidates. Carmel qualifies for the Pisces having been born on March 16 (1936).

More About Eddie Carmel

[Cousin]: Eddie works in the circus until 1969 when he can't get up on the platform anymore. In 1970 Diane Arbus takes a picture of Eddie in his parents' apartment: "A Jewish Giant At Home with his parents in the Bronx." It will become his legacy , published in Time, Newsweek, and Life. It now sits in the Museum of Modern Art.
GRANDMA: When I saw it I was startled...When you live with something and you are part of it, you don't see it as clearly as you can when you step aside or step back. And when I opened the magazine I was stepping back and it was startling, startling to me.
DAD: This was not a scene that I hadn't seen before. I mean I visited that room in that apartment with regularity. You know, there's my uncle in a certain dignified way, with his hands in his pockets looking something like a diplomat. And what he's thinking, I am sure, is he's feeling very sorry in some ways for himself. My aunt is probably saying to herself "What can I do for you?" Because that would have been her comment, and, uh . . . Eddie is looking down on them and I can't tell what he's thinking looking at his parents.
GRANDMA: He loved it. He loved that picture.
[Cousin]: He did?
GRANDMA: Yeah, he used to laugh at it. He'd say "Isn't it awful to have midget parents?" He'd say "Why did it have to happen to me? My luck, I have to have midget parents."

Coincidentally, Arbus is also a Pisces (b. March 14, 1923).

Esquire magazine was the first to publish her work in 1960. Sometime in 1962 she changed from using a 35mm single lens reflex camera to a 2 1/4" twin lens reflex camera. She was twice awarded Guggenheim Fellowships (1963, 1966). In the late 1960s she taught at several schools including the Parsons School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design and Cooper-Union. Between 1969 and 1971 she took a series of photographic portraits of people with various mental disabilities.

Arbus married her high school sweet heart in 1941. She committed suicide in 1971. The year following her death the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited a retrospective of her work. In 1984 a biography of Arbus by Patricia Bosworth was published. (Bosworth apparently is one of the producers of the film Fur, 2006, about Arbus). In October 2003 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art launched "the most complete survey of her work ever assembled" in an exhibit called "Diane Arbus Revelations".

National Gallery of Art At this moment, some of Arbus' early work is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as part of the exhibition called, "New York City from 1938 to 1958 Revealed in Photographs by 20 Major Artists from National Gallery of Art's Collection". The exhibit was launched September 17, 2006 and concludes on January 15, 2007.

The nomination may be a long shot. No official policy change that would impact the net number of active cosmic baseball teams has been announced. (Many believe the CBA will begin to reverse contraction by adding one or more teams in the near future, maybe as early as next season.) However, even if the number of teams is incremented, there are a significant number of petitions received chronologically in front of Arbus' petition.

Maybe because a new movie, an ersatz Arbus biopic, called Fur, just released in selected U.S. markets, will increase the odds of Arbus getting a cosmic baseball team. Ultimately, a panel of experts will evaluate the petition and ultimately this panel will decide whether or not Arbus' renewed effort at assembling a cosmic baseball team will be successful.



New Arbusians?

Arbus Biodata
Intellectual Property Notice
The Diane Arbus Estate, LLC owns the © to most if not all of Diane Arbus' photographs



Link to the Diane Arbus Memorial Plate at the CBA



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November 12, 2006

2006 Individual Cosmic Batting Statistics

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Season 2006 Final Official Individual Cosmic Batting Statistics
Name YEAR TEAM Bats Avg G AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB
AdamsJ 2006 Presidents R .257 126 421 64 108 16 1 2 42 10
AdamsJQ 2006 Presidents R .320 122 334 62 107 19 6 0 25 16
Amram 2006 Beats R .155 39 58 3 9 1 0 1 5 0
Arthur 2006 Presidents R .000 56 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asher 2006 Beats R .260 94 250 26 65 4 0 12 42 5
Ayler 2006 Dragons R .018 33 57 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
Baraka 2006 Beats L .250 67 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barrymore 2006 Pisces L .174 82 235 26 41 1 1 0 5 8
Beethoven 2006 Dragons R .217 162 603 70 131 33 1 22 87 3
Bell 2006 Pisces L .158 14 19 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
Bork 2006 Pisces R .154 38 39 1 6 0 0 0 2 0
Bowles 2006 Pisces R .145 38 55 5 8 0 0 0 4 1
Bremser 2006 Beats R .259 148 548 73 142 26 2 21 84 1
Browning 2006 Pisces R .333 55 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Buchanan 2006 Presidents R .233 67 210 15 49 9 3 1 19 1
Burroughs 2006 Beats L .181 33 72 7 13 2 0 0 5 0
BushGW 2006 Presidents R .347 153 613 94 213 31 11 26 106 3
BushGWH 2006 Presidents R .000 58 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos 2006 Dragons R .304 161 606 99 184 42 6 18 91 14
Carr 2006 Beats R .179 139 492 54 88 3 5 0 35 5
Carter 2006 Presidents R .148 29 27 2 4 0 0 0 0 1
Charisse 2006 Pisces R .109 56 64 1 7 0 0 0 5 2
Chopin 2006 Pisces R .228 119 364 23 83 12 2 3 36 0
Clinton 2006 Presidents R .333 30 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 1
Coolidge 2006 Presidents L .259 121 413 75 107 22 12 23 67 1
Corso 2006 Beats R .312 155 571 101 178 21 1 44 121 0
Cowen 2006 Beats R .317 136 328 61 104 18 1 23 71 9
DiPrima 2006 Beats L .119 33 59 4 7 1 0 0 1 1
Domino 2006 Pisces R .304 162 605 93 184 19 4 25 95 9
Edelman 2006 Dragons L .000 87 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eisenhower 2006 Presidents R .367 29 30 4 11 2 0 0 4 1
Eminem 2006 Dragons R .286 73 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ferlinghetti 2006 Beats S .281 148 576 112 162 19 1 17 74 17
Fillmore 2006 Presidents R .279 51 140 10 39 2 0 1 15 0
Ford 2006 Presidents R .279 132 419 46 117 18 3 5 42 1
Garcia 2006 Dragons R .333 77 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Garfield 2006 Presidents L .246 116 289 44 71 12 8 0 15 12
Gesell 2006 Pisces L .250 61 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Gillespie 2006 Dragons L .219 86 201 23 44 8 0 11 39 1
GinsburgR 2006 Pisces L .321 162 627 131 201 34 3 44 110 9
Glass 2006 Dragons L .224 108 254 30 57 8 3 7 29 3
Gleaton 2006 Pisces R .200 162 551 42 110 10 8 5 38 4
Grammer 2006 Pisces R .092 41 65 5 6 0 0 0 3 3
Grant 2006 Presidents L .307 158 551 122 169 29 0 66 153 3
Guthrie 2006 Dragons R .135 42 52 4 7 0 0 0 5 2
Harrison 2006 Pisces R .223 139 462 39 103 21 1 7 51 5
Haverty 2006 Beats R .261 99 253 37 66 15 1 2 25 3
Hayes 2006 Presidents R .277 142 494 61 137 19 1 26 91 0
HearstP 2006 Pisces S .210 152 580 83 122 21 4 11 38 22
Holmes 2006 Beats R .193 77 88 27 17 0 3 0 5 2
Holmes 2006 Pisces R .111 59 9 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Huncke 2006 Beats L .251 117 375 41 94 13 0 10 44 1
Jackson 2006 Beats L .271 86 170 33 46 6 0 8 26 0
Jobs 2006 Pisces R .201 72 139 9 28 5 0 0 7 0
Kammerer 2006 Beats R .145 34 69 4 10 0 0 0 4 0
Kennedy 2006 Presidents R .134 32 67 3 9 2 0 0 2 0
Kerouac 2006 Beats L .281 158 570 98 160 36 0 38 107 0
Lee 2006 Pisces L .336 104 149 20 50 5 1 4 23 0
Lennon 2006 Dragons L .245 109 331 42 81 25 0 4 34 0
Lincoln 2006 Presidents R .184 33 76 3 14 3 1 0 3 0
Littlefield 2006 Dragons R .188 66 16 2 3 1 0 0 2 0
Longfellow 2006 Pisces R .256 138 524 86 134 17 8 21 64 8
Madison 2006 Presidents L .250 7 16 2 4 3 0 0 1 0
Micheline 2006 Beats L .184 49 87 7 16 0 0 0 5 0
Moog 2006 Dragons L .248 151 532 83 132 12 1 25 101 5
Morrison 2006 Dragons R .180 71 200 28 36 7 0 10 27 3
Nixon 2006 Presidents L .153 32 59 2 9 1 0 0 6 0
NixonP 2006 Pisces L .200 63 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nyro 2006 Dragons R .197 33 71 3 14 0 0 0 1 0
Oakenfold 2006 Dragons L .281 125 299 58 84 16 4 20 55 0
Parker 2006 Dragons L .176 33 74 3 13 4 0 0 8 1
Pierce 2006 Presidents R .300 42 30 6 9 1 0 0 2 1
Plymell 2006 Beats R .282 128 450 75 127 24 3 15 65 31
Polk 2006 Presidents L .000 51 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Presley 2006 Dragons L .276 151 565 103 156 30 5 27 98 16
Price 2006 Dragons L .097 53 62 4 6 0 0 0 2 5
Reagan 2006 Presidents R .143 32 49 3 7 3 0 0 5 0
Reventlow 2006 Pisces R .224 138 478 49 107 19 3 14 73 1
RooseveltF 2006 Presidents L .243 137 474 55 115 29 5 14 46 5
RooseveltT 2006 Presidents L .238 86 164 23 39 0 0 9 28 0
Snyder 2006 Beats R .059 71 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Theremin 2006 Dragons L .271 147 480 50 130 19 0 1 41 5
Truman 2006 Presidents R .326 93 184 19 60 3 3 2 25 2
Tyler 2006 Presidents R .185 116 400 49 74 9 5 8 36 7
Van Buren 2006 Presidents R .253 48 146 12 37 1 0 4 22 0
Van Vliet 2006 Dragons L .260 159 681 107 177 28 6 2 55 29
Varsi 2006 Pisces R .319 143 451 84 144 21 11 34 107 4
Welch 2006 Beats R .375 71 16 1 6 0 0 0 2 0
Whalen 2006 Beats R .255 153 538 63 137 19 2 14 64 1
Williams 2006 Pisces R .141 33 64 1 9 0 1 0 4 0
Young 2006 Dragons B .264 130 417 50 110 26 11 5 56 3
Batting Totals for 2006 .256 162 22226 3066 5680 887 162 712 2942 309




November 6, 2006

2006 Individual Cosmic Pitching Statistics

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Season 2006 Final Official Individual Cosmic Pitching Statistics
Name YEAR TEAM Throws Won Lost Saved ERA CG ShO Inns HR HB BB SO
Amram 2006 Beats R 15 7 1 3.32 5 3 200.3 12 9 98 102
Arthur 2006 Presidents R 4 13 30 4.13 0 0 65.3 7 1 41 67
Ayler 2006 Dragons R 5 13 0 4.86 1 0 194.3 39 5 65 126
Baraka 2006 Beats L 4 9 5 3.95 0 0 100.3 10 6 68 91
Bell 2006 Pisces L 2 8 0 6.63 1 0 76 19 3 28 24
Bork 2006 Pisces R 6 9 0 5.27 0 0 147 29 7 68 96
Bowles 2006 Pisces R 10 11 0 4.17 2 1 213.7 27 9 84 127
Browning 2006 Pisces R 4 5 29 1.92 0 0 65.7 5 5 26 43
Burroughs 2006 Beats L 15 6 0 4.39 7 1 229.7 30 2 58 139
BushGWH 2006 Presidents R 7 3 3 5.34 0 0 86 15 6 35 32
Carter 2006 Presidents R 3 7 1 5.45 1 0 104 15 3 26 44
Charisse 2006 Pisces R 15 15 1 4.85 0 0 243 36 9 96 167
Clinton 2006 Presidents R 1 4 1 5.43 0 0 54.7 4 10 52 23
DiPrima 2006 Beats L 11 13 0 4.45 2 1 220.7 32 6 68 138
Edelman 2006 Dragons L 6 11 3 5.35 0 0 114.3 12 6 51 75
Eisenhower 2006 Presidents R 6 2 1 5.13 1 0 105.3 17 5 57 62
Eminem 2006 Dragons R 3 1 1 3.31 0 0 98 4 5 39 67
Garcia 2006 Dragons R 6 6 1 7.21 0 0 93.7 8 7 99 73
Gesell 2006 Pisces L 7 4 6 3.33 0 0 92 7 4 34 85
Grammer 2006 Pisces R 14 9 0 3.55 3 1 228.3 22 2 50 125
Guthrie 2006 Dragons R 12 14 1 4.76 1 0 192.7 19 9 97 110
Holmes 2006 Pisces R 3 2 7 4.55 0 0 93 15 3 18 59
Kammerer 2006 Beats R 11 11 0 3.92 5 2 234 32 7 73 146
Kennedy 2006 Presidents R 15 11 0 3.18 4 2 226.7 21 1 90 136
Lincoln 2006 Presidents R 12 15 0 4.29 6 3 235 25 6 90 140
Littlefield 2006 Dragons R 6 8 34 4.48 0 0 84.3 11 2 27 78
Micheline 2006 Beats L 17 9 0 3.94 3 1 280.7 16 23 174 214
Nixon 2006 Presidents L 12 8 0 3.92 4 1 193 19 6 73 96
NixonP 2006 Pisces L 10 2 9 2.95 0 0 82.3 4 2 27 84
Nyro 2006 Dragons R 12 12 0 3.14 6 3 234.7 31 3 30 256
Parker 2006 Dragons L 16 8 0 3.10 6 3 226.3 32 5 85 271
Pierce 2006 Presidents R 8 9 2 4.80 3 1 144.3 28 3 42 81
Polk 2006 Presidents L 3 5 3 5.81 0 0 69.7 3 3 45 42
Price 2006 Dragons L 10 13 0 5.04 2 1 207 39 5 55 88
Reagan 2006 Presidents R 6 8 0 4.41 3 0 167.3 18 14 67 99
Snyder 2006 Beats R 11 2 12 1.47 0 0 116.7 8 2 14 62
Welch 2006 Beats R 7 14 30 4.47 0 0 92.7 10 6 54 56
Williams 2006 Pisces R 9 17 0 4.41 6 2 226.7 31 4 102 181
Pitching Totals for 2006 324 324 181 4.23 72 26 5839 712 214 2306 3905




November 1, 2006

Tolling the Taco Bell

Taco Cell Industries The telecommunications/fast food chain conglomerate, Taco Bell, offered to give away a free taco to everyone in the United States (& Canada) if anyone hit a home run to left field during the third game of the 2006 World Series. If a grand slam was hit everyone in the ball park would receive a free Taco Bell Cell Phone. The St. Louis Cardinals were hosting the Detroit Tigers at Busch Stadium. The Fall Classic was tied, each team had one a game. Four homeruns had been hit in the two games already played in Detroit (none of them were grand slams).

No home runs were hit during game 3 as the St. Louis team won, 5-0 . The game took three hours and three minutes to play. Had a grand slam been hit, Taco Bell would have had to give away 46,513 cell phones. Nobody knows how many tacos would have been given away on November 1 between 2-5 PM had one of the baseball players hit a home run to left field on October 24.

Why was the telecommunications/fast food chain engaged in this World Series promotional campaign: "We can't think of a more fitting way to celebrate America's Favorite Pastime than by giving fans a chance of winning America's favorite taco," Taco Bell chief marketing officer Bill Pearce said in a statement. How many tacos was the company prepared to dish out if a home run was hit? America's population is at about 300 million, so likely something less than that amount.

Founder and CEO of Taco Bell, Glen Bell, always a man with numbers in mind, said at a news conference announcing the promotion that, "23 home runs have been hit during the last three World Series. 34.8 percent of those were hit to left or left-center field." What is the specific area in Busch Stadium that qualifies as the "target" zone? "Left field will be defined as the territory from straightaway center field -- directly from home plate -- to the left field foul pole, including the foul pole," according to Joseph Shields and Thomas Rinks, associates at the Forest Glen Metro Group in Silver Spring, Maryland. FGMG is notable in this context because FGMG was founded by the two men who created the talking Chihuahua that Taco Bell used to market its food services in the United States and its telephones in Canada. In 1998 Shields and Rinks filed a lawsuit against Taco Bell. The two men received about $45 million dollars as a result of the legal battle. 1975 World Series star Carlton Fisk's voice was heard on the Voice of America system promoting the promotion. And yes, alwats, there was controversy, real or imagined. Executive Vice President of Taco Bell, Wallace Robert Bell, was the home plate umpire during the third game of the World Series. Naturally, there has been talk that his strike zone was contorted enough to reduce the chances of a home run. That is, in our opinion, a fairly paranoid and unprovable assertion.





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