Cisco Giants






1998 Cisco Giants
Pitchers
Beowulf Card Cat Chekov Conrad Hardy Hunter
Lovelace Maugham Milne
Infielders/Outfielders
Adams Breathed Cafe au Lait Doyle Haggard Hoff Jonson
Leguin pentameter Pratchett Sidney Spenser Vaughan Waterson
Manager Coaches G.M. Owner Park
Lovecraft Fulgum Heinlein Hubbard tba Henchard Canterberry



The CISCO (LITERARY) GIANTS are a new cosmic team in the cosmic Underleague. The team was created by CBA member Gary Hodges and it is thematically related to the Eden Bohemians who play in the cosmic Middleleague. Both teams consist of writers, novelists, poets, and playwrights.





Douglas Adams

Secondbase



Popular 20th century English writer. Wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.






Beowulf

Pitcher



The hero of the ancient Anglo-Saxon epic poem of the same name. The specific date of composition and the author are unknown. The epic as we know it today dates from the 8th century. But certainly its 8th century form was preceeded by various twists and permutations as it was orally transmitted.

Each night the palace of King Hrothgar of Denmark is attacked by Grendel, who is half monster and half human. Grendel kills indiscriminately and has wreaked havoc inside the palace. The King enlists the help of the Geat Beowulf who defeats the monster.






Berkley Breathed

Shortstop



20th century American cartoonist.





Cafe au Lait

Infield



A popular beverage of the 1990s.





Orson Card

Pitcher








Bill the Cat

Pitcher







Anton Chekov

1860-1904

Pitcher



Russian playwright and writer. Studied medicine but did not practice. Instead he wrote plays and short stories depicting Russian life without sentimentality.






Joseph Conrad

1857-1924

Pitcher



Polish-born British novelist. Served in the merchant marine until 1894 when he devoted himself to writing. Many of his novels use the sea as a setting and as an important metaphor. Considered one of the great prose stylists of his generation.






Arthur Conan Doyle

1859-1930

Centerfield



British physician and writer. In 1887 he published his first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet. Holmes was a detective of uncanny competence.





H. Rider Haggard

1856-1925

Thirdbase/Catcher



English novelist. His romantic novels were frequently set in South Africa.






Thomas Hardy

1840-1928

Pitcher



English novelist and poet. Early in life he studied architecture but from 1867 on he devoted himself to literature. Hs work is notable for its stoical and pessimistic point of view. A master at using regional dialect and local folklore.






Benjamin Hoff

Thirdbase







Robert Hunter

Pitcher



Lyricist for the Grateful Dead rock and roll band.





Ben Jonson

1572-1637

Catcher



English playwright and poet. After a brief apprenticeship as a bricklayer and after service in the army at Flanders he became involved with the theater as an actor and playwright.





Ursula LeGuin

b. 1929

Outfield



U.S. writer. Recognized as creator of "anthropological science fiction" her novels deal with alternative societies and space colonization. Her novel The Word for the World Is Forest (1976) is about interplanetary exploration and has been widely read as a parable for the United States' involvement in Vietnam.






Richard Lovelace

1618-1657

Pitcher



English poet. Considered a prototype of the "cavalier". Lovelace was a poet-soldier who took part in an expedition to Scotland (1639-1640); he fought for the French against the Spanish at Dunkerque (1646).





W. Somerset Maugham

1874-1965

Pitcher



English novelist and playwright.






Alan Alexander Milne

1882-1956

Pitcher



English poet and playwright. Wrote a variety of work but is most well known for his juvenile stories including Winnie-the-Pooh (1926).





Iambic Pentameter

Outfield



An iamb is a metrical foot of two syllables and pentameter is a line of verse containing five metrical feet or measures.





Terry Pratchett

Firstbase



American writer.






Philip Sidney

1554-1586

Infield



English soldier, politician and poet. Considered an ideal gentleman of his age and finest prose writer of his generation. In 1576 he was appointed cupbearer to Queen Elizabeth but later fell out of favor because of his disapproval of the Queen's proposed marriage to duc d'Alencon. Wrote impassioned sonnets to Penelope Devereux, later published as Astrophel and Stella (1591).





Edmund Spenser

1553-1599

Outfield



English poet. Wrote The Faerie Queene (1590-1611).





Henry Vaughan

1621?-1695

Infield



British mystic poet. Practiced medicine in South Wales. Wrote the sacred poem Silex Scintillans (1650-1655).





Bill Waterson

Leftfield







Howard Phillips Lovecraft

1890-1937

Field Manager



American writer born in Providence, Rhode Island. Wrote fantastic and macabre tales such as the "Cthulhu Mythos" stories






Robert Fulgum

Coach







Robert Anson Heinlein

born 1907

Coach



American science-fiction writer. Studied engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy but a physical diability cut short his naval career. Wrote pulp fiction and juvenile stories until he started writing science-fiction in the 1950s. His novel Stanger in a Strange Land (1965) became a counter-culture classic selling over 2 million copies.






Lafayette Ronald Hubbard

1911-1986

Coach



Before he founded the Church of Scientology in 1952, Hubbard was a pulp-magazine writer, specializing in science-fiction tales. In 1950 he published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. In the 1970s the U.S. Government launched an investigation into the Church and discovered bookkeeping irregularities including the redirecting of some $100 million of Church assets to overseas accounts. In the 1980s Hubbard returned to writing and wrote two best-selling novels, Battlefield Earth (1982) and The Invaders Plan (1985).






TBA

General Manager







Michael Henchard
the Mayor of Casterbridge

Team Owner



The Mayor of Casterbridge, a novel by Thomas Hardy, tells the tale of Michael Henchard who sold his wife and daughter at a fair for five pounds. Eighteen years later, when Henchard is the mayor, his wife and child return to Casterbridge. The novel depicts the trials and tribulations of Henchard as his life unravels.






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Cisco Giants- 1998 Official Team Roster
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/98cgr.html
Published: February 18, 1998
Corrections/Revisions Made: January 26, 2002
Copyright © 1998 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
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