Sridhar Pappu talks about Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the unforgettable 1968 baseball season.
Brian Martin talks about the rise and fall of the Detroit Wolverines, the city’s first Major League Baseball team, who played in the National League in the 1880s.
Dan Dickerson talks about his memories of Tiger Stadium, and taking over for the legendary Ernie Harwell.
Burge Carmon Smith talks about Hal Newhouser, Hank Greenberg, and Detroit’s forgotten championship team: the 1945 Tigers.
Charles Leerhsen talks about changing people’s minds about Ty Cobb in his bestselling biography of the Tigers legend.
Jon Warden talks about being part of the Tigers’ 1968 world championship, and collecting over 1,000 autographs from former major leaguers.
Tom Stanton talks about an unforgettable era in Detroit’s history, when a secret society terrorized Detroit just as the Tigers were winning their first World Series.
Paul Foytack talks about his years with the Tigers in the 1950s and 1960s, and pitching to Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Roger Maris.
Jay Jaffe literally wrote the book on who belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He talks about Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and why Hall of Fame voters make mistakes.
Detroit historian Ken Coleman, contributor to the book ‘Detroit 1967,’ talks about what to call the civil unrest of 1967, how it impacted the Tigers, and the Tigers’ troubled record on race.
Dan D’Addona writes about the Hall of Fame careers of Sam Crawford, Harry Heilmann, and Heinie Manush in his book ‘In Cobb’s Shadow.’
Graham Womack talks about the 2017 veterans ballot for the Hall of Fame, and the chances of Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker to get their ticket to Cooperstown.
Amber Roessner talks about the relationship between baseball stars and journalists in the early 20th century, and how historians today evaluate the complex personality and image of Ty Cobb.
The Detroit Tigers played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull for more than a century. Scott Ferkovich rounded up the 50 greatest games played at this historic corner for the book ‘Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan and Trumbull.’
Nate Robertson pitched for the Tigers from 2003-2009. He is co-owner of the Wichita Wingnuts. He talks about how the Tigers ascended from rock bottom in 2003 to make the World Series in 2006.
Joe Cox writes about 16 pitchers who lost a perfect game with one out to go in ‘Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching’s Holy Grail.’ We talk with him about the three Tigers and one former Tiger who suffered this fate.
Dan Dillman worked as a batboy at Briggs (Tiger) Stadium from 1948-1950, rubbing shoulders with baseball legends in the visitors’ clubhouse and dugout. He reminisces about his experiences in his book Hey Kid! A Tiger Batboy Remembers. I spoke with Dillman about his memories from his front row seat for baseball history.
Ron Kaplan, author of ‘Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War,’ talks about Hammerin’ Hank’s historic chase to break Babe Ruth’s record for home runs in a season.
Jake Wood, Tigers second baseman in the 1960s, was the first African American to come out of the Tigers’ farm system and become a regular starter on the team.
Tom Gage, longtime Tigers beat writer for the Detroit News, talks about his new book, The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Detroit Tigers. 1:08 – remembering Read More …
As you walk down Seattle’s Fourth Avenue, the new Central Library jumps out at youliterally; its third-story jaw juts out over a ground-level plaza. Encamped amid nondescript beige and black Read More …
Sometimes it seems there is no limit to scientific reductionism—the shrink–wrapping of creation’s mysteries in scientific facts. Nothing is exempt, not even the bewildering brilliance of the autumn leaves. The changing Read More …
The first American newspaper, Paul Starr tells us in The Creation of the Media, was published in Boston in 1690 under the title Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick. In the four–page debut edition, publisher Benjamin Harris stated his intention to publish monthly, “or if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener.”
There is a moment every marketer both dreams of and fears. It is the time when a brand name, by decree of the dictionary or whims of the zeitgeist, becomes a common noun or a verb. This can be a blessing—the ultimate validation of a name that is both catchy and meaningful. But it can also be a curse. The more widely a word is used, the harder it is to legally protect as a trademark. In a brand name’s infancy, however, the thought of gaining this kind of cultural currency is an inspiration to professional namers, says Alex Frankel in his new book “Wordcraft: The Art of Turning Little Words into Big Business” (Crown, $24.95).
Historians accuse 1950s America of dreaming mundane dreams after the defining moments of World War II. This suspicion seems to be born out in a new documentary’s footage of a Read More …
The Loyola University Graduate School of Business has new billboards around town that read, “We educate values-based leaders.” As timely as the tagline is in this era of Enron/Tyco corporate Read More …
Centuries ago, the word “stickler” meant the judge of a duel who made sure all the rules were obeyed. To author Lynne Truss, those were the good old days. At least people listened to that kind of stickler. Truss’ new book “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” has become an unexpected best seller.
Sometimes language lovers sound as if they’re on a safari. They talk about observing words in their natural habitat and studying their behavior in herds. With the first release of the American National Corpus, an annotated body of over 10 million words, linguists can hunt like never before.
It’s the season of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and, as they inevitably say, you can throw the records out the window. And the mathematics. Over the next three weeks, Read More …
When did the term “rhetoric” become an insult? When did the word cease to mean artfully crafted speech and start to convey scorn, as it does when we hear a Read More …
The task of achieving linguistic authenticity fell to Rev. William Fulco, a Jesuit priest and professor of ancient Mediterranean studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Gibson got Fulco’s name from Yale University, where Fulco received a doctorate and taught Aramaic. In 2002, Gibson gave Fulco the script written by Benedict Fitzgerald, mostly derived from the Gospels, and asked Fulco to translate it into Aramaic , Hebrew and Latin. Fulco later translated the script back into English subtitles.
As “Sex and the City” reached its series finale Sunday, eulogists duly examined the mark it made on popular culture, from its snazzy shoes and outfits to its portrayal of single women. But few paused to note another aspect of the show’s legacy: its language. Its adult language, to be exact.
Last year, the United States marked an inauspicious milestone. The Department of Justice announced that as of June 2002, for the first time ever, two million of its citizens were Read More …
Reality TV, as you may have noticed if you’ve gotten hooked or channel surfed lately, is anything but. It’s television that is meant to be gawked at as much as Read More …
Groucho Marx slept here. Before he and the other Marx Brothers—Harpo, Chico and Zeppo—were fooling around in the movies, they were fooling around on Chicago’s vaudeville circuit in the 1910s. Read More …