It's a truism that American men are first conscious of their own mortality when their fathers die, but I would argue that such consciousness is a process for the average American male that usually begins earlier, the men pictured on his baseball cards start dying. When I was a kid in 1963, Stan Mus ... More >>
Derek Jeter is my favorite player -- that is, my family's favorite player. I have played the 3,000th-hit homer over and over. It is my favorite baseball moment of the new century, with the possible exception of Johnny Damon's race to third base in the World Series against the Phillies. Now, ... More >>
Reddit, the extremely popular social news website and message board, is a breeding ground for many of the internet's finest things. This week alone, videos of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden radio voice, and an exploding manhole made early appearances on the site before skyrock ... More >>
Yesterday the internet was ablaze with praise for Ted Williams, a Brooklyn-born homeless man in Ohio with a special talent. His voice, as it turns out, is that of a male angel, deep and booming, perfect for voice-over work, which Williams said alcohol and drugs had derailed him from landing. Now two ... More >>
Along with the rest of the internet, and now apparently the real world, we've been singing the praises of Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man who sounds like Don LaFontaine, but better. He lost his way and was panhandling with a sign promising a "God given gift of voice" until a local newspap ... More >>
Ted Williams, a homeless man in Ohio, may very well be famous yet. In the above clip from the Columbus Dispatch, Williams is shown panhandling on the side of the road. "I have a God given gift of voice," read his sign. "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please!" He's not joking ... More >>
Honoring this year's fallen, with a few we failed to note last year
The Tenth Inning, the two-part, four-hour update of Ken Burns's 1994 documentary Baseball, airs tonight and tomorrow night (September 28-29) on PBS. We caught up with the show's creator and co-director, Ken Burns, at Yankee Stadium last week before the tribute to George Steinbrenner. Are ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 22, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 49 A Newsman Views The Newest Paper By Stan Fischler After a lengthy courtship, the Journal-American, World Telegram and Sun, and Herald-Tribune finally joined their presses in journalistic marriage l ... More >>
Twitpic by Paris Hilton. "Bentley was so cute last night. Carnival is such a fun place to go. A must see place when you go to New York." What? Oh. The week started with rightbloggers cheering President Obama's for losing the Olympics and ends with them booing him for winning the Nobel Peace ... More >>
Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the company involved in yesterday's story about the misadventures of Ted Williams' frozen head, responds: October 2, 2009: The Alcor Life Extension Foundation denies the outrageous allegations against it that have appeared in the media this week. Alcor espe ... More >>
Even the most die-hard of Yankees fans might feel a little pity for their Red Sox counterparts today. The Daily News reports that legendary Red Sox slugger Ted Williams' frozen head was used in batting practice at the Alcor Life Extension clinic. Williams' legacy took a different kind of hit ... More >>
Do you remember where you were 15 years ago today? Wherever you were, you probably woke up, like me, to the startling revelation that "There's no baseball today!"In fact, as we'll never forget, there was no baseball for the rest of the year -- none in fact until April of 1995. A ... More >>
We're pleased to see that our Morning Joe favorite Willie Geist has finally been given his own TV show. Way Too Early With Willie Geist now leads off MSNBC's morning schedule, airing (if one "airs" on cable) at 5:30 a.m. (That's 2:30 a.m. Pacific time, where the show is no doubt known as Wa ... More >>
Missed connections and racist rants
First off, anything written about St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols should begin with a sentence along the lines of "He's the greatest player in the game today, and the best player so far in the 20th century. And, probably, one of the 20 greatest players of all time." He didn't do ... More >>
The late great Dodgers and Yankees announcer Red Barber once called Major League Baseball Players Association founder Marvin Miller "one of the three most important men in baseball history, right up there with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson." (Branch Rickey, who brought Robinson into baseball and cre ... More >>
A fantastic prog-noise institution goes out on top
New York's literary community remembers two dominant, departed presences
No studies have offered conclusive evidence that metal bats pose more of a danger than wooden ones. A federal judge has cleared the way for the City Council's ban on metal bats in high school baseball. The prohibition, the first of kind in the country, can now take effect on Saturday. According t ... More >>
The Hall of Fame's mountains of memorabilia might not be enough to salvage the sport's tarnished legacy
Peering into the dugouts of the hometown heroes
Ted Williams Is Still Cold, but You're Getting Warmer.
Rickey Fits Into New Jersey
Pick Up the Ball, Barry. Pick It Up.
DiMaggio or Williams: Pick One
The Winners? Brian Calandra and Willie Mays.
Summer's Bonanza Includes Unusually Nutty Celebrity news. Tabloid Heaven or Hell?
Figure Out These Freeze Frames of History and Win a Prize or Two
Jim Brown: Still Punishing After All These Years
Relax, Yankee Fans. Everything's in Good Hands.
New-School Baseball Stats From A to Z
Examining the Legends of the World of Sports
A Yankee Fan's History of Fenway Park
Olerud and Ordóñez: from the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Joseph Paul Dimaggio, 1914-1999