Willie Mays

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    October 15, 2012

    A-Rod's Not The Yankees' Only Playoff Goat

    I've always resisted the idea that clutch hitting exists, I guess because I don't like the notion that baseball is something more than a game - that it brings out something heroic in an athlete. I pretty much agree with Bill James's early assessment on the topic, which was that what a batter hits ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Boston A "Football Town?" Not Even Close

    Whenever I read something about football that sounds like it was written in a barroom by someone as sloshed as Rance Preibus at the RNC, it invariable comes from The latest beer-soaked rant comes from Kerry J. Byrne on August 26: "There is this mythology in certain circle ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Say It Ain't Mo

    And so it ends with a bang and a whimper. No Yankee great's departure has ever caused anything like the shock to the system New York fans are now experiencing. I'm hearing from some, "Well, what about Thurman Munson's death?" A shock, yes, but let's be honest, Munson wasn't loved. Certainly his l ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Nothing Tops Bill Buckner's Error for World Series Fame (Or Infamy)

    ​Willie Mays' catch off Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series may be the most famous play in Series history. May be. I'll bet if there was some way of measuring all the hits on the various versions of Bill Buckner's error on Mookie Wilson's ground ball in the 1986 World Series, it would top Willi ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Those Glorious '86 Mets — Hey, Where Are the Celebrations on Their Silver Anniversary?

    Strawberry!Did I miss it, or has someone written tributes to the 1986 Mets that I didn't see? October 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the first game of the great 1986 World Series, and we just passed the 25th anniversary of perhaps the greatest division series ever, the one with the Houston Astros ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Remembering Bill Gallo, 1922-2011

    ​In today's Daily News you can find pages of tributes to Bill Gallo, who died Tuesday at the age of 88. My personal favorite is from Yogi Berra, who said, "It's hard to imagine News without him." Because the N in that quote is capped, I assume Yogi meant the Daily News, but I'm sure he also me ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Willie Mays Turns 80, and He's STILL Not the Greatest Player Ever

    ​Willie Mays turned 80 on Friday, and, as happens every few years, there was another shower of praise for Willie and testimonials to his having been the greatest player in baseball history. With every year Willie's stature grows, partly because he was fabulous and very well could have been th ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Roger Maris for the Hall? No, It's Still Not a Good Idea

    ​Every few years, like a bad idea whose time has come, the argument for Roger Maris and the Hall of Fame springs up again. There have been several lately, no doubt spurred by the 50th anniversary of the Maris-Mantle home run chase in 1961 when both Yankee sluggers went after Babe Ruth's single ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Barry Bonds and His Big Head

    ​Who says there are no new angles to the Barry Bonds perjury trial? Kimberly Bell, who is said to have "dated Bonds" - I love that term; it always conjures up a couple at a malt shop or at a high school football game - "until an ugly breakup in 2003," testified that Bonds threatened to cut of ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Derek Jeter The Best NY Athlete of All Time? Really?

    ​In 1975, a survey representing America's biggest rock and roll stations asked several thousand listeners to name the greatest rock and roll record of all time. The Beatles, you might guess? Stones? Beach Boys? Stevie Wonder? Maybe Elvis? Or The Supremes? None of the above. According to those ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    The Week We Let Our Eyes Wander

    ​Last week we spent a lot of time searching for solid ground in a world where Arcade Fire win Grammys and Odd Future take over Fallon. This week Tyler got his shoe back, Thom danced, and we all moved on.

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    October 20, 2010
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    September 28, 2010

    Ken Burns Outed as a Red Sox Fan

    ​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 >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Alex Rodriguez and 600 -- Is He Finally a Yankee Now?

    Thanks, A-Rod. Thanks for dumping a cold, wet corpse on the doorstep of New York baseball. That seems to be the local sports media's reaction to Alex Rodriguez's 600th major league home run, which put him 7th on the all-time home run list. Not the fans' reaction -- they've turned out in droves and, ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Willie Mays Needs a Tiebreaker From These Clowns?

    ​Anyone out there feel as cheated by the final regular position episode of The Lineup as I did? The segment on center fielders was really the only one worth doing; the winners at the other positions -- Yogi Berra at catcher, Lou Gehrig at first, Jackie Robinson at second, Derek Jeter at short, ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Pete Hamill's Eyewitness Account of Robert Kennedy's Assassination

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 13, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 35 Two Minutes to Midnight: The Very Last Hurrah by Pete Hamill LOS ANGELES -- It was, of course, two minutes to midnight an the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel was rowdy with triumph. Red and blue ba ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Hank Aaron and Willie Mays: New Revelations On Just How Much They Hated Each Other

    Roberto, Willie, and Hank​Someone is very, very wrong about the relationship between the two all-time baseball greats Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, either Mays biographer James Hirsch (Willie Mays -- the Life, the Legend) or Aaron's new biographer, Howard Bryant (The Last Hero -- a Life of Henry ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Dave Winfield? 'The Lineup' Goes Off the Tracks

    ​After gimmes at catcher (Yogi Berra), first base (Lou Gehrig), second base (Jackie Robinson), third base (Alex Rodriguez) and shortstop (Derek Jeter), MSG's The Lineup lost all credibility last night when they picked Dave Winfield as New York baseball's all-time best left fielder. First of ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Derek Jeter Best Shortstop, but Where's at Least a Mention of Jose Reyes?

    ​Like the Huffington Post on steroids, MSG's weekly show The Lineup continues to tell us what we already know. In the first four episodes we were told that the best catcher in New York baseball history was Yogi Berra, the best first baseman Lou Gehrig, the best second baseman Jackie Robinson ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Where's the Suspense in Picking New York's All-Time Baseball Lineup?

    ​We just watched the second episode of MSG's The Lineup, which airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. and repeats throughout the week, and aside from the fun of watching clips of old ballplayers, we're kind of wondering what the point is. The Lineup's panel -- former players Gary Carter and Sparky Lyle ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Willie Mays Is Old, but What's the Daily News's Excuse For Remembering Things So Badly?

    ​Every baseball fan will want to watch Bob Costas interview Willie Mays tonight on the MLB Network's Studio 42 (8:00 pm EST). But fans should also be cautioned that Willie's memory isn't what it once was. According to a column attributed to Wayne Coffey, Michael O'Keefe, and Mark Lelinwalla in ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Willie Mays Selling Something With His Latest Book

    ​There was a minor goof in Bruce Weber's Times article on Willie Mays's and James S. Hirsch's new biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, posted January 30. After making his immortal catch in the 1954 World Series off Vic Wertz, Mays stopped, turned, and fired the ball back to the in ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Jockbeat on Gary Myers: Catch This Book

    ​ The Catch: One Play, Two Dynasties, and the Game that Changed the NFL By Gary Myers Crown, 252 pages, $26.00 "To this day," says Joe Montana in the forward to Gary Myers's The Catch, "the Cowboys still think I was tying to toss the ball into the upper deck of Candlestick Park ... I just ha ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    July 10, 2007

    Rehabilitating Barry

    Baseball's new feel-good story of the summer has Allen Barra feeling burned

  • Film

    July 3, 2007

    Defending Manhattan

    Woody's valentine to our fair city should finally be embraced for what it is: fantasy

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    March 20, 2007

    Stealing Mickey's Mantle

    José Reyes could be the greatest—if he doesn't figure out just how much Mets fans want from him

  • NYC Life

    August 22, 2006

    Atlas Slugged

    Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest Yankees ever. And the whole world is on his back?

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    June 8, 2005
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    October 26, 2004


    The Red Sox finally win it. But who's to say another drought isn't just beginning?

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    October 14, 2003

    The Best Red Sportswriter

    Commie Columnist Lester Rodney's Fight for Jackie Robinson

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    January 7, 2003

    Bestselling Bigotry

    Rudy's Book Bares a Black & Latino Hit List

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    September 17, 2002
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    August 6, 2002

    Say Hey! The Results of Our Quiz

    The Winners? Brian Calandra and Willie Mays.

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    April 23, 2002

    Tackling Himself

    Jim Brown: Still Punishing After All These Years

  • Music

    March 19, 2002

    Room for the Occasion

    Working Professionals Defeat Doom on Two Benefit Comps

  • News

    June 26, 2001

    Up Against the Wall

    Handball, the City’s Most Popular Game

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    April 3, 2001

    Back on Track?

    ‘Same Old Mets’ Look Better With Age

  • NYC Life

    December 5, 2000
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    September 12, 2000

    How Venus Got Her Groove Back

    Nature vs. Nurture, and All That

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    July 4, 2000

    Hoop it Up

    Another Slammin' Summer Kicks Off at that Playground Paradise, Rucker Park

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    April 4, 2000
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    January 11, 2000

    The Century in Sports

    The Eighth Annual Village Voice Sportswriters' Poll

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    December 28, 1999

    Hit or Myth

    Examining the Legends of the World of Sports

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    August 17, 1999

    Airport '99

    Get Ready For Takeoff as the Rucker Tourney Heads For Its Final

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    March 9, 1999
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    March 9, 1999

    Legend in the Gray Flannel Suit

    Joseph Paul Dimaggio, 1914-1999

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    December 1, 1998
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    November 3, 1998