Baseball’s Lost Ballparks

Baseball’s Lost Ballparks

In this post, I’ve compiled a number of short videos honoring some of Major League Baseball’s old time stadiums and ballparks. There’s a definite mythology to baseball that’s unique in the sports world. Whereas most sports are thinly veiled re-enactments of war or the sex act (i.e. the coordinated and merciless spermatozoan assault on the egg in the form of a goal, an end zone, or a basket), baseball’s attraction is more philosophical and spiritual. Unlike the other sports, the objective in baseball is not to break through your enemy’s defenses and humiliate them by thrusting yourself into their territory. It’s to return from whence you started – home. Baseball lends itself to poetry and nostalgia in a way that other sports cannot. And lest I wax too nostalgic myself, it’s not all idealism and purity. There are ugly aspects to the game as well – the ban on black players until 1947, the psychopathy of Ty Cobb, the politics involved in keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame, and above all, the over commercialization which has homogenized the game into practical irrelevancy. It’s little wonder that baseball’s nostalgia extends to the old parks where the game was once played – Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Old Comiskey, Forbes Field, and now the old Yankee Stadium. The only uniformity in these parks were that the bases were 90 feet apart. What follows are a collection of short videos honoring and chronicling some of baseball’s great (and not so great) old time ballparks. Videos of Baseball’s Old Time Parks     Crosley Field   The Polo Grounds   Griffith Stadium   Yankee Stadium         Cleveland Municipal Stadium   Shibe...

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KL Tower Jump – What Are We Not Capable Of?

KL Tower Jump – What Are We Not Capable Of?

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a nearly 1400 foot (421 meters) building in Malaysia. It’s been the site of the KL Tower International Jump for the last two years (October) where more than 100 base jumpers hurl themselves off the tower and parachute (hopefully) to safety. The video below is footage shot and compiled by Scotty Rogers and Andy Lewis of the MrSlackline YouTube channel. Some pretty amazing stuff – and I was particularly struck by Rogers’ commentary at the very end of the video regarding human potential.     Update – KL Tower Jump Footage   Here’s a second video from the same jump with some incredible footage. Enjoy!...

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Fight Back Against Bad Days – Bear Bryant

Fight Back Against Bad Days – Bear Bryant

One of the great lessons of trying to live under the Renaissance flag is the realization that life doesn’t always feel that way. Yes, life is magical and wonderful and marvelous and, according to the Yiddish proverb, “the greatest bargain” since we get all this for nothing. But some days, try as you might, that mystical feeling of oneness just isn’t there. Or worse, it all seems like a bad joke. Some days, your carefully constructed inner mansion (or inner Alexandria) suffers some kind of natural disaster or missile attack or salacious, high profile crime, and calls into question all your feel-good assumptions. When those days come – and they will – here’s a quote to keep in mind. It comes from the great college football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant: “There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.” The hell with lemonade. Here’s to staying strong and fighting back when life pelts you with lemons (or rocks). Now it’s your turn – when did YOU fight back when life knocked you down? I’d love to hear the story....

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Swimming Pool Basketball Dunks

Swimming Pool Basketball Dunks

Last week, Chris over at Blogging with Badger posted a cool video of swimming pool basketball dunks. I found another one put together by a group of kids from Utah (poolballmasters) and have embedded it below. The great Massachusetts poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977), in his poem Waking Early Sunday Morning wrote: O to break loose. All life’s grandeur is something with a girl in summer . . . But then again, maybe he didn’t grow up with a kick-ass swimming pool, some crazy friends, and an Imagine Dragons soundtrack. Enjoy . ....

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Nik Wallenda’s Walk Across Little Colorado Gorge

Nik Wallenda’s Walk Across Little Colorado Gorge

Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda – of Niagra Falls fame – successfully walked across the Little Colorado Gorge in Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park on Sunday, June 23, 2013 (broadcast on the Discovery Channel). That’s a 1400 foot long walk over a 1500 foot canyon. GrindTV has the details of the walk. While I don’t share Wallenda’s theology – or his recreational pursuits, for that matter – this guy is an amazing reminder of what we, at our best (and craziest) are capable of. Here’s the full video . . ....

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