We start today with two neat links, both about diamonds. One from the present, one from the past.
The first is this article from Emma Baccelieri on the Long Time, a sandlot ballfield and performance venue in Austin with idiosyncratic rules and a deep love of the game. Home of the amateur adult-league Texas Playboys (which includes the architect of the field), the games held there raise money for local causes. A fascinating read about something I’d never heard about until today.
The other is an article at Atlas Obscura by Jonathan Goldman about the Dyckman Oval, a venue in northern Manhattan which was the center of Black Baseball in New York City until its late 1930s. Now covered by housing, playgrounds, and community center basketball courts, it’s a forgotten part of New York City’s baseball and Black history, without even a historical marker to indicate that it was once a stadium that often had people like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Fats Waller sitting in the stands. Hopefully something is done to change that.
Moving on now to what you can expect in the coming days and weeks:
- Tomorrow, there will be a tradition unlike any other; My bare-bones no-explanations-given postseason predictions.
- Reactions to the postseason.
- An incredibly stupid thing about mascots, which is to say it’ll be amazing.
- Ruminations on the ultimate baseball trip that I’d have if I had several million dollars and/or a bunch of sponsors.
- Possibly finally the first “Glick on Gaming” segment.
Thank you coming to the Baseball Continuum, see you again soon!