Archive for the 'Wiffle Ball' Category

San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock, and a Third-Place Baseball Team with Lincoln Mitchell

Special Roundtable Guests: Jennifer Blowdryer and Kenneth Sherrill

A wide-ranging conversation touching on San Francisco in the 1970s, George Moscone, Harvey Milk, Dan White, urban America, political campaigns, city government, the San Francisco Giants leaving the city, segregation, diversity, bubbles, Dianne Feinstein, Jello Biafra, the Dead Kennedys, the punk rock scene, Joe Dirt, East Bay Ray, David Peel, the 1978 Giants, being a gay elected official in the 1970s, and Reggie Jackson’s role in reforming the judiciary.


Lincoln Mitchell is an adjunct associate professor of Political Science at Columbia University, where he also serves as an associate scholar in the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.  He has authored many books on the former Soviet states, democracy, and baseball, including Baseball Goes West: How the Giants and Dodgers Shaped the Major Leagues and Will Big League Baseball Survive.  He has also written extensively about San Francisco’s history in Instant City, Roads and Kingdoms, Parts Unknown and the New York Observer.

Jennifer Blowdryer got her name from singing in The Blowdryer in 1978.  They played in San Francisco at the Mabuhay Gardens and The Deaf Club.  She published her first book, Modern English, a photo-illustrated trendy slang dictionary with Last Gasp in 1984, and moved to New York City the same year on a fellowship to the Columbia Writing Division.  She just finished a new album called She’s Got The Weirdness, and her next book is slated for Spring 2020, with Pedestrian Press, working title of The 86ed Project.

Kenneth Sherrill is Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the City University of New York graduate school.  In 1977, he became the first openly gay elected official in New York.  He is the author of Power, Policy and Participation, as well as Gays and the Military.  His current book in progress, Identity and Consciousness in LGBT Political Behavior, is expected to be completed next year.  Ken is also the author of articles, papers and reviews in various scholarly journals.


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Speak Easy Series:  Chad Harbach & Friends on "The Art of Fielding" -- Q&A

Chad Harbach, author of "The Art of Fielding," in conversation with Cara Cannella, his literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb, and Sports Illustrated baseball editor Stephen Cannella

November 3, 2011 in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

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"New York Mets: 50 Amazing Seasons" with Matthew Silverman

New York Mets fan/author/expert Matthew Silverman selects the Top 50 Mets of all-time. "New York Mets: 50 Amazing Seasons - The Complete Illustrated History" brings to life a half-century of Mets baseball. This beautiful book tells the complete story of the franchise, including season-by-season recaps, profiles of the great players and characters, and behind-the-scenes stories through the decades.

This book -- and evening -- is guaranteed to give you the time of your life.

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A grandson honors his grandfather...

Bruce Murray, Sr. was one of the premier sports photographers of the 1920's. His grandson, Shawn, now runs the family photo archive, featuring many of the game's greatest legends. Join Shawn in this special, memory-filled event.

A number of limited-edition baseball photographs printed directly from the original glass plate negatives are available for purchase at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. Or, contact Shawn directly at and mention that the Clubhouse Podcast sent you.

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The story of the first "professional" baseball player... "Lipman Pike" with Richard Michelson.

A unique book, illustrated by award-winning Zachary Pullen.

A story of immigrant life in 19th-century Brooklyn, baseball's early years, prejudice, assimilation, family, America.

It's a beautiful game. And this is a beautiful story.

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"Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game"

Join award-winning Haiku poet Cor van den Heuvel for an interesting and enlightening evening in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

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"Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time" with Sean Manning and Esquire Magazine's Scott Raab. A fascinating book and discussion that went down unexpected paths...

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On Wednesday June 2, 2010, the Clubhouse hosted Michael Hermann, author of Wiffle Ball: The Ultimate Guide, and special guest Rob Piervinanzi.  In an interview led by Rich Ackerman, we are carried through the original backyard wiffle ball games to today's burgeoning professional sport.

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