Archive for September 2014

On a September evening, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of The Catcher Was a Spy with Nicholas Dawidoff, writer extraordinaire.

Dawidoff, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, and is currently a Branford Fellow at Yale University.  A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Fly Swatter, Dawidoff is a contributor to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone.

Listen in to Nicholas Dawidoff, a fascinating fellow, discuss his books The Catcher Was a Spy and Collision Low Crossers.  A captivating conversation in the Clubhouse...

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On an evening in June 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In all of baseball history, Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished this feat while high on LSD.

During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.

Dock was often at the forefront of controversy and was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports.

After retiring, Dock became as outspoken about his career-spanning substance abuse issues as he had been about intolerance.  He spent his last decades utilizing his brash approach as a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries.

On the eve of its theatrical release, we viewed limited footage from No No: A Dockumentary.  Listen in to the discussion that followed with director Jeffrey Radice and preeminent sports agent Tom Reich.  A fascinating evening in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse...

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