Thursday, December 31, 2009

Who had 640.2 in the office pool?

I recorded my last run of 2009 shortly after 6 this morning, a 4¼-mile jaunt along Grandview Avenue in 15-degree weather. Just Judd Ott and me on the course; we didn't see any other runners out this morning.

Anyway, I completed the year with 640.2 miles. I covered 759 miles in 2008 and 742 in 2007. Considering that I missed virtually all of May, July and August 2009 with knee and back issues, the total is OK.

However, also considering that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to have a good year of competition, it was a disappointing season.

So, I will dust off my resolution and hope for a better season in competition -- perhaps including races longer than the 5K-5 miles I usually enter.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Do not try this at home!

I know that some people celebrate winter, but this is a little much!

Safe travels and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One fan's White Sox all-star team

Today I came across a YouTube slideshow of baseball fan avalsonline's picks for an all-time Chicago White Sox lineup. It's a fun little show, including the Sox fight song in the background.

I was glad to see that two of his starters are the subjects of my biographies, Red Faber and Ray Schalk. Though I don't claim to be an expert on White Sox history, in my opinion, these picks were for the most part solid -- lots of recognition for the old-timers -- with only a couple of questions.

Though I think Schalk deserves his place in the Hall of Fame and is under-recognized by the Sox and their fans, I wondered about Schalk and Sherman Lollar both coming in ahead of Carlton Fisk in the catcher's position. Also, Eddie Collins might deserve more recognition at second base.

Anyway, watch the slideshow and make your own judgment.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12 Colts a-drumming?

I was recruited to take part in a fun little video related to the Telegraph Herald's home-grown feature on Sunday's Current page. Here is a link.

Now, any more questions why I don't sing?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Biography takes balls -- four of 'em

From the Toot Your Own Horn Department:

My book Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography received a top rating from a reviewer on a baseball blog. Apparently it was posted nearly three months ago, but I just learned about it.

The review by Richard Coreno appears on the blog At Home Plate.

Coreno gave the biography a rating of four balls, defined as "An exceptional book that truly earns a walk straight to the local book store to get a copy."

Thanks, Mr. Coreno!