Timeline – 1997 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, May 18, 1997.

This gag was inspired by a book I read when my son was playing baseball – League League Confidential by Bill Geist.  Here is a review of that book from Pulisher’s Weekly on May 4, 1992.

This Little League coach’s account of his woes, travails and soul storms in the course of one season is side-splitting. Geist, a CBS News correspondent, lives in Ridgewood, N.J., where he has shepherded preadolescents on the diamond for nine years and, to his amazement, has survived. He describes the draft system for securing players and a shrewd angle-worker who rigged the system. He analyzes the four major types of coaches: “It’s only a game, so let’s just have fun” (the nerd, according to the kids); “Win or I’ll kill you” (the asshole, according to the kids); “We’re here to build character, to learn life’s lessons” (the despicable preacher, according to Geist); “I pick the kids with the best-looking mothers” (attribution superfluous). He writes of the games, with pitchers flinging balls three feet over the batters’ heads, outfielders aiming for third base but throwing to first and a few tyros who are actually good. For anyone in need of a good laugh.

Spring Training

In the Northeast, the snow is finally start to melt and spring is less than a week away. It’s time to oil up the mitt and stretch out the old throwing arm in the back yard.

Here is a Sunday page from 2008 in which Coach Flagston is trying to get his Little League team in shape for the season.

Opening Night

Although baseball games were played after sundown as far back as the 1880s, the first Major League contest held at night was at Crosley Field in Cincinnati on May 24, 1935 between the Reds and the Phillies.  The first nighttime All-Star game was played in Philadelphia in 1943 and the first World Series game played at night was in Pittsburgh in 1971.  Since then, both regular season and post-season afternoon games have become much less common, particularly because of the higher primetime TV ratings.