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I’m really fatigued by steroid arguments. How long has this been a hot button issue in baseball? Feels like years. To me, the most important part of this Bill James essay is the mention of his soon to be published new book. Soon, that is, if you consider next May soon.

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Pour Low The Foundation, Masons

Interesting stuff from Keith Olbermann’s blog:

Autographs, documents, confirmation of personal interaction with the late and famously reclusive author of The Catcher In The Rye (J.D. Salinger) are rare, to say the least.

But this one describes, to his World War 2 Division Commander, meeting a teenaged Carlton Fisk when he came to put in the foundation for Salinger’s home in Cornish, New Hampshire. I have no way of verifying the story (the inquiries to Fisk are out, but I only saw this thing tonight) but it offers verisimilitude: born in Maine, Fisk grew up in Charlestown, N.H., about 20 miles away from the site of the concrete in question.

I mentioned Salinger earlier this year after his passing. In W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe, Ray Kinsella kidnaps Salinger and takes him to a game at Fenway Park. Near as I can tell, the game took place in either ’78 or ’79. Mike Torrez pitches for Boston against the Twins while Don Zimmer manages. Among the Twins are Roy Smalley, Bombo Rivera, and Ken Landreaux. And while on that trip, Kinsella stops at another game where Thurman Munson was playing (Munson died in ’79.)

I could not find a game that matched Kinsella’s description perfectly. However, if that story of the baseball road trip were true, then it’s quite possible that Fisk was Torrez’s batterymate. I wonder if Salinger leaned over to Kinsella at some point and said, “You know, that young man once poured my foundation.” If I were Salinger, I would’ve name-dropped Fisk in a heartbeat.

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What Mark Read: The Maltese Falcon

Good review by my friend Mark of The Maltese Falcon. He didn’t mention the Flitcraft story, which was my favorite part of the book. Otherwise, I liked this.

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