Mountain Man

Don “Nick” Clifford, 95, is the last living man who worked on Mount Rushmore. He was 17 years old when he joined a crew of about 400 other blue-collar workers to complete the project, which involved moving 800 million pounds of rock in total.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Rushmore’s creation, The […]

The Walking Thread: The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (S7, E1)

Spoiler warning: for anyone who hasn’t seen this episode, there are major spoilers after the jump. You have been warned.

Well, everyone who complained about how last season’s cliffhanger finale didn’t show us the gory details definitely got their fill with “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”. And then some. The gut-punch […]

Sunday Open Thread

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Albrecht Durer

Cubs vs. Indians in the World Series… the end is nigh.


Wept when it was all done ...

Jose Fernandez, still at the beginning of what figured to be a stellar career, on and off the field. Thurman Munson, at the end of a stellar career on the field, and, by all indications, on the brink of a successful real estate life off it.

Both always pursuing something seemingly a little beyond their […]

Ty Cobb — Correcting the Record

Mark Hendrickson has a great review of the above book at the Claremont of Review of Books

“The greatness of Ty Cobb,” remarked fellow Hall of Famer and former opponent, George Sisler, “was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever.” Similar statements have been made about […]

From the Trailer Park -- Spaceman

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1888 the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was published in the San Francisco Examiner.

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day; the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows […]

Wednesday Open Thread

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1915 Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.