In 2019, beloved baseball player David Ortiz was shot at a bar in the Dominican Republic. The shooting swiftly unraveled the two very different lives the Boston Red Sox star had been living, in Boston and in his home country. Mike Damiano masterfully tells Ortiz’s story for Boston magazine. That frenzied quest for answers has […]
How ‘Sex and the City’ Sent Me Down a Fake Baseball Rabbit Hole
“Lots of shows and movies include snippets of fake sports broadcasts as background noise. Yet this one had sounded conspicuously real. Instead of simply rattling off a score, the broadcast had included just the right level of specificity, all the textured banality of a random at bat. There seemed to be a whole booth involved […]
I Had a Chance to Travel Anywhere. Why Did I Pick Spokane?
“After 18 months of pandemic parenting isolation, the writer Jon Mooallem knew just where the cure might lie: a minor-league baseball game in eastern Washington.”
The Incredible Story of Ray Caldwell, the MLB Pitcher Who Survived a Lightning Strike to Finish a Game
“Caldwell is on his back, arms spread wide, out cold on the mound. The lightning strike had hit him directly.”
The Story of Honoring Negro League History and a Search for Buried Treasure
“But the numbers will never tell the true story of the Negro Leagues. They just won’t. For me, it is about context. I don’t want the legend of these athletes to ever die.”
Little League, Revisited
Adam Kuhlmann was outmatched at the 1993 Little League World Series. His 11-year-old nephew helps him to learn from his errors.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Baseball Reading List
Jacqueline Alnes mines personal memory as she examines baseball’s culture, its hidden histories, and the gender and disparities in the game today.
Home Field Disadvantage
What will it take to get women’s baseball the recognition it deserves?
There’s No Discrimination in Baseball!
Historically pushed toward softball, Baseball for All keeps young girls in the game.
How American Women’s Pro Baseball Kept Lesbians in the Closet
“Play like a man, look like a lady.” At Narratively, Britni de la Cretaz looks at the history of lesbianism in early pro women’s baseball and at the beautiful love stories that the movie “A League of Their Own” chose to ignore.