In the interest of simplicity, and Lazy Sunditis, I present another select few links. Nothing mind-blowing, but all solid, interesting reads. We have been blessed with outstanding White Sox baseball coverage and commentary these days, and I certainly don't mean to interrupt the flow of that. However, since I enjoy a small audience on Sundays, I will continue to happily share my findings. If that means the omelette-encrusted dishes remain dirty and the grass grows unchecked this Memorial Day weekend, so be it.
First, from the not-too-distant past, an A-Rod piece from SeamHeads, chronicling his first few years playing professional baseball, beginning in 1994. There are some especially candid quotes in there that I had not expected from His Rodness, but it doesn't seem like his personality has changed at all.
I would think most of us here are impressed by durable pitchers. And, of course, the issue of pitch counts and starters taking the hill on three days' rest will come up sporadically during the season, with one announcer or another calling modern day players pansies, in so many words. However, this retrospective really does shine a light into the depths of old-school durability, as Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal dueled for 16 innings back in 1963.
Did you know that only two major leaguers were killed in action while serving in WWII? Now you do. Elmer Gedeon, an outfielder for the Senators, was shot down over France while piloting his 13th mission. Catcher Harry O'Neill, a Marine, was killed on Iwo Jima. O'Neill had only played in one game for the Philadelphia A's, but he still qualifies. There are a ton of other minor league and amateur players that died while in service to our country, and that's quite the website Bedingfield runs over there. If you get a few minutes, just get lost in that in memoriam section. Those are not happy stories, but often humbling and sometimes uplifting.
Finally, as we like to remember some White Sox winning ways, here's some newspaper coverage of the 1906 Sox victory over the Cubs in the World Series. It's great to look at those play-by-plays (in good detail, too) and imagine the times. However, they are kind of fuzzy, so here's the box score from that final game.