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The Desert Fox. Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Desert Fox. Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Long week. Potpourri:

  • From Old Time Family Baseball, a pic of Jim Thome as a young 'un.
  • Another pick from way back when, this immediately after the 1906 World Series. Thats Nick Altrock (yeah, I want his name, too. It's almost like Dave Hiphop), who possesses and interesting little biography. I like this excerpt: "Along with Minnie Minoso, Altrock is the only player to appear in a game in five different decades. He is one of six players in major league history to play a game after age 50. The others are Satchel Paige, Minnie Minoso, Jim O'Rourke, Charley O'Leary and Jack Quinn."
  • Some catcher links: Three catchers on on their responsibilities, from Chiburb. Here's a follow-up from the same author. Then, to open more worm cans, a link shared by larry on the Right Rail. For once, I didn't really explore that one too deeply. Tell me how it goes
  • Oh, great. The Cubs discovered PITCHf/x. It's a little more complicated than that, of course. Here's a short video explanation. I would not at all be surprised, if they find success in the near future, to be subjected to copious and horrible amounts of Cubbie love over this marketing and market inefficiency. You have been warned.
  • The making of that great Simpsons' episode, Homer at the Bat.
  • Also great: whenever I hear "great team chemistry" from here on out, I'll be thinking of this.
  • On this day in 1941, Grace Comiskey, daughter-in-law of Charles, was elected as president of the White Sox. After doing a quick related search, found this interesting sort-of-recent piece about Grace Patricia Ryan Samfillippo, a Comiskey-by-blood.
  • Lastly, this article is too short. Read this, about baseball at San Quentin Prison, if you read nothing else.