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  1. Ex-umpire calls them like he sees them in biography

    Umpiring, Doug Harvey writes in his autobiography, “is like a disease.”

    Hooked at an early age, Harvey umpired for 31 major-league seasons and 4,673 games and “loved every minute of it.” He was the ninth umpire to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Hank O’ Day became No. 10 in 2013). Notified by the Society for American Baseball Research that he was voted the second best umpire of all-time behind Bill Klem, Harvey’s response was typical.

    “Dig him ...
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  2. The Sports Bookie -- Unearthing a Bucs treasure

    You can hunt, plan, scheme and prepare to find some interesting memorabilia. But sometimes, it falls into your lap unexpectedly.

    Case in point: I was browsing through the classifieds of the Tampa Tribune (yes, newspapers still have classified advertising), and saw a listing for baseball cards on sale. A box of 900 cards, $50 takes it. I call and the woman who answers the telephone tells me, yes, there are lots of 1970s and ’80s cards in the box, with some “name” stars. Drool. So ...
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  3. 1939: When two girls played in a high school football game

    Harbeson Field in the Florida Panhandle town of DeFuniak Springs was buzzing with anticipation on the night of Oct. 27, 1939. Certainly, the hometown Walton High School Braves were generating their usual excitement — coach Dwight “Ox” Clark was fielding another competitive football team that season — but there was some added excitement as the home squad prepared to face Blountstown.

    For the first time in Florida, a girl would trot onto the field and play. ...

    Updated 10-27-2013 at 11:37 PM by bdangelo

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  4. The Sports Bookie -- Taking a look at Pope Benedict XVI cards

    The world was stunned Monday by the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he would be resigning as pontiff — the first to do so since 1415. The 85-year-old pope cited his age as a factor for stepping down. The scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years also may have played a part, but I am not going to speculate about that.

    What I do find interesting is that card companies have included the pope in several releases since he took office in April ...
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  5. The Sports Bookie -- Taking a look at Pope Benedict XVI cards

    The world was stunned Monday by the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he would be resigning as pontiff — the first to do so since 1415. The 85-year-old pope cited his age as a factor for stepping down. The scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years also may have played a part, but I am not going to speculate about that.

    What I do find interesting is that card companies have included the pope in several releases since he took office in April ...
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