Inside Pitch Magazine, September/October 2021

From the Publisher: My Lists

By Keith Madison, Publisher of Inside Pitch Magazine and Chairman of the ABCA Board of Directors

Cool Papa Bell stretching to make a catch with his gloveI’m a list guy. I’ve always been a list guy. It’s not one of my character flaws, but procrastination is. That’s why I need to make lists. I go through a couple of legal pads each year making lists. Since I’m sort of “into” making lists, I thought I would share some of my favorite non-work lists:

Favorite Baseball Movies
  1. The Natural
  2. Field of Dreams
  3. The Sandlot
  4. 61
  5. 42

Favorite Baseball Players
(seen in person)
  1. Nolan Ryan
  2. Tom Seaver
  3. Pete Rose
  4. Johnny Bench
  5. Willie Mays

Favorite Baseball Players
(never seen in person but seen on TV)
  1. Mickey Mantle
  2. Harmon Killebrew
  3. Bob Gibson
  4. Sandy Koufax
  5. Roberto Clemente

Favorite MLB Stadiums
(seen in person)
  1. Crosley Field
  2. Wrigley Field
  3. Fenway Park
  4. Camden Yard
  5. Dodger Stadium

Favorite Baseball Songs
  1. Boys of Summer (I know, this is a stretch but the video is great)
  2. Centerfield
  3. Take Me Out To The Ballgame
  4. Cheap Seats
  5. Glory Days

Favorite Baseball Books
  1. Game Six
  2. Lefty
  3. Boys of Summer
  4. The Last Boy
  5. A Painted House

Favorite Major League Uniforms
  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Montreal Expos
  4. New York Yankees
  5. Baltimore Orioles

Favorite Ballpark Food
  1. Hot Dog
  2. Nachos
  3. Peanuts
  4. Cheeseburger
  5. Ice Cream

Favorite MLB Nicknames
  1. Cool Papa Bell (James Bell)
  2. The Toy Cannon (Jimmy Wynn)
  3. Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose)
  4. Oil Can Boyd (Dennis Boyd)
  5. Walt No Neck Williams (Walt Williams)
  6. The Penguin (Ron Cey)
  7. The Big Hurt (Frank Thomas)
  8. The Say Hey Kid (Willie Mays)
  9. The Splendid Splinter (Ted Williams)
  10. Crime Dog (Fred McGriff)
(Sorry, couldn’t stop at five)

Favorite Characters in Baseball
  1. Bob Uecker
  2. Yogi Berra
  3. John Kruk
  4. Ricky Henderson
  5. Casey Stengel

Favorite Baseball Publication
  1. Inside Pitch Magazine

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