Cardboard links of the weekOctober 22, 2009
I recently got a chance to meet Jere Smith, coauthor of the Red Sox-themed mystery novel Dirty Water and creator of the Red Sox Fan from Pinstripes Territory blog, and he gave me a great handmade gift: a two-sided refrigerator magnet made out of 1977 baseball cards (Pete Redfern on one side and Buzz Capra on the other). Check out his page on Etsy, where you can buy a two-sided baseball card magnet to order. You want to pin your parking tickets and fingerpainting efforts to the fridge with the help of Bob Apodaca and Biff Pocoroba? Just ask him. You want a magnet to reflect the war inside you between the divine and the satanic, with Jim Gott on one side and Tim Teufel on the other? He can make that happen, too (I think). And for cheap. (Just don’t ask for any Yankees.)
And while we’re talking about buying stuff, I have to mention something else that’s got me really excited: the introduction into the Strat-O-Matic universe of a set of cards reflecting the abilities of Negro League stars. Baseball historian Scott Simkus, the brains and elbow grease behind the prodigious effort it took to commit an accurate representation of these players in the alternate baseball universe so many of us know and love, talks on his blog about the factors that allowed him to bring his dream to life. I for one can’t wait to start using the new cards in combination with other cards from bygone days (e.g., Lefty Grove, meet Josh Gibson) to envision a game that should have been. A better game.
And finally, in honor of yesterday’s fortieth anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s passing, here’s the man reading a poem about a fellow genius of joy gone too soon: