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Measure of Success

The New York TimesJanuary 26, 2009by Doug GlanvilleO.K., you got me. I didn’t get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the other week. A .277 batting average with 60 career home runs is cool, but it won’t garner you any votes unless you led the...

Badge of Honor

The New York TimesJanuary 12, 2009By Doug Glanville Every holiday season, after getting our fill of egg nog, my family and I enjoy a tradition of watching one of our favorite movies: “A Few Good Men,” starring Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, Tom...

A Gift From Puerto Rico

The New York TimesDecember 22, 2008By Doug GlanvilleI remember my father telling me the story of when he first landed in New York, having emigrated from Trinidad, West Indies. He was proud of his spanking new suitcase until he reached customs and...

Letter To A Rookie

Will Venable PETCO Park 100 Park Blvd San Diego, CA. 92101 Dear Will The other day I received an e-mail from a writer who had interviewed me a couple of years ago for Black History Month. We’d kept in touch, and he was writing to inform...

A Model Home Plate

The New York TimesDecember 10, 2008by Doug Glanville I’m Doug Glanville and my wife approved this message.Being a major league baseball player has its perks, one of which is the wide-open access you can have to celebrities in all industries. I’...

The Endless (Off-) Season

The New York TimesNovember 10, 2008by Doug Glanville The season is over; my old squad, the Philadelphia Phillies, have been crowned kings of baseball; and all is well throughout the land. But the champagne will eventually go flat, or maybe you...

Series of Dreams

The New York TimesNovember 1, 2008by Doug Glanville For Game 5 (Part 1) of the Philadelphia-Tampa Bay World Series, I had the pleasure of bringing out the ball for the first pitch, to be thrown by former Phillies great and current United...

Nice Guys Finish Last

The New York TimesOctober 16, 2008by Doug Glanville My recent prediction on a radio show that the Los Angeles Angels were the team to beat in the American League turned out to be wrong, but even when I made that statement I qualified it — it...

One September

The New York TimesSeptember 18, 2008by Doug Glanville Seven years ago this week — Sept. 17, 2001, actually — my team, the Phillies, played a key game against the Atlanta Braves inside a packed Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The electricity...

Birthday on the Bases

The New York TimesAugust 31, 2008by Doug Glanville I used to complain to my parents about my late-August birthday. Since my mom was a teacher, the family vacation took place the week before school started. So most of my early birthdays were...

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