Karate Dad

Dad And The Magical Elixir

Dad kept an old bottle of booze in the pantry when we were growing up. He never drank from it. It was for medicinal purposes. If he smashed his thumb and it turned into a mangled, pulsating lump he could pour the booze on it to relieve the swelling. He smashed a lot of thumbs…

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Billy Loses Phil Collins’ Number

A man authorities are calling “Billy” has been frantically searching for British pop singer Phil Collins since April. Billy, you may recall, was asked by Mr. Collins in 1985 not to lose his number. After nearly 30 years Billy lost the number, and he is trying to get in touch with Collins so he can…

Snodgrass

Snodgrass

This short story by Mike Sajovie appears in “Sleigh Bells and Muckrakers” (copyright 2013). The italicized portions were borrowed from Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” – an American poem that was published in 1888. J. Lewis Snodgrass was a self-proclaimed journalist who challenged baseball owners to change their ways or face dire consequences.…

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A House Talks About Family Trees

On my door hangs an American flag that ripples like gentle waves on warm summer days. Inside there are things. Things made by people, much like the flag on my door. The bookcase has little square cubicles for laying paperbacks and textbooks flat. A myriad of streets and hamlets that tell stories about faraway lands.…

Sprite Boy & Santa Claus

Beloved Coke Mascot May Have Been A Pepsi Drinker

The average person born after 1940 believes that a sprite is a supernatural, elf-like creature who lives in the woods and consumes more carbonated beverages than 75% of all European nations. Sprite Boy, the silver-haired icon from 1940s Coca-Cola advertising, helped increase sales for the soft drink giant during WWII. But did his heart beat…

Chet

Will Chet Get To 2nd Base?

Chet spent several years in the minors bouncing from team to team. He was primarily a shortstop, but would occasionally switch to 2nd base. The night before a game against St. Paul he got a call from Lester, the manager. “I may need you to play 2nd base tomorrow. I’ll call you in the morning…

Duane Kuiper

Duane Kuiper*

40 years ago a major league career began in Cleveland. I originally published this story on this website in March, 2013. As a kid growing up in Cleveland in the 1970s I dreamed of two things happening. One, the Cleveland Indians would make it to the World Series. And two, my favorite player would make the highlight…