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August 20, 2017

Jerry Lewis always had a soft spot for baseball. As a kid, his hero was New York Giants Hall of Fame first baseman, Bill Terry. Memphis Bill put big league dreams in the head of little Joseph Levitch. Despite idolizing Terry, Joey/Jerry used a Lou Gehrig model mitt whi...

June 1, 2017


            It’s all so improbable, he thought, the last season ending like his first....

September 6, 2016

He’s been there from the beginning. In fact, he was there before the beginning. Vincent Edward Scully, “Vin.” The hackneyed phrase “dulcet tones” was created for him. That voice, ringing clear and coupled with deep intelligent analysis and historical perspective brough...

July 30, 2016

I first started sending letters out for autographs in 1970. Why, I don’t know? My family didn’t collect, I didn’t have a single autograph to my name, but I had this urge to write to my favorite players. I was 7, almost 8, and I had no idea how it was done.

It seemed to...

July 22, 2016

I love the feel of cards. Not modern glossy cards and definitely not those uber-glossy, oily mid-‘90’s cards that stick together when stacked! I hate those.

In 1998 I started working on the 1963 Fleer set. It seemed easy to put together from scratch, a 66 card set with...

July 14, 2016

Celebrity obsessions bewilder me. I can’t fathom deeply caring about Princess Di, Michael Jackson or O.J. Simpson. The Simpson murder case was something I was well aware of, impossible to avoid, but none of it really mattered to me, until I watched all of O.J.: Made in...

July 10, 2016

I don’t know how I got obsessed with Julius Erving. If I had to guess, I’d guess that Newsday gave the local kid some press in his rookie year with the Virginia Squires, 1971-72, and we moved from Canarsie to Lake Grove, right in the middle of Suffolk County, in Decemb...

July 4, 2016

I was 12 and obsessed. It seemed like every day, sometimes 3, 4, 5, 6 times a day, I would do it and each time was fast. By the time I was done I felt a little guilty, totally unsatisfied and thought that maybe I shouldn’t have or, at least, waited another day. It was...

March 2, 2016

Is it the movies or is it me? Seems like virtually everything I watch, even movies I like, are instantly forgettable.


How many of you can name a significant percentage of the Best Picture nominees for 2015? I had to look them up. I saw them all and the only one that ha...

February 19, 2016

We all have our biases.  All of us. When you hear someone say they’re not on any side know they’re full of it. It’s what we do with our prejudices that matters. I know as Mayor of Cooperstown that there are people who say I often decide before I hear public opinion, th...

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Mission of Complex is written by Jeff about his oldest son Nate, now an adult with autism and a professional artist.  At times heartbreaking, inspiring and funny, the story of Jeff and his wife Karen's unexpected life with autism has helped many families who have stopped in to read on one families experiences.



Rock and roll history is filled with near-misses, accidental deaths and roads not


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stories about what would’ve happened had it, well, happened. Kris Kristofferson


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