Laughing Through Life: May 23, 2012

Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

The Major League Baseball season is now in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series champions.

Life is good.

As you are probably aware by now, I am a huge baseball fan and I especially enjoy the history of the game.

I enjoy reading how past ballplayers from the lates 1800s to early 1900s jumped trains from one city to the next to play for teams such as the Brooklyn Superbas, Grand Rapids Shamrocks, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, and the Jersey City Skeeters.

I also enjoy reading the exploits of Pepper Martin and the 1930s Ganghouse Gang as well as other Great Depression era characters, including KiKi Cuyler, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, and Hank Greenberg.

And don’t forget the Negro Leagues. I’ve enjoyed reading about Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Buck O’Neil, and Gus Greenlee.

From the past to the present, I truly love the game of baseball.

As I started to write this, I was planning on presenting my all-time baseball team. I was going to name the best player at each position throughout the course of baseball history.

But that has been done to death. Every sports columnist, blogger, and media outlet has done that. I’m not into re-hashing the same arguments, so instead I’m presenting, for the first time in space and history, my all-time-weird-cool-funny-and-any-other-adjective-you-can-think-of baseball team. Without further ado…

Catcher: Some of the all-time catchers are Johhny Bench, Yogi Berra, Mickey Cochrane, Roy Campanella, and Mike Piazza.

Eh, you can have them. I’m picking Moe Berg — the only Major League ballplayer whose baseball card is on display at the headquarters of the CIA.

Berg retired after an average to below-average 15-year career. But the cool thing about him was that he was a spy during World War II.

Berg, a brilliant and eccentric person, was a spy for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was a predecessor of the CIA. It was said of him that he could “speak a dozen languages but couldn’t hit in any of them.”

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