Clark Booth on Sports

The second in a season-long series of reflections on the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox season of 1967.

It has seemingly become a staple of the fable, something, if you weren’t around then, you might smile about and wonder why it was such a... Read more

Summer peaks, and so with it should baseball be peaking. But 2017 is not your ordinary season. While ostensibly booming financially – ever the foremost consideration – fundamental questions about how the game is being played, including some challenges... Read more

While you’re off on the beach for a couple of weeks, stuff keeps happening on the relentless merry-go-round of contemporary sport. The games never sleep. No sense trying to catch up, let alone the need. But here are a couple of highlights, or... Read more

Earlier this month, an obscure and undistinguished spare part of the Cincinnati Reds named Scooter Gennett took an illustrious seat in baseball history right alongside the fabled likes of Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, and Willie Mays. Scooter hit four home... Read more

On the eve of summer, winter finally ends. The skates are hung up, sneakers stashed away. Seasons that once routinely ended around Easter now drag on to the ides of June. But all good things come to an end. The winter games, having long... Read more

The seasons crunch, these days. Spring rolls into summer, bringing  with it a flood of pre football-season annuals, dope-books, treasure troves of analytics, and if you’ve checked out much of it (proof of being the proud possessor of an idle mind, by... Read more

Tradition, a rather precious thing in this space, obliges a close look at the baseball season as the first checkpoint – the Memorial Day weekend heralding the nearness  of summer – comes and goes. And, with roughly 30 percent of the regular season... Read more

Whining about injuries is lame. No cliché in sports more swiftly induces a more profound wince than the timeless observation that “injuries are part of the game.” That would be for every game, even tiddlywinks.  So, what else is new?

The point... Read more

Money! Follow the money. It’s all about the money. Money makes the world go round. Money talks and you know what walks. In Baseball, the color of money is ugly.

The subject of money suffocates the game. You can’t talk about baseball without... Read more

In retrospect, how much more can we make of the curious stretch of “old-fashioned baseball” the Red Sox and Orioles recently featured in successive meetings? Probably nothing, says I.  More than enough has already been sputtered, too much of it dumb... Read more

Things in our fragile sporting world can flip-flop willy-nilly in April, which, as we are again reminded painfully, oft tends to be the cruelest of the months. What a difference a fortnight makes.

Seems like only yesterday that hockey pundits... Read more

The second in a season-long series of reflections on the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox season of 1967.

From Winter Haven there had been hints of optimism with veiled suggestions maybe something interesting might be up with the 1967 Red Sox... Read more

Having scratched clawed, wiggled, and blustered their way into the two-month Stanley Cup festival, the Bruins now strive to see if they can last more than a week.

The smart money says: Don’t bet the ranch on it. Just making this tourney, rightly... Read more

This marks roughly the 40th consecutive year that the NCAA basketball tourney has come and gone without any acknowledgment in this space aside from the sort of disparaging remarks I’m about to spew.

The basketball may be terrific but the pretext... Read more

Baseball is back! The waning days of spring training having arrived, the crocuses are primed to sprout and the voice of the turtle rises across the land. It happens every spring.

As do the lame efforts of everyone in this dodge to tell you what’... Read more

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