January 26, 2000
Winter Rookie Draft

Michel Camdessus

Samuel Delany

David Ditzel

Kiko Korea

Fred Meeks

Jessica Sklar

Nicola Willoughby

Despite the ferocious East coast weather the Winter Rookie Draft selections took place as scheduled. The draft netted sixteen players and almost all of them are 20th century personalities. The players drafted today are entered into the Cosmic Baseball Association's Instructional Development environment for a year and from there they have a shot at landing a spot on a roster for the next cosmic season (2001.)

Rookie Draftee Description
Botstein, Leon College President
Camdessus. Michel IMF Managing Director
Delany. Samuel Writer
Ditzel, David Business Executive
Funk, Casimir Biochemist
Guthrie, Janice Automobile Racer
Kerrey, Lindsay Senator's Daughter
Korea, Kiko Buddhist Sex Witch
Meeks, Fred United States Soldier
Moxley, Martha Murder Victim
Persky, Lester Advertising/Movie Executive
Sedgwick, Francis Artist
Sklar, Jessica Public Relations
Starrett, Danny Serial Rapist-Killer
Willoughby, Nicola Beauty Contestant
Zapruder, Abraham Home Movie-Maker

January 24, 2000

The Speed City Velocitors are a a new cosmic team created on January 23, 2000. It is a team of vehicles significant to the history of transportation, representing five millennia of human endeavor on land, on the sea, and in the air. The team is owned by the wheel, a legendary figure in transportation circles. The general manager is the internal combustion engine, the power source for most vehicles currently in operation. The Panama Canal and Appian Way serve as coach and field manager respectively.

The Velocitors are the charge of Angela Gunn, a journalist occasionally in motion and generally at rest at www.agunn.com. She spends much of her spare time listening for train whistles and seeking passage on the legendary slow boat to China. The Velocitors will be active during the 2000 season in the Cosmic Underleague.

January 21, 2000

Anna Marie Kersade has published her third book of poems called The Sound of Music Underwater. A few selections from the book published by Freshwater Press in Portland, Maine are available online at the Cosmic Baseball Association's website. (click here.).

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January 16, 2000
Group Protests "Vestal Virgins" Team Name

A group of Norwegian women have issued a formal protest over the use of the name "Vestal Virgins" for the Cosmic Baseball Association's team of interesting women. The group, calling itself the Virgin Independent Rights Group in Norway, sent an email to the Cosmic Baseball Association on January 10. The group's paramount objection is that with the possible exception of Virgin thirdbasewoman Emily Dickinson, none of the current team players could possibly be considered virgins. Writes Solveig Rygh, identified as a co-chairperson of the Norwegian group, "Having a team populated by the likes of Isadora Duncan, June Miller, Courtney Love and Frances Farmer and then presuming to call that team the 'Vestal Virgins' is at best misleading and at worst disrespectful to women who value the concept of virginity." According to the email Ms. Rygh's group promotes sexual virginity as a means to spiritual enlightenment. Her group, which has over one hundred members, is active in the Norwegian art underground.

In an email response to Ms. Rygh and her colleagues, the Cosmic Baseball Association acknowledged their concerns but made it clear that the CBA has no intention of altering the name of the Vestal Virgins cosmic baseball team.

January 9, 2000
Eden Bohemians Draft ALFRED DE MUSSET

The Eden Bohemians deactivated Joyce Maynard, last season's rookie leftfielder and a problem-child on the team. Now they have replaced Maynard with the French romantic poet and playwright, Alfred de Musset (1810-1857). Born of educated parents Musset graduated college with honors in 1827. Originally he thought about becoming a doctor but he couldn't handle the dissecting lab so he turned to art. After studying painting briefly he began writing. Musset wrote of love and passion and his autobiographical novel Confession of a Child of the Century (1836) is an account of his unhappy two-year love affair with the writer George Sand.

The Bohemians found Musset playing baseball in the parks of Paris. He is supposed to be a skilled batsman and a good outfielder with an above-average throwing arm. And while he might not be as pesky as Maynard he does have an edge. Consider the following quote attributed to de Musset by Cesar Grana in his book Bohemian versus Bourgeois: "Damned be the Family and Society. Cursed be the Home and Cursed be the City. Damnation upon the Motherland." French players always play ball with great passion.

January 8, 2000
Major League Baseball Website Standings

For the third year in a row the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance has produced a report on the number of websites related to Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. For the third year in a row the New York Yankees of the American League lead all MLB teams with 70 websites. The Atlanta Braves lead the National League teams with 59 websites. (There seems to be a relationship between World Series appearances and the number of related websites.)

Overall the total number of MLB team sites is down from the prior year. In addition to the team standings the report includes some data on search engines and an expanded list of 30 recommended baseball sites on the World Wide Web.

January 7, 2000
Paradise Pisces Sign MARION BARRY

The Paradise Pisces drafted the controversial former mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry, as a replacement for the deactivated Pat Coulson. Barry, a rookie left-handed pitcher, has, according to the scouting reports, a wicked fastball (clocked at over 100 miles per hour).

Born March 6, 1936 in the conservative bible-belt Black south, Barry achieved political fame as the dynamic mayor of the District of Columbia and then notoriety when law enforcement officials videotaped him and a girlfriend using cocaine in a hotel room.

Barry served four terms as mayor and a six-month term in federal prison. He first arrived in Washington in 1965 as a civil rights activist and member of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC owns the CBA's Psychedelphia Woodstockings). In 1971 he was elected to the school board and in 1977 while a member of the City Council he was shot in the chest by radical extremists who had seized part of a D.C. government building. He was elected to his first term as mayor in 1978.

In describing Barry's political career during the 1970s, Washington Post reporter Milton Coleman wrote in 1979 that Barry had transformed himself from "chief rabble rouser to consummate politician." In 1969 when the United States put astronauts on the moon, Barry asked, "Why should Blacks rejoice when two white Americans land on the moon?" Ten years later, as a mayor, Barry had learned a more diplomatic approach to political change and he became the dominant force in D.C. politics.

In January 1990 law enforcement agencies arranged a "sting" operation that caught the mayor in a hotel room snorting cocaine. He received a six-month jail sentence that he began serving in October 1990. Despite the criminal behavior and the persistent reports of his womanizing, Barry was re-elected mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1994.

Barry was one of the first Black activists to lead a major city in the United States and the Pisces are hoping that his contribution to the team will be as dynamic as his political leadership.

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January 4, 2000
CHELSEA CLINTON- Season 2000 Plate

Chelsea Clinton joined the Cosmic Baseball Association for the 1997 cosmic season as a pitcher for the Paradise Pisces. She pitched for 2 years and accumulated a very good earned run average but a not-so-hot won-loss record. In 1999 she was named the Pisces' general manager and along with Pisces field manager Anais Nin she rebuilt the team so that it included only players born between February 19 and March 20.

Chelsea will be 20 on February 27 and she has begun to emerge from behind the protective wall her parents erected during her adolescence which was spent mostly as the "first daughter" of the United States. While Clinton detractors like to disparage her appearance she is regarded by many as a mature and thoughtful young woman.

January 1, 2000
Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our friends and members. While the Cosmic Baseball Association does not recognize the year 2000 as the first year of the third millennium, but rather the last year of the second millennium, we do recognize that this new year and the different characters used to represent it are cause for excitement. And, now, of course, preparation for the third millennium can begin in earnest. We hope the new year will be fruitful for you, our friends and members, and that its potential will be realized as the days and weeks and months unfold.

Below is a brief list of important cosmic baseball dates for this year.

Year 2000 Events

January 26
Winter Rookie Draft

February 11
Board of Directors Winter Meetings
Pismo Beach, California

March 15
Opening Day, Season 2000
Alphatown Ionians @ Paradise Pisces

June 28
Summer Rookie Draft

July 20
Board of Directors Summer Meetings
Damariscotta , Maine

September 22
Regular Season 2000 Ends

October 1
Subleague Series

October 9
CBA's 19th Anniversary

Board of Directors Fall Meetings
Groton, Massachusetts

November 23
Cosmic Universal Series XIX

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