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|March 1999 Archives|
- CURRENT NEWS AND INFORMATION
- 1999 Cosmic Season Begins (March 15)
- Joe DiMaggio Strikes Out (March 8)
- CBA Website Home Page Redesigned (March 7)
- 1999 Cosmic Players, Coaches, Managers, Owners (March 5)
- David Amram- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate (March 1)
- February 1999 News (Archive)
|March 15, 1999|
|1999 Cosmic Season Begins|
Current team standings, links to team rosters, individual player plates, and periodic statistical tables and reports will be on the 1999 Cosmic Season Main Plate. Links to posted game reports will also be available.
As CBA's 18th season begins we note that the membership numbers stand at an all time high. More cosmic player plates are available than ever before and CBA's Board of Directors is actively looking at league expansion during the new millennium. The possibility of year-round cosmic league games is also being considered. To the members and friends of the Cosmic Baseball Association: Thanks very much for your support.
Now it's time to play cosmic ball.
|March 8, 1999|
|Joe DiMaggio Strikes Out|
Ted Williams once said, "DiMaggio even looks good striking out." What's remarkable about Joltin' Joe was how rarely he actually did strikeout. In his 13 year career from 1936 to 1951 (excluding 1943-1945 when he was in the Army Air Corps) DiMaggio accumulated 6,821 at bats and only 369 strikeouts. That means he struck out about 5% of the time. Compare that to someone like Reggie Jackson, who struck out over 25% of the time (9,864 at bats, 2,597 strikeouts) and that's a precious few swings and misses by the recently departed Joe D. In fact compared to just about any major league hitter DiMaggio's ability to make contact with the baseball was remarkable. During his record 56-game hitting streak in 1941 DiMaggio had 223 at bats and only 7 strikeouts. In seven of his thirteen seasons he had more homeruns than strikeouts.
Extraordinary baseball talent and something loosely defined as "grace" combined to enshrine DiMaggio in the hall of American cultural heroes. Some 30 years ago Paul Simon wrote the song "Mrs. Robinson" for the film The Graduate. The last line of the well-known tune tells us "Joltin' Joe has left and gone away." At the time DiMaggio was only 54 years old. He had been retired from baseball for 17 years but he was still very much around. His "Mr. Coffee" days were still ahead of him. Consistent with the theme of the film the reference to DiMaggio having gone away was meant to be symbolic of our collective cultural loss of innocence. The history of that period, of course, supports the insight. But how did DiMaggio the man become synonymous with a lost age of innocence?
Ah, baseball. What else spins like you? And Joltin' Joe, why did you have to go?
"Mrs Robinson" Lyrics and MIDI File
|March 7, 1999|
|New Home Page Design at CBA Website|
The lead designer was Sarah Gluckman, a 1998 graduate of the Corcoran School of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. Lisa Townsend, a computer science major at George Mason University in Virgina provided the JAVA programming expertise. Additional design assistance was provided by Noah Lampert, a sophomore high school student at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland and Nora Cohen, an independent artist from Baltimore, Maryland.
The page has been optimized for Microsoft's Internet Explorer Version 4 and above and Netscape Version 3 and above.
|March 5, 1999|
|1999 Cosmic Players, Coaches, Managers, Owners|
A list of the 1999 rookie cosmic baseball players can be found on the 1999 Season Main Plate
A list of all available player plates between 1995-1999 can be found at the Index of Cosmic Player Plates.
|March 1, 1999|
|David Amram- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate|
In the early 1960s Amram wrote musical scores for movies including the scores for The Manchurian Candidate and Splendor in the Grass. He also collaborated with Kerouac on the soundtrack for the film Pull My Daisy.