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May 15, 1998
Official CBA Chronology Updated

Researchers at the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance (COBRA) are responsible for maintaining the Official Chronology of the CBA. The Chronology Plate has just been updated through the 1997 season. The updated and redesigned plate includes links to the Official Cosmic Team Records Plate which details each team's record by season.


May 11, 1998
Cosmic Umpires

Umpires at the COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION are selected for their character, or, as some might see it, lack of character. This theory of selection is based on the premise that those individuals who have behaved negatively (usually in an anti-social way) should be given the chance to redeem themselves by experiencing situations that require extreme levels of good judgment and self-control, two paramount qualities needed for good umpiring.

The Umpire Plate contains the 1998 Cosmic Umpire Roster, some general comments on the meaning and philosophy of umpiring and selected outer links to other sites related to baseball umpiring.

Click Here to visit the Umpire Plate


May 8, 1998
1998 Player Fields

For the third straight season the field of "Literature" dominates the list. "Politics" has displaced "Art" for the second position.

In a curious development the "Military" field slipped to the eighth spot as the "Religion," "Journalism," and "Fiction" fields increased their numbers to land the fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively.

There are two new fields this season: "Library" is a result of the addition of the new Underleague team, the Bookhouse Classifications. The "Food" field contains one entry, Cafe Au Lait, a member of the Cisco Giants, also a new Underleague team.

The battle between the "Philosophy" and "Science" fields continues. "Philosophy" edged out "Science" but the margin is narrowing as "Science" picked up three more entries and "Philosophy" lost one.

Click here to view the Table of Player Fields


May 3, 1998
Jessie Numata is New Virgin Coach

The Vestal Virgins announced today that photographer Jessie Numata will replace Elizabeth Dole as a coach for the team. Ms. Numata, 27, was born in Japan and moved to the United States when she was a young girl. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently a freelance photographer in the Washington D.C. area. Two examples of her recent photographic collage work can be viewed here.


May 2, 1998
Cosmic Game Report: Warriors @ Ionians

A combined 25 hits (including 3 homeruns) made this game offensively delightful. But execution was a problem as the Warriors stranded 11 baserunners and the Ionians left 10 players hugging bags. There was one error (Bertand Russell booted an easy grounder), one doubleplay, a couple of doubles, 13 strikeouts and 5 bases-on-balls (walks). About what one would expect when soldiers meet philosophers and scientists. Today the latter group was victorious. But another day and another game might yield a different result. Click here to view the game report.


May 1, 1998
Eldridge Cleaver, Woodsox Pitcher, Dead at 62

Eldridge Cleaver, the charismatic Minister of Information for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, died on May 1. He was born on August 31, 1935 in Arkansas but grew up in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California. Most of his youth and young adulthood was spent inside American prisons. While incacerated for various crimes such as assault he became influenced by the philosophy of Malcolm X. Cleaver became a Black Muslim. In 1967 he joined the Black Panthers and he also married Kathleen Neal. In 1968 Cleaver published Soul on Ice which was a raging polemic on race relations in the United States. Cleaver was a 1968 presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. After a shootout with police in 1968 Cleaver left the U.S. and went to Europe. In 1971 he split from the Black Panthers over ideaological differences. Cleaver returned to the U.S. in 1975 after having been "born again." At the time of his death Cleaver was a registered Republican with political views that had become more conservative than his earlier revolutionary politics.

In 1997 Eldridge Cleaver joined the CBA as a rookie pitcher for CBA's team of 1960s personalities, the Psychedelphia Woodstockings. In his first season he compiled a 14-9 won-loss record with an enviable 3.21 earned run average. Cleaver is now one of the Woodsox' ace starting pitchers. His corporeal death should have no impact on his cosmic playing career.



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