Monday, February 13, 2017
Tetsuharu Kawakami (1920-2013), was professional first baseman in the Nippon Baseball League. In 1950 he was introduced to Zen Buddhism, and he took a shine to it. In the following 1951 season he had 374 at bats and struck out only six times.
"He said his powers of concentration had developed to such a point where the ball would ‘stop’ for him as it came across the plate.”
Although the intensity of his home plate concentration waned in following seasons, what he accomplished as a Zen batter was no small feat.
Baseball Reference: Tetsuharu Kawakami
Lion's Roar article from 2013
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The Trading Card Database has 27 different Wrigley Field cards listed in the catalog. I now have 2 of the 27. Over the weekend, my second Wrigley Field card arrived in the mail. Shown above, it commemorates the first game at Wrigley to use lights for night play. The big reveal was supposed to happen on 8.8.88, but it rained that evening, pushing the luminous event to August ninth.
Below is a scan of the first Wrigley Field trading card that went into my collection. It is my favorite baseball card, and I am using it as a linked image to my profile at the Trading Card Database. (On the right side > > > )
Zipper and I went down to join the crowd outside of Wrigley on the night the Cubs won the NL pennant. (The previous NL pennant win for the Cubs was in 1945.) Wow, what an unforgettable experience! So many happy people in one place is a thing to behold.
The Wrigley Field cards cataloged at the Trading Card Database.