Slide shows are dumb if the pictures are dumb. Slide shows are cool if the pictures are cool. This one falls into the latter category.
It’s from the New York Times, and it features photos of people watching the World Series around New York from the 1950s through the early 70s. Not from the stands, mostly, but from weird vantage points like barber shops and storefront windows and stuff. Look for the one of the guy on top of the phone booths in Yankee Stadium. He’s easily the coolest person in that entire park. And: phone booths!
Just nifty. Although it does sort of put lie to that romantic notion about having World Series games during the day. People say they want that again, but the fact was, for most people, it was really freakin’ hard to see World Series games back when they were on during the day. People have lives.
Not as great a life as the guy on the phone booth, I imagine. But you get my point.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)