by Stephen Jones
A pinstripe dream start
8 home runs in two weeks’ time
Most in MLB
By Michael X. Ferraro
Hunter Pence fell down, went boom
with the ball still in the air.
But Giants fans, strike the gloom–
he made a recumbent snare!
by Peter Gordon
This second-most-famous baseball poem, by FPA,
Features these three turning double plays
When the game and league were young
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” unsung
Their wins record in ’06 remains unbroken
Just like their great deeds remain unspoken
On the diamond their choreography
Like Astaire, Rogers and Gene Kelly
You may not know they hated each other
Quarreled worse than spurned lovers
Evers, the Crab, the agitator
Chance, Peerless Leader, peace maker
Tinker’s steady play kept it together
One of the greatest when he flashed leather
They led the Cubs to World Series wins
Not knowing none would come again
Left during the teens without backward waves
Evers 1914 MVP for the Miracle Braves
Chance led the Yankees before they were great
Tinker made a fortune in real estate
Some say they don’t belong in the Hall
I say count their wins: over 1,000 in all.
Peter M. Gordon recently published his second poetry book, Let’s Play Two: Poems About Baseball, available on amazon.com. His poems have appeared in Slipstream, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Florida Literature, and several other magazines, anthologies and websites. He currently teaches in Full Sail University’s Film MFA program.
by the Village Elliott
In honor of Gaylord Perry, whose statue was unveiled at Pac Bell Park on Saturday:
Giant statue of Giant legit,
Cy Young sculptured bronze polished in spit.
Cooperstown ends career,
Hurler started right here:
Gaylord Perry expectorates it.