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Joe Vault

OK, this is a thoroughly arrogant thing … but I’m doing it anyway and maybe you can help.

I have started a vault to put all my old stories. This is not the sort of thing I’m supposed to do. Like I’m Phillip Roth or something. But, well, two things:

1. I get a surprising number of requests for old stories (any number would be surprising but I get a lot) and it would be great to just have a site to point people to.

2. Some of those old stories have, for various reasons, fallen out of the Internet and I’d like to get them back up.

So, what I’m doing over time is putting lots and lots of old stories into the vault in what I hope is some sort of reasonably easy way to search. I figure this will make it easier for my daughters to find these stories should they ever decide they want to read something I wrote (something that hasn’t happened just yet).

OK, so for your help, and I feel like a jerk even asking. But if you have any stories you’d like to see in the archive that isn’t there, drop a comment below. I realize that this might sound like I’m just seeking compliments and for people to say, “Oh just loved this story.” Sure, go ahead, drop those in too, what the heck, my head isn’t big enough already. If you hated stories, by the way, you can keep that to yourself.

Second, if you can think of a better way to arrange the stories for search, please suggest that too. Right now I’m just dividing them up into categories but I’m sure there’s a better way.

Thanks a lot and the Top 100 baseball players gets rolling again next week.

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87 Responses to Joe Vault

  1. Circle Me, Hall of Famer says:

    Baseball and Bruce

    And I’m not a Springsteen fan

  2. AlbaNate says:

    Got to have the Jeff Francouer arbitration case in there.

    And Katie the prefect.

    And that recent one you did about Roy Campanella

  3. Alay Soler says:

    Musial article

    I really didn’t need that stew (Rulon Gardner)

    The meaning of Tiger

    Beltran (

  4. Dark Side of the Mood says:

    I was a little panicked when I didn’t see Katie the Prefect on the first page. I have sent that column to at least half a dozen people, usually w/the disclaimer that “he’s a sportswriter but more than that, he’s just an excellent writer and this is one of the best things I’ve ever read” to try to entice them to give it a try. And they trust me and they always tell me how much they enjoyed reading it.

    • NevadaMark says:

      You can access Katie the Prefect on this site right now. Just enter “Katie the Prefect” into the Search JoeBlogs box.

  5. sleepyirv says:

    The Royals Decade, please. A great analysis of a baseball team.

  6. Nom says:

    Jeff Francoeur’s arbitration hearing.

    He sucks.

    Also, you can use Google to let users search your site:

  7. Geoff says:

    RIP Bob Feller

  8. Ross says:

    Olive Garden review

    The one about that amazing last day of the regular season a few years ago (comparing baseball to the mundane in life, going to the DMV, etc.)

  9. Jason says:

    Anything Bo related.

  10. Ian R. says:

    The Top 32 MLB Managers as Players. That one seems to have disappeared from the Internet (though thankfully its follow-up, NFL Coaches as Players, has not).

  11. J Hench says:

    I guess this would count as an obit–your mention of David Foster Wallace the other day had me looking for the post you did after his suicide. At the time, I had only vaguely been aware of him, and your post prompted me to read more of his work; he’s now one of my favorite writers. I did I quick search for the post and didn’t find it and it doesn’t look like it’s in the vault yet, so that’s my recommendation.

  12. David D. says:

    The “Which Molina Are You” quiz, please.

  13. AlbaNate says:

    That one where you nearly ran out of gas.

    The five-year rolling WAR leaders.

  14. David says:

    The iPad review, of course. One of my faves.

    I also really loved that one about that ear vacuum… I can’t remember what it was called, but it made me laugh. Plus, I got to be a Brilliant Reader. I can’t lie… it was a proud moment for me.

  15. AlbaNate says:

    This is surely out of place, but I just wanted to mention that I really loved your Joe Paterno book, even though I’m not a fan of college football. It’s my favorite of your books. I own a copy so I don’t need it in the vault, but I’d love to see more people read that one.

  16. ZM says:

    “Thoughts in a Bookstore” and “Natural Lee” are two of my favorites. I also periodically look for some of your World Cup stuff from four years ago, and it’s either fallen through the cracks or I’m too lazy to find it, so I wouldn’t mind if that were archived as well.

  17. shawn tracey says:

    Hi Joe. Please can you re-post the excellent article you wrote on ping pong during the London summer Olympics? I’ve searched everywhere for it and all the links to it via SI etc are no longer working. Thanks. By the way, your writing is consistantly among the best I’ve read – of any genre, not just sports.
    Shawn Tracey

  18. MT says:

    Please post the Death Game story from Ukraine when you get the chance — impossible to find, but I always think back to it.

    Also, I seem to remember you once wrote an article about Messi, and how soccer is a game of failure (much like baseball) — but Messi seems to be able to take advantage of space that isn’t there. I can’t remember the title, but if you know what I’m talking about, I would appreciate the chance to read that one again too if it’s at all possible.

    Thank you for this idea!

  19. AC says:

    It might have been lost in a URL change, but I thorougly enjoyed the rant about how “We Built This City” is the worst song ever

  20. Jay says:

    Love this!! So glad you’re doing it. I’d like to see:

    * All those great buck O’neal stories from your first blog loooong long ago. Or really any of those stories from the “Soul of Baseball” blog, I loved them all.

    * Any of your Olympic stories.

    * Those wonderful stories that came out of your trip to Japan.

    * You Stan Musial stories.

    * Your Negro League stories.

    * Any stories that references your father.

    * All your stories that take place in the “early days” of your career as a sports writer. There are some CLASSICS in there!! I’m want my kids to read all of those before they get their first job (you know, assuming I have kids one day 😉

    As far a search-ability I’d definitely recommend tags. You could tag every story with tags like: “Olympics”, “Baseball”, “Negro Leagues”, “Bruce”, “HoF”, “Stats”, “Derek Jeter”, “Early Career”, etc.. That makes searching them much easier for the user and they can even find new content they may not have read on a subject that interests them.

    Thanks for taking the time to make this happen!!

    PS – I’m sure you have plenty of help at your disposal but I do web design & development for a living so just hit me up if you’d like any pro-bono help. (

  21. Scott Sikes says:

    Herschel Walker. That is all.

  22. NevadaMark says:

    If possible, can you extend your archives back to, oh, 2007? I mean, don’t you have everything you posted to your blog? Just re-post it.

    Since I myself am a complete computer illiterate, I may be asking for the impossible.

  23. tedcahill says:

    The Greinke profile from the KC Star, please.

  24. sherendeen says:

    The piece you wrote after Andy Roddick’s loss to Roger Federer ib the Wimbledon Finals.

    Amazing piece of writing and it made me feel Roddick’s pain that sometimes even your best isn’t enough

  25. Kevin says:

    If you can, I’d like to see your column on the Kansas State-Xavier NCAA tournament game from a few years back. I really liked your definition of what makes a game fun to watch and I’ve tried to apply it to whenever I watch sports.

  26. John Gale says:

    I think basically everything that was posted on your blog during your time at SI (though not the stuff that was written exclusively for the Web site) has been lost. One article that I’ve tried in vain to find is your article about Uruguay soccer (“The Meaning of Garra”). And it seems like you had another blog that predated that one, and I think that’s all been lost too. I remember an article about the painful history of the Cleveland Indians during the 2007 playoffs that I can’t find. Anyway, I think this is a great idea, and I would like to see basically everything you can track down posted in the vault so I can read more of your work (I started around 2007).

  27. Conrad says:

    Vin Scully!

  28. Martin says:

    Seven tools of baseball has always been one of my favorites.

  29. ElGrizo says:

    The one from the old blog (or possibly SI) in which you called Yuni Betancourt “the rare ‘No-Tools’ player”. Also, the piece you wrote lighting up Mitch Albom (Atomic Albom), and last but certainly not least, my favorite thing you’ve ever written, “Injustice, and then a gutless committee clams up” – about Buck O’Neil not getting voted into the HOF.

  30. Ian Devine says:


    I’ve been saving your articles for years. The ones through 2010 are organized for my own use, so they’re not listed chronologically. I don’t have dates for all of them and I haven’t checked what people have already posted. If, by some chance, any are lost, I have the text for all of these. Forgive me for posting such a long comment here, but you’ve written a lot of special articles. Thank you.



    Ernie Harwell (First line: “In this life, you only get to meet so many beautiful people.”

    Ernie Harwell addendum (First line: “Every now and again, I would wake up early and go to my computer, check my email, and there would be the mosmt wonderful thing in there: an email from bbpeach80.”)

    Robin Roberts (First line: “A few years ago, I came home and found a message on the answering machine from someone who claimed to be Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame Pitcher.”)

    Mark Fidrych (First line: “Maybe baseball just seems a touch more magical when you’re nine years old.”)

    Ode to Quiz (First line: “This is going to be an essay about Dan Quisenberry.”)

    The Greatest Player Not in the Hall, Friday, December 3, 2010 (First line: “There is something about the Baseball Hall of Fame – all Halls of Fame, really – that people don’t like talking about.”)

    The Rare Trade that Hurts Both Players, July 13, 2008 (First line: “In 1971 and 1972, Bobby Murcer had two of the most notable seasons in New York Yankees history.”)

    The Robinson Story: A Perfect Intersection of Man and Moment (First line: “Jackie Robinson could really get on base.”)

    Lima Time Ended Too Soon, But the Show, As Always, Must Go On (First line: “The image of Jose Lima that will stick with me forever comes from the Kansas City Royals clubhouse in the moments after he had pitched a beautiful baseball game.”)


    The Tony Pena Story, Monday, October 18, 2010 (First line: “On the road to Villa Vasquez, Tony Pena cried, not for the first time that day and not for the last.”

    Still Going Strong, September 27, 2010 (First line: “He’s 40, but Jim Thome’s mind isn’t on retirement.”

    The Power to Believe, March 16 2009 (First line, following quote from The Babe Ruth Story: “Albert Pujols knows that people do not believe him.”)

    Sweeney: An Essay, Thursday, October 14, 2010 (First line: “A comedian friend told me this once…I’m paraphrasing: ‘People think the punch line is the most important part of the joke…’”)

    A Football Man In a Baseball World, September 16, 2010 (First line: “Kenny Williams does not like the way this interview is going, which is a bad sign because the interview has not started yet.”)

    Gibson, June 30, 2010 (First line: “Bob Gibson smiles hard.”)

    Mariano Rivera’s a True Yankee, Almost Mythical In His Dominance (First line, following quote from The Old Man and the Sea: “There is a Yankee mythology that sustains New York fans and drives everybody else crazy, and it goes something like this…”)

    The Heart of Los Angeles (First line: “The evening sky does not darken in Los Angeles in late summer so much as it dulls into lighter and lighter shades of blue.”)

    Farewell Joe Morgan, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (First line: “Joe Morgan from 1972=1976 was the best second baseman in baseball history.”)

    It’s Time to Forgive Mark McGwire (First line: “Every so often, I will watch something – say a presidential debate – and then I’ll watch and read the reactions and realize that I saw the debate all wrong.”)

    Pitching Continues to Rule NLCS, Though Not Quite as We Expected (First line: “San Francisco – Yes, absolutely, we’ve been over it a hundred times, a thousand times, how ridiculous it is to repeat that cliché: ‘Pitching is 90 percent of baseball.’”)

    Zack Greinke is in Total Control, May 4, 2009 (First line: “First pitch: Fastball up and away. Ball one. There’s a riddle that has followed Zack Greinke…”)

    Beltran Blossomed in Kansas City, July 20, 2008 (First line: “Cincinnati: Here’s something that might make you feel old.”)

    Disco Hayes Defies the Odds in Royals System, August 30, 2009 (First line: “Omaha, Nebraska: Well, I’ve written about many things in this space for the last 13 years or so, but I suppose the theme has always been dreams.”)

    Awards and the Hall of Fame

    Examining the Compelling Cooperstown Case for Tim Raines (First line: “This is going to be about Tim Raines…but we’re going to start with Bill James.”)

    Revisiting the Hall of Fame Case for the Underappreciated Bert Blyleven (First line: “Some people seem to think that because I am now focusing so much attention on Tim Raines that I have in some way forgotten about my outrage over Bert Blyleven still not being in the Hall of Fame.”)

    There’s no worse Hall of Fame omission than that of Marvin Miller (First line: “This is the most wonderful time of the year for Baseball Hall of Fame arguments.”)

    My Annual Gardy Rant, Friday, September 17, 2010 (First line: “OK, so, it’s happening again…”)

    Why I Like WAR (with Poker talk), Monday, September 13, 2010 (First line: “OK, here’s a long and rambling essay I’ve pounded out about why I like Wins Above Replacement, not as the end-all, be-all, but as a pretty good place to start when trying to figure out a player’s value.”)

    Hall call is never easy, but these eight deserve enshrinement (First line: “Every December, my life turns upside down as I break down the Hall of Fame ballot point by point by point by point.”)

    Dawson loomed large in era that produced few legendary players (First line: “This will be about Andre Dawson, the one player chosen this year by the Baseball Writers Association for the Hall of Fame, but there has to be a bit of set up first.”)

    Statistics and Random Things

    Strat-O-Matic’s new card set brings the Negro leagues back to life (First line: “Top of first inning: Slim Jones pitching.”)

    Halladay and Lincecum, Friday, October 8, 2010 (First line: “Game Score is a Bill James invention, a little statistic that gives you a quick and easy, single-number look at how well a pitcher pitched.”)

    Willie, Bloomquist and the Dunn (First line: “I think it’s probably fair to say that Adam Dunn, for all his obvious talents, can be a remarkably frustrating player to watch.”)

    The 10 greatest hitters ever (First line: “Where does one begin in making a list of the greatest hitters ever?”)

    The 10 best pure hitters (First line: “Well…there were a few people who were not too crazy about my 10 greatest hitters list last week.”)

    The Gloaden Rule, July 31, 2008 (First line: “There are so many things you can learn playing Strat-O-Matic baseball (or some other table top baseball game).”)

    Gruds, July 23, 2008 (First line: “Well, we haven’t had one of these for a while…a long, winding, pointless, rambling blog post that is probably filled with dozens of mistakes and took up way, way too much of my day.”)

    BannyLog043008, May 1, 2008 (First line, following game summary: “Well, that was bad.”)

    BannyLog Once More, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (First line: “Long time readers of this blog in all of its various forms know that Brian Bannister is one of my all-time favorite people in sports.)

    Why we feel free to hate A-Rod (First line: “Mike Krzyzewski said something the other day that, to me anyway, was both nonsensical and really astute at the same time.”)

    The Giants Win the Pennant, August 17, 2010 (First line: “Bobby Thomson was a very good baseball player.”)

    Assorted things written since December 2010, when I organized the articles above for myself

    The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (First line: “When you first walk into the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, you will find yourself looking at a baseball field with players on it.”)

    Willie Mays Turns 80 Today (First line: “The most wonderful rock concert I ever saw was an outdoor show in Atlanta featuring Midnight Oil.”)

    My Last Royals Game (For A While), Monday, June 6, 2011 (First line: “So this is my last Royals game as a Kansas Citian…we move to North Carolina this week.”)

    My Kansas City Goodbye, Saturday, June 11, 2011 (First line: “I wanted to tell the girls to find their goodbyes to Kansas City, but I wasn’t sure how to explain that concept to them.”)

    3000 Words About Derek Jeter, Thursday, July 7, 2011 (First line: “Derek Jeter will not be remembered for reaching 3,000 hits.”)

    Buck’s All-Time Team (First line: “I’ve written about the night before, but it was exactly five years ago, so I will write it again.”)

    Pujols and Respect, Sunday, October 23, 2011 (First line: “There are some athletes who thrive on being underestimated or disregarded or, in probably the most overused word in American sports the last 10 or so years: Disrespected.”)

    Barry Larkin and the Gut Factor (First line: “So, in honor of Barry Larkin’s election into the Hall of Fame, I have been thinking a lot about what we mean when we say that a player FEELS like a Hall of Famer.”)

    Baseball and Bruce (First line: “Jeremy Affeldt pitched for the Giants on Sunday, again on Monday in the Giants crushing victory over the Cardinals, and whenever I see him pitch I smile because he credits me for his career.”)

    Past Perfect (First line: “I was looking at my Top 100 baseball players from 2009 and found something pretty amazing.”)

    Remembering The Man, January 19, 2013 (First line: “The words echoes in the Brooklyn ballpark.”)

    Musial Redux, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 (First line: “How would you like to be Ken Griffey Jr. and be the second-best left-handed hitter born on Nov. 21 in Donora, Pa.?”)

    The Power of Tony Pena, March 20, 2013 (First line: “Well, Tony Pena is in the news again, having managed the Dominican Republic to eight consecutive victories and a dominating championship in the World Baseball Classic.”)

    Harvey More than New York Hype, April 27, 2013 (First line: “The New York Mets’ Matt Harvey might be off to the greatest start for a pitcher in more than 50 years.”)

    The Office: An Appreciation (First line: “Nobody cares – or should care – what a sportswriter has to say about The Office.”)

    All the Top 100, but especially No. 60: Brooks Robinson (First line: “About 25 years after we moved from Cleveland, I came back to our old house.”)

    Katie the Prefect (First line: “A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about our plans to take our daughters – particularly our nine-year-old Elizabeth – to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando.”)

    Snuggies (First line: “As everyone here certainly knows, I love infomercials.”)

  31. Jason N. says:

    Definitely the Dave Kingman article. Love the thought that angry King Kong had another gear.

  32. Roger Kennedy says:

    article on Peter Norman, 1968 Olympics sprinter. Excellent story!

  33. Are articles from the old blog still available? if so, you did one arguing that Cleveland was the most miserable sports city in America. Would like to see hat (and see it revisited).

  34. Micah says:

    You had a piece up here at some point about losing a tennis match to a guy named Manesh and how that was the moment you realized you wouldn’t make it as a professional tennis player that I loved. I can’t find it now.

  35. Dr. manhattan says:

    Your piece for KC Star about how the Royals messed up Jeremy Affeldt. Reread it now and substitute “Yankees” and “Joba Chamberlain.”

  36. Andy says:

    your ranking of Springsteen albums

  37. Erik says:

    Joe, I’ve seen references elsewhere to your piece on Rafer Johnson and have wanted to read it but I think it was lost to the Internet ether after your SI migration.

  38. Naked Mole Gaetti says:

    At Christmas, I searched and searched for an article, to no avail. It’s the one where you talked about Auld Lang Syne and what in the heck “should old acquaintance be forgot” means. That one cracked me up. I’d really love to read it again.

  39. Jesse says:

    Of all the things I’ve read by you, I think “The Promise” is the best you’ve ever written.

  40. Herb Smith says:

    The one where you were in South Africa, and you saw a kid watching (dancing to?) Bieber’s “Baby” song, and thought of your daughter.

  41. Enrique Soto says:

    Bubba’s and goodbyes!!!

  42. Grzegorz Brzeszczyszczykiewicz says:

    The article in which you commentate inning by inning on your favorite Maddux game, against the Yankees. I believe there were two articles: one that is general about the game, which I recently found, and one in which you go through the game inning by inning, which I was not able to find. I believe the latter was written after you received a DVD of the game in the mail.

    While I have your eyes, some criticism that I intend to be constructive. You have to better proofread your articles or have someone else do it. Nearly every article has some pretty obvious typos and incorrect words. It really takes away from the readability. Sorry to say, but of all the writers I read in today’s world, you are the sloppiest. (And again, I mean this constructively. I am reading your articles, after all, and wouldn’t offer my comment unless I cared. I will never understand the people who write in these comment sections with pure negativity, for no apparent constructive reason. Why are they even reading?)

  43. Steve MacDonald says:

    As a lifelong Chiefs fan, all I ask is one-stop access to everything you’ve written about the team.

    You can have one other section titled, Everything Else.

  44. mike says:

    1. The Promise
    2. The best players by what number they wore
    3. The Count of Counting Counts
    4. Hal’s Moons
    5. Willie May’s Hall of Fame
    6. The Unbeatable Rafa (With the amazing line, “If I had Rafael Nadal’s arms, I’d wear those shirts all the time. I’d wear those shirts to funerals.”)
    7. The Best Team Money Could Buy
    8. Getting Dusty in Here

    Also, I’ve been looking for this article for awhile, but it notes that Maddux once threw a 76-pitch complete game against the cubs because they thought hitters hit Maddux better on the first pitch than other counts. So, they swung at everything. Anyone else remember that article?

  45. Will says:

    LeBron Talk and Serious LeBron

  46. JD says:

    Please post all of the old KC Star columns. That’s probably more than a thousand in total, but hopefully you still have access to all of them. That would be an awesome way to re-live my childhood in Kansas City.

    • JD says:

      Also, if you are nice enough to post all of the KC Star columns, it would be cool to read them in chronological order.

  47. as says:

    The one about your Mom and the library book, the one about Donnie Edwards and heart, and the one you wrote after Buck died. Seems like the previous posters have covered my other favorites. Thanks for the great stories and for gathering them together for us!! You are the best and KC still misses ou!

  48. Matthew Clark says:

    Hawaii chair

  49. Joe Gray says:

    The story about how Buck O’neil got the nickname “Nancy”

  50. Marshall says:

    My favorite was the one where Duane Kuiper sent you his bat. I’ve looked for that a few times in the years since you posted it, but have not been able to find it.

  51. Pat D says:

    There are so many great stories. My favorite that hasn’t been mentioned is the article about your brother losing all his weight. I think about that article sometimes when I need a little extra inspiration.

  52. Damon Rutherford says:

    “There are so many great stories.”

    Virtually all of them all. Instead of listing the articles we want, it would have been easier to list the articles with which not to bother. That would be single digits, and Joe simply can then post EVERYTHING ELSE he’s ever written.

    And I don’t know the means (i.e., blogging platform, DIY HTML, etc) by which Joe is posting his articles, but tags work well if that’s an option.

    I think ideally a brilliant reader should be able to sort by date and tags/categories, and then also have a Google-type (or simply Google search within that website only) search within all of the articles.

    Well, ideally, I’d be able to purchase all of Joe’s content in a Library of America bounded series so I can rest it with Roth’s, Thurber’s, Twain’s, Hammett’s, etc. collections.

  53. Damon Rutherford says:

    Bah. “Virtually all of them all.” WTF … all of them ARE.

  54. George says:

    You wrote a story in the KC Star about a kid’s first baseball glove…

    • George says:

      I probably should have been more specific earlier…You wrote an article about a baseball glove and how playing the game of baseball could have such a positive influence on one’s life. I know how true this is as I owe my life in one way or another to the game (I met most of my friends through baseball, my wife through baseball, I became a teacher in part to also be a baseball coach, etc)…I think you wrote this story in 2002 or 2003, in the KC Star, at the end of which you asked for people to come out to Dick’s Sports to donate a glove or $20 for a child to get a glove for free…I was a poor college student at the time but your words brought me to tears and I made sure to donate. I think a few of the Royals players were there but I didn’t wait around to meet any of them–that’s not why I was there, to meet a Royal, I was there to give a glove to a kid in hopes that he/she would fall in love with baseball…

  55. Stan says:

    Springsteen Eulogy for Clarence

  56. Andrew W. says:

    This is great, I thought so much from your previous blog (circa 2007-2010) was lost forever. Pretty much everything from that blog, even the tiny unsubstantial posts (like the Yuni-watch series) and the random ones unrelated to anything else (sticking out in my mind is the one where you explain the Monty Hall dilemma). And even though I only started reading around 2009, it seemed like you had an even earlier blog, so if you can include that too it would be great.

  57. Andrew W. says:

    Also, regarding making it easier to browse, it would be great if there were three ways to find something: a search bar where you can enter key words, and any articles that have those words pop up (you had something like this in your earlier blog, I seem to recall); tags that allow you to search by subject; and finally, the series of posts ordered chronologically, for anyone who simply wants to browse through everything that you’ve written.

  58. pdefor says:

    I’d like the 100 Best Movies post, please. Love the concept.

  59. Joe,
    I haven’t seen it mentioned and I’m not sure you have control over it but the column you wrote in the KC Star when Elizabeth was born. It was hard to explain why I would be sobbing while reading the sports page.

    KC Joe

  60. PhilM says:

    The Willie Mays Hall of Fame — that one had me fooled much longer than I care to admit.

  61. Jeff A. says:

    DFW obit

    Jeter 3000 hit article

    Glad to see both the roddick/federer and katie the prefect pieces in there already

  62. DavidL says:

    I can’t remember the title or the exact specifis, but about two years ago you wrote an article about the long jump and Carl Lewis and something with Bob Beamon. I remember being enraptured by the article. Sorry for being so vague.

  63. Jim Griffin says:

    Shortly after Ryan Howard signed his extension with the Phillies, in 2010 I think, you had an article about how ridiculous the contract was and how bad it would probably turn out. I’ve searched up and down but it doesn’t seem to exist anymore.

  64. My favorite piece by you is the story you wrote about my favorite player, Tony Richardson:

  65. MY favorite is still “A Street Called Chagrin” (I think that was its name), about the utter futility of being a sports fan in Cleveland.

  66. Another vote for the Peter Norman story. I shared that one with everyone I know.

    Another stand-out for me was the story on Armando Galarraga and the missed call that ruined the perfect game. Gave me a whole new perspective on it, which is what the best writing can do for you.

  67. John Bishop says:

    All those articles you wrote for SoE during the 2012 Olympics were brilliant — I’ve searched for those but I think they fell off the internet.

  68. judymatt5 says:

    Joe: PLEASE put the original “Musial” piece in your vault. While the version that appeared in SI was good, it couldn’t hold a candle to the original.

  69. luckyute says:

    The piece on team handball at the Olympics from London. I loved that.

  70. Larry says:

    Anything and everything! The best part of reading Joe is my inevitable trip to the internet looking for more and more on the subjects he writes about. I just watched Herschel Walker clips after reading Joe’s piece on him. I remember Herschel vividly from his days at UGA, but it took Joe to remind me just how incredibly good he was and go look again. Same with Bob Gibson…read Joe, looked him up. Read his sportswriter version of “Who’s on first” and had to go back and watch Abbott & Costello do it again for about the ten thousandth time…funny every time. Joe’s a national treasure!

  71. Anything you have written about the importance of the count (or the offensive possibilities of swinging at the first pitch) in baseball. These columns changed the way i watch the game more than anything else you’ve written.

  72. cass says:

    Please include the story about Larry Munson.

  73. I pretty much love everything you wrote about baseball, and didn’t care so much for Bruce.

  74. Chirs K. says:

    Can you include the entry about way the Royals mismanaged Gil Meche into early retirement? Also, the subsequent post when he walked away from the last guaranteed year of his contract, giving up millions of dollars?

    Your Negro League entries are amongst my favorites..

  75. Max Paiement says:

    My Top-3 from memory:

    The Biggest Winner

    The 30-foot Jump

    The Legend of Bo Jackson (maybe my personnel favorite)

    If those aren’t in your vault, I’ll roll on the floor and cry kicking and screaming.

    Thanks Joe.

  76. AlbaNate says:

    You had an article a while back on how batters do at various count points, 1-0, 0-1, etc. Can’t find that one now, but would love to be able to read that one again.

  77. wazzohead says:

    Is it too late to make requests? If not, I’d like to put one in for the article “Painful, Beautiful Memories of 1992” about Derek Redmond. It looks like it was originally posted on the Sports on Earth blog, before the website launched.

  78. Heather says:

    My vote would be for the article detailing (in extreme, hilarious and frustrating detail), the many, many ways in which the Royals have lost during Joe’s time in KC. I’ve come to baseball late, and I am not even a Royals fan, but Joe’s blog has allowed me to see the beauty in both sportswriting and baseball. The post in question made me laugh so hard that my husband asked me to stop shaking the couch. I’ve tried googling many variations of ‘sunglasses’ ‘Royals’ and ‘Posnanski’ but I can’t seem to find it. I’ve read the Royals Decade in the Vault, but the one I am thinking off was more of rant than an analysis; the ultimate expression of a fan’s despair covered in unwilling amusement. Please re-post. Parts of the post pop up in my brain at randomn moments, and it’s driving me insane that I can’t re-read it.

    Also, any of the posts dealing with your daughters should be re-posted, they make me miss my dad more than usual, and he appreciates the extra phone calls.


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